This week, Boca Stage satirizes Big Pharma, a famous Florida funnyman speaks in Palm Beach, the elusive snow leopard is ready for its cinematic close-up, and more.
What: Dave Barry
Where: Society of the Four Arts, 100 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach
When: 3 p.m.
Contact: 561/655-7226, fourarts.org
When one humorist bows out, another is waiting in the wings. P.J. O’Rourke was originally slated to regale audiences at this week’s O’Keeffe Speaker Series at Society of the Four Arts, but his appearance has been postponed until next season. Pinch-hitting is anything but a second-stringer: It’s Florida adopted son Dave Barry, a Pulitzer Prize winner and 22-year columnist for the Miami Herald, who has written novels, nonfiction and screenplays and well. A skewerer and defender of the Sunshine State in its bottomless eccentricity, Barry’s latest book bears a title longer than many a tweet: A Field Guide to the Jewish People: Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them, What They Have Against Foreskins, How Come They Carry Each Other Around on Chairs, Why They Fled Egypt by Running Straight To a Large Body of Water, and Much More … Way Too Much More.
What: Todd Snider
Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com
Alternating between novelty jokester, perceptive protest singer and tender balladeer, Todd Snider has been highlighting society’s ills with a double musical helix of outrage and humor for upwards of 25 years, accruing a dedicated underground following in the process. His latest hippie-fied album, First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder, reflects his Americana stew of folk, country, blues and funk. But with an oeuvre 15 albums deep, not counting compilations, expect to hear a variety of deep cuts and longtime fan favorites, along with much entertaining banter between songs. On a personal note, Todd Snider’s last appearance in Boca Raton, in January 2020, was my final concert review from the Before Time! Perhaps Snider will have a few things to say about everything we’ve gone through in this historic two-year interval. Look for a review of the show on Wednesday here on bocamag.com.
What: Opening day of “The Velvet Queen”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
Most of us, it’s fair to say, have not climbed to the peaks of the Tibetan plateaus to spot endangered animals, though after experiencing “The Velvet Queen” in theaters—where it demands to be seen—you might feel as though you had. The documentary is co-directed by award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier, who travels with writer Sylvain Tesson to the chilly peaks of Tibet for the hopes of a life-changing glimpse at a snow leopard, an animal so rarely seen as to be almost mythic. Unlike Hollywood’s standard operating procedure, it’s a movie that espouses quiet and patience, and that contemplates homo sapiens’ role in the animal kingdom with humility and insight. And the cinematography, filled with nature’s bounty, is gorgeous.
What: Opening night of “Rx”
Where: Boca Stage, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/447-8829, bocastage.net
What if there were a miracle drug that transformed soul-numbing workplace drudgery into soul-affirming joy and exultation? Many medications, especially if you watch enough commercials on cable news, claim to improve your life with every pop of a pill, but in this satirical romantic comedy from Guggenheim Fellow Kate Fodor, a fictional pharmaceutical company has claimed to crack the code of workplace depression. And they have an ideal subject in Meena, a published poet now slavering daily in an unfulfilling managerial position at an agricultural magazine. She joins a clinical trial, only to realize that, like everything, this wonder drug’s side effects are not always what the doctor ordered. Boca Stage’s production of Fodor’s timely play features an all-star cast of Elizabeth Price, Timothy Mark Davis, Janice Hamilton, Steve Carroll, Laura Turnbull and Jim Gibbons, and it’s directed by Genie Croft. It runs through Feb. 6.