Mizner Amp celebrates Woodstock’s 50th birthday, rooftop yoga flows in West Palm Beach, and Savor Cinema hosts a surf film fest. Plus, Caribbean art, gender-bending theatre and more in your week ahead.
What: Culture of Change Yoga
Where: Hibiscus Garage at Rosemary Square, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach
When: Check-in at 6:30 p.m., class from 7 to 8:15 p.m.
Cost: Suggested minimum donation of $10
Contact: 561/366-1000, rosemarysquarewpb.com
Culture of Change is a monthly yoga flow with a charitable motivation and a 21st century approach. Donated proceeds from this energizing program benefit a different local nonprofit each month—July’s event supports Place of Hope—and attendees don wireless LED headsets, which pump invigorating music by a live DJ, all to the dynamite view of the downtown West Palm Beach skyline. Yogi Jennifer Martin leads the 75-minute Vinyasa flow. The $10 (or more!) donation includes complimentary amenities and free parking in the Rosemary Square garages.
What: Opening night of “The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art”
Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $12-$16 museum admission
Contact: 305/375-3000, pamm.org
The nations of the Caribbean are just a half-hour flight from Fort Lauderdale, but in some ways they are worlds away from the relative luxuries of the U.S. In this premiere exhibition, co-curated by PAMM’s own Maria Elena Ortiz, 14 artists from the Caribbean diaspora ponder an overarching question through their work: “What might a Caribbean future look like?” Seeking to transcend images of catastrophe often associated with the contemporary Caribbean experience, the artists explore issues of “community, self-acceptance, environmental rights and creative resourcefulness,” among other themes, through mediums ranging from painting to installation to video and sculpture. At Thursday evening’s opening, Ortiz and her co-curator, Dr. Marsha Pearce, will lead a conversation about the exhibit’s central question, and many of the featured artists will be in attendance to discuss their work. “The Other Side of Now” runs through June 7, 2020.
What: 50th Woodstock Anniversary with Peace of Woodstock
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: Doors at 6:30, concert at 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/393-7700, mizneramp.com
Woodstock, the definitional moment of the Sixties counterculture, celebrates its half-century anniversary next month, and tributes have already been pouring in. Mizner Park is getting in on the nostalgic action this weekend as part of its slate of free Summer in the City festivities. Peace of Woodstock, a longtime Tampa Bay tribute band, will perform a theatrical concert re-creating the three-day festival’s greatest hits in 90 minutes, from Richie Havens’ acoustic opener to Jimi Hendrix’s searing climax. Around the amphitheater, don’t miss the games, art and vendors offering everything from jewelry to crystals to classic vinyl records, set up for a limited time.
What: Opening night of Surf Film Fest
Where: Savor Cinema, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:45 p.m.
Cost: $10 per screening
Contact: 954/525-3456, fliff.com
The time is never better to grab a board and catch some waves on our salty coastline—and when you’re back on dry land, keep the vibe going at Fort Lauderdale’s preeminent art-house cinema, which is screening six surf documentaries for one week only. We’re not talking about another retro screening of “Endless Summer.” These are new surf films enjoying their regional premieres, beginning Friday with “White Rhino,” about a photographer’s quest to capture the largest surf ever seen, and the mad surfers who took it on in the wild South Pacific. On Saturday night, July 20, the cinema will complement its screening of “And Two if By Sea: The Hobgood Brothers” (at 7 p.m.) and “Heavy Water” (at 9 p.m.) with an 8:30 p.m. luau; Gold Dust Lounge, South Florida’s favorite surf/lounge rockers, will provided the luau’s entertainment. Catch the rest of the docs through July 25.
What: Opening night of “Men on Boats”
Where: Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main St., Miami Lakes
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $30 general admission, $25 students, seniors and military
Contact: 866/811-4111, mainstreetplayers.com
Most plays are set in single locations—more often than not, somebody’s well-appointed living room. “Men on Boats” is not one of those plays. Based on a real-life expedition of 10 explorers to the untamed west of 1869 America, Jaclyn Backhaus’ adventurous script is set among the rough waterways of the Green and Colorado rivers as its 10 motley characters traverse Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Grand Canyon in the name of manifest destiny. Boats capsize and supplies drown, all realized through the magic of live theatre, but that’s not all: In Backhaus’ subversive telling, all 10 of these originally white male explorers are played by women, lending a satirical, feminist bent to the high-seas drama. Main Street Playhouse’s production runs through Aug. 11.
What: Opening night of “Skeleton Crew”
Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $65, includes post-show reception
Contact: 305/446-1119, gablestage.org
Summer used to be the time for fluff in regional theatre. GableStage has never subscribed to these lighter, sunnier seasonal ethos, and we expect its production of Dominique Morisseau’s “Skeleton Crew” to be another fine example of confrontational, anti-escapist theatre. It’s set in a dying auto plant in Detroit—specifically the break room, where three struggling employees share water-cooler conversation—at the height of the Great Recession, circa 2008. One of them is pregnant, another has grand ambitions beyond the daily grind of auto parts, another is a veteran union representative trying to do what’s best for the workforce in a time when the manufacturing sector is disintegrating. Downsizing is rampant, someone has apparently been stealing from the factory, and firearms are present. It’s a combustible scene, the third in the playwright’s “Detroit Projects” trilogy of hard-hitting works that explore the sociopolitical challenges of the city. If the play’s gripping moral compass reminds you of August Wilson or Arthur Miller, you’re on the right track. GableStage’s production runs through Aug. 18.