WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY
What: Bobby Slayton
Where: Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood
When: Show times vary
Cost: $20 plus a two-drink minimum
Contact: 954/981-5653, improvftl.com
It’s always a bit jarring for journalists when they’re tasked with interviewing comedian Bobby Slayton, because he’s inevitably a nice guy. Not so much onstage: Slayton, a comedian’s comedian and one of standup’s road warriors, delivers jokes with a no-holds-barred intensity and a political incorrectness that spares no demographic—women, Mexicans, Muslims, Jews, gays and lesbians, the uptight and the sexually promiscuous alike. His insult comedy often targets the poor souls brave enough to sit in the front tables of his venues, and this reputation has led to his longstanding nickname, the Pitbull of Comedy. He does bite, so proceed with caution. (Note: There will be no performance Thursday, Thanksgiving night)
What: “So You Think You Can Dance” season 11 tour
Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
For fans of Fox’s long-running dance competition series, “So You Think You Can Dance,” the summer of 2014 yielded plenty of gasps, laughs, tears and dropped jaws—emotions that might just continue at a theater near you, as the top 10 dancers take their jetes and locking-and-popping and tap shoes and ballroom gowns on the road. This abundance of talent includes Season 11 winner and South Florida native Ricky Ubeda, the goofily charming Rudy Abreu, the smoldering Jessica Richens, the dorkily lovable Valerie Rockey and the lighter-than-air Casey Askew. They’ll perform favorite numbers from the past season as well as new group numbers designed strictly for the tour.
What: Opening night of “Citizenfour”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
Even if you’re not a documentary film buff, you may know the name Laura Poitras. For a few exclusive weeks in the summer of 2013, she was one of just two members of the American media, along with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who were granted access to whistleblower and most-wanted-man Edward Snowden, in his undisclosed refuge in Hong Kong. Director Poitras, whose movies have addressed the implications of post-9-11 America at home and abroad, filmed Snowden in the comfortable prison of the Hong Kong skyscraper, as Greenwald questioned him about the leaked documents and his motivations for releasing them. The result of this fascinating, and meticulously arranged, rendezvous forms the backbone of “Citizenfour,” a documentary named after Snowden’s covert screen name. The movie splinters outward to address other whistleblowers and privacy concerns, not all of them cohering into a satisfying whole—but it has the advantage of being an investigation of international import, a film for the history books and the Library of Congress as much as movie theaters.
What: Drew Tucker
Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org
Drew Tucker may have resigned from his post as Arts Garage’s Director of Education and Outreach, but the venue’s co-founder still finds time to show off his percussive chops at occasional concerts there. A musical renaissance man whose generic palette extends from jazz and R&B to funk, pop and hip-hop—most of it led by his dynamic vibraphone skills—Tucker records his own compositions and reimagines ‘80s favorites from the likes of Duran Duran, Prince, The Police and Michael Jackson. He’ll have a mini symphony to help him out at this one-night-only engagement, including keyboardist Doug Carter, drummer Nathan Stolkes, bassist/tubaist Bill Muter, saxophonist Claudens Louis, guitarist Matthew Joy and cellist Stephanie Jaimes.
What: “The Beginning is Near”
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth
When: 9 p.m.
Contact: 561/586-6410, lakeworthplayhouse.org
Wine and theater merge in Cabernet Cabaret, a new production company based in Lake Worth, which is premiering its first show, in its hometown, this weekend. This self-reflexive multimedia production is set onstage, offstage and backstage in the world of a burlesque cabaret show, as its dancers, singer and technical crew prepares for a show that might never happen, “Waiting for Godot” style: Hence the show’s title, “The Beginning is Near.” Music, dance, comedy, burlesque and storytelling combine in an event that prepares its audience to “expect the unexpected.” Cabaret and/or burlesque attire is encouraged.
What: Mystical Arts of Tibet
Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
There are monks, and then there are the Loseling monks—ambassadors of the Drepung Loseling Institute, one of the largest monastic universities in Tibet. Instantly recognizable for their magnificent red-and-yellow apparel and crescent-shaped headgear, these monks are masters in multiphonic singing, simultaneously intoning three notes of a chord while chanting—an ability that has led to their inclusion in countless meditation rituals. Many believe these ethereal chants generate energies conducive to world healing, and proponents of this view include none other than the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere, who helped bring the monks’ stage show, the Mystical Arts of Tibet, on tour. The performance will take place at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater, but be sure to visit the venue’s Abdo New River Room as well, where the monks will be creating a mandala sand painting, live, from Wednesday through Sunday.
What: Dave Koz and Friends
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $20 and up
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
The Dave Koz holiday concert has become as much as a seasonal tradition in Palm Beach County as the Worth Avenue window decorations and the Delray Beach 100-foot Christmas tree. The smooth jazz saxophonist and radio personality, who has enjoyed eight No. 1 albums on the jazz charts, may have been born Jewish, but he’s embraced Christmas music all the same, and his tours have become synonymous with yuletide cheer. His latest album, the star-studded “25th of December,” features vocal contributions from the likes of Johnny Mathis, Richard Marx, Gloria Estefan and many others. He’ll likely play tunes from it, such as “Let it Snow” and “O Holy Night,” and will pull his trove of seasonal favorites from albums like “Memories of a Winter’s Night” and “A Smooth Jazz Christmas.”