Holiday events light up Boca and Delray all week; plus, Jimmy Buffett, Lewis Black and more.
What: “The People Downstairs”
Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach
When: 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/575-2223, palmbeachdramaworks.org
Palm Beach Dramaworks has been shepherding this latest world premiere from South Florida’s own Michael McKeever since January 2020, when it was a highlight of the company’s New Year/New Plays Festival. Rewrites and virtual readings have followed, and December marks its fully staged debut. The drama centers on the courageous Dutch family that sheltered Anne Frank and seven others for more than two years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the challenges they faced while hiding, feeding and communicating with their clandestine houseguests. McKeever has a natural comic wit, but expect “The People Downstairs” to slide chillingly into his darker canon of works. The production runs through Dec. 19.
What: City of Boca Raton Holiday Street Parade
Where: Best viewing at Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Contact: 561/367-7073, myboca.us
The first event in a busy week full of holiday cheer in South Palm Beach County, the 50th annual Holiday Street Parade features more than 70 floats and groups entertaining viewers with dance, light and song throughout downtown Boca. Federal Highway from Glades Road to Camino Real will be closed for the parade, so attendees are encouraged to park for free at City Hall, the Downtown Boca Raton Library or the Administration building. Come back the next night (Thursday, Dec. 9) for Merry in Mizner, with carolers, cirque acts, jugglers, strolling minstrels, LED performers, jugglers and snow flurries engaging visitors to Mizner Park. Continue reading this Week Ahead for more on this year’s holiday boat parade and Tuba Christmas.
What: Jimmy Buffett
Where: iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/795-8883, westpalmbeachamphitheatre.com
Seven months after his now-legendary four-night residency at Old School Square, Jimmy Buffett is back for another hometown show, this time sans pods. In fact, the Parrothead in Chief is here for the official, COVID-delayed tour of his well-received 2020 album Life on the Flip Side, his first new release since 2013. Delighted fans can expect to hear a couple of cuts from Flip Side integrated into a typically peripatetic set list that traverses his 13 albums and 60 years in music. The songs will come alive with contributions from Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, including a keyboardist, steel drummer, guitarist, bassist, drummer, steel peddler, trumpeter, percussionist and two backup singers.
What: Boynton and Delray Holiday Boat Parade
Where: Boynton Harbor Marina, 735 Casa Loma Blvd., Boynton Beach, and other viewing locations
When: Beginning at 6 p.m.
Holiday spirit delivered with a view and a breeze, this longstanding yuletide tradition enters its 48th annual iteration, as vessels of all shapes and prices, festooned in Christmas lights and ever-more-elaborate holiday inflatables, take to the Boynton Beach inlet and motor south to Delray Beach’s C-15 canal. At a watch party, beginning at 6 p.m. at Boynton Harbor Marina, music, family activities and a visit from Santa enliven the experience; other popular viewing locations include Two Georges, Intracoastal Park and Jaycee Park in Boynton Beach; and Prime Catch, Che!!! and Deck 84 in Delray Beach.
What: Lewis Black
Where: The Parker, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. And against everything else, really. It’s the emotion that has propelled Lewis Black’s comedy career since his ascension on “The Daily Show” in the mid-90s; he even played “Anger” in Pixar’s “Inside Out.” Which is why we’re skeptical of the title of his post-COVID comeback tour, “It Gets Better Every Day,” complete with promotional graphic of rainbows, unicorns and butterflies.
What: Tuba Christmas
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 5 p.m.
Contact: 561/393-7890, mizneramp.com
This annual tradition celebrates the lowest of the low … instrumental tones, that is. Tubas—instruments often deployed judiciously in symphony orchestras—here take center stage, as professional and amateur tuba and euphonium players of all ages will take the stage to perform Christmas carols in brassy harmony, their instruments decorated in lights and garland. This beloved community tradition is part of the national TubaChristmas. Dress in your favorite Christmas sweater, bring a blanket or chair, and enjoy the revelry.