The Week Ahead: Oct. 21 to 27



What: Ringo Starr

Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $55-$150

Contact: 954/462-0222,

With 17 solo albums released since the breakup of the Beatles, Ringo Starr has arguably been the most prolific of all the Fab Four alumni, and he shows no signs of slowing down—or even of aging, for that matter: He’s 74 but looks 20 years younger. And each time he tours, it’s an event worth celebrating, in part because of the formidable bandmates in his All Starr Band. This time around, Todd Rundgren and members of Toto, Santana and Mr. Mister will share the stage with Starr for a set list that draws from all of their oeuvres, promising a smorgasbord of rock history. That means favorite selections from Starr’s extensive solo career, tunes such as Rundgren’s “Bang the Drum All Day” and Toto’s “Africa,” and, of course, Beatles classics from “Yellow Submarine” to “With a Little Help From My Friends.”


What: “Dracula” radio play

Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15

Contact: 561/450-6357,

Word has it that just five days before its national airing, in 1938, the Mercury Theatre’s Orson Welles and his writing partner, John Houseman, penned the script to their “Dracula” radio play while spending one night in a Perkins restaurant. One assumes the preternaturally talented and feverishly prolific Welles, who wrote, directed and starred in “Citizen Kane” before his 25thbirthday, didn’t break a sweat. Basing their radio script on Bram Stoker’s original source material—and not the Bela Lugosi films—Welles and Houseman integrated elaborate sound effects into their production, including thunder, horse hooves and the pounding of a stake. All of these and more will be presented live at this second entry in the sophomore season of Arts Radio Network’s play reading series at Arts Garage. Fans can experience the plays as listeners would have heard them in the Golden Age of radio while at the same time seeing how the audio sausage was made—which will include, in this case, a 10-foot-high “thunder sheet.” It’s a rare example of analog industriousness in an age of digital ease.


What: Oprah’s “The Life You Want” Weekend

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: TBA

Cost: $99-$999

Contact: 786/777-1000,

The noun “Oprah” stands for many things: a television network, a radio station, a magazine, a book club, a philanthropic powerhouse, an actor who only appears in important movies. But behind the endless branding of Oprah Winfrey’s vast media empire, there is still a person, the one-time host of a Chicago talk show who has risen to become the only African-American billionaire in North America. And she’s coming to a city near you: The 60-year-old mogul will take the stage in front of 18,000 devotees, discussing how she became who she is and how you too can improve your lot in life. Empowerment, resilience and authenticity are the buzzwords surrounding The Life You Want Weekend, a two-day, eight-city spectacular (Miami is the only Florida visit). After her Friday night keynote, Saturday’s programming will include more speakers centered on Oprah’s theme of self-betterment, including “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert, inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant and influential pastor Rob Bell.


What: “Romeo and Juliet”

Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $20-$175

Contact: 954/462-0222,

The joy in experiencing and re-experiencing “Romeo and Juliet” year after year, medium after medium, is in the individuality its creators bring to the ageless text. Just as there are supposedly 100 ways to cook an egg, there are countless ways to interpret a Shakespearean tragedy. In the world of classical ballet, such knighted choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Frederick MacMillan have created full-length dances based on the story, and current Russian maestro Alexei Ratmansky is the latest choreographer to climb the “R&J” mountain. For its 2014-2015 season opener, Miami City Ballet is re-mounting what most consider the best “Romeo and Juliet” ballet of all: the 1962 version by South Africa’s John Cranko, a choreographer who sought to create dance that was “a representation of life itself.” Known for his clear-eyed storytelling mastery and his thrilling pas de deux, Cranko’s take will be presented with romantic costumes and lavish sets.


What: Opening night of “Back of the Throat”

Where: Sol/Evening Star Productions, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $20-$30

Contact: 866/811-4111,

Yussef El Guindi’s play “Back of the Throat” takes audiences back to an all-too-familiar point in recent history: post-9-11 America, a landscape of fear, paranoia and profoundly regrettable racial and ethnic profiling. The play’s protagonist, Khaled, is an Arab-American living in an unnamed American metropolis in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy. He soon finds himself a “person of interest” in a government investigation, as agents raid his apartment and find suspicion in nearly every item in his home. Running 75 minutes without an intermission, the play combines provocative commentary with dark humor, and it opens Outre Theatre Company’s 2014-2015 season. Rayner Garranchan, Jim Gibbons, Tim Gore, Faiza Cherie and Freddy Valle will star in the production, which runs through Nov. 9.

What: 35th Birthday Blowout

Where: Boston’s on the Beach, 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach

When: 2 p.m. til close

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/278-3364,

It’s hard to believe, but one of Delray Beach’s most beloved bars has now been around longer than many of its patrons have existed. Boston’s on the Beach will celebrate its landmark 35th anniversary this weekend with a Birthday Blowout that incorporates plenty of fun ‘n’ food with the number “35”—including a 35-foot lobster roll, a 35th birthday cake, and $3.50 drink specials all day long. There also will be a complimentary late night buffet to add some nutritious substance to your liquid meal. Free entertainment for the day includes such Boston’s regulars as Amber Leigh Band (2 p.m.), which performs the singer-songwriter’s signature cocktail of country, Celtic and rock; Boombox Band (8 p.m.), a Miami purveyor of classic soul and pop hits; and Suenalo (11 p.m.), the eclectic fusers of Latin funk, reggae, rock and jazz.


What: “A Princely Affair”

Where: Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton

When: Noon

Cost: $90 adults, $45 children 13 and younger

Contact: 561/995-0709,

Boca Ballet Theatre remains the leading light in classical ballet in Palm Beach County, and it’s through events like “A Princely Affair,” its annual fundraiser, that this important cultural institution will continue to jete and plié into the foreseeable future. Now in its 23rd year, the Princely Affair is a dance performance, a luncheon, a raffle and a silent auction, with the festivities beginning at noon with a mimosa social hour. More than 300 attendees are expected to fill the Boca Resort’s Grand Hall by performance time, which will feature contributions from two principal dancers from New York City Ballet: Sterling Hyltin and Jared Angle. They will perform a Tchaikovsky pas de deux, while Boca Ballet Theatre’s dancers will perform selections from “The Nutcracker,” which the company will produce in full next month.

What: “Possession”

Where: Cosford Cinema, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $7-$9

Contact: 305/284-4861,

The Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami is one of the few cinemas keeping 35mm film prints alive as part of its Cosford Classics series, and this month’s entry is an offbeat Halloween selection: 1981’s “Possession,” a cult classic directed by Poland’s enfant terrible, Adrzej Zulawski. Internationally renowned actors Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani star as an international spy and his wife, whose disintegrating marriage leads to disturbing, inexplicable behavior that is best seen to be believed. Filmed in West Germany before the Wall came down, “Possession” is a florid and apocalyptic film that has evaded easy genre classification, and it’s taken decades for this shocking study of marital discord to gain mainstream acceptance. Look out for a tentacled creature designed by special effects maestro Carlo Rambaldi.