Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Week Ahead: Sept. 23 to 28


What: Fifth Annual Drag Show

Where: Kaye Auditorium at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: 9 p.m.

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at door

Contact: 800/564-9539,

In 2011, Florida Atlantic University earned major points for inclusiveness when it presented a drag show, hosted in a venue for 100 people that was packed to capacity. The event has grown each successive year, paralleling the growing acceptance of students (and people) who identify in categories outside the hetero “norm.” Seven hundred and fifty attendees turned out for the 2014 show, which seems to have found a permanent annual home at the university’s impressively sized Kaye Auditorium. Sponsored by FAU’s LGBTQA Resource Center, the 2015 Drag Show will feature a lineup of such prominent South Florida queens as Ariel Rimm, Daizee DeLuxx, Rianna Petrone, Monica Chanel and Rubber Child. FAU students can attend for free.

What: Opening night of “Queen of Earth”

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth

When: 2 and 6 p.m.

Cost: $6-$9

Contact: 561/296-9382,

“Queen of Earth” is writer-director Alex Ross Perry’s follow-up to “Listen Up, Philip,” his acrid indie hit about literary egotism, and it represents a shifting of generic gears—from dark, self-reflexive satire to a psychological suspense thriller. Described in its trailer voice-over as an “exploration of broken women,” it’s set largely over a momentous week in a secluded vacation home in the Hudson Valley. It’s here that Virginia (Katherine Waterston) has invited her best friend Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) for some much-needed emotional convalescing, after the death of her father and breakup with her boyfriend. Instead, their relationship unravels in unnerving, painful, ominous and manipulative ways, leading to what critics are already calling the best performance of Moss’s career. Evoking comparisons to Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion,” Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona” and John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence,” “Queen of Earth” is this weekend’s must-see flick for grown-ups.


What: Brew 2 at the Zoo

Where: Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $15, $35 or $65

Contact: 561/547-9453,

The Palm Beach Zoo knows that drinking local beer is the environmentally green way to go: That’s why it’s touting the reduced carbon footprint of its Brew 2 at the Zoo shindig this weekend, in which all of the sampled crafts arrive from Florida, none of them are brewed more than 200 miles from the Zoo. That means that our region’s most creative and influential breweries—Saltwater Brewery, Funky Buddha, Due South and Barrel of Monks among them—will be serving some of their best perennial and seasonal offerings, more than 25 in total. The $35 ticket gets you access to all of them, plus a collective sampling mug and lanyard; food will be available for purchase from Flanigan’s, Don Ramon and the Zoo’s Tropics Café. The $65 VIP ticket includes perks such as a collectible T-shirt and free nosh from Tropics and Carrabba’s. Teetotalers can purchase the $15 “Designed Driver” ticket, which includes free water and soft drinks; all price points can enjoy the live music from Rogue Theory, Steven Vincent and Bobby G.

What: Motorhead, Anthrax and Crobot

Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $38-$78

Contact: 954/519-5500,

By midnight Saturday, the cleanup crew at Pompano Beach Amphitheater will have its work cut out for them. Fans turning out for this tour, featuring two of the most legendary thrash-metal acts of all time, are known to create ruckuses, from the straight-edge 15-year-olds overcaffeinated on energy drinks to the PBR-chugging dads showing the youngsters in the mosh pits how it’s done. Motorhead’s gravelly voiced frontman Lemmy Kilmister started out as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix nearly 50 years ago, and he has led his band through 22 ear-busting albums of trend-defying consistency. The guys in Anthrax are no slouches either, with 10 albums to their credit including 2011’s acclaimed “Worship Music,” with classic vocalist Joey Belladona providing the soaring counterpoint to the fast, molten music. Contemporary Pennsylvania hard rockers Crobot open the show.


What: “Kismet”

Where: Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $50-$55

Contact: 561/237-9000,

Jan McArt’s Live at Lynn! series will celebrate the beginning of its 2015-2016 arts calendar with arguably its largest and most ambitious cultural event yet: a staged concert version of the Tony-winning Broadway smash “Kismet,” which features a cast of 14 and live music from the Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra. Composer/lyricist George Forrest’s 1953 musical, with its mix of adventure and romance set amid the exotic Baghdad of “The Arabian Nights” folklore, has been adapted for film and opera, and features the enduring songs “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” and “Stranger in Paradise.” Jay Stuart, a triple-threat leading man whose credits include Broadway’s “The Pajama Game” and “The Grand Tour”—along with a number of shows at Jan McArt’s Royal Palm Dinner Theatre—will star in this production.


What: Helmet

Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $15

Contact: 954/564-1074,

New York City’s Helmet is used to being called a “thinking person’s heavy metal band,” a compliment that serves as a not-so-subtle swipe against the chugging, cacophonous longhairs that have dominated metal since the 1970s. Helmet, by contrast, eschewed the long hair, pyrotechnics and arena bombast, arriving to the metal party late (circa 1989) and defining it in a new direction. Give a listen to Helmet’s early ‘90s classics and it’s easy to see the math-rock chord progressions that helped lead one critic to dub Helmet “smart rock.” The complex, odd-time-signatured music, while still remaining crunchy and pulverizing, helped necessitate the needs for such genre hybrids as alternative metal, post-metal and groove metal, while influencing bands from Deftones to Korn to Nine Inch Nails. In its current tour, Helmet will celebrate the 20th anniversary of 1994’s “Betty”—with its forays into jazz and blues representing the band’s hard-to-pigeonhole style—by performing the album in its entirety, followed by a second set of tunes spanning Helmet’s career.


What: Jose Gonzalez

Where: ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free


Large of hair and sonorous of voice, singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez was born in Argentina but grew up in Sweden, and he’s as bright as he is multicultural: He was studying for his PhD in Biochemistry when his music career exploded. Gonzalez became an overnight sensation in 2006 for this breathy, spartan acoustic interpretation of the Knife’s bombastic dance hit “Heartbeats.” His original music proved just as simple, beguiling and entrancing, plaintively performed and lyrically rich, conjuring acts like Paul Simon, Elliott Smith and Red House Painters. His third album, this year’s “Vestiges and Claws,” has received some of the best reviews of his burgeoning career, bolstered by a compelling string of cinematic music videos. He’ll plays most of it, along with his stripped-down takes on Massive Attack and Kylie Minogue hits, at this special free appearance, where he’s slated to perform for three hours. Bring a blanket or beach chair for seating, and nosh on food-truck grub beginning at 5:30.

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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