Thursday, December 1, 2022

Your Week Ahead: March 20 to 26

Dinner is served at Delray’s longest dining table, Palm Beach Opera presents madcap Mozart, and a Jersey Boy croons at Lynn University. Plus, a New Orleans-inspired festival, Bush, Lil Buck and Jon Boogz and more in your week ahead.



What: Lil Buck and Jon Boogz

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $35

Contact: 561/832-7469,

These exciting progenitors of jookin, a form of street dancing originating in Memphis, have goals no less lofty than changing the world through dance. Their production, “Love Heals All Wounds,” which features Buck and Boogz’s dance company Control Freakz, displays the dancer-choreographers’ deft footwork and spoken-word eloquence while promoting messages of inclusivity and diversity.



What: Opening day of “Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?”

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth

When: 3 p.m.

Cost: $6-$9

Contact: 561/296-9382,

Documentaries like “Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?” only arrive in cinemas every couple of years at best, so lovers of art cinema shouldn’t miss it. In this hybrid of murder mystery, personal history and racial reckoning, director Travis Wilkerson explores a forgotten cold case involving his own great-grandfather, who fatally shot a black man in his small Alabama town in 1946. Through new interviews, potent recollections, and discursive montages involving everything from “To Kill a Mockingbird” to the music of Phil Ochs to today’s white-separatist movement, “Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?” is an exhilarating collage like no other, drawing a powerful line between his great-grandfather’s crime and the Black Lives Matter movement. It runs through next Thursday.



What: Palm Beach Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro”

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

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $20-$165

Contact: 561/832-7469,

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not yet 30 when he composed “The Marriage of Figaro,” written alongside superstar librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, aka the Hammerstein to his Rodgers. Da Ponte’s incisive, witty dialogue and Mozart’s effervescent but sophisticated music bolster one of the most-performed operas in the international repertory, not to mention one of the most successful sequels of any art form. Having graduated from being the barber of Seville, Figaro is now the valet to a philandering count. He’s set to wed Susanna, the countess’ maid—if the count doesn’t bed her first. One of the earliest operas to tackle the predations of the rich in a caste society, this multilayered masterwork is also a highlight of the opera buffa genre, taking place on one madcap day.


The Struts
The Struts

What: CrawDebauchery Food & Music Festival

Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1801 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach

When: 11 a.m.

Cost: $40-$225

Contact: 888/302-5442,

New Orleans’ seafood, if not its hedonism, is the subject of this colorful, family-friendly festival entering its fifth year. The Amphitheater field will channel its inner French Quarter with NOLA-inspired crawfish, shrimp remoulade and oysters, along with drinks that riff on the Big Easy and decadent southern desserts like pecan pralines and beignets. Landlubbers might prefer the many food trucks onsite, including Twisted Pig BBQ Company, Broken Egg Café, Tucker Duke’s and more. Deposit the little ones at the plentiful Kids Zone, appreciate art from painters, sculptors and craftspeople selling their wares, and stick around for a great live music lineup headlined by alt-rock radio mainstays The Struts (“Kiss This,” “One Night Only”). Arrive early for Anders Osbourne, Bonerama Brass Band, Dash Rip Rock and others.


What: Bush

Where: Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

When: 8:15 p.m.

Cost: $40

Contact: 305/673-7300,

If you’re an unrepentant ‘90s nostalgist (guilty!), then you’re likely enjoying this season of “X-Files,” reveled in last summer’s “Twin Peaks” revival, and have already purchased your ticket to see Bush, the English rockers whose multiplatinum breakthrough Sixteen Stone was in every teenager’s car CD visor during the Clinton Administration. The grungy singles, from the driving “Everything Zen” to the gnarly “Machinehead” and the lighter-waving ballad “Glycerine,” still hold up—and so do the band’s comeback albums in the Aughts, including last year’s Black and White Rainbows. Dust off that flannel and practice your pogoing, but do avoid the mosh pit; you’re too old for that now.


Erich Bergen

What: “A Perfect Evening” with Erich Bergen

Where: Wold Center at Lynn University, 3501 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $50-$70

Contact: 561/237-7000,

Eclectic actor-singer-dancer Erich Bergen has lent his triple-threat talents to projects as varied as the CBS hit “Madam Secretary,” where he portrays the personal assistant to the title character, to the film version of “Jersey Boys,” where he played one of the Four Seasons. This weekend, you can catch him up close and in the flesh, at the intimate Wold Performing Arts Center, where he’ll attempt to meet the impressive goal of his show’s title, “A Perfect Evening.” A mix of story and song, and a diverse set list of his idols, from Peter Allen and Barry Manilow to Elton John and Billy Joel, will help him attain perfection.



What: Savor the Avenue

Where: Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach

When: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $115-$150


The most romantic, aromatic night of the year returns to Downtown Delray Beach. Next Monday evening, 15 restaurants will spread out dramatic, candlelit tablescapes and serve four-course dinners to hungry foodies all across South Florida on the region’s longest dining table, smack-dab in the middle of Atlantic Avenue. If you haven’t made reservations yet, you’re running out of time! At the time of this writing, spaces are available at just four of the participating restaurants: Avant, Che!!!, City Oyster and Vic & Angelo’s. Snooze and you lose.

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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