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The Week Ahead: Dec. 6-12

A beloved foodie fest converts to 3D, a holiday boat parade lights up the Intracoastal, and the Norton’s Art After Dark looks for new blueprints. Plus, Hasan Minhaj, Michael Chabon, “The Brand New Testament” and more in your week ahead.



What: “Meaning & Metaphor: Seen & Unseen Narratives in the Lives of Women”


Where: Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 561/832-1776,

Dorotha Lemeh, an artist and professor at Florida Atlantic University whose work has been exhibited more than 70 times nationally and on four continents, constructs photographs that explore the modern woman’s identifying narratives. Her female figures are juxtaposed against, or surrounded by, such images of surface beauty and entrapment as flowers, birds and cages, drawing connections to female archetypes in literature, history and mythology. Lemeh will discuss her heady, immaculate imagery, and the themes behind it, as part of the Armory’s First Tuesday of the month lecture series.



What: Art After Dark: Young Professionals Night


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

When: 5 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/832-5196,

Ironically, given the size of its canvases, architecture is one of the more invisible art forms: It’s so ingrained in the fabric of everyday travel that unless it’s an especially jaw-dropping or meretricious building, we hardly notice it. This may change if you attend the 6 p.m. lecture at this week’s Art After Dark program at the Norton, which features an in-depth conversation of architecture’s role in shaping a community’s sense of place, with local architects and experts Daniel Kahan and Alexander Ives, and Norton Deputy Director James Hall. The evening also includes a “Mapmaking” exercise, in which guests create their own blueprints while exploring the Norton’s exhibits; and a concert by local quintet JM & the Sweets, an eclectic band that draws from soul, funk, jazz, blues and pop. As always, the bar, featuring libations from Potion in Motion, will be open until 8:30 in the Central Courtyard.



What: Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival


Where: Various county restaurants

When: Various event times

Cost: $75-$170 per event

Contact: 877/503-9463,

You all have 3D glasses lying around the house, right? If so, strap ‘em on and visit The luxe foodie favorite is celebrating its 10th anniversary in three glorious dimensions, with a website that invades your space like a Hollywood blockbuster. (If only the site featured Smell-O-Vision, too, we might get a waft of the succulent fish, sizzling steaks and decadent desserts that will satisfy the palates of this festival’s lucky attendees.) And it’s not just the website that’s 3D: Attendees can sign up online for 3D glasses and partake in surprise multidimensional treats during the event. At any rate, with A-list toques like Daniel Boulud, Robert Irvine and Michelle Bernstein cheffing the fest, we don’t need much extra incentive. Many of the festival’s 14 events are sold out—and have been for some time—but tickets remain for “A Rustic Root” Dec. 8 at Avocado Grill, “Rise and Dine” Dec. 10 at Eau Palm Beach, “After Hours” Dec. 10 at Imoto, the annual Grand Tasting Dec. 11 at the Gardens Mall, and more.



What: 45th Annual Holiday Boat Parade


Where: Leaves the Boynton Beach Inlet and travels south on the Intracoastal to the C15 Canal in Delray Beach

When: Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/600-9097,

A flotilla of sea vessels, of all shapes and sizes and lit up for the season, will drift along the Intracoastal during this cherished holiday event. Viewing areas begin at the Boynton Harbor Marina and continue along the parade route, and viewers are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to contribute to Toys for Tots. U.S. Marines will stand by dockside to pick up toy donations.


What: Opening night of “The Brand New Testament”

Le tout nouveau testament

Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: Show times pending

Cost: $6.50-$9.50

Contact: 561/549-2600,

“God exists. He lives in Belgium.” That’s the irresistible premise of this bawdy, irreverent, postmodern comedy from Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael. Like an Internet troll, Dormael’s petulant deity spends his days in front of his computer, wrecking minor havoc on the lives of his fellow countrymen—making their phones ring at inappropriate times, always ensuring the other supermarket lines move faster than the one they chose. His reign of power-abuse comes to a halt, however, when God’s 10-year-old daughter hacks into his account and leaks, for everyone in the world, the dates of their deaths. Much panic, fate-testing and anarchic humor ensues; there’s a subplot with Catherine Deneueve and a gorilla you won’t soon forget. “The Brand New Testament” also opens at the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale.



What: Hasan Minhaj: “Homecoming King”


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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $27.50-$37.50

Contact: 954/462-0222,

In his day job, Minhaj is a “Daily Show” senior correspondent, bringing wit and commentary to topics ranging from papal visits to presidential politics. But he’s also a gifted standup comedian and monologist, as evidenced by his one-man show “Homecoming King,” touring the nation after its 2015 Off-Broadway premiere. It explores his autobiography as a first-generation Indian-American straddling two worlds in the U.S., where he grew up as “the one brown speck in [his] class photo.”



What: Michael Chabon


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

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 305/442-4408,

Michael Chabon, the award-winning novelist, defender of populist fiction, and chronicler of the inner worlds of religious and sexual minorities, is one of the more eccentric and complex best-selling authors of our time, whose credits include the WWII period opus The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and the alternate-history mystery The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. His latest work, Moonglow, is also something of an imagined history novel—his own family’s. Inspired by a 1989 visit to the bedside of his dying grandfather, Chabon spun this teeming flashback narrative encompassing the life of an unnamed protagonist known simply as “my grandfather” as he unspools a life of buried history and dreamlike revelations. The journey spans Jewish slums to NASA to a Florida retirement community, in a work that is as fantastic as it is personal. It’s been called “an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir.” Chabon will parse some of these distinctions at this South Florida stop on his book tour.

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