Thursday, December 1, 2022

Your Week Ahead: Jan. 23 to 29

Fashionistas flock to Delray Beach, Nevada rockers go “post rock n’ roll” in Miami, a museum benefactor sculpts World War I history. Plus, Trevor Noah, “Tosca,” art in Boca and more in your week ahead.



What: The Killers

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $31-$189

Contact: 786/777-1000,

Nevada rockers The Killers emerged from the Vegas sun in 2004 with Hot Fuss, a furnace blast of an album that forecast the dance-rock fusion that still dominates alternative radio. Since enshrined as a modern classic, the LP’s singles included “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside”—angst-filled relationship laments couched as dancehall anthems. The Killers could have retired off these two hits alone, but the group’s next four albums have exhibited growth and maturity to rival that spitfire debut. Its 2017 release Wonderful Wonderful lives up to its name, thanks to frontman Brandon Flowers’ most confessional lyrics to date and a musicality that hearkens infectiously to 1980s New Wave. “It’s taken some risks,” he told NME this year. “We’re post-rock ‘n’ roll now.”


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What: Opening night of Delray Fashion Week

Where: Downtown Delray Beach

When: Varies by day and event

Cost: Varies per event; some free

Contact: 561/243-1077,

Local fashionistas can jet-set to Milan and Paris and London for their respective Fashion Weeks, but in the last week of January, no travel is necessary: The coming year’s most stylish and trendsetting designs will be on vivid display right here in Delray Beach. Our city’s very own Fashion Week maintains a homier vibe than those elite bastions of style, one befitting a small-town village by the sea; our events are complemented by food, live music and local vendors, with proceeds benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families. The fun kicks off Wednesday at the Colony Hotel with a night of art, jazz and eveningwear, and continues Thursday at Arts Garage with an elegant “Jazz & White Party,” complete with a hair show and meet-the-designer reception; a resort wear fashion show and luncheon at CHE! on Friday, followed by the sixth-annual Vince Canning Stiletto Race that evening at Old School Square Park; and a beach-themed “Swim & Surf Show” Saturday at Old School Square. A boutique sale, which is free to attend, closes the jam-packed week on Sunday at the Fieldhouse.



What: Dr. James Delgado

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

When: 2 p.m.

Cost: $32-$67

Contact: 561/243-7922,

“Maritime archaeologist” is one of the coolest professions to list on a business card, and Dr. James Delgado has spent his four-decade career in all seven seas. His record of explorations reads like nirvana for divers and history buffs alike, and includes the “ghost ship” Mary Celeste, the Gold Rush ships of San Francisco and Kublai Khan’s legendary lost fleet. Most famously, he’s one of an elite group of divers to take the two-and-a-half-hour plunge to the Titanic wreck site as part of a mapping expedition. An eloquent speaker about his submersed life, Delgado is known to wax poetic about his excursions the way astronauts talk about landing on the moon. He described the Titanic site to one interviewer as a “ghost town, museum, laboratory and memorial graveyard.” He’ll discuss this and more during his lecture appearance in Delray Beach.

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What: Opening day of “Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture”

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

When: noon to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/832-5196,

Behind the scenes, Gertrude Whitney was a prominent arts benefactor who founded New York’s Whitney Museum. But as an heiress and socialite born into the Vanderbilt family, Whitney’s wealthy reputation did her few favors as a working artist. As this exhibition illuminates, her sculptural work belied her cosseted life. Her monuments to World War I soldiers and working-class minorities revealed a boundless empathy for the less privileged, which came across in small-scale sculptures and massive public works alike. From bleak realism to Art Deco abstraction, her art was as rich as her net worth. She is past due for a reappraisal, and this career retrospective—remarkably, the first since her 1942 death—will provide one. The museum opens at noon, but it may be best to attend at night, during the Norton’s Art After Dark festivities, which this week includes a Curator’s Conversation about Whitney’s sculptures at 6:30 p.m. The show runs through April 29.


Photography by: ©Michael B. Lloyd
Photography by: ©Michael B. Lloyd

What: Opening night of “Communion”

Where: Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30


What do you get when you cross an alcoholic mother, her born-again daughter and their lesbian psychiatrist? It sounds like the setup for a joke, but Daniel MacIvor’s play doesn’t resort to easy punch lines; “Communion” cuts beyond the broad outlines of his fractured characters—three women in contrasting life stages and cultural beliefs who wouldn’t be in the same room together were it not for flesh, blood and the distant promises of health and renewal. MacIvor is a Canadian playwright by way of Australia, and he premiered “Communion” in 2010. But Keith Garsson, who directs this South Florida regional premiere, finds relevance in today’s similarly divided American populace. “This play explores whether or not some bonds are too damaged to mend,” he says. His production stars Jacqueline Laggy, Kim Ostrenko and Jenna Wyatt, and it runs through Feb. 11.

Photo by Paul Mobley
Photo by Paul Mobley

What: Trevor Noah

Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood

When: 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $40-$90

Contact: 800/745-3000,

In 2015, a largely unknown comedian named Trevor Noah was appointed to the most plum job in political humor: host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Noah is not Jon Stewart—in some ways, he’s a better presence, less prone to tiresome camera mugging—but his star has risen nearly as high in less than three years’ time. Last year, he debuted his third standup special for Netflix, and his award-nominated 2016 memoir Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood introduced a global readership to his alternately hilarious and shocking childhood in apartheid South Africa: The guy who now dates a supermodel and rakes politicians over fires for a living once subsisted on caterpillars for nutrition, and was thrown out of a speeding taxi by gangsters. Noah’s boundary-pushing standup reflects hard, inconvenient realities, which helps explain the title of a documentary about his formative years: “You Laugh But it’s True.”



What: “Tosca”

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

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $20-$240

Contact: 561/832-7469,

A staggering melodrama not for the faint of heart, “Tosca” is one of Puccini’s most staged operatic tragedies, a lyrical masterpiece with one of the most challenging female roles in the classical canon. It’s a work that has come a long way from its inauspicious premiere in 1900, when one musicologist notoriously dismissed it as a “shabby little shocker.” It is a shocker, but with its grandiose opulence and emotions bigger than the Roman Colosseum, it’s anything but shabby. Torture, suicide, betrayal and corruption frame this three-act saga set against the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, in which the romance between ethereal singer Tosca and romantic painter Cavaradossi is disrupted by a malicious police chief and an escaped political prisoner. “Tosca” recently made news as arguably the most troublesome work in the history of New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Hopefully things went smoother for Palm Beach Opera, which presents this weekend’s much-anticipated production.



What: Boca Raton Fine Art Show

Where: Downtown Boca Raton

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

Cost: Free


Thrice earning the distinction as one of the top 100 art shows in the U.S., the ninth-annual edition of the Boca Raton Fine Art Show will welcome more than 160 artists to downtown Boca, filling Sanborn Square Park and lining Northeast First Avenue and East Boca Raton Boulevard. Juried by art professionals, the fair will feature artists in all disciplines, including paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry and photography, offering work in a variety of price ranges. Additionally, in its commitment to forge bonds between art and business for the youngest generation, the show is reviving last year’s successful Budding Artist Competition, in which young creatives ages 9 to 19 will showcase and sell their work, learning how to become artist-entrepreneurs in real time.

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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