Your Week Ahead: Feb. 19 to 25

Chalk art takes to the streets in Lake Worth, a Broadway warhorse fiddles in Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach Opera re-imagines a Mozart masterwork. Plus, Art Garfunkel, the Zombies, Oscar hopefuls and more in your week ahead.


WEDNESDAY

What: “Mikveh”

Where: B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton

When: 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25-$36

Contact: 561/392-8566, btcboca.org

This drama from Israeli playwright Hadar Galron is set in a ritual bath in an Orthodox Jewish community, where women make monthly visits, a week after menstruation, to cleanse themselves in purifying waters. This aspect of the show may be culturally specific, but its wider implications are universal: Six women of wildly varying backgrounds and dispositions visit the mikveh over the course of several months during the play’s duration, and each deals with secrets that will unfurl over the show’s running time. While not without its humor, the show deals confrontationally with issues of domestic abuse, infidelity, forced marriage, political corruption and suicide. Shari Upbin directs a local cast in a powerful English translation. Expect it to resonate, particularly in today’s #MeToo environment.

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What: Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $42.50-$98

Contact: 954/462-0222, parkerplayhouse.com

Garfunkel remains most famous for his historic collaboration with fellow folk-rock legend Paul Simon, but his career is varied and voluminous: He’s a poet, a memoirist (What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From An Underground Man was published in 2017), an avid bibliophile and an actor. He’s also been arrested twice for marijuana possession, the proof we need that rock stars are just like us. On his current tour, he’s been lending his glorious tenor to a few recent solo recordings but mostly to the Simon & Garfunkel hits that most please longtime fans, from “The Boxer” to “Scarborough Fair” to “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Retirement still seems far off for the 77-year-old polymath; he has said, “Taking on the fear and vulnerability of a live show keeps you vital.” Amen to that.

What: Opening night of “Fiddler on the Roof”

Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Broward Center

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $40.50 and up

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

If not Broadway’s original warhorse, “Fiddler on the Roof” helped define this term for the endlessly running, endlessly produced theatrical experience. After it premiered in 1964, it became the first Broadway musical to surpass 3,000 performances, at one time holding the record for the longest-running show in the medium’s history. Nine Tony wins cemented its importance as both entertaining theatre and cultural artifact. The story, about a Jewish father of five in Imperial Russia who must adjust to seismic changes in love, faith, culture and politics, has seen five Broadway revivals, the latest of which tours this week in Fort Lauderdale. Freshened up for a 21st century audience, the production is directed by Bartlett Sher—praised for his similar reboots of “South Pacific” and “The King and I”—and choreographed by Israel’s Hofesh Shechter, who took his inspiration from the original Jerome Robbins movement. It runs through March 3.

FRIDAY

What: Opening day/night of Oscar Week

Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

When: 3:45, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $7-$11.75 per film

Contact: 786/385-9689, gablescinema.com

The Oscars are creeping up on us fast—Sunday, Feb. 24—and if you’re like most Americans, you’ve only seen a sliver of Academy Award-nominated movies over the past year. That’s why Coral Gables Art Cinema is providing moviegoers with a week of catch-up just in time for the big night. On Friday alone, you can catch “A Star is Born,” Bradley Cooper’s wrenching remake of the classic story of rising and falling fortunes in showbiz; “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” an illuminating, fact-based story of a writer-turned-forger, with a career-best Melissa McCarthy; and “BlackkKlansman,” Spike Lee’s darkly comic and confrontational story of one of the most outrageous undercover police investigations in American history. The rest of the week includes screenings of “Cold War,” “RBG,” “Vice,” “The Favourite” and more.

What: The Zombies

Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Broward Center

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $49.50-$169.50

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

File this one under the “Better Late Than Never” category: It wasn’t until this year that British Invaders the Zombies, who released their first single in 1964, where inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Congratulate Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent and company in person on their latest Florida tour, which features that same infectious single—the slinky and monumental No. 1 hit “She’s Not There”—all the way to cuts from the Zombies’ 2015 release, Still Got That Hunger, plus numbers from Argent’s other projects. We reviewed the band’s stunning appearance in 2018, in which they played their masterpiece Odessey and Oraclestraight through; a handful of selections from that essential album will turn up here as well.

What: Closing night of “Exposed” and art drawing

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

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $375 and up to win original artwork

Contact: 954/921-3274, artandculturecenter.org

This annual fundraiser from Art and Culture Center has a long tradition of turning art lovers into art patrons by guaranteeing each holder of a raffle ticket an original artwork for the bargain price of $375 (or $725 for two pieces, or $1,000 for three). One hundred artists donated an original work—paintings, photography, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, installations and everything in between—for this purpose. Names drawn in random order on Friday night will have their pick of artwork, which leads to an exciting, bingo hall-style atmosphere in the galleries. But everyone who bought a raffle ticket will walk away with a work of art, and with so many familiar and award-winning names in the South Florida art world contributing masterpieces, there’s not a dud in the bunch. Raffle tickets are still available.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

What: “Don Giovanni”

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

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $20-$245

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Traditionally set in mid-18th century Spain, Palm Beach Opera’s rendition of this Mozart masterpiece recasts its dramatic story in a ‘40s film noir ambience, complete with appropriate costumes (think long coats, plaid jackets and eye-catching dresses), sets (heavy on black and white contrasts) and lighting (think dark shadows and lurid neon). The narrative follows the title character, a captivating, dangerous aristocrat with an insatiable lust for women, who suddenly finds himself at odds with the ladies he wronged in the past. Seeming to turn the noirish femme fatale archetype on its head, the company’s gritty urban reimagining seems both inspired and subversive. The production marks the Palm Beach Opera debuts of two baritones and its director, Kristine McIntyre, who also designed the show.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

What: Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

Where: Downtown Lake Worth

When: Beginning at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: streetpaintingfestivalinc.org

The area’s most temporary art festival, this tradition, now in its 25th year in the Palm Beaches, welcomes more than 600 artists who will create more than 250 paintings directly onto the pavement of downtown Lake Worth. Each work will only last until the next rainfall, but these chalky creations, ranging from playful whimsy to activist inspiration, are often of a museum quality. Many of them brilliantly play with perspective in site-specific ways, and are known to spawn legions of selfie shots with the unique paintings. Visitors can also enjoy the Festival Food Court and listen to live music in the city’s Cultural Plaza. Saturday’s performers include Ronnie Leigh, Vibeat and the Marcos Ariel Quartet; Sunday welcomes J.P. Soars and the Red Hots, Bill Mays Trio and others.