Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Weeks Ahead: Sept. 9 to 22

[Editor’s Note: This “Week Ahead” covers the next two weeks of events, to accommodate for a vacation.]


What: “Duran Duran Unstaged”

Where: Tower Theater, 1508 S.W. Eighth St., Miami

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $13 to $15

Contact: 305/643-8706,

Miracles of miracles, Duran Duran is not, like many of its New Wave peers, a husk of its former self surviving through nostalgia and knee replacements. The group is still together—all four members have been with the band since its ‘80s heyday—and it is still making relevant music: Its 13th album, 2010’s “All You Need is Now,” moved more than 14,000 physical units in its opening week, not an easy task in an era when virtually nobody buys music. Apparently, as part of its tour for the album, tickets for Duran Duran’s 2011 performance at Los Angeles’ Mayan Theatre sold out in five minutes, with this unique concert documentary catching the excitement of that night in its entirety. But what makes this movie doubly special is that its director is none other than David Lynch, the avant-garde maestro beyond such enduring slices of disturbia as “Blue Velvet” and “Eraserhead.” His style will be well-represented even in this seemingly formulaic setting, thanks to some groundbreaking integration of animation, special effects and live action footage shot prior to the concert and then overlaid onto the performance.


What: Katie Ford lecture

Where: City Fish Market, 7940 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $50

Contact: 561/297-2337,

The international horror of sex trafficking will be the subject of this illuminating fundraiser, sponsored by Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Katie Ford, former CEO of the globe-spanning Ford Modeling Agency, brought models from more than 50 countries to the United States, an experience that raised her awareness of sex trafficking and prompted her company to speak out against it. She will keynote this event with a discussion titled “Human Trafficking: The Modern Day Slave Trade,” and the program will also include presentations from David Aronberg, Palm Beach County’s State Attorney; and Katarina Rosenblatt, a sex trafficking survivor and founder of a nonprofit aimed at combating the issue. A light dinner and drinks will be served, with all proceeds benefitting FAU’s research initiative.


What: “Dying City”

Where: Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

When: 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 305/673-7256,

A recently deceased soldier deployed in Iraq, his culturally divergent twin brother, and his therapist widow form the compelling triangle in “Dying City,” an acclaimed and profoundly layered work by Christopher Shinn. The play is set in the sparse living room of the widow, Kelly, and we soon learn that her husband Craig died in Iraq under mysterious circumstances. Craig’s brother Peter arrives with game-changing news about Craig’s last days, and Shinn’s time-jumping narrative sheds light on present through the past and vice versa. This production, from the minimalist Miami company Ground Up and Rising, features Valentina Izarra as Kelly and Christian Vandepas in the dual role of Peter/Craig. For this weekend only, it runs in free previews in the bucolic Miami Beach Botanical Garden; it officially opens in its indoor home, Artistic Vibes, on Sept. 19, with ticket prices ranging from free to $25.


What: Tastemakers of Mizner Park

Where: Mizner Park in Boca Raton

When: 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

Contact: 561/362-0606,

Tastemakers of Mizner Park, the popular showcase of food and drink offerings from the region’s best restaurants, has been reduced from two nights to one this year, but that just means its expert chefs will be even more laser-focused and generously prepared for the onslaught of visitors. Tanzy’s cedar plank salmon, Max’s crispy duck spring rolls and Dubliner’s perennial favorite shepherd’s pie with Guinness mac and cheese are among the 11 eateries’ sample dishes, each presented with a special drink pairing. This year’s Tastemakers theme is “Rock, Roll and Stroll,” named in part for the live music, which will be provided by Shindig Band and AMP in two Mizner Park locations. Attendees can purchase a $30 “passport” to the festivities at any of the 11 participating restaurants.


What: Opening night of “The Crucible”

Where: Studio One Theatre at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $23.60

Contact: 800/745-3000,

In most productions, no less than 22 actors will take the stage at one point or another during “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s four-act masterpiece—making it a challenging but opportunity-filled project for FAU’s Department of Theater to tackle. It’s a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials, the shameful series of hearings and prosecutions that tarnished colonial Massachusetts. But when Miller debuted the play, in 1953, he had a more immediate subtext in mind: McCarthyism, which similarly condemned innocent people to vague crimes on an absence of evidence. These days, the hunt for Communists may seem as historic as the witch trials themselves, but the play remains a gripping drama whose message resonates with any minority persecuted for outlandish reasons. “The Crucible” runs through Sept. 28.


What: 24-Hour Theatre Project

Where: Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/237-9000,

24-hour theater projects are the closest thing any stage community has to an all-day, all-night slumber party, albeit one fueled by plenty of caffeine and probably not much actual slumber. For Lynn University’s ninth annual version of this popular tradition, a group of writers, directors, actors and crew members will gather in the venue’s concert hall on Sept. 19 to begin their creative processes. For the writers, that means penning an all-new short play from scratch, which could take all night. The scripts are due at dawn Sept. 20, and the directors, actors and crew will have the day and early evening to realize the writers’ visions with as few hiccups as possible. Cheer on the results that very night, and see what South Florida’s budding stage talent whipped up in the time it takes Kiefer Sutherland to save the world every season on television.


What: Siudy: “Between Worlds”

Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $39 to $129

Contact: 305/949-6722,

The story behind this unique dance fantasia deserves the sort of gravity reserved for epic movie trailers: In a world where water has virtually disappeared from the planet’s surface, warring tribes battle for the few remaining elements—and the only emotion that can keep humanity alive is love. That’s the dramatic premise of “Between Worlds,” a theatrical extravaganza first developed in 2008 by award-nominated Venezuelan dancer Siudy Garrido. This updated 2014 version features a renovated lighting grid and special guest performers, as Siudy explores the boundaries between flamenco and urban dance/percussion, a hybrid that has earned comparisons to “Riverdance” and “Stomp.” And don’t worry: Though it may be in short supply onstage, water will be available for sale at the Arsht’s concession stands.


What: Jack White

Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $75 to $210

Contact: 305/673-7300,

Raised in Detroit and currently residing in Nashville, Jack White has spent most of his life absorbing our country’s best music like a sponge, shredding it up and redefining it for a new generation of rock enthusiasts. Bluesy and boozy, rock-y and folky, rustic and ramshackle, White launched his career with the duo The White Stripes, which shot out of a rock ‘n’ roll cannon in the mid-2000s with the same vintage energy the Stones brought to rock music in the mid ’60s. After conquering indie rock and shaking up the Top 40, the group disbanded in 2011, with White forming a successful new act called The Ranconteurs and, in 2012, releasing his first solo album, the accomplished and eclectic “Blunderbuss.” Finally, the man ranked as the 70th best guitarist of all-time by Rolling Stone is touring Florida, with back-to-back dates that will feature different set lists, including material from the White Stripes and the Raconteurs as well as surprising covers.

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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