Your Week Ahead: April 17 to 23

The Morikami welcomes spring with a bustling street fair, Maltz Jupiter Theatre premieres the masterpieces of tomorrow, and the Silk Road Ensemble unites us through music. Plus, Dan Rather, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Stephen Lynch and more in your week ahead.


TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY

ARC New Works Theatre Festival

What: ARC New Works Theatre Festival

Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter

When: Various show times

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/575-2223, jupitertheatre.org

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is one of South Florida’s foremost interpreters of the classics, but Artistic Director Andrew Kato is also passionate about shepherding the masterpieces of tomorrow. To that end, four new feature-length plays and musicals in various stages of development, plus a handful of workshopped short-form musicals, will be presented free of charge. It gets under way at 7:30 tonight, April 16, with Kato and John Mercurio’s evolving musical “1,001 Nights,” a story that references Scheherazade through a antebellum-set story about a runaway slave and a traveling theatre company. Visit later in the week for New York composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver’s Sondheim-esque musical “Three Points of Contact” (April 20); the solo play “Application Pending,” about the cutthroat world of school admissions (April 21); and Chris Demos-Brown’s sprawling work about family and politics, “Coral Gables,” which closes the festival on April 22. “Coral Gables” is the sequel to Brown’s earlier hit “Captiva,” which will be read in the afternoon of April 22 as a prelude to the “Coral Gables” premiere.

WEDNESDAY

Dan Rather

What: Dan Rather

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25.42-$50.85

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

A stalwart journalist and a reminder of the era of appointment television, Dan Rather was once one of the “Big Three” network newsmen, anchoring CBS’s acclaimed nightly news program for 24 years with mostly a high degree of trust and accuracy. A scandal concerning unverified reportage ended his network-news tenure early, but now, at 86, he’s a pithy personality on Twitter, where his cogent bromides and analyses critical of the president have earned him a millennial fan base and nearly 3 million followers. A voice of reason in a divided country, Rather will discuss “What I’ve Learned From a Lifetime of Reporting” at this appearance, courtesy of the Broward College Speaker Series.

THURSDAY

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What: Stephen Lynch

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $28.50-$38.50

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

Sweet music and scatological lyrics engage in perpetual warfare in the music of Stephen Lynch, a comic with a guitar who thrives on this startling contrast. In his best songs, both sides manage to emerge the victor. Considering himself a musician first and a comedian second, Lynch’s influences hew more toward Neil Young, Paul Simon and Patty Griffin than they do George Carlin and Lenny Bruce, and his musicianship can hold its own against any acoustic troubadour. Lyrically, his tunes have the feel of topical and evergreen standup riffs reconfigured with melody and rhyme, skewering clichéd body ink (“Tattoo”), the frustrations of staying vegan (“No Meat”) and bedroom difficulties (“Whiskey Dick”).

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

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What: “The Mountaintop”

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

In memory of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., L.A. Theatre Works tours its production of this two-character play set in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on the penultimate night of King’s storied life. Paranoid and brilliant, King engages in a conversation with a hotel maid that yields vivid, metaphysical results.

FRIDAY

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What: Sir Mix-a-Lot

Where: Honey, 16 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $9-$12

Contact: 561/270-7187, sub-culture.org/honey

Honey’s “I Want My ‘90s Back” nostalgia concerts, which last year welcomed Color Me Badd to Delray, continue with a budget-friendly tour by Sir-Mix-a-Lot, the Washington State rapper whose once-ubiquitous “Baby Got Back” remains an ironic staple among drunk white girls at karaoke bars from coast to coast. Mix-a-lot’s double-platinum greatest hit, this paean to sizable derrieres paid for his multiple houses while, like fellow rappers the Beastie Boys, integrating humor into the socially conscious rap genre. Expect to hear all the hits at this up-close-and-personal gig, including his Seattle fan favorite “Posse on Broadway” and “Buttermilk Biscuits,” his love song for a certain breakfast staple (“Dip them suckers in Aunt Jemima!”).

SATURDAY

Lindsay Glazer
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What: Lindsay Glazer and Guests

Where: Funky Buddha, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $15

Contact: 561/368-4643, thefunkybuddha.com

For the March issue of Boca magazine, three of South Florida’s top comedians—Lindsay Glazer, Lisa Corrao and David Stebbins—sat down with me at the Funky Buddha for a candid roundtable conversation that encompassed everything from our region’s inhospitable standup legacy to political correctness to the #MeToo movement. This weekend marks your first chance since the issue’s publication to see all three comics on the same stage. Glazer, known as “The Alpha Bitch” for her confrontational comedic style, headlines, supported by local nerd-comedy pioneer Corrao and Stebbins, whose humor often wends toward uncomfortable places.

Silk Road Ensemble with Yo Yo Na

What: Silk Road Ensemble

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35-$139

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

In a divided globe, music is the universal language. And the nonprofit Silkroad, started by virtuosic cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, spreads the messages of unity, compassion and cross-pollination that rhythm and melody provide. Its performance platform, the Silk Road Ensemble, is a rotating world-music orchestra of more than 40 players specializing in such esoteric instruments as Chinese short-necked lutes, Armenian double-reed woodwinds, Japanese bamboo flutes and Mongolian horse-head fiddles. The concerts they play together are as eclectic as their nationalities. At this 20th anniversary program, Ma himself will join 10 fellow-musicians on a diverse docket that includes a Vietnamese lullaby, Syrian improvisations, an avant-garde selection from John Zorn, a marimba solo from Matthias Schmitt, and a clarinet composition from Kinan Azmeh, along with four brand-new commissions.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Hatsume Fair at Morikami 2

What: Hatsume Fair

Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $15 adults, $10 children

Contact: 561/495-0233, morikami.org

The Morikami brings Japanese culture, fashion and food to South Florida audiences all year long, but there’s never a better time to explore all three than the beloved Hatsume Fair. Celebrating the first bud of spring, the 39th annual festival is the Morikami’s grandest annual shindig, transforming the tranquil grounds into a combination of bustling marketplace and county fair. With two stages of nonstop entertainment, attendees can experience thunderous taiko drum performances, channel their inner Akira Kurosawas at samurai sword-fighting shows, experience the thrill of Japanese martial arts, and find your Zen at a bonsai demonstration. The year’s trends in Japanese fashion will take the runway, and anime enthusiasts will compete in a costume contest. Be sure to peruse the artisan booths, anime dealers and plant vendors, and relax in the Kirin Beer Garden and Sake Station. Bring the kids, too—there’s a separate children’s area.