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Your Week Ahead: Aug. 8 to 14, 2023

The Morikami salutes the dead with drums and lanterns, opera staffers show off their pipes, and the Norton reconfigures the male gaze. Plus, Black Flag and more in your week ahead.


What: “Walk Up” screenings

When: 6 p.m. Friday, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Studio Theatre, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach

Cost: $9

Contact: 561/296-9382,

Boasting a sterling 96-percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “Walk Up” looks to be another distinctive art-house triumph from South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo, who is as prolific as he is talented: The film is his 28th feature in 26 years. In an age in which needy trailers give away the plots of entire movies, the trailer for “Walk Up” is agreeably oblique. It doesn’t tell you, for instance, that the movie begins with a filmmaker father and his estranged daughter visiting the multistory walk-up owned by one Ms. Kim, an interior designer—nor does it indicate the time-jumping, perhaps imagined, perhaps multi-versal directions the movie will take over its 97 black-and-white minutes, which play out in a series of three vignettes in which the characters, suddenly in different relationships with each other, walk up the walk-up. In a rave review, the Los Angeles Times called “Walk Up” “intellectually playful yet quietly momentous.”


Abigail Reyes’ “Si Senor”

What: Opening day of “Reflecting the Gaze: Jillian Mayer and Abigail Reyes”

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

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

Cost: $15-$18 museum admission

Contact: 561/832-5196,

The “Gaze” in the title of this mostly duo show at the Norton refers to that old academic saw that, like many a zombie, just won’t stay dead: the male gaze. By “Reflecting” this gaze, Miami’s Jillian Mayer and El Salvador’s Abigail Reyes also subvert it. Through the video work on display, the two female-identifying artists recast staples from art and entertainment through the decades, from the story of the Venus de Milo to the hysterics of telenovelas, in ways that, both humorously and provocatively, restore agency to the female subjects/characters. Reyes and Mayer are both celebrated international artists, with Mayer going so far as to present her works at Sundance and SXSW. The Norton has paired these videos with thematically similar pieces from other women and/or nonbinary artists, among them Ruth Bernhard, Jess T. Dugan and Cheyenne Julien. The exhibition runs through Sept. 17.

Florida Grand Opera’s artist/administrators

What: Florida Grand Opera’s “Staff Sing”

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: FGO Office at Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, 512 N.E. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $25


At Florida Grand Opera, the professionals working in the back of the house, handling the revenues, and sending you marketing emails don’t just know a lot about opera—they also literally practice what they preach. In advance of its forthcoming 82nd season, the longtime South Florida nonprofit will showcase the vocal talents of its uncannily talented staff, six of whom double as artist-administrators. At this first-of-its-kind program, soprano/Director of Finance Susana Diaz, mezzo-soprano/Artistic Administration and Finance Associate Lauren Frick, contralto/Marketing and Communications Manager Cindy Sadler, tenor/Development Associate Peter Rivera, baritone/Director of Artistic Operations Matt Cooksey, and bass-baritone/Artist Manager Neil Nelson will perform alongside FGO pianist Paul Schwartz. Expect to hear arias, ensembles and Broadway favorites from a wide range of shows, including “Carmen,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Rigoletto,” “Camelot” and “Show Boat.” A wine reception will follow the performance.

What: Black Flag

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $26.50

Contact: 954/564-1074,

Since their 1976 formation, Black Flag has been the standard bearer for West Coast hardcore punk, riffing on subjects from police brutality to creeping authoritarianism to social isolation and mindless consumption, in lyrics that strike at the heart of America’s corroded institutions. Across nearly five decades and two official reunions, the SoCal pioneers have shed more singers than a choir audition. Yet Mike Vallely, who has been on vocal duties since 2013, is the group’s second-longest-serving member, spitting out nihilistic lyrics with the controlled fury of Black Flag’s most influential shout-singer, Henry Rollins. Greg Ginn, the lone original member, still grounds Black Flag with his experimental guitar work, and the group’s breakneck anthems—from “Damaged” to “Gimme Gimme Gimme”—still resonate.


Taiko drumming photos by Austen Waldron

What: Obon Weekend

When: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday

Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach

Cost: $18-$200, depending on event

Contact: 561/495-0233,

The Morikami’s much-beloved Obon Festival—marking a time of otherworldly communion in the Japanese calendar, in which the spirits of deceased loved ones are said to revisit their living ancestors—has yet to re-establish itself as a large-scale happening post-COVID. But this scaled-back program remains a prime opportunity to become reacquainted with one of Delray’s cultural treasures. All of the low-cost activities are happening Saturday: For $5 on top of regular museum admission, attendees can attend a taiko drum concert for an immersive performance of Japan’s thunderous percussion tradition. There will also be a Bon altar set up in the Kamiya Room, which provides insights into Obon and the gardens’ namesake, George Morikami. Guests can fill out tanzaku slips with messages for their departed loved ones, and of course the gardens will be open for strolling. The evening concludes Sunday night with a $200-per-person “Launch the Lantern” fundraiser, complete with hors d’oeuvres, sake and whiskey tastings, a full dinner, and a taiko drum performance, culminating in a paper lantern-floating ceremony on tranquil Lake Morikami.

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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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