Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Week Ahead: May 10 to 16

What: Opening night of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30-$125

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

Carole King has released 25 solo albums in an illustrious career spanning nearly 60 years. But her breakthrough album “Tapestry,” released in 1971, remains the LP for which she is most known—her passionate salvo to the worlds of pop, rock and folk that today seems like a greatest-hits album: “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Beautiful,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and “A Natural Woman” are all on it. So what inspired such an epochal record, which remained on the U.S. album charts for more than six years? That’s the subject of Douglas McGrath’s heartfelt jukebox musical “Beautiful,” which dramatizes King’s evolution from a rebellious Brooklyn teenager through the release of “Tapestry.” Much of the drama chronicles King’s on-again, off-again relationship with her co-lyricist Gerry Goffin, a force in her life despite his infidelities and mental breakdowns. Her life story is interwoven with more than 25 hits from King’s solo career as well as tunes she wrote for others, such as “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” It runs through May 22.

WEDNESDAY

What: The 1975

Where: Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $31.70-$40.75

Contact: 305/358-7550, livenation.com

The members of England’s The 1975 have been making music together since they were 15 years old, initially covering punk songs and eventually writing their own tunes about things teenagers think about—their first single was called “Sex,” and they considered naming their band Forever Enjoying Sex. That said, the maturation from the quartet’s 2013 self-titled debut to its 2015 worldwide breakthrough “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It” is astonishing, fully justifying the blanket of radio play they’ve received on alternative stations. Bolstered by a retro sound rooted in mid-period Talking Heads and vintage Michael Jackson, the album’s 17 songs represent an eclectic mission statement for an unpredictable group that proudly says “I don’t even know what my band is half the time.” Known for his distinctive hair and soulful vocals, Matthew Healy is a charismatic frontman in the bombastic rock-star tradition, acting out every note of singles like “Love Me,” “The Sound” and the gorgeous “Change of Heart” no matter how many times he’s sung them.

FRIDAY

What: Old School Craft Beerfest

Where: Old School Square Park and Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

When: 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Cost: $35 general admission, $50 VIP ticket

Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org

Trying to extract the right piece of wood from a precarious, oversized Jenga tower is a difficult enough task when you’re sober. But when you’ve enjoyed bottomless samples of Funky Buddha, Due South and Saltwater Breweries’ inventive libations? Prepare for a topple, and quick. Attendees at this increasingly popular, fifth-annual fundraiser for Old School Square can test their tipsy luck at this game as well as cornhole, ring toss and others at this interactive event, whose cover charge grants access to unlimited samples of more than 100 craft brews, imports and ciders from local, national and even home brewers. Melissa Carter, Old School Square’s marketing director, says the event found its groove last year when it discovered the perfect location at the Pavilion and Park, raising approximately $40,000 for its programming in the process. “What sets us apart from other beer festivals is that we’re a true date night,” says Carter, emphasizing that the event includes several varietals of wine from popular vintners, DJs and live music, a photo booth and live artists painting on-site. You can nosh on “pub bites” for an additional charge.

What: Opening night of “Satchmo at the Waldorf”

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

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $79 ($64 adults, $10 students for the remainder of the run)

Contact: 561/514-4042, palmbeachdramaworks.org

At first glance, “Satchmo at the Waldorf,” which takes place in 1971 on the night of Louis Armstrong’s final performance, seems like the latest in a parade of one-person bio-musicals set during the twilight of the entertainment gods. Shows like “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar the Grille” and “The Devil’s Music,” about Bessie Smith, come to mind. But “Satchmo,” penned by Wall Street Journaltheater critic Terry Teachout, is something else: It’s not a musical, instead capturing a wheezing, staggering Armstrong in his dressing room after his swan song at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. And while the show is a tour de force for one actor, he plays three parts, from the gravelly voiced, high-spirited title trumpeter; to Satchmo’s controlling, mafia-connected Jewish manager Joe Glaser; to Miles Davis, presented as a upstart jazz hipster scornful of Satchmo’s perceived pandering to white concertgoers. Race, indeed, plays a significant role in Teachout’s complex drama; he has Armstrong compare his audience to “a carton of eggs.” “Satchmo at the Waldorf” will hopefully resonate with the same timeless power as the music that inspired a life. It runs through June 12.

SATURDAY

What: Stacey Kowiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K Run

Where: Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 7:30 a.m.

