Hollywood backdrops stun at Boca Museum, Florida Grand Opera plumbs McCarthyism, and a GableStage play hits close to home. Plus, Nic Cage’s greatest hits, Arts Warehouse’s artisan market and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening night of “The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop”
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
Cost: $10-$12 museum admission
Contact: 561/392-2500, bocamuseum.org
In Hollywood’s great escapes, we were never supposed to see how the sausage was made. We just believed that Cary Grant really was climbing Mount Rushmore in “North By Northwest,” or that Dorothy really gazed upon the wonderful world of Oz. Spoiler alert: These lifelike settings were actually painted by some of the unsung masters of cinema’s golden age. This exhibition spotlights the largely unknown artists behind the aforementioned Hitchcock classic, “Ben-Hur,” “The Sound of Music” and many others, while immersing viewers in their large-scale masterworks. It runs through Jan. 22, 2023.
What: Authors Speak: Dr. Ralina L. Joseph and Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach
Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org
The second in Arts Garage’s three-part 2022 lecture series on the impact of race on American society, this discussion with the co-authors of Generation Mixed Goes to School will focus on race and education, a contentious arena in the current culture wars. Mixed-race students, teachers and caregivers spoke to the authors about their unique situations in the contemporary education landscape, and their stories of implicit bias and inherent barriers embedded into the system helped form the crux of the authors’ probing research. Drs. Joseph and Briscoe-Smith will share some of the insights from their book in an effort to make us all—especially, frankly, allied white people like me—a bit more aware.
What: Opening night of the Massive Nic Cage Mini Fest
When: 5:45 p.m.
Where: Savor Cinema, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $5 per film
Contact: 954/525-3456, fliff.com
Nicolas Cage’s 40-year balancing act between earnestness and self-awareness tilts fully into the latter with this Friday’s opening of the meta action-comedy “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” in which Cage plays an all-too-familiar version of himself. We’ll have a review of the film later this week on bocamag.com, but in the meantime, Savor Cinema is priming the Nic Cage pump with screenings of some of his greatest hits, whose legacies are referenced in “The Unbearable Weight.” It begins at 5:45 p.m. Thursday with the wild cult comedy “Honeymoon in Vegas,” and continues at 7:45 p.m. with “Con Air,” one of the more lunatic entries in the crazy canon of late ‘90s action cinema. The series continues with “Face/Off” (1 p.m. Saturday), “National Treasure” (1 p.m. Sunday) and “adaptation.” (7:45 p.m. April 27).
What: Warehouse Market
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Arts Warehouse, 313 N.E. Third St., Delray Beach
Contact: 561/330-9614, artswarehouse.org
Al fresco markets have their place, but with the midday sun already pulverizing us in anticipation for summer, we’ll take our markets indoors, thank you very much. At the return of this annual spring market, enjoy the air-conditioned confines while exploring the wares of 20 local artists, crafters and designers. Arts Warehouse’s gallery spaces will be open for perusing as well, and visitors can enjoy live music from noon to 2 p.m. Additional events include a polymer clay drop-in workshop ($30 per person) at 12:30 p.m. and a kid-friendly watercolor aquarium painting drop-in workshop ($5) at 3 p.m. A cash bar will be open, and food will be available for purchase from Nicole’s House Jamaican Cuisine and Mini Donut Spot.
What: Opening night of Florida Grand Opera’s “Fellow Travelers”
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill
Contact: 954/777-2055, lpacfl.com
Politics, diplomacy, sexuality and faith coalesce around this English-language opera by Gregory Spears, adapted from Thomas Mallon’s 2007 historical novel of the same name. Set during Joe McCarthy’s 1950s witch hunts for sexual and political subversives, “Fellow Travelers” centers on the same-sex relationship that develops between an aspiring journalist and a State Department official—a clandestine courtship that leads to an act of betrayal, and a mighty powerful libretto. This overnight cult classic debuted in 2016—a rare contemporary inclusion to the centuries-old operatic canon—and marks a company premiere for Florida Grand opera. It runs through Thursday, April 28.
What: Opening night of “Boca”
When: 8 p.m.
Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
Cost: $65, includes reception
Contact: 305/445-1119, gablestage.org
Now here’s a Miami production that will feel a scoche too close to home. Jessica Provenz’s “Boca” is a collection of short comedies all set in our pocket of paradise, and following its loudest denizens: the gossiping, Botoxed retirees reliving their teenage freedoms. Provenz set her play in the fictional retirement community of Royal Oasis, which sounds so spot-on that some developer is likely to steal it; similarities to actual residents of Boca Raton are purely coincidental. A rolling world premiere, this comedy stars five actors—Beverly Blanchette, Barbara Bonilla, Avi Hoffman, Deborah Kondelik and Robert Zukerman—playing 11 parts. It runs through May 22.