Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Week Ahead: Aug. 17 to 22

What: Royale Majestique

Where: The Fieldhouse at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

When: 9 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 561/243-7922,

This new instrumental quartet from South Florida offers the best of many worlds. Its guitarist, drummer, saxophonist and standup bassist perform a mix of originals and covers in genres ranging from jazz and rock to funk and reggae, concocting an ever-changing sonic stew they call “Jumbo Lounge.” The musicians are influenced by artists ranging from Bob Marley to Charlie Parker to Louis Armstrong, and their set lists are just as eclectic, with a repertory that includes spirited takes on Bruno Mars, Benny Goodman and The Weeknd. The Fieldhouse is the hippest new destination in Delray, folks—and the Royale Majestique guys are an embodiment of its youthful vibe.

What: Science on Tap

Where: Saltwater Brewery, 1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/370-7740,

For lovers of marine life, our hearts sink like anchors when we see those insidious, nondegradable plastic six-pack rings wind up in our bodies of water. But there’s at least one brew purveyor you can’t blame for this environmentally nasty product: Chris Gove, the president of our own Saltwater Brewery, whose “Edible Six Pack Rings” package Saltwater suds while feeding our aquatic friends: The rings are made of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process. Gove will discuss his ingenious idea at the August edition of the South Florida Science Center’s monthly “Science on Tap” gathering, which encourages a vibrant conversation about a scientific topic over craft beer, wine or coffee (you buy your own, of course).


What: Debbie Cenziper

Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 305/442-4408,

History will look at Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, much the same way we view Roe v. Wade and Brown v. Board of Education. That’s the contention of Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Debbie Cenziper in her book Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. Cenziper goes behind the case title to the courageous people most directly affected by it—Jim Obergefell, an Ohio man whose marriage to his dying husband John Arthur was not recognized by his home state; and Al Gerhardstein, the lawyer who argued his case for equality—and weaves them into a gripping civil rights narrative described as equal parts Erin Brockovich, “Milk” and Still Alice. Cenziper will discuss her book and sign copies at this local appearance.


What: “Dude Night” with “The Big Lebowski”

Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $15

Contact: 561/243-7922,

The Coen Brothers’ infinitely quotable and inexhaustibly weird “The Big Lebowski” has enjoyed a fertile afterlife that must have well exceeded the filmmakers’ expectations. More than a college dorm-poster staple, “Lebowski” has spawned its own “Rocky Horror”-like cult of devotees. Expect them to show up, many in full “Dude” and bowler regalia, at this special screening organized by Delivery Dudes and Old School Square, whose proceeds will benefit OSS’s children’s programming. Doors and a cash bar open at 7 p.m., followed by a trivia contest at 8 p.m. and a costume contest at 8:30. The film will screen at 9, and in honor of its sport of drunken champions, the venue will be offering real bowling pins “turned into art” for auction.

What: Opening night of “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World”

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

When: 2 and 6 p.m.

Cost: $6-$9

Contact: 561/296-9328,

Perhaps it takes a Luddite to view the Internet, artificial intelligence and the coming Singularity with clear eyes. Werner Herzog, the wild, mostly off-the-grid filmmaker whose masterpieces include “Fitzcarraldo” and “Grizzly Man,” is one such techno-rejecter, telling a journalist earlier this year that he hadn’t used a cellphone in 52 weeks. This came up thanks to the subject of his new documentary “Lo and Behold,” which opens Friday in Palm Beach County. Narrating the film in his signature laconic German drawl, Herzog interviews robotics experts, industrialists and futurists from Elon Musk to Kevin Mitnick about the past, present and future of A.I. The results are sometimes funny and sometimes scary but always illuminating, in the way this master documentarian’s films inevitably are. It runs through Aug. 25.

What: Opening night of “It Had to Be You”

Where: KWP Productions at Actors’ Rep, 1009 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $21

Contact: 561/339-4687,

Veteran film and TV character actor Joseph Bologna co-wrote this 1981 holiday play, which is suffused with industry humor. Praised by critics for its dexterity, warmth and miraculous comedy, it’s an oddball romance about Theda Blau, a zany B-movie actress, long divorced from her Hollywood heyday, who hopes to reinvent herself as a playwright in New York City. Her quest for a writing and/or love partner leads her to an audition for television producer Vito Pignoli, who is charmed by her eccentricities. They eventually share a cab and more, in a story that winds up in Theda’s East Village apartment on Christmas Eve. Much madcap and merriment ensues. Kicking off KWP’s first season of adult programming, the show runs through Sept. 4.


What: Nicole Henry

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30-$45

Contact: 561/450-6357,

Jazz singer Nicole Henry is big in Japan, having won awards and topped charts there. But she’s also mighty popular in this country and her home base of South Florida, where she graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Communications and Theater. She scored Miami New Times’ designation as Best Solo Musician in 2002, years before she released her debut album, and more recently the New York Times’ Stephen Holden referred to her as “a pop-soul superwoman.” The beautiful silken-voiced singer has released seven, the latest of which is “Summer Sessions,” recorded with songwriter-producer superstar James Bryan.


What: The Dixie Chicks

Where: Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $35-$129

Contact: 561/795-8883,

Natalie Maines, Emily Robinson and Martie Maguire, the native or adopted Texans behind Dixie Chicks, have been making music since 1989. Purveyors of quality, sentimental country songs about heartbreak, love, cowboys and wide open spaces, the Chicks became unlikely soldiers on the front lines of the culture wars in March 2003, when Maines, performing in front on a London audience, denounced George W. Bush during the run-up to the Iraq War. This proved heretical to the group’s corporate sponsors and largely conservative country-music listenership: Their Billboard dominance disappeared within two weeks of the remark, and they became Target No. 1 in conservative media. But not only did the controversy not kill the Dixie Chicks, it made them stronger: Bolstered by the unapologetic “Not Ready to Make Nice,” the group won five Grammys in 2007, including Album of the Year. Its members have pursued solo and side projects in the years since, and this much-anticipated tour marks its first headlining jaunt in 10 years.

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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