Cost: $40 adults, $25 students under 18

Contact: 561/547-9453, palmbeachzoo.org

There are numerous runs this season in South Florida, but this is the only one whose proceeds benefit tigers in a Malaysian rainforest. The tigers that need saving are Malayan tigers, the most endangered of the five remaining tiger species, with fewer than 250 left in the wild. For the past three years, this Palm Beach Zoo event has raised nearly $15,000, proceeds that go directly into the zoo’s budget line for support of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s breeding programs in Malaysia’s Endau-Rompin National Park. For the fourth annual run, zoo organizers are hoping to attract a record 600 participants ranging from competitive sprinters to casual strollers and their families—and why not, with a view to match the irresistible cause? Runners begin at the Tiger River habitat and loop around Dreher Park, passing wallabies, fennec foxes, ocelets and siamangs, and finishing at the zoo’s Interactive Fountain to cool off. The ticket price includes zoo admission for the day, a post-race massage, post-race fruit and bagels, and a raffle drawing.

What: Florida Jazz and Blues Jam

Where: Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton

When: 3 p.m.

Cost: $77.87-$88.12

Contact: 561/846-2899, musicjamproductions.com

Hot off the heels its successful Southern Jam back in January, fledgling promoter Music Jam Productions is back with another inaugural bash that will hopefully become an annual tradition. The winners of 13 combined Grammys will grace the sizable and under-utilized Sunset Cove stage, led by legendary headliner Buddy Guy. A proud progenitor of Chicago Blues, Guy is also an accomplished guitarist ranked by Rolling Stone as the 30th greatest musician to wield an ax. Guy, who just won a 2016 Grammy for his latest album “Born to Play Guitar,” will play songs from his illustrious 50-year career. Come early for a lineup of fellow jazz and blues luminaries including the eclectic “Captain Fingers,” Lee Ritenour; Victor Wooten, a virtuoso founding member of Bela Fleck and the Fleck-Tones; and English blues singer John Mayall.

What: Screening of “Mulholland Dr.”

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

When: 11:45 p.m.

Cost: $7

Contact: 786/385-9689, gablescinema.com

Arguably the best film of the 2000s, David Lynch’s self-proclaimed “love story in the city of dreams” is an example of unabashed art-house experimentation set in a world utterly averse to it: commercial Hollywood cinema. Originally designed as a television pilot, “Mulholland Dr.” follows an aspiring actress moving to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams, only to be disrupted by an unusual houseguest: a mysterious dark-haired amnesiac woman who goes by Rita. Strangeness accumulates in a story whose plot consists of signs and signifiers, unexplained phenomena and esoteric in-jokes, dark humor and lurid melodrama. There isn’t another film like it, before or since: You can watch it every year and still not fully get it, but every viewing helps. The movie runs 146 minutes, so bring an espresso to this special one-night-only screening, on the film’s original 35mm format, which is part of the Coral Gables Art Cinema’s After Hours series.

SUNDAY

What: Gin Blossoms with Tonic and Dishwalla

Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $40-$60

Contact: 954/519-5500, theamppompano.org

With dance and electropop having established their millennial dominance on the pop charts, simple, affecting and jangly guitar-pop is as absent on the radio these days as polka and F-bombs. But the Gin Blossoms’ clean, heartfelt pop-rock persists into the 21st century, outlasting the commercial peak and subsequent flameouts of many of its early ‘90s peers. Founded in Tempe, Ariz., in 1987, the group achieved widespread success with the 1992 hit “Hey Jealousy,” only to suffer the firing and suicide of bandmate (and writer of that song) Doug Hopkins shortly thereafter. The band released just one more album before dissolving, only to reunite in 2002 with its devoted fan base intact. The newer albums are good, but the band generously draws most of its material from its multiplatinum early LPs, including such sing-along head-boppers as “Allison Road” and “Follow You Down.” The openers on this throwback triple-bill will be fellow ‘90s hit-makers Tonic (“If You Could Only See”) and Dishwalla (“Counting Blue Cars”).

What: Miami Symphony Orchestra Season Finale

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $44-$122

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

Uzbekistan-born Lola Astanova has been tinkling the ivories since age 8 and has performed at Carnegie Hall. But if you Google this part-time Jupiter resident, you’d be forgiven if you thought you were reading about a fashion model and not a world-class pianist. She wears high heels everywhere and claims to not own a pair of flats. Her onstage attire is haute couture, not the traditional floor-length black gown. She attracts social photographers like bees to pollen at glitzy benefit performances, where she surrounds herself with people like Donald Trump and Julie Andrews. And her leggy publicity shots are more in line with a Maxim photo shoot than a feature on contemporary translations of Rachmaninoff. Judge this lightning rod of classical-music controversy for yourself when Astanova headlines the Miami Symphony Orchestra’s season-closing performance with Mozart’s “Concerto No. 20,” the composer’s first piano concerto in a minor key. The program also includes Alberto Ginastera’s “Variaciones Concertantes,” influenced by the composer’s native Argentine folklore; and Jean Sibelius’ epic “Symphony No. 5.”

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, 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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