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Your Week Ahead: Feb. 20 to 26, 2024

Alanis Morissette’s musical tours the Kravis, an innovative string quartet plays the Flagler, and the Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival is in full swing. Plus, folk legend Steve Forbert and more in your week ahead.

TUESDAY

What: Beo String Quartet

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach

Cost: $75

Contact: 561/655-2833, flaglermuseum.us

Founded in 2015 “on a lark” by talented brothers Jason (violin) and Sean Neukom (viola), the Beo String Quartet has emerged as not only a dominant steward of the classical canon but as a powerhouse of contemporary composition as well. The quartet, complete with violinist Andrew Giordano and cellist Ryan Ash, has premiered no fewer than 65 pieces in its eight-year tenure, while mastering 145 concert works from the likes of Beethoven, Bach and Mozart. The adventurous quartet has even been known to integrate drums, electronics and live sound processing into their performances, which bridge gaps between the past, present and future of string music.

What: Opening night of “Jagged Little Pill”

When: 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $35-$96

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill” is more than a Gen-X touchstone, selling upwards of 33 million copies and continuing to find new audiences for its creator’s upbeat but angst-driven pop-rock. Recognizing that Morissette’s lyrics might lend themselves to something more grandiose than just an album, she and the LP’s producer, Glen Ballard, reworked the songs into this jukebox musical, complete with a script by Diablo Cody (“Juno,” “Young Adult”). Spotlighting the underbelly of suburban America, this national tour of the 15-time Tony-nominated musical follows a family riven by opioid and pornography addiction, and disputes over gender identity and sexuality, with Morissette’s iconic tunes adding depth, color and a rock pulse.

TUESDAY THROUGH MARCH 4

What: Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival

When: Various show times

Where: Movies of Delray, 7421 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

Cost: Most tickets $14

Contact: brjff2024.eventive.org

Spanning more than three weeks, the Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival—which is actually in Delray, but close enough—is one of the largest celebrations of Jewish cinema in the country, and a great opportunity to discover titles in exclusive, onetime theatrical screenings. Highlights include “The Third Man,” a documentary about the remarkable career and dual identities of Palestinian-Israeli actor Makram Jamil Khoury (7 p.m. Tuesday), “Supernova: The Music Festival Massacre,” offering firsthand accounts and shocking footage from the Oct. 7 attack on the Nova music fest (1 p.m. Wednesday), and “Silent,” a timely and surrealist political drama about an Israeli TV host reporting on a national election, and whose sources and family members suddenly stop speaking (7 p.m. Feb. 26). For the full schedule, visit brjff2024.eventive.org.

THURSDAY

What: Thelma and the Sleaze

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

Cost: $10-$15

Contact: 561/832-9999, sub-culture.org/locations/respectable-street

Seemingly poised for success from their first appearances and recordings, Nashville’s Thelma and the Squeeze have remained a stubbornly underground outfit, despite a sound rooted in decades of bluesy, anthemic southern rock, and despite opening for some heavy hitters right from the outset, including Jack White and the Eagles of Death Metal. Perhaps they simply want to keep it that way, and continue playing smallish clubs to a cult fan base. Formed by singer and guitarist Lauren “LG” Gilbert, the nexus of the band since 2010 throughout numerous lineup changes, Thelma and the Sleaze is an all-female, queer-defined act—their name is a pun on “Thelma and Louise.” A riveting, hard-hitting live act with a sound that conjures Led Zeppelin, the Black Keys and even slivers of the traditional country music of their adopted city, Thelma and the Sleaze may well be your favorite new band you haven’t heard yet.

SUNDAY

What: Steve Forbert Duo

When: 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $40-$45

Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org

In 1978, when he was just starting out in music, folksinger Steve Forbert was one of countless guitar-strumming troubadours to earn the sobriquet “the new Bob Dylan,” an honor—and an immense pressure—foisted upon him by the Village Voice. Forbert brushed off the comparisons, though his only megahit, “Romeo’s Tune,” released the following year and peaking at No. 11 on the Billboard singles chart, evokes the richness of Dylan’s ‘70s storytelling. Twenty-one albums later, Forbert is recognized alongside the Band as a godfather of Americana, the mongrel genre that combines folk, rock, blues and country into a national sonic gumbo. Forbert is touring in support of his latest release of new material, 2022’s Moving Through America, whose road-worn title song feels like a spiritual successor to Simon & Garfunkel’s “America.” At his intimate Arts Garage return, he’ll be joined by electric guitarist George Naha and keyboardist Rob Clores.


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John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, 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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