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Your Week Ahead: Aug. 15 to 21, 2023

The Norton visits the bayou at Art After Dark, Savor Cinema screens a modern cult classic, and Art & Culture Center exhibits no fewer than 70 artists. Plus, the Smashing Pumpkins and more in your week ahead.


What: Screening of “Shiva Baby”

Where: Savor Cinema, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $10-$12

Contact: 954/525-3456,

Interrupting its regularly scheduled programming for a night, Savor Cinema will present an encore screening of Emma Seligman’s distinctive 2020 debut “Shiva Baby,” which is well worth your time on the big screen. As its title suggests, the film unspools at a shiva, where Danielle (Rachel Sennott), rudderless and eking her way through her senior year of college without a major, becomes increasingly bombarded by well-intentioned grown-ups concerned about her unorthodox academic choices and lack of career prospects. Juicy complications from Danielle’s romantic lives past and present soon ensue, and the result is an eccentric and difficult-to-classify hybrid of styles—a psychic horror film masquerading as a kvetching comedy. For Danielle, the shiva becomes a living nightmare, gradually darkening the initially broad comedic overtures one yammering yenta, buttonholing relative and duplicitous paramour at a time. Stick around after the screening for a pre-recorded Q&A with Seligman.


Hoochie Digs

What: Art After Dark

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

When: 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $10 adults and seniors, $5 students

Contact: 561/832-5196,

Even in the often arts-bereft summer months, the Norton is a haven for cultural experiences every Friday, where live music and arts discussion and instruction continue beyond normal business hours. This week’s highlight is a 7:30 p.m. performance from the Hoochie Digs, a pair of Louisiana transplants who bring the bayou-infused folk and roots music of their home state to songs trumpeting peace, hope and love. Also on tap this Friday, artist Jerilyn Brown will teach a workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. on how to make a note card using Neurographic art with watercolor, while museum docents will discuss works in the Norton’s collection from 7:30 to 8 p.m. A separate “by teens, for teens” back to school bash from 6 to 9 p.m. will feature additional art music, live music, other performances and dessert specials.


Opening night of “Exposed”

Where: Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood

When: 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost: $4-$7

Contact: 954/921-3274,

Often functioning as a bellwether for the state of contemporary art in Florida, the Art and Culture Center’s beloved annual “Exposed” returns this weekend for its 15th year. More than 70 artists each contributed at least one piece—paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, site-specific installations and videos likely among them—which will be on display through the next month. During this time, visitors can purchase tickets for a drawing to win one of these original artworks ($375 for one artwork, $725 for two artworks, $1,000 for three artworks). At the end of the run, on Sept. 29, the order of the winners will be announced via life raffle, but every ticket buyer will leave with an original piece of artwork. You can view the exhibition Sept. 29. Artists include Pablo Cano, Francie Bishop Good, Judy Polstra, william cordova and Kerry Phillips.

What: The Smashing Pumpkins

Where: iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $33 and up

Contact: 561/795-8883,

Intemperate frontman Billy Corgan’s alternative standard bearers, with a sound that is twinkly as much as crunchy, have influenced art-rock musicians for generations, often pulling from musical formats outside of traditional rock ‘n’ roll. So it is with ATUM, the group’s 2022 three-act rock opera and ambitious sequel to their 1995 breakout Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Pulling liberally from their impressive back catalog, the Pumpkins have also interspersed their set list with unorthodox covers from the likes of Manfred Mann and Talking Heads; the latter finds them transforming the new wave classic “Once in a Lifetime” into a sludgy metal dirge. Interpol, the brooding Manhattan indie rockers, and Rival Sons open the concert.


What: 50 Cent

Where: iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $39 and up

Contact: 561/795-8883,

From its artistic album cover featuring the shirtless rapper peering behind a bullet-strewn pane of glass to the five hit singles it spawned, 50 Cent’s 2003 debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’ became something of an instant classic, reinvigorating the wilting genre of gangsta rap for a new generation of hard-hitting truth-tellers. Unapologetic bangers like “In da Club,” “P.I.M.P.” and “21 Questions” dominated radio in the early aughts, inspiring numerous rappers in the same vein but few with 50 Cent’s roof-raising swagger. This tour, titled the Final Lap, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and will feature most of its cuts. Definitely arrive early for a legend in his own right, 12-time Grammy nominee Busta Rhymes, along with Jeremih.

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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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