Art & Jazz brings New Orleans swing to Delray, and a local playwright presents a touching world premiere. Plus, Steely Dan, a Miramar comic con and more in your week ahead.
What: Art & Jazz on the Avenue
Where: West Atlantic Neighborhood, downtown Delray Beach
When: 6 to 9 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-1077, downtowndelraybeach.com
Attendees of the final Art & Jazz of the summer can find the music, or let the music find them. In addition to two stages featuring the Mervin Johnson Jazz Trio and local reggae staples the Resolvers, the event includes a “mobile” performance by Bad Apples Brass Band, a New Orleans-style strolling brass band, complete with two trumpets, saxophone, trombone, tuba and two drums, spreading swing and cheer with every step. It’s one of the myriad attractions at this Wednesday’s three-hour outdoor party, which also includes the live painting of a huge mural by street artist RIPES, interactive art vendors, a pop-up for live “plein air”-style painting, Arts Warehouse exhibitors, a children’s activity center and a showcase of classic cars courtesy of the Delray Beach Concours d’Elegance. See it all on West Atlantic Avenue from Third Avenue to Sixth Street.
What: Steely Dan
Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 866/502-7529, seminolehardrockhollywood.com
Too soft for the hard rock set, too rock-y for the jazz set, too lengthy and complexly polyrhythmic for much of commercial radio, Steely Dan’s legacy is forged in a stubborn reluctance to fit just about anywhere, resulting in a cultish singularity few artists share. Though co-founder Walter Becker has shed this mortal coil, multi-instrumentalist Donald Fagen keeps the Steely Dan flame alive as the sole official member, primarily from his piano, which is emblazoned with a blown-up black-and-white image of Duke Ellington, a formative influence. The melodies soar, the guitars entrance, the drums keep time with jazzy efficiency and swing, and the horns still add plenty of brassy color. Moreover, in a live context, the songs breathe and expand in ways that studio time and the limitations of the LP format just don’t allow.
What: Opening day of “Fire of Love”
Where: Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/395-4695, cinemark.com
It’s not often a trailer can make me tear up, but this documentary from National Geographic Films is no ordinary movie. It’s a portrait of love at its most transcendent, nature at its most roiling, and the twining of the two. France’s Katia and Maurice Krafft met on a blind date in a French café and would go on to become the premier volcanologists of their time. From pretty much the moment they met, their lives would become “volcanoes, volcanoes, volcanoes,” in the words of this movie’s narrator. They would go on to cheat death for decades by reporting and researching from the belly of the beast, so to speak, capturing active volcanoes in hundreds of videos and thousands of pictures, among them the most beautiful, dangerous and compelling volcano footage ever filmed. Director Sara Doser curated their lives into a riveting one hour and 37 minutes that yearns to be experienced on the big screen. In addition to Cinemark Palace, you can also see “Fire of Love” at Regal Shadowood and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton.
What: Opening night of “Educating Asher”
Where: Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/678-1496, empirestage.com
For actor, cabaret star and playwright Eytan Deray, it’s been a five-year journey from conception to full production of his new play “Educating Asher,” a semiautobiographical drama about grief, the importance of mentors, and relationships that span generations—and perhaps even the veil between the living and dead. In addition to writing the script, Deray plays the troubled protagonist Asher, whom we first see hiding in a kitchen during a funeral reception for a middle-school teacher with whom he had not spoken in five years. Unable to process his mourning alone, Asher is welcomed by an unexpected guest: the spirit of this late teacher, played by Murphy Hayes. Deray wrote the play as a therapeutic experience following the death of an influential mentor, and his life experiences inspired this emotionally charged play. Seth Trucks directs the production for Empire Stage, which runs through Aug. 14.
What: Miramar Comic Expo 2022
Where: Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: 954/602-4500, miramarculturalcenter.org
It’s not on the level of Supercon by many degrees of magnitude, but this budget-friendly and kid-approved comic convention, celebrating its second year in South Florida, is a great gateway for teens and tweens interested in comic book and sci-fi culture (and younger, with attendees 3 years and under receiving free admission). Cosplay is encouraged, and there will be food trucks and face painting on-site alongside guest appearances by characters from “Star Wars,” “A Warrior’s Path” and heroes from the Marvel/DC universes. The event culminates in a screening of Disney’s “Encanto” at 5 p.m.