Saturday, January 28, 2023

Your Week Ahead: Jan. 3 to 9, 2023

A Tony-winning musical makes its Palm Beach debut, ‘90s hip-hop royalty play in Delray, and Neil deGrasse Tyson puts on his movie-critic hat. Plus, Mary Gauthier, jazz bassist Michael Feinberg, and more in your week ahead.

TUESDAY

What: Opening night of “Hadestown”

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

Cost: $40-$126

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Arguably the most anticipated Broadway musical to tour since “Hamilton,” “Hadestown” is the brainchild of Vermont folksinger Anaïs Mitchell, who first released its alternately haunting, ethereal and rousing songs as a concept album before bringing the fully staged musical version off-Broadway. Her source material is as ancient as 29 BCE: the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and the former’s harrowing journey into a hedonistic underground to rescue the latter. Hermes, Persephone and, of course, Hades figure into the plot as well, and the elaborate sets, costumes and Mitchell’s cerebral but catchy songcraft helped propel the eventual Broadway production to eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This Kravis on Broadway tour runs through Sunday; look for a review later this week here on bocamag.com.

FRIDAY

Karen Stephens and Rio Chavarro

What: Opening night of “Time Alone”

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Boca Stage, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

Cost: $45-$50

Contact: 561/447-8829, bocastage.net

In this award-winning play by Alessandro Camon, two characters address the audience from prisons either literal or symbolic. In one story, a young man stews in solitary incarceration, having been convicted of murder at 17. In another, a grieving, shut-in mother, who lost her police-officer son in the line of duty, shares her self-imposed exile. The two narratives converge in unexpected, humanistic ways, in this regional premiere from Boca Stage. Genie Croft directs Karen Stephens and Rio Chavarro in the production, which runs through Jan. 22.

SATURDAY

What: LOTOS Music Festival

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

Cost: $49.50-$325

Contact: bit.ly/lotosmusicfest.com

As any clued-in Gen-Xer worth their salt knows, LOTOS stands for Legends of the Old School, an annual concert, usually in January, that amasses some of the ‘80s and ‘90s signature names in rap, hip-hop and R&B for a throwback party that knows it’s a throwback party. Headliner Ice Cube, the pioneering gangsta rapper and member of N.W.A.—and one of the few luminaries from his genre to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—his released 10 albums since that group disbanded, all full of inspired bangers. The enduring Midwest rappers Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, R&B vocalist Lisa Lisa, Miami bad boys 2 Live Crew, New Jack Swing standard bearers Color Me Badd, and the all-female rap group J.J. Fad will join DJ Johnny Quest and DJ Immortal in the stellar lineup, all of whom are sure to “make a racket” in the Tennis Center.

What: Mary Gauthier

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Abdo New River Room at Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Cost: $35

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

New Orleans folk singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier may not be a household name to most listeners, but you may have heard her compositions through osmosis: If you watched “Yellowstone,” her extraordinary and compassionate tear-jerker “Mercy Now” landed in the finale, and her tunes have been covered by a wide range of entertainers, from Tim McGraw to Boy George to Jimmy Buffett. Operating largely under the radar, Gauthier has released a dozen albums dating to her 1997 debut Dixie Kitchen, perfecting a lyrical craftsmanship that is rife with vivid imagery, startling vulnerability, and an honesty to address the tumult in her life, from growing up gay in a southern state to her struggles with substance abuse. Her deeply moving 2018 album Rifles & Rosary Beads was co-written with veterans of the U.S. military, and her latest release is 2022’s Dark Enough to See the Stars.

SUNDAY

Michael Feinberg

What: Michael Feinberg Trio

When: 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $35-$40

Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org

A contemporary jazz bassist of the highest order, Michael Feinberg is a graduate of the University of Miami’s esteemed music school, where it didn’t take him long to make his mark: By the end of his sophomore year, at age 19, he had recorded his debut album, Harajuku, named after an eclectic and progressive region of Japan. He has continued to absorb worldly and diverse musical influences into his omnivorous oeuvre, with its equal footing in the pop world and the avant-garde, and its integration of rock ‘n’ roll and hip-hop grooves into the language of jazz. Feinberg is a diligent student of the pioneering jazz drummer Elvin Jones, forming the Elvin Jones Project in 2012 to re-interpret the master’s work. Keen ears will also pick up influences like McCoy Tyner and John Coltrane in Feinberg’s rich and sonorous playing. With his trio, he follows the lead of piano virtuoso Keith Jarrett in revisiting American Songbook classics with invigorating new arrangements.

MONDAY, JAN. 9

Neil deGrasse Tyson; photo by Dan Deitch

What: Neil deGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies II

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Au-Rene Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Cost: $45-$150

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

“America’s Astrophysicist” seems to be everywhere, and commenting on everything, most recently the physics of the New Year’s Eve ball drop, the potentially game-changing achievement of thermonuclear fusion at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the likelihood of life on Mars. It’s amazing he has time to consume American popular culture, let alone deconstruct its science, but that’s the theme of his latest appearance. The sequel to his largely science fiction-based original stage critique, this iteration features titles of divergent genres—including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Lion King”—whose scientific bona fides (or lack thereof) may come as a surprise to viewers. Expect critiques of the movies’ science (and some affirmations of it) and plenty of laughs from this gregarious tour guide to the stars.


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John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, 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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