Jam bands and blues-rockers bring “Sunshine” to Mizner Park, Boca Fest celebrates 31 years of juried art, and the best bad movie of the 2000s screens in Boynton. Plus, the Zombies, Book of Love, “Singin’ in the Rain” and more in your week ahead.
What: The Zombies
Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
Like their contemporaries the Beatles, the Zombies launched their rock ‘n’ roll careers by conquering the screaming, hysterical teenybopper market on the strength of singles like “She’s Not There.” Also like the Fab Four, they would create a psychedelic pop masterpiece a few years later—in their case Odyssey and Oracle, a 35-minute earworm crammed with jaunty musicianship and lyrical depth. Catch the Zombies playing the album straight through, including hits “Time of the Season” and “This Will Be Our Year,” at this 50th anniversary tour.
What: Screening of “The Room”
Where: Cinemark Boynton Beach 14, 1151 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach
When: 8 p.m.
The bad movie to end all bad movies, writer-director-actor Tommy Wisseau’s 2003 labor of love “The Room” became a midnight cult film that only recently has captured the attention of a worldwide audience. Yesterday, the 2017 film “The Disaster Artist,” which details the insane production of “The Room,” netted a Golden Globe for star James Franco. This Wednesday, for one night only, you can see what all the fuss is about with a rare prime-time screening of Wisseau’s one-of-a-kind original—a poorly acted, ineptly shot, stunningly incomprehensible story about friendship and betrayal that needs to be seen to be believed.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
What: “The Last Jimmy”
Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
The monumental publication of Michelle Alexander’s 2010 book The New Jim Crow, which spent a year on the Times best-seller list, continues to reverberate. Shining a sobering spotlight on the shoddy, unequal convictions and imprisonment of African-Americans, Alexander’s essential nonfiction tome recently made news, with New Jersey prisons announcing a ban of the book. So the timing is right for “The Last Jimmy,” a hip-hop musical from five-time Grammy-nominated rapper Dice Raw that dramatizes the plight of the last black man imprisoned in a rigged criminal-justice system. Dice Raw, a regular contributor to The Roots who has appeared on 11 of their albums, wrote the original music and lyrics, and performs as the title character.
What: “Singin’ in the Rain”
Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/995-2333, thewick.org
It feels jarring to acknowledge that the stage version of “Singin’ in the Rain” is only 37 years old, because it’s tied so securely to a ‘50s vintage. The 1952 film is arguably the most important movie musical of all-time—it’s the film that most typified MGM’s splashy, colorful, stylized brand. It lends itself so effortlessly to a stage treatment that it’s hard to believe it wasn’t until 1985 that the movie’s writers, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, scripted the adaptation. Faithful to the source, the musical is set during the period of Hollywood tumult and romance when the silent pictures gave way to the talkies. Its songs, from the raincoat-requiring title cut to “Make ‘Em Laugh” and “Moses Supposes” are full of joy and effervescence. “Singin’ in the Rain” is the Wick’s annual audience selection for the 2017-2018 season, and Broadway star Jeremy Benton will tackle the role famously performed and sung by Gene Kelly. The production runs through Feb. 18.
What: Book of Love
Where: Churchill’s Pub, 5501 N.E. Second Ave., Miami
When: 9 p.m.
Contact: 305/757-1807, churchillspub.com
The cliché “everything old is new again” has certainly applied to Philadelphia synthpop quartet Book of Love, who, 32 years after the release of its debut album, has enjoyed a rejuvenated popularity rare among its big-haired, cheesy-music-video peers. Trading largely in the sunny side of New Wave—think Pet Shop Boys, or Depeche Mode at its most commercial—Book of Love’s dance-chart success peaked between 1985 and 1993, during which time its music enjoyed the pop-culture rite of passage of appearing in a John Hughes movie (the shimmery “Modigliani,” from “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”). But Book of Love is more than a product of its synthetic era; the group’s lyrics addressed sexual differences with welcome arms, anticipating concepts of gender fluidity by decades. This helps explain why “Boy,” from the band’s debut album, finally became a hit in 2001, and why new audiences have embraced Book of Love on its latest reunion tour.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
What: Boca Fest
Where: Town Center mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 561/746-6615, artfestival.com
Boca’s unofficial kickoff to festival season begins this weekend with the venerable Boca Fest, in which more than 175 local, national and international artists will fill open space just outside Town Center mall this weekend. As always with this 31st annual festival, the artists are juried and vetted, so expect to see—and talk to, and even request commissions from—the crème de la crème of the contemporary art world. The art runs the gamut from painting and sculpture to jewelry, photography and ceramics, and participants include former Walt Disney World principal artist David Sandidge (pictured); Martha Banting, who sculpts from fossilized materials; and Lin Martinique, who creates delicate Asian-inspired canvases using acrylic, rice paper and gold leaf.
What: Sunshine Music Festival
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
The Sunshine Music Festival, the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s annual labor of love, turns 5 this year, and we’re thrilled that it’s become an annual January tradition in Mizner Park. Formerly the Sunshine Blues Festival, its organizers must have realized that a more inclusive name would best encompass the multitude of genres sharing the eclectic stage. This year, joining TTB will be Mike Gordon, the bassist and co-founder of jam-band icons Phish; Medeski Martin & Wood, the longtime avant-jazz trio; classic blues rockers Hot Tuna; the New Orleans jam band Galactic; and more. The festival serves as a tuneful but experimental reminder that rootsy, earthen, soulful music for adults still has an audience vast enough to pack an amphitheater, even if its artists are seldom heard on commercial radio.
What: Robert Crais
Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach
When: 5 p.m.
Contact: 561/279-7790, murderonthebeach.com
A gritty, old-school detective writer inspired by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett—with a pinch of Hemingway—Robert Crais favors uncomplicated, direct, blunt sentences and dialogue that conjure these titans of hard-boiled prose. Crais cut his teeth on TV dramas like “Hill Street Blues” and “Miami Vice” before branching into novels, and his books have been blessed with a cinematically commercial feel; one of them, the Bruce Willis vehicle “Taken,” even made it onto the Silver Screen. Crais’ appearance at the beloved Delray mystery bookshop will promote his 17th novel The Wanted, in which his pair of recurring investigators, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, take on the case of a teenager whose masterminding of high-value burglaries leads to his disappearance—and to the attention of a brutal killer.