Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Your Week Ahead: April 16 to 22, 2024

Classic cars line the lawn of Old School Square, and an “In Living Color” alum tours Boca. Plus, Record Store Day, new art at the Norton and more in your week ahead.

FRIDAY

What: Opening night of “America’s Sexiest Couple”

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach

Cost: $39-$69

Contact: 561/272-1281, delraybeachplayhouse.com

Like Ross and Rachel and Sam and Diane before them, the protagonists of this comedy from playwright Ken Levine pined for, flirted with and ultimately locked lips with each other on a beloved American sitcom. Now, some 30 years after the conclusion of their series “Residents,” Craig McAllister and Susan White, the duo once named “America’s Sexiest Couple” are reuniting for the first time under less than pleasurable circumstances: One of their cast members has died, and the funeral has just taken place. Levine’s play is presented in real-time, in a Syracuse Marriott after the service, where the two actors find themselves torn between their past and future lives, which may come to a head if the network decides to reboot “Residents.” Playwright Levine knows his way around a well-constructed rom-com; his TV credits include “Frasier,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Dharma and Greg.” Much of the tension of “America’s Sexiest Couple” thrives on the characters’ code-switching between their offstage lives and their TV personae, a conflict that comes to a head over the course of the play. This production from Boca Stage runs through April 27.

SATURDAY

What: Record Store Day

When: Opens at 8 a.m.

Where: The Record Rack, 207 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach

Cost: Free to browse, of course!

Contact: 954/783-5004, recordstoreday.com

This annual celebration of the gold standard for music listening is like Christmas for audiophiles. Humbly launched in 2008 to cater to the then-small subset of vinyl junkies in the United States, Record Store Day (RSD) is now an annual confab for the growing legion of record collectors, where some 400 titles will premiere exclusively at brick-and-mortar record shops—meaning you can’t order them on Amazon. The hottest titles go quickly—some of this year’s highlights include a series of Beatles singles on miniature 3-inch records, an expanded edition of Wilco’s The Whole Love, and a four-disc Grateful Dead collection—so be sure to arrive early on the big day, April 20, at participating area stores. The closest shop to Boca Raton is Pompano’s The Record Rack, but Radio-Active Records in Fort Lauderdale and Rust & Wax in West Palm Beach are surefire options as well; visit the link above for the complete RSD inventory.

“The Old Fisherman,” by Jean-Emile Laboureur

What: Opening day of “The Paper Trail: 500 Years of Prints from the Jonathan ‘Jack’ Frost Collection”

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

Cost: $15-$18, $5 students

Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org

Portraits, wildlife sketches, roiling seascapes, tributes to the first Industrial Revolution, satirical cartoons, pointillist landscapes—all are among the half a millennium’s worth of prints from this eclectic Florida-based collection. Collector Frost amassed all manner of European and American prints from masters such as Rembrandt, Thomas Moran and Grant Wood, whose 1939 selection “Fertility” finds a double entendre of human sexuality in a rendering of a farm silo. “The Paper Trail” is presented chronologically, offering something of a history of the western world and its many technological and cultural advancements alongside gradual shifts in art styles and techniques. Other artists on display include Marc Chagall, Albrecht Dürer and Anthony Van Dyk, alongside lesser-known names whose work was just as impactful. The exhibition runs through Aug. 11.

SUNDAY

What: Concours d’Elegance

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Contact: delrayconcours.com

Launched in 2022 by Max Zengage—a automobile buff, Delray native and FAU graduate who became the youngest member of the city’s Public Art Advisory Board in 2021—this third-annual event is described as a “a garden party of automotive excellence.” Dozens of cars and motorcycles dating earlier than 1975 will be on display, vying for the gold in 15 judged classes, including European Sports Cars of the ‘50s and ‘60s, American Elegance, Lamborghini Evolution and Historic Ferrari. There will be live music and vendors throughout the day, and the event will benefit five local nonprofits: Achievement Centers for Children & Families, Delray Citizens for Delray Police, Delray Firefighters Benevolent, Community Classroom Project and the Charlie Fund.

What: Tommy Davidson

When: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Where: Boca Black Box

Cost: $48-$63

Contact: 561/483-9036, bocablackbox.com

If you watched much television comedy in the 1990s, you surely recognize the face, if not the name: Davidson was an integral cast member of the groundbreaking sketch series “In Living Color,” which celebrates its—get ready to feel old, dear reader—34th anniversary this year. A standup comedian before he was a darling of improv and impressions (he has mastered an uncanny Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Jr.), Davidson will return to his roots with these tour appearances, though he has evolved into an artist of many talents. He has appeared on and hosted reality shows, penned a memoir of his remarkable life (he was famously abandoned, literally in the trash, by his birth parents before being adopted by a Caucasian family in Washington, D.C.), and he has enjoyed a serious music career, recording R&B with musicians such as Dave Koz and Chieli Minucci.


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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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