Friday, May 24, 2024

Your Week Ahead: April 23 to 29

Boca mag’s most “spirited” fundraiser mixes things up in Mizner Park, the Wick’s season closer honors a country music legend, and the Beatles invade Delray Beach. Plus, Eckhart Tolle, Tim Meadows, “37 Postcards” and more in your week ahead.


What: An Evening With Eckhart Tolle

Where: James L. Knight Center, 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $57-$97

Contact: 305/416-5970,

Spiritual guru Eckhart Tolle has sold millions of books on what boils down to a five-word recommendation: Just live in the present. Sounds simple, right? Hardly: For most of us, it’s a struggle to remain grounded in our immediate surroundings, and not let us wade into the unhelpful waters of the past and future. Anticipating the worldwide mindfulness movement, Tolle’s 1997 book The Power of Nowhas proven enormously influential, receiving Oprah Winfrey’s stamp of approval and being translating into 33 languages. In his 2005 follow-up A New Earth, he re-enforced his themes but in the broader context of healing the earth as well as the soul. He will share his philosophies and insights at this rare tour appearance.


What: Tim Meadows

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $29-$39

Contact: 561/243-7922,

An integral cast member on the “Saturday Night Live” Golden Age of the mid to late ‘90s, Tim Meadows spent 10 seasons refining characters like Leon Phelps, AKA “The Ladies Man,” a misogynistic talk show host; and Lionel Osborne, moderator of a middling public-access show about issues in the African-American community. Since departing “SNL” in 2000, Meadows has continued to be a familiar face on television, most famously on “The Goldbergs” and its recent spinoff, “Schooled.” But the actor’s roots are in improv and standup comedy, and he’s continued to feel at home on intimate stages and theaters like the Crest, where he will close out Old School Square’s “Catch a Rising Star” comedy series for 2018/2019.


What: International Beatles on the Beach Festival

Where: Downtown Delray Beach

When: Various event times

Cost: $29.50-$79.50 for single-day event tickets; $51.50-$85.50 for four-day passes


As we covered in our more extensive preview a couple of weeks ago, this inaugural celebration of all things John, George, Paul and Ringo features dozens of acts from around the corner and around the world, performing all weekend long at the Old School Square Pavilion and more than 15 other venues downtown and in neighboring Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. This includes Friday night’s headliner, the legendary blues rocker Edgar Winter; Saturday night’s headliner, the symphonic tribute act McCartney Mania; and other marquee names, like singer-songwriter and former Meat Loaf vocalist Patti Russo, Brazilian Beatles tribute Beat and Shout, and Florida’s favorite Beatles tribute, Liverpool Live. But the festivities extend well beyond the live music: There will be a film screening, book discussions, a live mentalist, sand sculpting, a costume contest (for humans and dogs), panels and cocktail parties with Beatles-affiliated producers and hair stylists, mini golf, trivia, yoga and more, all with a Fab Four spin.


What: Mixology

Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $65


One of Bocamagazine’s favorite fundraisers of the year, Mixology has been showcasing craft spirits and small bites from artisanal mixologists and restaurants for the past four years, usually in the capacious confines of the Mizner Park Amphitheater. For this year’s event, in the spirit of the name, we’re “mixing” things up too, by hosting the event in the elegant Boca Raton Museum of Art. Admission includes unlimited pours from more than 25 spirits courtesy of Republic National Distributing Company, which can be enjoyed alongside easy-to-hold bites from Morton’s the Steakhouse, Loch Bar, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Tanzy, Ramen Lab Eatery, Rebel House and more. Guests will also have exclusive after-hours access to the museum during the event, including its hot new exhibition “Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art”—which, as we reported last week, is well worth your time.

What: Opening day of “Her Smell”

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach

When: 4 p.m.

Cost: $6-$9

Contact: 561/586-6410,

Movies about the art and business of popular music have been particularly en vogue following the stratospheric success of “A Star is Born,” with “Vox Lux” and last week’s release, “Teen Spirit,” the latest. This week, we have an insider’s account of a punk star’s tumultuous comeback in a changing world. The protagonist of “Her Smell,” ‘90s grunge rocker Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss), is a Courtney Love archetype whose band once filled arenas, but whose fame has receded in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately present. The film captures her latest mercurial recording session and national tour, which she threatens to derail when old demons—drugs, general hedonism—revisit her. The film has been called “hypnotically assaultive”—which is a compliment—and has been gaining buzz since its festival premiere September. Alex Ross Perry, who previously collaborated with Moss on the psychological drama “Queen of Earth,” writes and directs.

The cast of Main Street Players’ “37 Postcards”

What: Opening night of “37 Postcards”

Where: Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30 adults, $25 seniors, students and military

Contact: 866/811-4111,

South Florida playwright Michael McKeever’s screwball comedy “37 Postcards” premiered in Miami in 1998. More than 20 years later, this bonkers script about an eccentric family endures, returning for another local run after being produced dozens of times around the country and internationally. A riff on the classic “you can’t go home again” adage, “37 Postcards” follows a prodigal son who does just that, returning to his childhood home in Connecticut after eight years abroad. He finds a residence in literal disarray—the house itself is tilted at an odd angle, his once-dead grandmother is now very much alive, his aunt has launched a thriving phone-sex business out of the kitchen, the family dog hasn’t been fed in five years, and his mother seems to be in denial about everything. See how the lunacy resolves itself in this production from Main Street Players, running through May 19. McKeever himself will appear at Friday’s opening night.


Terri Dixon as Patsy Cline

What: Opening night of “Always … Patsy Cline”

Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $75-$85

Contact: 561/995-2333,

You could fill a workday’s playlist with the number of brilliant musicians who died before their time: In fact, an inordinate number of them lost their lives at age 27. Patsy Cline made it another three years, but her death in a multiple-fatality car crash at age 30 remains a tragic loss. But “Always … Patsy Cline,” a much-produced show off-Broadway and regionally, is more a tribute to the iconic country artist than a mourning, focusing on Cline’s relationship with devoted fan Louise Seger, a Houston housewife who met Cline at a honky-tonk and maintained a mutually beneficial correspondence with the singer. A play with music, “Always … Patsy Cline” features 27 songs in all, including such oft-covered smashes as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Walking After Midnight.” This season-ending production from The Wick stars Terri Dixon as Patsy Cline and Lourelene Snedeker as Louise Seger, and it runs through May 19.

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, 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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