The Hukilau brings Polynesian culture to Fort Lauderdale, a “Breaking Bad” co-star breaks funny in Boca, and the Flagler Museum offers a day of free admission. Plus, The Hunts, “I’m Gonna Pray for You so Hard,” art by parents and more in your week ahead.
What: Founder’s Day
Where: Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach
When: noon to 5 p.m.
Contact: 561/655-2833, flaglermuseum.us
Sometimes, when national treasures have existed in our backyard for so long, we take them for granted. When was the last time you visited the Flagler Museum, the immaculately restored former residence of visionary industrialist Henry Flagler? There’s no better time to reacquaint yourself with this National Historic Landmark than Founder’s Day, celebrated every June 5 to honor Flagler and his descendents. It’s the only day you’ll find free admission to the Flagler, and it’s traditionally one of the museum’s most-attended days. So show up early and take a leisurely stroll through the Gilded Age treasures on display, climb aboard Flagler’s own private railcar, and marvel at the stunning architecture during your self-guided tour.
WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY
What: The Hukilau
Where: The Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 S.E. 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, and other area locations
When: Various event times
Cost: $175-$399 for weeklong passes; individual day passes $49-$129
Iron your best aloha shirt, dust off your favorite hula skirt and prepare to sample the rum cocktail of your dreams at this poolside Polynesian party. For 16 years and running, the Hukilau has been one of the nation’s most enduring tiki festivals, attracting a worldwide clientele to Fort Lauderdale beach on the strength of its live performers, drink tastings, workshops andsymposia. This year’s lineup includes Medusirena, the Wreck Bar’s resident fire-breathing mermaid; Los Straitjackets, a Luchador-masked instrumental trio; Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet, which reimagines jazz and classical compositions as groovy exotica songs; and up-and-coming surf rockers Black Flamingos, to name just a few. There’s also a “$1,000 Rum Tasting” for the bargain price of $40, among many cocktail-centered gatherings.
What: Opening night of “Sollers Point”
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org
In this slow-burning drama from the indie auteur Mathew Porterfield, a 24-year-old man (McCaul Lombardi), just released from a nine-month prison sentence, attempts to piece back together a life that was hardly complete before his detention. Like Dustin Hoffman’s “Straight Time,” it’s a realist, character-driven account of this painful period of adjustment, but with a more raw, streetwise, Sisyphean sensibility. For Keith, the young protagonist, his attempts at an upstanding life inevitably backslide, with old contacts and old behaviors resurfacing in explosive ways. Jim Belushi co-stars as Keith’s uncompromising father in the film, which runs through June 14 only.
What: Opening night of “Dual Roles”
Where: Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood
When: 6 to 9 p.m.
Contact: 954/921-3274, artandculturecenter.org
News flash: Raising children and being a vibrant working artist are not mutually exclusive. That’s the underlying message of “Dual Roles,” which features work by 31 artists who are also parents, and whose exceptional creative output—often deploying their kids as their subjects and partners—puts a lie to the enduring myth about the work-life imbalance. As this unique exhibition reveals, South Florida artist-parents bring their children to show openings, run art spaces with kids in tow, and start artist initiatives, with each “dual role” feeding, rather than inhibiting, the other. The exhibition, which includes familiar names like Julie Mehretu, Kerry Phillips, Sally Mann, Alice Neel and Francie Bishop Good, runs through Aug. 19.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
What: Steven Michael Quezada
Where: Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/483-9036, bocablackbox.com
Steven Michael Quezada is unlikely to be a household name—at least outside his home state of New Mexico—but he was a integral part of one of the most important television series of our era: “Breaking Bad.” As Steven Gomez, Hank’s loyal partner at the D.E.A., his agent’s tenuous life ended with a bullet, but not before contributing to all five seasons of the show, which is more than can be said for many of the series’ other recurring characters. But Quezada is far more than a tough-guy actor: He’s also a politician, following his 2016 victory in a city commission race in New Mexico, and he’s a comedian. That’s the context for his two-night-stand in Boca this weekend. Let’s hope we can take the word of Bryan Cranston, who has said of Quezada’s comedy, “Steven brings the same rich characterization to his standup as he does to his acting roles.”
What: The Hunts
Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
The Hunts, a family band with a few “J”s to spare, is comprised of seven siblings from Chesapeake, Virginia: Jenni, Jessi, Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin and Jamison. Raised by an arborist father and classical-musician mother, the five brothers bunked in the same chaotic room, the two sisters in another. Soon enough, a wellspring of rustic music burbled from their close-knit quarters, with home schooling allowing plenty of time for lessons in rhythm and harmony. Naming their band after their surname, the Hunts ply an alt-folk trade that will appeal to fans of smart, radio-friendly pop like Of Monsters of Men, the Lumineers and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. Mandolin, piano, ukulele, banjo and drums form layer cakes of melody, each instrument building delectably on the last. Now in their 20s, the Hunts have already been heard in nationwide commercials and Starbucks’ in-store playlist; see them play cuts from their 2015 release Those Younger Daysas well as new material.
What: Opening night of “I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard”
Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $60 ($45-$60 for remainder of run)
Contact: 305/445-1119, gablestage.org
In customary renegade fashion, GableStage’s southeastern premiere of this scabrous “bad dad” comedy by Halley Feiffer arrives just in time for Father’s Day. It’s set over the course of one fractious night, where a dyspeptic playwright and his actress daughter debate whether to read the reviews of her newly opened play—an avant-garde production of Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” (In another smart stroke of timing, a movie adaptation of “The Seagull” opened in theaters last week, so you have a few days to bone up on one of the subjects of Feiffer’s play.) The father turns this uneasy family gathering into a soapbox for decades of peccadilloes and large-scale resentments alike, fueled by his combustible consumption of cigarettes, booze and cocaine. If done right, you can expect to laugh one minute and cringe the next. “I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard” runs through July 8.