A reggae-fueled Garlic Fest returns, the Symphonia toasts Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Lucinda Williams & Buick 6 drive into Fort Lauderdale. Plus, Joan Osborne, Indie Craft Bazaar and more in your week ahead.
What: Joan Osborne
Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
Joan Osborne never had a hit larger than 1995’s chart-topping “One of Us,” a song about God that was either heretical or deeply spiritual, depending on how you read it. In the nearly 25 years since, she’s quietly released eight albums containing fewer earworms but more slow-burning blues, soul and roots music anchored by a voice that’s as commanding as ever. She’s fresh off her multiyear tour of reverently reinterpreted Bob Dylan material, so his current tour’s set list is, like God, a mystery.
What: Lucinda Williams & Buick 6
Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, parkerplayhouse.com
Clearly, the queen of Americana loves South Florida, and the feeling is mutual: As of this Monday, Lucinda Williams just completed another Outlaw Country Cruise sailing from Miami to Jamaica with birds of a similar alt-country feather. She’s extending her stay with another full set at the Parker, the region’s most acoustically gobsmacking venue, backed by her band, Buick 6. A three-time Grammy winner who has been bearing her soul to rapt audiences for more than a quarter-century, Williams recently toasted the 20th anniversary of her landmark 1998 album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road by playing it straight through, coast to coast. Now, we assume, she’ll play a generous smattering from her impressive discography of 14 dud-free albums of plaintive folk, ragged blues and feral country-rock. Look for a review of this concert on Friday here at bocamag.com.
What: Opening night of “A Funny Thing Happened … on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City”
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
Contact: 866/811-411, primalforces.com
This cumbersomely titled play may riff on the already wordy title of a farcical Broadway musical, but its content is anything but. Penned by Halley Feiffer, daughter of legendary cartoonist Jules and an accomplished actress/playwright on her own accord, “A Funny Thing” is as dark, raw, neurotic and uncomfortable as a romantic comedy can be. The leads don’t exactly meet cute: The story’s setting is a surgical recovery suite in the titular hospital, whose walls are painted the excruciating pink of antacid medication. It’s here that Karla, a narcissistic standup comedian, encounters Don, a dressed-down middle-aged millionaire. Their mothers lie comatose in beds, separated by a curtain, but it’s their own frailties, neuroses and unlikely attraction that dominate Feiffer’s scabrous script. The production runs through March 1.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
What: South Florida Garlic Fest
Where: John Prince Park, 2700 Sixth Ave. S., Lake Worth Beach
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Contact: 561/279-0907, garlicfestfl.com
The South Florida Garlic can now legally drink—huzzah! Entering its 21st year of promoting the favorite aromatic bulb of many a culinary wizard, the former Delray Beach Garlic Fest is now firmly ensconced in its spacious home at John Prince Park. As always, the titular ingredient will find its way into more than 100 dishes available for sampling and/or purchase in the Gourmet Alley portion of the festival: Think garlic pizza, garlic Argentine barbecue with garlic black beans and rice, garlic Portobello sandwiches and everyone’s favorite acquired taste, garlic ice cream. This year’s live music lineup will feature the legendary Wailers, still performing the potent sing-alongs of their late frontman, Bob Marley; the Expendables, who play a danceable goulash of reggae, ska, surf rock and punk; and G. Love & the Special Sauce, the chart-topping alternative hip-hop act with a dedicated following. Winners of an all-new Battle of the Bands contest will open for these national acts, and the festival also includes an Artist Row, midway games, a children’s area and, for the first time in 2020, “human foosball.”
What: Connoisseur Concert III
Where: Roberts Theatre, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton
When: 3 p.m.
Contact: 561/376-3848, thesymphonia.org
At the Symphonia Boca Raton’s third program of the season, the orchestra will tackle one of the cornerstones of western music—Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony—along with the same composer’s King Stephen Overture. This alone is worth the admission price, but the rest of the program is just as noteworthy, consisting of a works by living Miami-born composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the first female composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The Symphonia will perform her Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. Violinist soloist Elissa Lee Koljonen and cello soloist Yumi Kendall join the Symphonia under the baton of James Judd.
What: Indie Craft Bazaar
Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: Noon to 5 p.m.
Love is in the air—and in the products of many of the vendors—at this year’s only pre-Valentine’s Day Indie Craft Bazaar. With more than 75 vendor booths filling Revolution proper and its attached neighbors, Stache and America’s Backyard, you’re likely to find a special something for yourself as well as your sweetheart. Local crafters, artisans, designers and makers, along with vintage purveyors, will be offering their wares, and artisan bakers and food trucks will be on site all day long. Mimosas run $5, and addictive, locally roasted Panther coffee will be available for purchase, too. As always, arrive early: The first 100 entrants receive a swag bag with special goodies and discounts.