Monday, January 30, 2023

Your Week Ahead: April 12 to 18, 2022

A Cuban Dance company explores everything from Hemingway to rave music, PAMM unearths a forgotten Pop Art icon, and a legendary brass band performs in Broward. Plus, Jay Leno, Area Stage Company and more in your week ahead.

WEDNESDAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXr3nrd33U0&t=228s

What: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

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

When: 7:45 p.m.

Cost: $65

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

For more than 40 years, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has been hybridizing traditional New Orleans jazz with funk, bebop and more, with a roster of collaborators that—from Elvis Costello to Norah Jones to DJ Logic—attests to their outsized influence. But my favorite clip of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is the one above, circa 2017, when they took to the cramped confines of NPR’s “Tiny Desk.” It’s a space often reserved for plaintive folk/American music or acoustic versions of indie-rock songs, but the DDBB eschewed such restraint. By the end of the set, the equipment around them surely needed to be cooled down, on account of the hot grooves emanating from the Sousaphone, trumpet, saxophone, guitar and drums. It was such a joyful and exhilarating sound—and that was only with a half-dozen members. Fans can experience the entire sonic spectrum on Wednesday as part of the Broward Center’s Gold Coast Jazz series.

FRIDAY

Work by Marisol

What: Opening day of “Marisol and Warhol Take New York”

Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $12-$16

Contact: 305/375-3000, pamm.org

If you’re reading this, you’re probably familiar with the second artist on this retrospective: Andy Warhol is seldom starved of gallery space and recognition, and he even has a new Netflix series exploring his life and legend. His partner in this dual exhibition, however, was new to me, which explains how much she’s been expunged from too many art-historical records. Born in Paris to Venezuelan parents, María Sol Escobar, who worked under the moniker Marisol, emerged during the same period as Warhol and was briefly christened a central figure in Pop Art, even riffing on some of the same imagery (Coca-Cola, the Kennedy family). The two artists became close, with Warhol casting her in two of his early silent films. History, written largely by white male artists/critics, hasn’t been as kind to Marisol, who was just being rediscovered in the mid-2010s, the decade she died. Exhibitions like this one, which track her and Warhol’s work as equals, continue to rectify decades of neglect. “Marisol and Warhol Take New York” runs through Sept. 5.

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What: Opening night of “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

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

When: Show times pending

Cost: $7-$10.50

Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com

With a title that won’t fit on any movie-theater marquee, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a unicorn in the often buttoned-up world of art-house cinema: a $25 million indie that borrows gleefully from comedy, action-adventure and sci-fi. Michelle Yeoh plays a struggling Chinese-American laundromat owner whose torturous trip to her accountant to file her taxes (hence the movie’s April 15 opening date!) ends up triggering a rupture in the multiverse. Tasked with, essentially, saving the world, she ends up in inhabiting countless variations of herself—and her husband—in an endless stream of probabilities. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a lot of fun, but it’s also endowed with a hefty subtext about family and generational traumas, which goes a long way toward its stunning 97-percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Part of the cast of Area Stage’s “This is Our Youth”

What: Opening night of “This is Our Youth”

Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $55

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

The “our” in the title of Kenneth Lonergan’s funny and trenchant coming-of-age play, is Generation X, the young people who grew up in the shadow of the Reagan era and “Greed is Good”—and who steal and grift their way through society’s materialistic culture. Three characters embody archetypes from this period, circa 1982 on the Upper West Side: Warren, rootless at 19, has just stolen $15,000 from his father, a women’s-wear tycoon. He shows up with the purloined cash at his friend Dennis’ apartment. Dennis is a shrewd businessman in the making, with a scheme to spend some of it on cocaine and increase their profits. Meanwhile, Warren hopes his influx of cash will help seduce Jessica, a fashion student for whom he pines. Since its 1996 premiere, Lonergan’s play has received almost nothing but praise for capturing the era’s zeitgeist and for the realistic patter of its dialogue. Catch Area Stage’s production through May 1.

SUNDAY

What: Jay Leno

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $39-$149

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

These days, when Jay Leno makes news in the social media sphere, it’s mostly about cars. To wit, these recent headlines: “Watch Jay Leno Geek Out Over the Maserati MC20,” or “10 Cars in Jay Leno’s Garage Every Gearhead Should Drive Once.” Which is far better than generating media churn for saying something offensive and cancel-able, which is the career-killing scythe hanging over many comedians’ heads these days. But this was never much of a concern for the long-running “Tonight Show” warhorse, who was not as lacerating or politically divisive as his late-night contemporaries. His garage may be bigger than ours, but he’s an everyman’s comic, and, still on tour into his seventh decade, he continues to live up to his sobriquet “the hardest-working man in show business.”

MONDAY, APRIL 18

What: Malpaso Dance Company

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $40

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

This celebrated Cuban dance company, which turns 10 this year, has achieved an enviable amount of success in its relatively short existence, to the tune of 15 original works in its repertoire and commissions from such major contemporary choreographers as Trey McIntyre and “So You Think You Can Dance!” renegade Sonya Tayeh. A cultural omnivore, founder Osnel Delgado draws from a myriad of wide-ranging sources for inspiration: “Despedida” is inspired by a poetic farewell in a poem by Jorge Luis Borges, while “Dreaming of Lions” is a dance interpretation of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. The music selections, likewise, span from Afro-Cuban jazz to neoclassical to glitchy dance music. Whatever is on the program at this Kravis Center engagement, it will surely be performed with the company’s typically transfixing grace.


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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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