Saturday, August 13, 2022

The Week Ahead: Aug. 23 to 29

What: Carol Prusa Art Talk

Where: Cornell Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

When: 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost: $15 adults, $5 students

Contact: 561/243-7922,

Florida Atlantic University art professor Carol Prusa has been providing an aspirational example of success to her students: At the cusp of a new school year, her work is currently on display in two of the most important art museums in the county: the Boca Museum’s “All Florida Invitational” show, in which she also served on the esteemed selection panel; and the Cornell’s acclaimed “Lit” exhibition, a celebration of illuminated art. The latter features an entire gallery of Prusa’s otherworldly sculptures—mostly half-moons jutting from the walls and designed from materials such as vitreous china and fiber optics. Inside some, tiny circular video screens broadcast a loop of animated forms. Prusa calls them “acrylic hemispheres,” and they’re cosmically captivating, blinking with the suggestion of life. At this special event, the artist will discuss her process and what inspires her. The ticket price includes wine, tea and light bites.

What: Oddball Comedy Festival

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

When: 5 p.m.

Cost: $32-$118

Contact: 561/795-8883,

Funny or Die, the Internet’s reigning arbiters of all things yuk-worthy, returns with its fourth annual (and second in South Florida) Oddball Festival, which brings the vibrancy and talent-gasm of a music festival to the laid-back atmosphere of a comedy night. This year’s fest is stocked with A-list talent, but much of it, c’est la vie, isn’t coming to Florida: John Oliver, John Mulaney and Tracy Morgan are only playing certain dates, not ours. That just means this year’s oddballs are ripe for discovery, including hard-touring comedy-club veterans and alt-comedy favorites like Sebastian Maniscalo (pictured), Gabriel Iglesias, Jim Jeffries, Tom Segura, Iliza Schlesinger, Joey Diaz and Bert Kreischer. At an admission price that would cover maybe one of these comedians at the local Improv, what have you got to lose?

What: Art After Dark

Where: Norton Museum, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach

When: 5 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/832-5196,

Green thumbs should take notice of this week’s Art After Dark festivities at the Norton, in which the art of gardening takes root. In service of the museum’s entrancing “Mark Fox’s Giverny” exhibition—comprised of the video artist’s multi-panel, underwater exploration of Monet’s beloved garden in France—the Norton is devoting this week’s theme to the wonders of nature. Duo Pedrazzini, a violinist who has performed with the Palm Beach Pops and Symphony of the Americas, will perform classical pieces inspired by the natural world between 5 and 8 p.m.; kids can enjoy the DIY art activity “Find and Seek” between 6 and 8 p.m.; the Norton’s Glenn Tomlinson will lead a Curator’s Conversation about the Mark Fox exhibit at 6:30; and Mounts Botanical Garden Horticulturist Joel Crippen will discuss the beauty, order and strength of botanical gardens at 7:30, among other activities.

What: The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $45-$70

Contact: 800/745-3000,

It seems as if there are more Pink Floyd tribute bands than there are stars in the sky—a sky punctured by smoke, roving spotlights, rotating laser beams and giant video projection screens. The stoned-night-at-the-planetarium aesthetic of the Pink Floyd tribute show is the conventional wisdom, and the Aussie Pink Floyd certainly adheres to it. But with a professional 10-piece band of nearly perfect Floyd mimics, this cover band from Down Under has risen to the top of the cluttered ranks, having performed for David Gilmour himself at the musician’s 50th birthday party. One hundred and two thousand Facebook likes and 4 million tickets sold since 1988 are nothing to scoff at.

What: Psychic Happy Hour

Where: Café at Books and Books at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free


“Get Your Head Out of Your App” isn’t just good advice for a populace in throng to its phones. It’s also the title of psychic Deborah Graham’s book, which offers, per its subtitle, “divinely inspired dating advice for a disconnected world.” Graham has been documenting her premonitions since age 6, a gift that has spawned a multimedia career as a psychic, including her books, radio appearances and TLC show “The Psychic Matchmaker,” in which she specializes in channeling information to help relationships develop and succeed. She’ll offer her advice at this special gallery reading, and whether you’re a believer or not, this should be an entertaining evening out: Did we mention it’s a happy hour?


What: “Drunk Shakespeare”

Where: The Irishmen Bar, 1745 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $5 students, $10 adults


Usually, when you’re set to play Hamlet or Othello or Macbeth on a professional stage, it is not advisable to drink a fifth of Jack Daniel’s just prior to hitting the boards. But this is not a usual performance. Outre Theatre Company will explore the humor and absurdity of attempting to mount Shakespeare when soused at this inventive production. The six brave souls poised to act under the influence are Elizabeth Price, Paige Nicole Belcher, Seth Trucks, Christopher Mitchell, Joey de la Rua, and Sara Grant (along with a couple surprise guests)—all Shakespearean performers whose careful technique will wash away before your eyes with every beverage imbibed. According to Outre’s website, audience members can assist in this hilarious debacle by buying the actors shots and cab rides home. It’s all in good fun, and funds, with proceeds supporting Outre’s 2016-2017 season.

What: “Star Wars” marathon

Where: Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami

When: 4 p.m.

Cost: $30-$60

Contact: 305/374-2444,

With all due respect to last year’s “The Force Awakens”—and with none due to the misbegotten prequels of the early Aughts—it’s only the original trilogy of George Lucas’ game-changing franchise that will be remembered inexorably in film history. And this one-time showcase of the three classics in succession represents your best opportunity to discover them, rediscover them, or recite them back at the screen along with hundreds of other well-dressed devotees. The suggested wardrobe is anything worn by the actors and/or SFX creatures in the Lucasfilm universe and is not limited to Jedi robes, Chewbacca couture and Stormtrooper garb. There will be costume and trivia contests throughout the evening, in the 20-minute breaks between screenings of “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” If you purchase tickets online before noon Tuesday, you can enjoy free endless popcorn all night.

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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