Thursday, October 28, 2021

Your Week Ahead: March 27 to April 2

The Cornell Art Museum blooms for springtime, two poets duke it out at Dramaworks, and 2017’s best in theatre is awarded in Fort Lauderdale. Plus, Loudon Wainwright III, Laila Ali, a Wes Anderson film festival and more in your week ahead.



What: Laila Ali

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $50.85

Contact: 954/462-0222,

Laila Ali is the daughter of an American icon—her father was Muhammed—and she inherited his pugilistic genes, going undefeated in her eight years as a professional boxer. But she’s equally indomitable outside the ring, forging a second career as a wellness guru, celebrity cook and motivational author who shares her inspirational story at speaking engagements like this one. A familiar face on competition shows from “Chopped: All Stars” to the Schwarzenegger-hosted “New Celebrity Apprentice,” Ali will share stories from her life and her perspectives on nutrition. Her latest book is Food For Life: Delicious and Healthy Comfort Food From My Table to Yours.



What: Loudon Wainwright III

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $47-$57

Contact: 561/243-7922,

It’s hard to imagine now, but when he was a young man, future folk legend Loudon Wainwright III sold his guitar to pay for—wait for it—yoga lessons in San Francisco. We’re pleased he ultimately decided to value arpeggios over downward dogs, because he’s enjoyed a 40-plus-year career in music that has lost none of its vibrancy. Seeing Bob Dylan at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival solidified his career change, and for a spell, he was one of the countless folksingers to earn the sobriquet “the new Dylan.” Indeed, he’s managed to channel the self-effacing humor and social commentary of the early Dylan recordings—his biggest hit is still the 1972 novelty hit “Dead Skunk”—with an autobiographical poignancy all his own. The singer-songwriter and father of accomplished composer Rufus Wainwright and folk rocker Martha Wainwright will visit Delray to support his 23rd album, the critically acclaimed “Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet).”



What: Opening reception of “Flora”

Where: Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 561/243-7922,

The Cornell’s spring exhibition is called “Flora,” but don’t expect your garden-variety (literally!) showcase of potted still-lifes and floral landscapes. Instead, “Flora,” which borrows its name from the god of springtime and fertility, will feature “artwork that is not your typical ‘floral painting,’ so I hope the name doesn’t scare people away,” says curator Melanie Johanson. “This exhibition will have immersive installations, pieces that make people wonder how they were created, and works that visitors will be inspired by.” Floral depictions run the gamut from fresh growth to lovely decay, including a walk-through installation in which two artists will transform a gallery space into an outdoor wonderland. “My big goal with this exhibition is to show artwork that depicts flowers in a way that is totally unexpected,” Johanson says. “Flora” runs through Sept. 9.



What: Opening day of Wes Anderson film festival

Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

When: Begins at 4:15 p.m. Friday

Cost: $7-$11.75 per screening

Contact: 786/472-2249,

With Wes Anderson’s latest star-studded, martini-dry comedy, “Isle of Dogs,” set to open on April 6, the Coral Gables Art Cinema is toasting the offbeat director with a mini festival of his finest work. Acclimate yourself into Anderson’s singular, immaculately framed worldview by immersing yourself in his precocious youth fantasy “Moonrise Kingdom,” his delightfully droll “Grand Budapest Hotel,” and his touching coming-of-age story “Rushmore” (pictured). The latter will screen on its original 35mm film format. Stay for one or all on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then return next week for “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.”


What: Eddie Stephens: “Living an Extraordinary Life”

Where: The Kelsey Theater, 700 Park Ave., Lake Park

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $5 ($50 for VIP tickets)

Contact: 561/328-7481,

Eddie Stephens is one of Palm Beach County’s most respected divorce lawyers, but you needn’t be dissolving a union to seek his counsel. When he’s not litigating for West Palm Beach’s Ward Damon, he’s often lecturing at multimedia presentations such as “Living an Extraordinary Life,” where he distills the enduring theories of teacher-philosophers like Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and Maynard James Keenan and filmmaker George Lucas into digestible chunks of take-home advice. The lecture promises to be a “geeked-out” motivational speech; to that end, VIP ticketholders will receive photo ops with costumed “Star Wars” characters, in addition to a complimentary drink and early admittance.



What: Opening night of “Edgar & Emily”

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

When: 8 p.m. (7 p.m. reception, with desserts after the performance)

Cost: $90 ($75 for remainder of run)

Contact: 561/514-4042,

Poetry nerds rejoice! The few and proud who fit this label should be first in line at this world-premiere play, which imagines an encounter between an emerging Emily Dickinson and a desperate Edgar Allan Poe, who appears at her Massachusetts bedroom window on the run from a murderous stranger. Such an encounter never actually happened, which makes the premise all the more enticing. Playwright Joseph McDonough describes his work as “comic fantasia” in which the two writers share an unorthodox night of wit and whimsy. Veteran actors Gregg Weiner and Margery Lowe star in the production, basking in the clever repartee. For more on this production, check out our podcast, complete with audio excerpts from a recent rehearsal. “Edgar & Emily” runs through April 22.



What: 42nd Annual Carbonell Awards

Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 advance, $35 day of show

Contact: 954/462-0222,

South Florida’s answer to the Tony Awards celebrates another year of theatrical excellence in the tri-county region. The ceremony will honor the best performances, productions and technical achievements of 2017 as voted by an esteemed group (I’m part of it, so it better be esteemed) of panelists and judges who schlepped to see dozens of shows from South Miami to Jupiter. (You’re welcome.) Palm Beach County theaters netted 38 nominations, which is just shy of Miami-Dade County’s 42 nods, with productions of “The Caretaker” (pictured), “The Secret Garden,” “Sunday in the Park With George” and “Sweeney Todd” leading the pack with six nominations each. Dress to impress at next Monday’s awards, which also feature performances from the five nominees for Best Production of a Musical.

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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