Strawberries and frivolity fill Mizner Park Amphitheater; jazz headliners wail, strum and percuss in Pompano Beach, and Tina Turner gets her long-awaited Broadway treatment. Plus, “Madama Butterfly,” an Alex Katz exhibition and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening night of “Tina: the Tina Turner Musical”
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
First conquering R&B and then transitioning to a rock ‘n’ roll, Tina Turner’s influence on popular music has spanned more than 50 years, during which time she has netted 12 Grammy Awards and earned the distinction as the first Black artist, and first woman, to grace the cover of Rolling Stone. She has enjoyed—and, for too much of the time, suffered through—a life big enough for two or three Broadway musicals. For now, we now have “Tina,” a jukebox musical authorized by the performer, which charts the tumultuous journey of Tennessee-born Anna Mae Bullock, later christened Tina Turner by Ike Turner, the showman and bandleader who discovered her, married her and abused her. By Act II, Turner has shed her violent first husband and embarks on a new musical vision as a solo artist, despite pervasive racism and ageism of the era. The songs are a marvelous assemblage of 20th century rock and soul, including “Let’s Stay Together,” “Proud Mary,” “Private Dancer” and, of course, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” This touring Broadway production runs through Jan. 29.
What: Opening night of “Alex Katz—In Good Company”
When: 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: New River Fine Art, 822 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 954/524-2100, newriverfineart.com
Still active at age 95, Alex Katz is one of the art world’s living legends, a painter and sculptor whose flat, boldly colorful evocations of people, landscapes and nature forecast the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and helped invent many ubiquitous graphic-design motifs. “In Good Company,” a major exhibition of this so-called “painter’s painter,” will display a remarkable depth and breadth of Katz’s oeuvre, including portraits (and deconstructed portraits), flowers, animals and “Coca-Cola Girls” in the form of original paintings, drawings, fine art prints and sculptures. At Friday’s opening night, Katz’s publisher, Robert Lococo, will be on hand to discuss the artworks.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
What: Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth Beach
Contact: 561/967-7222, duncantheatre.org
Miami City Ballet alumni and leading Carlos Guerra and Jennifer Kronenberg formed Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami in 2016 as a way to hybridize their riogorous classical training with the cutting-edge rhythms and voices of contemporary dance. Six years into its tenure, the diverse corps continues to flourish, earning acclaim well beyond its South Florida breeding ground (the New York Times dubbed the group “strong, sexy, and athletic”) and attracting contributions from world-class choreographers. For this appearance in Lake Worth Beach, Dimensions is promising a “dynamic bouquet” of signature works from an artistic repertoire now totaling 17 pieces. The program includes Gerald Arpino’s masterwork “Light Rain,” Donna Goffredo Murray’s “Landscapes,” “Sobre un Hilo” by Lyvan Verdecia, and “Adiemus” by Yanis Pikieris and David Palmer.
What: Pompano Beach Jazz Festival
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Pompano Beach Great Lawn, 20-98 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach; Old Town, 41 N.E. First St., Pompano Beach
Cost: Free, but reservations required
Sweet and sonorous sounds from saxophones, flutes, guitars, drums and many more jazz instruments will cast their improvisatory spell throughout downtown Pompano Beach this weekend for this second-annual community gathering. More than a dozen performers spanning from national headliners to rising South Florida talent will take the stage over the two-day weekend. Jazz fusion hybridizers Spyro Gyra, who have released nearly 30 albums over the past 45 years, will headline on Friday night. Saturday night welcomes the alto saxophonist David Sanborn, active for more than six decades, and whose influential sound marries jazz with pop and R&B idioms. Opening acts on Saturday include Brazilian-American composer-percussionist Nanny Assis, Dixieland jazz group the Dixie Kings, Grammy-winning sax player Yainer Horta and pianist-singer Fanni Sarkozy. SiriusXM host Mark Ruffin will emcee the proceedings, and drink, food and art vendors complete the experience.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
What: “Madama Butterfly”
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
In one of Giacomo Puccini’s many masterworks, an opportunistic American naval officer in 1890s Japan courts a 15-year-old girl from Nagasaki, takes her as his wife, and forces her to abandon her family and her religion, only to callously dump her—and worse. With its 34 musical numbers and lavish sets, “Madama Butterfly” is a herculean accomplishment of Italian opera, and it has cast a long shadow across art from virtually every media—from the Broadway musical “Miss Saigon” to the Weezer album Pinkerton. This production marks the opening of Palm Beach Opera’s lavish season at the Kravis.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
What: Boca Strawberry Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real
Cost: $15 single day, $22 both days, $35-$55 for unlimited activities
We’re about to enter peak strawberry season in Florida, but delicacies involving everyone’s favorite berry are only part of the appeal of this two-day, family-friendly extravaganza in Mizner Park. The standard ticket price includes a performance from “America’s Got Talent” stunt dogs, strolling magicians, live music, lawn games and interactive musical instruments from School of Rock Boca Raton, alongside a vendor village for unique decorative items and specialty foods, and food trucks with items available for purchase. Additional games and activities are available for purchase, but the $35 daily (or $55 weekend) pass offers unlimited access to them, including a video game truck, petting zoo, bounce house, face painting, Strawberry STEAM Exploration Station, inflatable obstacle course, bungee trampolines, climb-and-slide wall, football challenge and more.