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Your Week Ahead: Feb. 12-18

A new dating game, Boca mag-style; a Miami music festival hosts its hottest lineup yet; and a one-woman play is a harrowing tour-de-force. Plus, sculpture at the Morikami, a Well-Strung Valentine, Keiko Matsui and more in your week ahead.


What: “Lucky in Love” dating game

Where: Loch Bar, 346 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 7 p.m. (“Mix & Mingle” Social at 6 p.m.)

Cost: $10 in advance, includes one complimentary cocktail; $15 at door


Boca mag’s heart is pumping with Valentine’s Day spirit, which is why we’re co-sponsoring this innovative spin on the durable “Dating Game” with our P.R. friends in the Gab Group. It’s a night of fives: Five eligible bachelors/bachelorettes 45 and under will field five “Questions to Love” in front of five local celebrity judges—among them our very own web editor, Christiana Lilly. At the time of this writing, slots are still available to be a participant in the game (also $10). Will sparks fly? It should be an entertaining evening either way. Both singles and couples are invited to attend and enjoy the liquid conversational lubricants and bite-sized menu items from local restaurants.


What: Opening night of “Black Mirror”

Where: FAU’s Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/297-2661,

This exhibition has nothing to do with the dystopic Netflix series of the same name, but its issues are just as sobering. Featuring depictions of everyday life in El Salvador, it catalogs the chronic discontent of living in Central America’s most densely populated, and often war-torn, country. The artists chart the continued aftershocks of the Salvadoran Civil War and its legacy of domestic violence, human-rights violations and mass disappearances. With many of its refugees seeking asylum in the U.S., this third-world country resides too close to our news cycles to be ignored. The exhibition runs through April 9.

What: A Well-Strung Valentine

Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $33-$73

Contact: 954/462-0222,

Don’t objectify them based on their bods: The four buff hunks in the cheekily named group Well-Strung could easily be Abercrombie models, but there’s musical virtuosity behind the pecs. They comprise an accomplished string quartet which, in its efforts to merge the high and low arts, combines classical music standards with today’s pop songs. Their tunes ran the gamut from Bach and Mozart to Adele and Britney Spears, with some of the men taking vocal duties. The men of Well-Strung happen to be gay, a fact that they often discuss during their shows, giving their concerts a cabaret-vaudeville vibe.


What: III Points festival

When: Starts at 5 p.m.

Where: Mana Wynwood, 318 N.W. 23rd St., Miami

Cost: $80 per day; $208 for three-day pass


Ultra Music Festival has dibs on the best techno, and Tortuga owns country, but III Points, which has been quietly accruing luster in Miami’s hipster circles for the past six years, has been slipperier to pin down. It’s a bit of hip-hop, some EDM, a few servings of rock, a smattering of jazz. All that seems to matter to its co-founders, David Sinopoli and Erica Freshman, is that the music is of a high quality. The concertgoers who will enjoy it most are the ones with peripatetic ears. This year’s edition, which boasts its biggest headliners yet, especially caters to eclectic tastes, with performances from alternative hip-hop kingmaker Tyler the Creator, neo-soul sensations SZA and Erykah Badu, jazz legend Herbie Hancock, dream-pop luminaries Beach House, post-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and so many more, with sets running until 5 a.m. With lineups like this, sleep can wait. Look for a review of III Points on next week.


What: Opening day of “Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations”

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

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

Cost: $9-$15 museum admission

Contact: 561/495-0233,

Where some of us see a spatula, Sayaka Ganz sees is a duck’s foot. Where others see a spoon, Ganz sees a horse’s ear. Born in Japan and educated in the United States, this upcycling artist developed her signature series “Reclaimed Creations” by staring at a lot of rusted scrap metal and noticing, in its twisted contours, “a dog’s head, a bird’s leg or a deer’s back.” So she has devoted her practice to transforming this metal detritus, along with discarded pieces of plastic and wood, into lively sculptures of sprinting felines, soaring eagles, translucent jellyfish and many more. Ganz calls herself a 3D Impressionist: When viewing the work up close, spectators can see the combs and mixing bowls and kitchen utensils collaged together, but from afar, the animals come alive, transcending their materials. At 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Ganz will discuss her work and methodology in an Artist Talk included with museum admission.

What: Opening night of “Blonde Poison”

Where: Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30-$35

Contact: 866/811-4111,

Equally heady and heavy, the themes of this one-woman play include the lengths we go to escape mortality, and the capacity for evil that exists, perhaps, in all of us. Its subject is Stella Kubler, a Jewish émigré from Berlin living in present-day London. As she shares her life story to an eager journalist, we learn that she was more than a target of the Third Reich: Under duress, she aided their cause by turning in her fellow-Jews as a so-called greifer, or “catcher”. This harrowing play about the thin line between victim and persecutor stars Carbonell-winning actress Lourelene Snedeker in what might be the role of her lifetime. The production runs through March 10.

What: Isle of Klezbos

Where: Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35-$45

Contact: 561/450-6357,

For adventurous listeners who enjoy traditional music served with a cheeky, progressive twist, it’s tough to resist an act named Isle of Klezbos. As this sextet’s moniker suggests, its musicians are New York City lesbians of Jewish descent, and they play a distinctively danceable blend of klezmer fusion. Formed in 1998 by drummer and film archivist Eve Sicular, the Isle of Klezbos have enough serious chops to transcend the lighthearted whimsy of their name. Reviewing their sixth album, Live From Brooklyn, in 2014, the New York Music Daily’s critic called the players “world-class” and opined, “this is minor key party music at its most deliriously fun and virtuosic.” Considering the group’s bona fides, that’s not surprising: Trumpeter Pam Fleming played with reggae legend Burning Spear, and toured with Indigo Girls and Queen Latifah; vocalist Melissa Fogarty is an opera singer with professional New York credits; and the entire Isle has collaborated with Scissor Sisters and Jill Sobule. Their Arts Garage debut marks their first Florida concert.


What: Keiko Matsui

Where: Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $45-$60

Contact: 561/483-9036,

This endlessly prolific jazz keyboardist began studying piano at age 5 in her native Tokyo. After 10 albums with her band Cosmos, Matsui began recording solo albums under her name, releasing more than 30 albums since 1987. Her musical juju has a woo-woo provenance: She has said that her compositions “come to her from another space, another dimension.” Born with a natural ear for melody, Matsui staked her name in the smooth jazz field but has since plowed terrain in genres such as jazz fusion, new age, funk, classical, rock and worldbeat. Her eclectic talent has led her to share stages with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Dave Koz and Miles Davis.

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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