Monday, April 15, 2024

The Week Ahead: June 29 to July 4

What: Opening night of “1776”

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $65

Contact: 561/514-4042,

Perhaps it’s the overwhelming success of “Hamilton” on Broadway, or the patriotic fervor of the Fourth of July, or the blood-sport volatility of the 2016 election cycle. Whatever the reason, we’re happy Dramaworks has chosen “1776,” Sherman Edwards’ offbeat musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence, as its timely-slash-timeless summer production. Far from the saints to whom they’re reduced in contemporary talking points, the Founding Fathers are presented here as three-dimensional humans, petty and irritable as much as noble and charming. Studded with songs about Congressional inaction (“Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve”), conservative staunchness in the face of opposition (“Cool, Cool Considerate Men”) and legislatorial hypocrisy (“Molasses to Rum”), “1776” is surely the wonkiest of American musicals until Lin-Manuel Miranda decided to rhyme “abolitionists” with “ammunition is.” Break out the waistcoats and periwigs. It runs through July 24.

What: Opening night of “Our Kind of Traitor”

Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: Show times pending

Cost: $6.50-$9.50

Contact: 561/549-2600,

Imagine you’re a London professor attending a glamorous party on holiday in Marrakesh. You meet a friendly, boisterous Russian family man. As you get to know each other, he reveals that he’s the “No. 1 money launderer from the Russian mafia.” His entire family is threatened, he says, unless you deliver a USB drive to British intelligence. Bye now, enjoy the canapés! That’s the inciting incident of “Our Kind of Traitor,” the latest film adaptation of the cynical spy novelist John le Carre, of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” fame. Ewan McGregor plays the academic everyman, and Stellan Skarsgard gets his meatiest role in years as the chest-puffing Russian oligarch, in a twisty international thriller with exotic locales spanning London, Paris and the Swiss Alps. It’s earned comparisons to such fish-out-of-water espionage classics as “Charade” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” Check out its Boca Raton run at least through next Thursday.


What: Florida Supercon

Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

When: noon to 1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday

Cost: $25-$599

Contact: 954/399-1330,

When Florida Supercon launched, in 2006, it drew 1,500 attendees. Last year, this increasingly popular annual convention for comic books, sci-fi and video games attracted a record 51,000 guests, making it the largest conference of its kind in South Florida. Along the way, Florida Supercon has come to attract some of the biggest names in the convention touring circuit, and this year’s lineup bursts at the seams with luminaries from Hollywood, comic books, pro wrestling, cosplay and more, among them William Shatner, Brianna Hildebrand, Mick Foley, Chase Masterson, Diamond Dallas Page and Henry Winkler. There will be hundreds of exhibitors, panels, workshops, Q&As, free cosplay photobooths, video game tournaments, trivia games, bingo, a weekend-long film festival and much more. Visit the event’s website for complete details.


What: Silent Disco

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

When: 9 to 11 p.m.

Cost: $15

Contact: 561/243-7922,

Do you enjoy electronic music but would rather avoid the deafening loudness and lack of listener autonomy in the nightclubbing experience? Then the Silent Disco, a trend that is sweeping this and other nations, may be for you. The concept encourages socialization and listener choice without bludgeoning your tympanic membrane: Attendees at Old School Square’s hip new program receive a pair of wireless headphones and the ability to switch between two DJs spinning live. Whenever you want to talk to somebody, just remove the earphones and speak to them in a soundless environment. It’s an idea so brilliant we wish we’d thought of it. If you can’t make this Silent Disco, the Fieldhouse will continue hosting them on Aug. 4 and Sept. 1.


What: Vans Warped Tour

Where: Perfect Vodka Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach

When: 11 a.m.

Cost: $40.50

Contact: 561/795-8883,

Festivals come and go, but there will always be Warped Tour—the annual niche celebration of all things punk, pop-punk, emo, screamo and metal founded in 1995 by Kevin Lyman. It’s become the longest-running summer festival tour in North America, on the strength of Lyman’s ability to ferret out the best new music for his young audience with old favorites from the ‘90s and early Aughts. Among the dozens of acts at this year’s daylong shindig: Alt-ska party rockers Reel Big Fish (pictured), South Florida exports New Found Glory, veteran Gainesville punkers Less Than Jake, alt-rockers Sum 41, post-hardcore quartet Emarosa, Arizona pop-rockers The Maine, dramatic deathcore rockers Whitechapel and many more.


What: July Fourth Celebration

Where: Atlantic Avenue and A1A in downtown Delray Beach

When: 8 a.m. to noon, 4 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: Free


Independence Day begins early this year, with festivities beginning at 8 a.m. That’s when buckets will hit the beach for a sand sculpting contest featuring (if we’re lucky) the intricate animals and pop-culture icons of Delray’s reigning sandman, Lee Stoops. The contest runs until 12, after which the city takes a mid-day siesta before a busy afternoon and evening. Back-to-back bands will perform starting at 4 p.m., which is also the time Putt N’ Around mini golf will open a special course and Exhilaride Golf Cart rentals will host a Patriotic Golf Cart Decorating Contest. Cool off from the summer heat at the Splash Zone, park the tykes at the Kids’ Corner for face painting and craft activities, and relax at the Beer Garden at Caffe Luna Rosa and BurgerFi. You can also test your intestinal fortitude at the latter’s burger eating contest at 5:45 p.m. Fireworks launch at 9 p.m. at the north end of the beach.

What: Fabulous Fourth Celebration

Where: Spanish River Sports Complex, 1000 N.W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton

When: Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/393-7995,

The City of Boca Raton’s Independence Day spectacular runs for three solid hours of family-friendly fun. Kids can enjoy a 24-foot-high Klime Wallz challenge—purportedly one of only a handful in the country—along with giant slides, midway games, carnival rides and arts & crafts activities. There will be food trucks, complementary water (while supplies last), and live music from the All-Star Band, performing hits from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. Boca’s Boy Scout Troop No. 306 will be selling that most All-American of snacks, beef jerky, for $2, with each purchase benefiting soldiers overseas. A 9 p.m. fireworks display caps the evening’s festivities, and free parking is plentiful at locations like the Boca Corporate Center and the Boca Public Library.

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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