Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Your Week Ahead: Jan. 30 to Feb. 5

Mizner Park fills with art, Miami City Ballet toasts Jerome Robbins’ centenary, and Quentin Tarantino gets a jolt of estrogen. Plus, Lana Del Rey, Darryl Strawberry, “On Golden Pond” and more in your week ahead.



What: Darryl Strawberry

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

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: Free, but online reservations required

Contact: 561/272-3575, incitetalks.com

An eight-time MLB All-Star and a three-time World Series champion, right fielder Darryl Strawberry enjoyed a 17-year career on the professional diamond. Off the field, Strawberry suffered a more pernicious reputation, with three suspensions for substance abuse—cocaine was his narcotic of choice—and high-profile arrests. More recently, Strawberry has spoken about his other addiction, sex, telling Dr. Oz that he would solicit fans for between-inning trysts during Mets games. Proof that everyone deserves a second chance, the clean-and-sober Straw is now an ordained minister who shares his story at events like this one, endeavoring to bring hope to victims of addiction. He’s one of the most prominent speakers to date of InCite Talks, a recovery lecture series based in Delray Beach. Order your tickets online; the first 100 tickets are eligible for a private reception with Strawberry following his presentation.



What: Opening night of “Reservoir Dolls”

Where: Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Ave., Pompano Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $19-$39

Contact: 954/545-7800, ccpompano.org

Before he made it into a movie, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino conceived his bloody breakthrough “Reservoir Dogs” as a play—which may account for the script’s unusually chatty nature. Twenty-five years after its theatrical release, fans finally get to experience it onstage … but with a lot more estrogen. Adapted by Erika Soerensen, “Reservoir Dolls” changes the gender of all five of Tarantino’s colorfully named criminal conspirators—now Ms. Pink, Ms. Brown, etc. Stripped of its machismo but retaining the plot about a diamond heist gone awry, “Reservoir Dolls” promises to be just as witty and shocking as its inspiration, but with newly embedded feminist irony. Outré Theatre Company will produce the play’s South Florida regional premiere, marking the first time “Reservoir Dolls” will be directed by a woman, Outré’s Assistant Artistic Director Shannon Ouellette.


What: Lana Del Rey

Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35.25-$120.75

Contact: 954/835-8000, thebbtcenter.com

Lana Del Rey is one of the music business’ singular anomalies, a hard-to-pin-down mix of vintage soul singer, swaggering provocateur and floral hippie. Her persona is so drenched in the seedy underbelly of Old Hollywood glamour that one critic referred to her as a “thugged-out Bette Davis.” But Del Rey, who was raised in Miami, also fits snugly on Top 40 radio between Lorde and Rihanna; guest stars on her stellar fifth album of 2017 range from Stevie Nicks to The Weeknd. Her vintage Tinseltown ambience combines more overtly sociopolitical songs on her latest tour, a typically extravagant affair that includes misty stage effects and a scenic design of palm trees, mossy rocks and oceanic projections. Expect to hear my favorite of her cuts, the classic “Off to the Races,” along with a generous smattering of hits from her entire oeuvre.



What: Opening reception of “Transformation”

Where: Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach

When: 5 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org

“Transformation” is the title and theme of this two-artist exhibition opening this week at Arts Garage. It certainly fits the modus operandi of Sonya Sanchez Arias, whose work is all about deconstructing and reconstructing—of transforming and upcycling everyday objects into something else. Arias designs paper dresses and jewelry from recycled materials and also works in fine art photography, and makes a point to incorporate “imperfections”—like “missing” spaces, smudges and distorted pixels—into her work. It will be paired with the evocative abstract paintings of self-taught Delray Beach artist Satya Vani. The exhibition runs through Feb. 28, but show up Friday evening for wine and cheese.

'On Golden Pond' by Ernest Thompson February 2 to February 25, 2018

What: Opening night of “On Golden Pond”

Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $90, with reception ($75 for rest of the run)

Contact: 561/514-4042 ext. 2, palmbeachdramaworks.org

Most people remember “On Golden Pond” as a movie, on the strength of its 10 Oscar nominations—and two wins, for Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda—in 1982. But it was a play first, by Ernest Thompson. Perhaps unlike its troubled patriarch, it has aged well. “On Golden Pond” is set in a cottage in New England, where aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer routinely spend their summers. This season will be an eventful one: It’s Norman’s 80th birthday, an unceremonious anniversary accompanied by inklings of memory loss and heart palpitations. An appearance from their only daughter, Chelsea; her new beau, Bill; and their son, Billy Jr.; complicate things for everyone. Dramaworks will present a mixed-race version of this rarely produced show, with Pat Bowie, John Felix, Karen Stephens, Paul Tei and Jim Ballard joining the exceptional cast. It runs through Feb. 25.


What: Screening of “Groundhog Day”

Where: O Cinema Wynwood, 90 N.W. 29th St., Miami

When: 11:30 p.m.

Cost: $12

Contact: 305/571-9970, o-cinema.org

Until a film titled “May the Fourth Be With You” opens to wide acclaim, “Groundhog Day” will surely retain the mantle of the best movie ever named after an eccentric holiday. Everything came together for this 1993 masterpiece: a groundbreaking screenplay, imaginative direction, and of course the winning lead performances from Bill Murray as a curmudgeonly weatherman stuck in time and Andie MacDowell as his more optimistic colleague and love interest. The legacy of “Groundhog Day” has inspired similar time-loop films from “Edge of Tomorrow” to “Haunter” to “Happy Death Day,” and it became a Broadway musical last year. In 2016, some intrepid fans in Liverpool binge-watched the movie 12 times in 24 hours. You’re only expected to sit through it once in Miami this weekend, in a new 4K digital transfer screened in honor of the movie’s 25th anniversary.



What: Miami City Ballet Program II

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

When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.

Cost: $25-$105

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Miami City Ballet has long been the region’s foremost translator of Jerome Robbins’ athletic, animalistic choreography. But even this esteemed company hasn’t danced them all; his oeuvre is that limitless, spanning 50 years. For its second program of the season, MCB will premiere three Robbins ballets as part of a full-evening celebration of his 100th birthday: “Circus Polka,” his Stravinsky-composed re-imagining of George Balanchine’s majestic, elephant-filled original; “The Cage,” his daring ballet set in a ruthless covey of female insects; and “Other Dances,” a lyrical duet created originally for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova. Two more Robbins dances from the MCB repertory complete the program in all their glory: the “West Side Story Suite,” featuring jubilant gangland rumbles from the Sondheim musical; and “In the Night,” his romantic interpretation of three stages of love commencing against a moonlit night.



What: 32nd Annual Museum Art Festival

Where: Mizner Park Plaza and Amphitheater

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

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/392-2500, bocamuseum.org

Now that we’re fully in the throes of high cultural season in Boca, art fairs have literally become a weekly occasion: This is the third consecutive weekend in Boca Raton in which vendors will fill a centralized hot spot with arts and crafts. But only this one carries the imprimatur of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The museum’s 32nd-annual festival features artists from across the country offering paintings, jewelry, fiber art, photography, ceramics, pottery, wood art, mixed media, graphic design, art glass and more. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s educational programming.

John Thomason
As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, 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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