Fireworks, jazz and indie pop light up Independence Day in Delray, an interactive T-rex gobbles the scenery at Palm Beach Zoo, and Southwestern prints fill Arts Warehouse. Plus, Erasure, “Cabaret,” Whitney Houston on film, and more in your week ahead.
What: Independence Day Celebration
Where: Downtown Delray Beach at A1A and Atlantic Avenue
When: 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/278-0424, julyfourthdelraybeach.com
For all the stuff we can rage about politically in 2018, at least we’re still free from the yoke of Great Britain—a position that still polls well more than 250 years later. Celebrate another year of American independence at Delray’s beloved beach party, which offers everything you want from a Fourth of July gathering—beer, sand, patriotic fanfare, spangled décor. Veterans and active military personnel will raise the city’s brand-new 60-foot flag at 5 p.m. to kick off the festivities, followed by live entertainment from Solid Brass Band, a horn-driven octet playing classic brass music from Stevie Wonder, Chicago and others; and the Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band, a 19-member ensemble playing everything from jazz to bebop to Latin. Echosmith, a California indie pop band, will play in between. A grand fireworks display, choreographed to music, ends the night on a bang—many bangs. There’s also vendors, mini golf from Putt’N Around, a Kids’ Corner and a beer garden courtesy of Caffe Luna Rosa and Boston’s.
What: Opening day of “Femme à la montre”
Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $16 museum admission
Contact: 305/375-3000, pamm.org
It is estimated that Pablo Picasso created 50,000 artworks in a career that spanned from the early 20th century through his death in 1973. “Femme à la montre,” which stands for “Woman with a Watch,” is just one of them, a 1932 portrait of his mistress and muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter, produced during one of the artist’s most fruitful periods. This being Picasso, it looks quite unlike anyone else’s depiction of a woman with a timepiece, before or since, and it’s important enough that the single work, on loan from a private collector, is its own special exhibition. Check it out at PAMM through Oct. 16.
What: Opening day of “Whitney”
Where: Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/395-4695, whitneythefilm.com
You needn’t be a Whitney Houston superfan to appreciate director Kevin MacDonald’s addictively watchable documentary about the late R&B superstar. In fact, the movie may have more impact to casual observers who appreciated her legacy from a distance. Through interviews and archival footage, MacDonald charts Houston’s early life through her ascent as a young soul singer all the way through her breakthrough success, movie career, fractured marriage to Bobby Brown and her heartbreaking spiral into the drug addiction that took her life at 48. Among the revelations that spill forth from Houston’s friends, family and colleagues: She had a “fluid” sexual orientation, before such a term was commonly used; and as a girl, she suffered long-buried sexual abuse from an extended family member. An occasionally crafty stylist, MacDonald visually frames Houston’s journey through a series collages linking her to the headlines and pop-culture trends of her time. But mostly, it’s a familiar presentation of an unfortunately familiar story about the destructive flipside of fame and fortune. The movie also opens at Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton.
What: “Safari Nights: Dinosaurs”
Where: Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $13.95-$19.95 zoo admission
Contact: 561/547-9453, palmbeachzoo.org
It’s not exactly “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” but the little ‘uns who have already gorged on the recently opened blockbuster can experience, for the first time at the Palm Beach Zoo, a walking dinosaur at this special “Safari Night.” The T-rex, on loan from prehistoric entertainment provider Dino Trail, reaches more than 8 feet in height and 12 feet long, and it roars. But it doesn’t bite, and it hasn’t been genetically modified for military application, so we’re in pretty safe (and very small!) hands. This program will also feature (live) animal encounters, face painting, DJ music, craft activities, strolling children’s theatre from Commedia del Sol, and more. Kids are encouraged to don their best dinosaur costumes.
What: Opening reception of “Desert Triangle Print Carpeta”
Where: Arts Warehouse, 313 N.E. Third St., Delray Beach
When: 6 to 9 p.m.
Contact: 561/330-9614, artswarehouse.org
Normally, the label “Desert Triangle” belongs to a location in India, but for its newest exhibition, the Arts Warehouse is showcasing work from its own, American desert triangle: the Southwestern cities of Tucson, Albuquerque and El Paso. Thirty printmakers from this region will offer serigraphs, relief prints and lithographs commissioned for this exhibition by the El Paso Museum of Art, and will touch on themes that resonate in the Southwest—namely, its robust Mexican-American population and its natural, wide-open spaces. Eschewing mythic nostalgia for more forward-thinking ideas of the area and of art in general, the exhibition won’t contain any cowboy prints—but it will feature three serigraphs that will come alive through an “augmented reality” app. The East Coast debut of this touring show will run through Aug. 11 at the Warehouse.
What: Opening night of “Cabaret”
Where: Studio One Theatre at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 800/564-9539, fauevents.com
Kander and Ebb’s masterful musical, set in a seedy club during the waning, decadent days of Weimer Germany, is a breath of pungent, heart-stopping air amid the largely anodyne repertory of the most-staged American musicals. There’s nothing fluffy about this doomed romance between an American writer of jumbled sexuality who falls for a desperate, untalented but exciting nightclub singer. The show endures because it’s confrontational; the political relevance of “Cabaret” continues to grow more than 50 years after its Broadway premiere. Its boiling-frog narrative subtext, about a numbed populace dancing and sleeping while fascism escalates around it, is gaining discomforting traction worldwide. It remains to be seen how much this student production at FAU will channel the horrors and anxieties of the modern world. It runs through July 22.
Where: Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
When: 8:30 p.m.
Contact: 305/673-7300, fillmoremb.com
Most of the great British synthpop acts of the 1980s have disbanded, only to reunite in the more commodious aughts, where electronic dance music is still cresting on a wave of millennial popularity. But Erasure, the gloriously catchy duo of frontman/lyricist Andy Bell and keyboardist Vince Clarke, has always been around, through 17 studio albums in 33 years. It surviving even the grunge movement, when its melodious uplift went out of fashion, and early hits like “L’Amour,” “Sometimes” and “Chains of Love” still get radio play on the cool stations. That said, World Be Gone, the latest album from these dance-pop stalwarts, feels like a reawakening of sorts. Opening to stellar reviews, the album has earned the symbolism of its phoenix-rising cover. This first show of the duo’s North American tour is a homecoming performance of sorts: Bell is a part-time Miami resident, and a holder of one of its keys to the city!