Thursday, May 16, 2024

Your Week Ahead: July 11 to 17, 2023

There’s magic in the air at Arts Garage, Perez Art Museum honors a literary icon, and an Allman Brothers offspring strikes out on his own. Plus, Blink-182 and more in your week ahead.


What: Blink-182 with Turnstile

Where: FLA Live Arena, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $85 and up

Contact: 954/835-7000,

During the early 2000s heyday of MTV’s “Total Request Live,” Blink-182 was virtually the only rock act seriously competing against hip-hop, boy bands and Britney Spears for the ears of the youth of America. Adapting the three-chord formula of ‘90s punk-rock forbears like Green Day and Rancid with a slicker sheen and a proudly puerile sense of humor, the variously pierced and tattooed trio inspired a generation of fans and bands, establishing pop-punk as a commercially viable genre through hits like “All the Small Things” and “What’s My Age Again?” In 2022, founding guitarist Tom DeLonge returned to Blink-182 for the first time since 2015. This year’s tour marks the reunited band’s first jaunt since the pandemic, and they’re bringing along the innovative, genre-mixing rockers Turnstile—one of the hottest young acts on the planet—whose latest release Glow On was widely received as one of the best albums of 2021.


“Joan Didion, New York” by Brigitte Lacombe

What: Opening day of “Joan Didion: What She Means”

Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: $12-$16

Contact: 305/375-3000,

One of the great essayists, screenwriters and memoirists—and one of the few prominent women in the New Journalism movement that helped change American nonfiction writing—Joan Didion was active for more than 60 years, with her insightful oeuvre including the must-read Slouching Toward Bethlehem; The Year of Magical Thinking, her essential meditation on grief; and Miami, one of the most precise accounts of the Cuban exile community in the titular city. Didion meant a lot of things to a lot of people, and this unique “exhibition as portrait,” in the words of Perez Art Museum, will bring many of them to light. Didion is not so much the creator as the subject, with approximately 50 artists contributing paintings, ephemera, photographs, sculptures, videos and film footage that illuminate aspects of Didion’s life and career. Curated by New Yorker critic Hilton Als, “Joan Didion: What She Means” runs through Jan. 7, 2024.


What: A Night of FUNraising and Magic

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

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $68-$78

Contact: 561/450-6357,

An entertaining way to support one of Delray Beach’s beloved cultural institutions, this fundraiser will feature one of the youngest luminaries in the world of street magic, Noah Sonie. The Minneapolis magician joined the field relatively late in life, when he entered a magic shop as a teenager, but it didn’t take long after college—where he graduated with an incongruous bachelor’s in Parks & Recreation—for Sonie to pursue his dream full-time. In fact, when he made his national television debut on the 2021 season premiere of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” Sonie’s elaborate trick involved burning his useless college textbooks on stage! A garrulous comedian and natural storyteller as much as a skilled illusionist, Sonie combines humor and mentalism in a winning and unpredictable formula.

What: Duane Betts & Palmetto Motel

Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $19

Contact: 954/449-1025,

As the son of Allman Brothers Band founder Dickey Betts, Duane Betts was born into Southern rock royalty—and the annals of Florida music, more specifically. A native of Sarasota, the guitarist has followed in Dad’s footsteps, appearing first with the Allmans in 1994 (at age 16) and going on to play in Backbone69, Whitestarr, Dawes and other bands that find harmony in melding rootsy genres. After a few years with his Allman Betts Band, the 45-year-old Duane has now struck out on his own with his debut solo LP Wild & Precious Life, an album that nods to his storied musical past while also looking ahead. Performing the album, in part, on vintage instruments originally played by Dickey Betts, Duane and his ace quartet Palmetto Motel recorded the album live in studio, generating an immediacy they’ll endeavor to capture on this tour as well. Expect to hear cuts from the new album alongside favorites from the Allman Brothers Band, Fleetwood Mac and maybe an outlaw country hit or two.


Photo by Aaron Bristol

What: JD Danner

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $20-$25

Contact: 561/450-6357,

The punky bangs and shoulder-length black hair of South Florida singer-songwriter JD Danner instantly conjure one of her major influences, Joan Jett, but crunchy rock anthems are only part of her diverse oeuvre. Across four albums of original material, Danner also hopscotches between country, folk and blues. Expect to hear her synergistic approach to genre at her latest Arts Garage appearance, subtitled “A Tribute to the Women Who Rock.” Along with Jett, Danner will play tunes by some of popular music’s formative female musicians/songwriters, among them Carly Simon, Carole King, Stevie Nicks and Janis Ian. Danner, who has accrued more than 50,000 hits on YouTube and performed at venues such as Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café, will perform original compositions as well—perhaps her latest single, the quarantine-inspired “Nothing But Faith.”

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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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