Old School Square hosts an existential fundraiser, Tennessee Williams goes opera, and live music is back at Flagler Museum. Plus, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, a sci-fi musical and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening night of 2022 Music Series
Where: Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 561/655-2833, ext. 10, flaglermuseum.us
On pause since COVID, the Flagler Museum’s revered music series is back this season, albeit with a different, more local, but no less accomplished flavor. With the reality of fewer touring ensembles during the plague years, the Flagler has dedicated 2022 to showcasing the talented students and faculty of Miami’s world-renowned Frost School of Music. And for the first time since the Flagler launched the series, jazz combos as well as classical musicians will be invited. It starts tonight with the Frost School Faculty Trio (violinist Bettina Mussumeli, violist Jodi Levitz and cellist Ross Harbaugh). To save a little scratch, attendees can purchase a six-concert series for $350.
THURSDAY AND SATURDAY
What: Florida Grand Opera’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”
Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
The weather has been a bit nippy lately, but the action onstage at the Broward Center will be hot in more ways than one, transporting audiences to the steamy and stifling New Orleans tenement of Tennessee Williams’ imagination. Andre Previn’s operatic adaptation, sung in English, captures all of the Sturm und Drang of Williams’ southern tragedy, complete with soaring melodies and a blaring, brassy, Hollywood-inspired score.
What: “Turn the Tide Delray” concert and fundraiser
Where: Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 6 to 10:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with suggested donation
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
The ongoing, existential friction between Old School Square and the city continues—tonight is the last city commission meeting before the city terminates its lease on the cultural campus—but you can help save OSS simply by attending a concert and donating what you can. Friday’s event will help to “turn the tide” in favor of the beloved arts institution, welcoming the eclectic Valerie Tyson Band for an evening of uplifting, genre-crossing covers. The event also will include welcome remarks from Old School Square representatives and community partners, and a video presentation exploring OSS’s story and impact on the community. A full bar and food vendors will be on site as well, with all proceeds benefiting Old School Square in its uphill battle for survival.
What: Opening night of “The Pink Cloud”
Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
When: 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 786/472-2249, gablescinema.com
Everything is normal until it isn’t. The culprit, in this eerily prescient science-fiction import from Brazil, is the titular pink cloud, an amorphous accumulation in the skies that, seemingly overnight, has blanketed the world with a toxic canopy, prompting—you might have a guessed it—a global lockdown. Writer-director Iuli Gerbase’s debut feature, completed the year before COVID-19 began its reign of carnage, centers on a young woman who finds herself quarantined with a guy she met the day before. An uncertain rendezvous becomes a seemingly permanent cohabitation, as the cloud shows little signs of abating, and stir-craziness curdles into something more unnerving. Based on the trailer, “The Pink Cloud” conjures both “Station Eleven” and, of course, reality. It runs at least through Feb. 10.
What: Opening night of “Be More Chill”
Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
A 21st century Faustian twist imbues this science-fiction musical based on a novel by Ned Vizzini. A social outcast in his junior year of high school discovers a wish-granting supercomputer called The Squip that promises a date with his crush, an invite to the cool kids’ party, and more teenage fantasies fulfilled—but at what cost? A viral hit after it opened in regional theaters in 2015, “Be More Chill” continued its successful run off, and then finally on, Broadway, where the Wall Street Journal touted it as “one of the strongest new musicals of the past decade.” This production, from local purveyors Area Stage Company, runs through Feb. 27.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
What: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Where: Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/868-3309, duncantheatre.org
“Eat | Sleep | Breathe | Dance” is the motto of this 51-year-old company, founded in Denver and housed in a historic A.M.E. church. Dedicating to presenting a body of work inspired by the African-American experience, founder, artistic director and choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson has witnessed the seismic growth of her organization, which has entertained 2 million people in 40 countries on five continents. Its accomplished 13-member ensemble is well-versed in lyrical, ethnic and contemporary dance traditions, which come to the fore in this program, part of Palm Beach State College’s annual Modern Dance Series. It will feature a new work called “The Four Journeys,” conceived by the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, which explores that country’s confluence of cultures, from its indigenous heritage to its 21st century melting pot of European, African and Asian influences. The piece includes a projection from Japanese video mapping artist Taketo Kobayashi.