The New Norton Museum (finally!) opens to the public, jazz musicians honor a literary icon, and eclectic music and seafood fill Mizner Park. Plus, Michelle Wolf, antifascist theatre, Indie Craft Bazaar and more in your week ahead.
THURSDAY TO SATURDAY
What: Michelle Wolf
Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach
When: Various show times
Contact: 561/833-1812, palmbeachimprov.com
We can credit Michelle Wolf—or, if you prefer, a presidential administration that cannot take a joke—for transforming the White House Correspondents’ Dinner from a withering roast of politicians into an academic history lesson. Wolf, the controversial host of last year’s WHCD, fired such provocative potshots at administration officials that the Trump White House has decided we can no longer have nice things: This year, instead of a comedian, a historian who’s sure to offend nobody will preside. Ho hum. At least Wolf is still out there, leaving audiences in stitches, whether it’s on her subversive Netflix “late-night” talk show or her rapturously received comedy specials on HBO. The irony of Wolf repelling conservatives last year is that she’s not a particularly political comic. Speaking to GQlate last year, she said her current tour features “jokes about health care, giving birth, a bunch of women’s issues” and not “a single Trump joke.”
What: “Jazz in the Key of Ellison”
Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscyane Blvd., Miami
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
The Ellison of the title is Ralph Ellison, the novelist whose Invisible Man is the preeminent chronicle of the 20th century African-American experience. Ellison was also a passionate jazz lover and a trumpet player himself, whose circle of friends include musical luminaries who need no surnames: Miles, Dizzy, Bird. At this multimedia concert, celebrated jazz musicians Will Downing, Nona Hendryx, Quiana Lynell and Nicholas Payton, along with the Andy Farber Jazz Orchestra, will perform numbers composed by Ellison’s pioneering contemporaries, while “special guests” will intersperse excerpts from Ellison’s writings.
FRIDAY TO SATURDAY
What: Boca Raton Seafood & Music Festival
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Fin-to-fork specialties highlight this second-annual festival in Mizner Park, which will offer indigenous and sustainable seafood dishes that are locally delicious. Meat and vegetarian dishes on the menu, too, along with a generous gamut of live music spread over the three-day event. On Friday, enjoy indie-folk artist Keith Johns, blues-soul musician Juke, and the Caribbean Chillers, which plays the music of Jimmy Buffett. Saturday’s performers veteran songsmith JP Soars and his Red Hots, the Jay Blues Band and the Aerosmith tribute act Jaded, among others. Sunday will feature the Lee Boys, country rockers the Billy Rice Band, the jam band Unlimited Devotion and the Bob Marley Tribute Band.
What: Opening day of “RAW: Nina Chanel Abney”
Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org
Describing her work as “easy to swallow, hard to digest,” this New York spray painter, acrylic artist and collagist tackles subjects such as racial inequality, gender discrimination and gun violence in a style that is paradoxically bright and colorful, like cartoon hallucinations of societal ills. Infusing her work with jolts of unexpected humor, Abney’s influences include Stuart Davis and Henri Matisse, updating their modernist visual language with 21st century symbolism. The latest entry in the Norton’s “Recognition of Art by Women (RAW)” series, it will be one of eight exhibitions on display for the museum’s February re-opening, which promises to be the major arts story of the season. The completely redesigned space will also open exhibits on camera-less photography (“Out of the Box”), provocative Pop Art (“Oldenburg and van Bruggen: The Typewriter Eraser, A Favored Form”), watercolors beloved by the museum’s founder (“Modern Spontaneity: Ralph Norton’s Watercolor Collection”) and much more.
What: “We Will Not Be Silent”
Where: Theatre Lab at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/297-6124, fauevents.com
Theatre Lab’s latest production is a stark and timely reminder of fascism’s stranglehold on societies—and the sometimes fatal but necessary costs of resistance. Set in Germany in the Second World War, it follows the real-life story of a truly good German, Sophie Scholl, a religious-studies student at the University of Munich, and the daughter of one of her country’s prominent antifascist academics. Active in the White Rose resistance movement, Scholl is said to have led the only major act of civil disobedience against the Nazis in Germany, and “We Will Not Be Silent” plays out in an interrogation room after her capture. The intense dialogue between Scholl and her interrogator, Kurt Grunwald, sheds light on the moral courage required in perilous times. Thursday’s and Friday’s shows are sold out at the time of this writing, and tickets continue to fly, so book quickly. The production runs through Feb. 24.
What: Indie Craft Bazaar
Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: Noon to 5 p.m.
This periodic vendor marketplace in the comfy confines of Revolution Live and America’s Backyard returns for its first event since the holiday season, and just in time for the next gift-giving bonanza, Valentine’s Day. Pick up a special something for the sweetheart on your list or, better yet, just buy more stuff for yourself and clutter up your house, Marie Kondo be damned. More than 65 artists, crafters, designers, makers and antiques merchants will offer their one-of-a-kind goods, and attendees can also get inked with henna tattoos, participate in free DIY activities, and enjoy “Galentine’s Date Fun.” As always, the first 100 customers through the door receive swag bags, so arrive early.
MONDAY, FEB. 11
What: Play reading of “The Quintessence of Joy”
Where: Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/237-7000, lynn.edu
Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series, one of the jewels of Lynn University’s arts season, continues with one of its most anticipated works next Monday. Stuart Meltzer, who won last year’s Carbonell Award for Best New Work for his play “The Goldberg Variations,” returns with his latest play in development, “The Quintessence of Joy.” It’s a comedy about midlife crises and the obstacles that adults face on their quests for happiness. That’s the universal part of the story; more specifically, the play is set in the world of jazz music. We don’t know much else about it; chances are, the script is still being tinkered with as this staged reading enters rehearsals. See it now before it eventually receives a full production.