Thursday, February 2, 2023

Your Week Ahead: Feb. 8 to 14, 2022

The Garlic Fest brings aromatic delights to Wellington, seafood delicacies enliven Mizner Park, and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre returns. Plus, Tool, Werner Herzog and more in your week ahead.


What: Opening night of “I Hate Hamlet”

Where: The Benjamin School, 11000 Ellison Wilson Road, North Palm Beach

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $66-$91

Contact: 561/575-2223,

It’s been a long time coming, but the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is finally ready to open its first production since the pandemic—albeit not yet in the theatre’s sparkling new digs. Instead, for the first time in the company’s history, its comeback production of “I Hate Hamlet” will be performed at the 800-seat Benjamin Hall in the nearby Benjamin School. Paul Rudnick’s witty comedy centers on an actor torn between accepting an artistically nourishing role as Shakespeare’s tormented prince, or taking a more lucrative part in a hit television series. The ghost of John Barrymore, in whose apartment the conflicted actor dwells, will help him make the decision. The production, with a cast led by Tony nominee and Broadway veteran Tom Hewitt, runs through Feb. 20.


What: Authors Speak: “The Impact of Race on American Society”

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

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/450-6357,

In its ongoing efforts to promote Black cultural awareness among the broader public, Arts Garage this week launches its Authors Speak series in conjunction with the Delray Beach CRA and the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum. For the first event in the series, which continues through the summer, Arts Garage welcomes back returning champion Leslie Gray Streeter, beloved former columnist of the Palm Beach Post, who relocated to her hometown of Baltimore in 2020. Thursday’s appearance marks her first time back in the Palm Beaches in two years; she’ll discuss her acclaimed debut memoir, Black Widow, a “sad-funny journey through grief.”

Tool / Photo by Travis Shinn courtesy of Speakeasy PR

What: Tool

Where: FTX Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $60+


Yet another long-delayed concert finally arrives in South Florida this Thursday when alternative metal pioneers Tool take the stage at Miami’s FTX Arena. Flanked by an opening set from elusive NYC alt-rock band Blonde Redhead, this will mark Tool’s first show in South Florida in nearly 15 years and the biggest heavy-rock show in the region since Metallica headlined Hollywood’s Hard Rock Live late last year. Attendees can expect hits from across the band’s 5-album discography sprinkled in among tracks from 2019’s Fear Innoculum, the group’s comeback record following an extended hiatus.


What: Werner Herzog and “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” screening

Where: University Theater at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $30 general admission, $20 for Boca Raton Museum of Art Members

Contact: 561/392-2500,

As mentioned in our more extensive preview a couple of weeks ago, Germany’s Werner Herzog is one of world cinema’s undisputed treasures, a singular and uncompromising auteur whose 60-year corpus of films has included daring adventures, eccentric horror films and revelatory documentaries. He’ll appear at FAU Friday to discuss a film that falls into that first category: his third feature “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” about a mad conquistador’s vainglorious attempts to locate Peru’s mythic El Dorado. The movie will screen, and Herzog will speak about this iconic work with José Koechlin, one of the film’s co-producers; it all ties in with Boca Raton Museum of Art’s record-breaking “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” exhibition.


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, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $15 Fri.-Sat., $7 Sun.


Delectable, sustainable dishes caught fresh from the coasts of Florida are on the menu at this festival, returning for its fourth year. But with enough omnivorous and vegetarian options available, the event endeavors to attract all palates, just as its musical lineup strives to capture all ears. Saturday night’s national-act headliner, southern rock legends Atlanta Rhythm Section, is still fronted by founding vocalist Rodney Justo; hit singles include “So in to You,” “Imaginary Lover” and “Spooky.” They join more than 10 other bands across the three days, among them soul-blues artist Joey Gilmore, the gospel-funk of the Lee Boys, bluesman Damon Fowler and Americana singer-songwriter Ben Prestage. A variety of art and craft vendors rounds out the experience.


Better Than Ezra

What: South Florida Garlic Fest

Where: Village Park Athletics Complex, 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $10.70 per person


Pardon its aromatic dust, but the Garlic Fest has relocated again. Its first stint in Wellington’s Village Park Athletics Complex marks its third venue in as many years. But regardless of where the sizzling food stands pop up, the quality of the garlic-infused offerings remains worldly and comforting, including Cajun and Japanese fare, burgers and jerk chicken, mac and cheese and pizza and taco bowls. This year’s Saturday night national headliner will be Better Than Ezra, a staple of ‘90s alt-rock radio, whose hits include the once-ubiquitous “Good.” Top tribute acts the Red NOT Chili Peppers and Earth to Mars, which performs the party hits of Bruno Mars, will keep attendees on their feet, while local artists the Kinected, Valerie Tyson Band, Fabulous Fleetwoods and Bradley Brown complete the live entertainment.

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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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