Groundbreaking contemporary dance from Chicago, a double bill of alt-country titans, and one of the most acclaimed foreign films of this award season. Plus, Penn & Teller, Farewell Angelina, intimate theatre in Lake Worth and more in your week ahead.
What: Farewell Angelina
Where: Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
This all-female country quartet of two guitarists and two violinists, which took its wistful name from an obscure Bob Dylan song, seems to have had no problem crossing over from its very inception. Formed in 2014, the group has released just one EP at the time of this writing, and with songs like “Shotgun Summer” and “Hillbilly 401K,” it captures the sassy, hard-partying side of its southern-fried genre. Performances at Thursday Night Football and the Kentucky Derby quickly solidified its country music purity, yet the ladies’ song list bucks tradition, revealing an eclectic palette of influences. They cover Guns and Roses and Grace Potter, Nirvana and ZZ Top, and it’s their evocative take on Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” that put them on YouTube’s map. Even the normally country-averse Rolling Stoneloves them. Their Delray Beach debut is a great opportunity to see them in an intimate setting before they become the next Dixie Chicks.
What: Opening night of “The Altruists”
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/586-6410, lakeworthplayhouse.org
An early-2000s classic from the great but infrequently produced playwright Nicky Silver, “The Altruists” is a savage ensemble comedy that punctures the pieties of the politically correct. In other words, its prescience should resonate loudly in today’s increasingly P.C. American landscape. Its characters consist of young activists who practically qualify as professional protestors, lending their voice and their ire du jourto causes ranging from endangered animals to arms funding to welfare cutbacks to gay rights. It isn’t until the sister of the radical-in-chief fires a bullet into her hulking boyfriend that the rubber of their holy ideals meets the road of self-preservation. This production, part of Lake Worth Playhouse’s intimate black box theatre series, runs through Feb. 10.
What: Penn & Teller
Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 800/745-3000, myhrl.com
Penn Jillette may have slimmed to a fraction of his former bulk, but the trickery he accomplishes with his longtime partner, Raymond Teller, is as robust as ever. If anything, the routines from Las Vegas’ longest-running headliners of all-time have become more sophisticated as their careers have evolves from comedy-magic pioneers to eagle-eyed judges on The CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us!” (Plenty of young magicians have: P&T are proud to pass the wand to tomorrow’s mesmerists when appropriate.) No longer content to perform straight-up magic tricks, Penn & Teller devise elaborate illusions that deconstruct conventional formulae and upend our expectations. The lead image on the duo’s homepage finds Teller trapped in a shopping cart with the clichés of his trade—a chainsaw, a rabbit, a dove, a fire extinguisher. Who know what they’re hiding in their sleeves for this year’s tour?
What: Opening night of “Capernaum”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
One of the buzziest foreign-language films this season, the Lebanese drama “Capernaum” follows a 12-year-old child who sues his negligent parents in the court of law for, in his own words, “giving me life.” The rest of the picture plays out in flashback, charting his escape from his irresponsible family, and his formation of a new family on the hardscrabble streets, which includes an Ethiopian refugee and his baby son. Following in the hallowed footsteps of the great neorealist films about children—think “The Bicycle Thief”—“Capernaum” was shot with nonprofessional actors. Writer-director Nadine Labaki encouraged her cast to improvise dialogue, even going so far as to adapt her screenplay to the actors’ improvisations. When “Capernaum” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars last week, Labaki made history as the first female artist from the Arab world to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Where: Grandview Public Market, 1401 Clare Ave., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/771-6100, grandviewpublic.com
Grandview Public is already theplace for peripatetic gourmands in Palm Beach County. And this weekend, for one night only, visitors can enjoy a thumping dance party to accompany their poke bowls, handmade dumplings and Cuban sandwiches. At Callejón, hosted on the outdoor Landing Dock, a DJ will spin old-school reggaeton and hip-hop. At the risk of burying the lede any further, Grandview is giving away free Bacardi cocktails from 8 to 9 p.m., so arrive early and TGIF, people. The fun runs until midnight.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
What: Hubbard Street Dance
Where: Duncan Theatre, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/868-3309, duncantheatre.org
One of the leading names in contemporary dance worldwide, Chicago’s Hubbard Street recently celebrated its 40th anniversary—a major milestone for a company that began with four dancers performing at senior centers. Today, the troupe’s 16 dancers perform all year round, and are renowned for their stylistic sweep, technical nuance and emotional depth. Hubbard Street continues to foster new generations of choreographic talent as well, adding eight pieces to its repertoire in 2017 alone.
What: Lucinda Williams and Drive-by Truckers
Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, parkerplayhouse.com
This double bill of two of alternative country’s most enduring acts is one of winter’s most anticipated concerts in South Florida, and is a veritable nirvana for fans of poetic lyricism. Williams, making her biannual pilgrimage to the Parker Playhouse, is a three-time Grammy winner whose sound has evolved from bright and polished to raw and rugged in her more than quarter-century in the business. She has recently explored her earlier work to mesmerizing effect, playing her landmark 1998 album Car Wheels on a Gravel Roadin its entirety on her last tour, and re-recording 1992’s Sweet Old Worldwith her lower-octave, world-weary voice of today. Fort Lauderdale is one of a select few cities to feature co-headliners Drive-by Truckers, the Athens, Georgia-based quintet that gave Jason Isbell has breakthrough. The Truckers have released 11 albums to a dedicated cult following. Both Williams and the Truckers are politically active songwriters, and the Truckers’ latest, American Band, is their most vociferous protest album yet.