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Your Week Ahead: Feb. 21 to 27, 2023

Artists chalk up another Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, the Symphonia explores climate change, and GableStage mounts a prize-winning sequel. Plus, Big Thief, Tyler Henry and more in your week ahead.


What: Big Thief

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Miami Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Cost: $41.72

Contact: 305/672-5202,

The first Florida appearance of Brooklyn quartet Big Thief is a long time coming: The Berklee College-educated group has been making music that sounds both timeless and out of time since 2015, it has been a critical darling from the outset. Of Big Thief’s 2016 debut, Robert Christgau, dean of American rock critics, lauded its “fragile, noisy images of a love perpetually out of reach.” The group has only improved over its next four albums, which have collectively earned three Grammy nominations on the strength of a sonic palette that embraces both rustic, back-porch Americana and clangorous noise-pop. The band’s variegated musical influences pair with singer-songwriter Adrianne Lenker’s singular, affecting warble and literary lyrics, which conjure Bob Dylan in their pictorial details and poetic resonance. The group is supporting its 2022 opus Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You, a sprawling 20-track LP recorded in five different U.S. cities.


What: Opening night of “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

When: 8 p.m.

Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables

Cost: $65

Contact: 305/445-1119,

Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 masterpiece “A Doll’s House” ends with closure of the most literal kind. Nora Helmer, once-obedient wife and mother of three in a patriarchal Norwegian household, upsets her status quo by abandoning her family with the unequivocal slam of the front door. Nearly 140 years later, with the premiere of his bold and Tony-winning sequel, “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” playwright Lucas Hnath decided to explore the ramifications of that decision. The show is set 15 years after Ibsen’s play. Nora has become a self-possessed feminist, bristling with controversial opinions, many of which she has published in a thinly veiled “fiction” best-seller. Yet Nora needs something from Torvald, her husband and oppressor: to finalize their divorce, which, in antediluvian 19th century Norway, only a man could file freely. Festering scabs reopen, revelations spill forth, and supporting characters invented by Hnath provide new perspectives. If Delray Beach Playhouse can pull off this challenging dramedy, it will play out in a series of sharply written, often humorous dialogues that honor Ibsen’s characterizations while forging a new path. GableStage’s Miami premiere of the show, running through March 19, stars Rachel Burttram, Brendan Powers, Elizabeth Dimon and Yasmine Harrell.


What: Lake Worth Beach Street Painting Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Downtown Lake Worth Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/533-7395,

In this beloved annual tradition, the streets of downtown Lake Worth Beach will be cordoned off from vehicular traffic as an expected 600 artists create colorful masterpieces on the asphalt, none surviving longer than the next rainfall. Street art, which has its origins in the itinerant artists of 16th century Italy, is today more diverse than meets the eye, with artists able to create phantasmagorical abstract visions; fantastical optical illusions; realistic paintings to rival those of the Old Masters; and fan-fic style appropriations from popular culture. An audience of 10,000 is expected to attend, and the event also includes a festival food court and live music, all day and night, on four stages.

What: Martha Redbone: “Bone Hill”

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday

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

Cost: $35-$55

Contact: 561/833-8300,

A singular force of nature, soul singer Martha Redbone is the product of both her indigenous heritage and her mentorship in the trenches of ‘70s funk. Born in New York City and raised in large part by her Native American grandparents in Black Mountain, Kentucky, Redbone trained under the tutelage of Junie Morrison of the Ohio Players and Parliament-Funkadelic. Since her 2001 debut Home of the Brave, she has specialized in a gumbo of influences, performing songs espousing her First Nations heritage with the sort of ecstatic, percussive grooves of 20th century Black American music. Redbone is continually full of cultural surprises; her landmark 2012 release The Garden of Love, for instance, set poems of William Blake to new arrangements inspired by her Appalachian upbringing. In “Bone Hill: The Concert,” she explores the myriad musical avenues that have affected her life and work, from Cherokee chants to bluegrass, R&B, gospel, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.


What: Tyler Henry

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $49-$134

Contact: 954/462-0222,

What do Snooki, RuPaul, Matt Lauer and Nancy Grace have in common? Beyond their seven-figure incomes, they’ve all been “read” by Tyler Henry, whose four seasons of “Hollywood Medium” on the E! network featured dozens of A- and B-listers from all walks of celebrity life being dazzled by the young Californian’s ability to solicit and receive information from the Other Side. In Henry’s most sobering psychic “hit,” he warned Alan Thicke of potential heart problems; a few months later, the actor died of an aortic dissection. Hopefully, the messages coming from Tyler—who now brings his sensitive talents and sweet nature to the Netflix reality series “Life After Death”—at this gallery reading in Fort Lauderdale will be on the more positive side. Tyler will explain how he works, read select audience members and answer questions.


What: The Symphonia: “Terra Nostra”

When: 7 p.m.

Where: The Studio at Mizner Park, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

Cost: $35-$65

Contact: 561/376-3848,

Departing from its usual seasonal fare at the Roberts Theatre, the Symphonia will mark its debut performance at the recently renovated Studio at Mizner Park for a multimedia extravaganza that’s as urgent in its message as it is stunningly beautiful in its visuals. Charlie Spears’ 30-minute film “Terra Nostra,” featuring resplendent images of the Earth and nature that are at risk from climate change, will be projected behind the musicians, who will perform music written for the movie by Christophe Chagnard. Poetry by Emily Siff will also be featured. This multisensory experience was praised by none other than the nation’s premier climate activist, Bill McKibbon, who dubbed it “a magnificent half-hour.” Alastair Willis will conduct the performance, which also includes Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides Overture.”

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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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