A theatrical mystery dazzles at the Kravis, a star astrophysicist goes to the movies, and celebs swing rackets for charity in Delray. Plus, Bernie Sanders, Peter Hook & The Light, VoicePlay and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening night of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
This Tony-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s acclaimed novel is the only nonmusical in the Kravis’ 2016-17 Broadway season, but with the amount of razzle-dazzle onstage, it’s hard to tell the difference. Electrifying special effects and an immersive scenic design place viewers inside the quantum brain of a 15-year-old mathematical genius who resides on the autism spectrum. When he’s accused of killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to discover the real culprit, despite opposition from neighbors and his vindictive father. Elaborate video projections and choreography coalesce in a shocking climax. It runs through Sunday.
What: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
As director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium and host of Fox’s “Cosmos” edutainment series, Tyson is the closest thing the world of astrophysics has to a rock star. Now, like real rockers, he’s going on tour, as a starry-eyed film critic: In “An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies,” he’ll break down the scientific blunders—including his now-notorious dissection of the Oscar winner “Gravity”—as well as the refreshing accuracies in sci-fi staples from “Star Wars” to “The Martian.”
What: Opening night of “Christine”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Starting at 2 p.m.
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
Back in 1974, news reporter Christine Chubbuck was the victim of one of the most stunning and tragic events in television history: a suicide committed live on the air, from her anchor desk at a Sarasota news station. An ace reporter riven by depression and social awkwardness, her story was said to have inspired the character of Howard Beale in “Network,” but it’s only now, more than 40 years after her death, that Hollywood has attempted to tell her story with any degree of accuracy. Underrated art-house actor Rebecca Hall plays Christine in this critically acclaimed biopic, whose subject is as much the increasing “bleeds-it-leads” sensationalism of the news as it is the tortured woman forced to report it.
Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $15 students, $25 adults
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
A cappella choirs, which used to be popular mostly on college campuses—uniting the nerds and the frat brothers in four-part harmony—have spread to the mainstream and beyond, thanks to groups like Pentatonix and films like “Pitch Perfect.” Orlando’s VoicePlay, with its five charismatic goofballs, typifies the genre. The group began as a street-corner barbershop-style quintet and achieved national notoriety by lasting into the sixth round of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” competition series. The bandmates’ ability to simulate all the instrumental colors of an electro-rock symphony with only their vocal chords is tops in the genre, and their set lists are sprinkled with a variety of Top 40 hits (“Ride,” “Wrecking Ball,” “Get Lucky”), durable oldies and spirited cameos from Bollywood and Broadway. Their take on “The Phantom of the Opera” is downright majestic.
What: Peter Hook & The Light
Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/564-1074, cultureroom.net
Peter Hook played bass in two of the most important alternative bands in the genre’s roughly 40-year history: Joy Division, Manchester’s masters of brooding post-punk; and New Order, the synthpop sensations that emerged from Joy Division’s short-lived cult reign. These days, Hook is dedicated to preserving the legacy of both bands at their career apexes, often performing their entire albums with his reverential backing band, The Light. His current tour is particularly special because it borrows evenly from both groups, and it draws its set list from each band’s famed singles collections, “Joy Division: Substance” and “New Order: Substance.” For the latter, this means a glorious greatest-hits collection from “Blue Monday” to “Bizarre Love Triangle” to “Ceremony;” and for the former it means a selection of rarely played B-sides and non-album tracks, including “Transmission” and the heartbreaking “Atmosphere.” Expect upwards of 30 songs with an intermission.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
What: Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic
Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, and other venues
When: Various event times
Cost: Varies per event
Contact: 561/394-2400, chrisevert.org
Palm Beach resident Jimmy Buffett is a notoriously hermetic celebrity, rarely venturing into the public spotlight. So the fact that he’s listed among the players at the 2016 Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic is as rare as it is exciting for his throngs of fans. He’s one of 20 entertainers who will swing a racket for charity this weekend at this beloved annual tournament, joining a star-studded roster that includes actors Jon Lovitz, Alan Thicke, Shawn Hatosy, Scott Foley and Timothy Olyphant; renaissance man Randy Jackson; singer-songwriter David Cook; retired tennis champs Martina Navratilova and Evert herself; and more. The on-court action goes down during the day on Saturday and Sunday, but tournament festivities run the length of the weekend, from the Friday night cocktail reception at the Boca Raton Resort & Club to the posh Pro-Celebrity Gala on Saturday evening, also at the Boca Resort. Visit the website for complete details and pricing.
What: “An Evening With Bernie Sanders”
Where: Chapman Conference Center Building at Miami-Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami
When: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 305/237-3258, miamibookfair.com
Over the past year and a half, the Independent senator from Vermont mounted one of the most successful insurgent campaigns in history by anybody’s metric—and though he secured neither his party’s nomination nor the presidency, he energized millions of progressives who are looking to continue his agenda of democratic socialism. His new book Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In lays out an activist’s roadmap to do just that. Sanders, expected to be the biggest draw at this year’s Miami Book Fair, will discuss his book and his historic campaign at this presentation. The event is free but ticketed, and here’s the bad news: Every seat has been claimed. Interested attendees can wait in a standby line; empty seats will be released first-come, first-served at 6:20 p.m. If all else fails, Sanders’ speech will be streamed live in Room 3209 (Building 3, Second Floor), Room 3314 (Building 3, Third Floor) and The Porch (Northwest corner of N.E. 3rd Street and 2nd Avenue).