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Your Week Ahead: Feb. 14 to 20, 2023

A beloved Supreme Court Justice is reborn onstage, and the Boca Museum unveils major exhibitions. Plus, the traveling circus is in town, Miami City Ballet’s first Martha Graham performance, and more in your week ahead.


What: “All Things Equal: The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg”

When: 2 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.

Where: Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach

Cost: $49

Contact: 561/272-1281,

Everyone has an opinion, but few voiced theirs with the authority, intelligence and moral exactitude of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Appointed to the high court by President Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg’s legacy would transcend judicial circles—where her blistering dissents were absorbed with the depth and attention of literature—to leave its imprint on pop culture writ large. The years leading to her 2020 death yielded new insights into her biography and worldview, thanks to a much-heralded documentary film and a Hollywood biopic. Adding to this body of research is Tony-winning playwright Rupert Holmes’ posthumous one-woman show “All Things Equal,” in with Ginsburg, holding court in her chambers, shares a life of challenges overcome and glass ceilings broken. The play captures its subject’s trademark wit, compassion and directness, though we know how it ends; hence the show’s suggestion to “bring a hankie.”


Work by Whitfield Lovell

What: Opening day of “Whitfield Lovell: Passages” and “Oswaldo Vigas”

When: Feb. 15-May 21

Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

Cost: $12-$16

Contact: 561/392-2500,

Contemporary artist Whitfield Lovell’s work can feel bigger than life—and bigger than death. “Passages” marks the most comprehensive survey yet of his diverse corpus, which includes drawings on pencil, oil stick, charcoal or crayon, often paired with found objects salvaged and manipulated from flea markets and antique shops. His art addresses historical brutalities toward African-Americans through the prisms of identity and memory, which resonate across centuries. “Deep River,” for instance, includes a soil mound embedded with vintage objects and surrounded by 56 wooden foundry molds, each depicting a nameless African-American Civil War victim. This week also marks the opening of the Museum’s Osvaldo Vigas showcase; a self-taught genius with an eye for capturing deep feeling in various abstract forms, Vigas was a Venezuelan artist whose oeuvre encompassed painting, sculptures, prints, drawings, ceramics and tapestries.


What: Opening night of Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Mizner Park, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

Cost: $50-$90

Contact: 941/445-7309,

The circus is in town, and it’s so 19th century. Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium, a traveling circus and vaudeville extravaganza, will bring all manner of shady characters, including an impossibly jointed contortionist, to Mizner Park audiences eager for a nostalgic change of pace in their entertainment diets—all of it presented under a climate-controlled big top tent. “We were always inspired by the old-fashioned shows, and we wanted to go back to what made those shows great,” Allison Blei, co-owner of Salto Entertainment, which produces the event, told Boca magazine. “Our inspiration was P.T. Barnum. He was a bit of a character we looked up to in the way he was able to show things, and it’s always with a funny flavor. It’s not just about a swindle; it’s more about having fun with it.” The Drink-Ory Garden, a beer garden inside the tent offering brews, wine, cocktails and chef-curated food, will open an hour before each performance. The production runs through Feb. 26 before traveling to Jupiter’s Carlin Park starting March 2.


What: “Memoria” screenings

When: 6 p.m. Friday; 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach

Cost: $9

Contact: 561/296-9382,

Because it is unreleased on home video in the United States, a return engagement of 2021’s theatrical-only experience “Memoria” is more than welcome. In director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s English-language debut, Tilda Swinton plays a Scottish expat in Colombia who awakens one night to a mysterious booming sound—an unexplained event that leads her down an investigative rabbit hole, including encounters with a friendly sound engineer who may or may not actually exist, and a reclusive farmer who shares the engineer’s name. Archaeology, flowers and a jazz combo figure into Weerasethakul’s patient storytelling; he’s a master of slow cinema, and letting his audience experience the sensorial interruptions of Swinton’s world and the revelations that follow. It’s a film that’s made to be seen on the big screen, so do take advantage of these rare screenings.

Miami City Ballet’s “Diversion of Angels”

What: Miami City Ballet: “Modern Masters”

When: 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun.

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

Cost: $30-$115

Contact: 561/832-7469,

In its 33 years of existence, Miami City Ballet has never mounted a work by the monumental modernist Martha Graham—until now. “Diversion of Angels,” which Graham premiered in 1948, is a plotless triptych inspired by the bold colors the choreographer so admired in the abstract paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. Her color-coded dancers, clad in white, yellow or red, embody love at three stages of life: in young, middle and mature ages. The piece is just one highlight of Miami City Ballet’s winter program, which also includes José Limón’s “The Moor’s Pavane,” a balletic interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Othello;” and two world-premiere works, one of which will feature the integration of dance with film and cutting-edge technology.


What: Opening night/reception of “Marielle Plaisir: The Unbearable Lightness of Being”

When: 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood

Cost: $7

Contact: 954/921-3274,

It would be nice to live in the multimedia edens of French-Caribbean artist Marielle Plaisir: utopian collages whose vivid flora and fauna pop off the canvas, so real you can almost touch them. Her achievements, in the mixed mediums of archival paper, fabric, embroidered beads and digital printing, will fill one gallery of Art & Culture Center for next few months, alongside two other worthwhile exhibitions: Also opening Saturday night, the eight-person group exhibit “Living in Oblivion: an artistic examination of our times” offers research-based artwork focused on our milieu of misinformation, while “Matt Forehand: They are known through conversation” features the work of another multimedia collagist inspired by the cultural disparities and nuances between his native Colombia and his current home in South Florida. All exhibitions run through May 14.

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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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