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Your Week Ahead: Aug. 21 to 27

The king of Margaritaville plays a free surprise concert, The Wick hosts a bawdy Tupperware party, and the Arts Warehouse pits visual art against social media. Plus, “Drunk Shakespeare,” Indian classical music, a Japanese courtroom thriller and more in your week ahead.


What: “Social Code” exhibition

Where: Arts Warehouse, 313 N.E. Third St., Delray Beach

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/330-9614,

In the dog days of summer, when so many arts institutions have gone as dark as a seasonal thunderstorm, we can always count on Delray’s cutting-edge Arts Warehouse to provide free year-round programming, with exhibitions that change every two months. On Monday, the Warehouse opened “Social Code,” a group juried exhibition of 29 artists reflecting the theme of “Art Vs. Social Media.” The concept, curated by Nichole Hickey, is a fascinating one, attempting to reconcile the timeless permanence of visual art with the transient missives of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and their ilk. Expect both 2D and 3D works in a variety of mediums. The exhibition hosts its official opening on Sept. 7, but you can check it out daily beginning this week, and on through Sept. 29.


What: Jimmy Buffett

Where: Hollywood ArtsPark Amphitheater, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 954/921-3500

That’s right: The Parrothead-in-chief—and famously reclusive Palm Beach resident—is playing a free concert in his home region. Why? This time it’s all about politics: The liberal singer-songwriter will play his greatest hits as a means of crunch-time support for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, a Miami Lakes native and the daughter of former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, in advance of next Tuesday’s primary elections. Graham is currently leading in the polls, but a little saltwater infusion from the Margaritaville beachhead surely won’t hurt. It’s the only gig on Buffett’s calendar until his four-night residency in Paris in late September. Tough life, eh?


What: Opening night of “The Third Murder”

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

When: Show times pending

Cost: $6.50-$9.50

Contact: 561/549-2600,

This latest feature from celebrated Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda is about the increasingly complicated relationship between a high-profile defense attorney and his latest client, a man accused of robbery and murder who, when the movie opens, freely admits his guilt. But soon enough, his lawyer’s dogged research leads him to doubt that he could have committed the crime after all. Using the generic trappings of a classic courtroom thriller, “The Third Murder” is Kore-eda’s latest thoughtful attempt to understand the human condition, a career-long quest that has included such masterpieces as “Still Walking” and “Like Father, Like Son.” It also suggests, with disquieting poise, that the chasm between the quaint binary of good evil might not be as vast as we’d think. It runs at least through Aug. 30.


What: Manuel Oliver

Where: University Theatre at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/297-3158

The next Emma Gonzalez or David Hogg—the telegenic, passionate change-makers at the forefront of the #NeverAgain movement—might emerge from FAU High School. That’s one possible result of “The Barb Schmidt Fellowship: Cultivating Community Involvement, Activism and Social Change,” a program beginning this weekend with the expressed goal of empowering student leaders with the skills they need to develop, execute and sustain a social movement. Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin died tragically in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, will be the keynote speaker at Saturday’s program launch. He’s the co-founder, with his wife Patricia, of Change the Ref, a nonprofit dedicated to similar issues of creating bridges between student education and activism. His presentation is free and open to the public, and if you’re interested in contributing to the Barb Schmidt student fellowship, each dollar will be matched by Schmidt’s Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life initiative.

What: Drunk Shakespeare 2018

Where: The Irishmen Pub, 1745 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $10 general admission, $5 students

Contact: 954/300-2149,

Usually, when you’re set to play Hamlet or Othello or Macbeth on a professional stage, it is not advisable to drink a fifth of Jack Daniel’s just prior to hitting the boards. But this is not a usual performance. Outre Theatre Company will once again explore the humor and absurdity of attempting to mount Shakespeare when soused at this inventive fundraiser. The seven brave souls poised to act under the influence are Mike Conner, Joey de la Rua, Sara Grant, Chris Mitchell, Constance Moreau, Jennipher Murphy and Seth Trucks—all Shakespearean performers whose careful technique will wash away before your eyes with every shot imbibed. Proceeds will support Outre’s 2018-2019 season at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, which begins in October.

What: 20 Years of Indian Classical Music and Dance

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

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $29-$39

Contact: 954/462-0222,

Even if you’re not a devotee of Indian music, you’re probably familiar with the sitar, whose primary western exponent, Ravi Shankar, contributed the instrument’s exotic, otherworldly tones to recordings by George Harrison. You may be less familiar with the surbahar, the sitar’s longer-necked cousin, which plays lower notes. Ustad Irshad Khan (pictured), dubbed the “Mozart of Indian music,” has mastered both instruments, and he headlines this special night of classical Indian songcraft presented by the Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI). He’ll be joined by fellow virtuoso Shankhachur Lahiri on the percussive tabla. For a full day of Indian enrichment, the APAI is also hosting a screening of Satyajit Ray’s masterful film “The Music Room” at 2:30 p.m. at nearby Savor Cinema (tickets are $15), as well as a 6 p.m. dinner at Broward Center’s onsite Mary Porter Room. For reservations, call 954/522-5334.


What: Dixie’s Tupperware Party

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

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $55

Contact: 561/995-2333,

One of the strangest success stories in Off-Broadway history, the one-(wo)man show “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” is the singular brainchild of female impersonator Kris Andersson. On a dare, following his attendance at a friend’s actual Tupperware party, Andersson began to sell Tupperware in drag, inhabiting the persona of Dixie Longate, a bubbly, southern-fried redhead with a penchant for Jell-O shots and R-rated bon mots. Andersson discovered he was so skilled at embodying the character that he built a solo theatrical performance around her. Debuting at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival, “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” combines heartfelt stories and risqué monologues about the “alternative” uses of the kitchen storage staples with audience participation, free giveaways and, yes, actual Tupperware sales. Needless to say, this one is for adults only.

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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