Saturday, August 13, 2022

The Week Ahead: Aug. 2 to 8

What: The Go-Gos

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $25-$115

Contact: 954/462-0222,

For all-female rock bands—the kind that actually want to write and perform their original music—the ceiling-shattering contributions of the Go-Gos cannot be overstated. The first such act to reach the top of the Billboard album charts thanks to the group’s seminal 1981 debut “We Got the Beat,” the Go-Gos laid the groundwork for countless act to come, including the current wave of female-fronted indie-pop like Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls and Girlpool. Sunshine-splashed hits like “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “We Got the Beat” and “Vacation” hold up remarkably well for songs penned during the Carter and Reagan administrations, and as evidenced by their recent performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Belinda Carlisle and company have lost none of their enthusiasm for playing them. According to co-founder Jane Wiedlin, this will be the Go-Go’s farewell tour, and will feature 38 years’ worth of songs, including some they’ve never played live.


What: Dine Out Downtown Delray

Where: Downtown Delray Beach restaurants

When: Normal restaurant hours

Cost: Varies per event

Contact: 561/243-1077,

Delray’s restaurants are the envy of the rest of South Florida, and now that the snowbirds have migrated northward, they are all ours to enjoy. The Avenue isn’t as clogged, tables are bountiful and reservations are often unnecessary. And to sweeten the deal for local foodies, our finest establishments will be offering discounts for one week only at the inaugural Dine Out Downtown Delray, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority. Always wanted to try Cut 432 but your wallet isn’t as fat as the steaks? Now’s your chance to sample the city’s best gastronomy on a budget: During the first week of August, restaurants including 32 East, Caffe Luna Rosa, Deck 84, Rack’s Fish House and many more will be offering three-course prix fixe lunches for $20 and under, and three-course prix fixe dinners for $40 and under. There also will be “Dine Out Deals” for $10 or less, wine tastings, cooking classes and chef demonstrations. Thirty Delray restaurants and food merchants are participating. No passes or coupons are required; just show up hungry.


What: Opening night of “Shorts Gone Wild 4”

Where: Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35

Contact: 954/519-2533,

For the fourth manifestation of this summertime short-play festival, co-producers Island City Stage and City Theatre are going topical. Subtitled “Decision 2016,” the theme linking these seven South Florida premieres is politics, with many exploring LGBTQ issues. Accomplished local playwrights Michael McKeever, Chris Demos-Brown, Michael Leeds, Jessica Farr and Stuart Meltzer are among the writers who will unveil new 10-minute works. Scenarios include a dinner-party debate pitting leftists against Log Cabin Republicans; a marriage-counseling session that hinges on a certain cable news program; an aging country music star and her congressman husband, who discover a new way to assert their relevance; and an online dating service for disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters. The production runs through Aug. 28.


What: Opening night of “The World Goes ‘Round”

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact: 561/832-7469,

Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb spent more than 40 years writing together, amassing an archive of musicals that rank among the form’s most substantial entries. “Cabaret” and “Chicago” are the cake toppers, but underneath are such delectable layers as the award-winning “Zorba,” “Woman of the Year” and “Kiss of the Spider-Woman.” By 1992, 30 songs from these shows were touring nationally as part of the Kander and Ebb revue “And the World Goes Round.” Palm Beach County producers Michael Lifshitz and Marcie Gorman-Althof, of upstart company MNM Productions, will produce this hit parade as their company’s fifth show, following the successful “Hair” earlier this year. Clay Cartland, Jinon Deeb, Michael Scott Ross, Shelley Keelor and Leah Sessa will star under the direction of Bruce Linser, musical director Paul Reekie and choreographer Kimberly Dawn Smith. The show runs at the Kravis through Aug. 21.

What: Blink-182

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

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $18.75-$80

Contact: 561/795-8883,

It’s been 17 years since Blink-182 presented its breakthrough video for “What’s My Age Again?,” in which these eternal adolescents stripped down to their birthday suits and ran through the streets of Los Angeles. The song, video and accompanying album—“Enema of the State”—captured the essence of snotty-sweet SoCal pop-punk, ushering in a wave of imitators and acolytes. But, as often happens when a humble band achieves MTV-level success, Blink’s Top 40 tenure proved short-lived, soon riven by artistic differences. Co-founder Tom DeLonge twice left the band to pursue side projects and/or a second career as a ufologist, leaving his bandmates in a revolving hiatus. Only this time, with DeLonge’s apparently permanent ouster in 2015, Blink seems to be sufficiently reborn, with Alkaline Trio vocalist Matt Skiba joining the band and singing DeLonge’s tunes, both old and current, with renewed gusto. On this comeback tour, the group will play favorites from its six vintage releases as well as this year’s stellar return to form, “California.”

What: “Plan 9 From Outer Space”

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 adults, $15 students

Contact: 561/243-7922,

Ed Wood was, by all accounts, completely sincere about the artistry of “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” his 1959 science-fiction epic—if you can call an 80-minute movie epic—about alien grave robbers who devise a scheme to turn the Earth’s dead into zombie killers. The result, shot for $60,000 with the ambitions of a million-dollar studio feature, fell woefully short of his expectations, resulting in an unintentional comedy with a permanent residence in the annals of bad-movie lore. So expect more laughs than thrills when the team at WLRN Radio Theatre stages a live audio play of Wood’s movie, completely with space-age sound effects and professional actors who, unlike Wood himself, are in on the joke. The second entry in the Crest’s “Sci-Fi Summer,” the program includes an audience talkback session and a presentation of “science fiction versus science fact” from representatives of the South Florida Science Center. If you pass this live performance, you can catch the audiocast Sept. 11 on WLRN 91.3-FM.

What: Opening night of “F For Friday” film series

Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

When: 11:45 p.m.

Cost: $7

Contact: 786/385-9689,

The Coral Gables Art Cinema has long appealed to late-night cinephiles with its Saturday evening After Hours series, and beginning this weekend, this unique destination cinema is adding another night, and a different batch of titles, to its weekend repertory programming. The movies scheduled for its inaugural “F for Friday” series are less cult-centric and more rooted in the period when Hollywood began to abandon artifice and plot for streetwise realism and character studies. John Schlesinger’s male-gigolo classic “Midnight Cowboy” opens the series at 11:45 p.m. this Friday, and it continues throughout the summer with more rarely screened titles, almost all of them exhibited on their original 35mm format: “The Last Detail” (Aug. 12), “Taking Off” (Aug. 19), “American Graffiti” (Aug. 26) and “Blow-Up” (Sept. 2) are among them. Visit for the complete schedule.

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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