Thursday, June 20, 2024

Your Week Ahead: June 11 to 17, 2024

A classic board game becomes a musical whodunit, Boca launches its Summer in the City series, and jazz and soul food combine at a Juneteenth dinner. Plus, new exhibits at the Boca Raton Museum of Art and more in your week ahead.

TUESDAY

What: Opening night of “Clue”

Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35-$131

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

Every spectator is their own Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot—or maybe Benoit Blanc—in this spirited and cheeky musical adaptation of the 1985 movie of the same name, which is itself, of course, inspired by the Hasbro board game. When the Lord of a manor winds up dead at the end of Act I, any of the six colorful guests could be the murderer: Elitist intellectual Prof. Plum, second-rate Vegas entertainer Miss Scarlet, the militant Col. Mustard, the celebrity doyenne Mrs. Peacock, the overworked and scullery-haunting Mrs. White and the Wall Street maven Mr. Green. Armed with randomly selected cards unknown to the actors, the audience ends up deciding the killer, their weapon and where the homicide took place, and with 216 possibilities, every show’s climax is different. And the show is a musical, because why not? It runs through June 16.

WEDNESDAY

Art from Hank Willis Thomas’ “Unbranded” series

What: Opening day of “Myths, Secrets, Lies and Truths: Contemporary Photography From the Doug McGraw Collection”

Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/392-2500, bocamuseum.org

The Boca Museum’s prominent summer exhibition is really five solo exhibits that fall under similar thematic umbrellas: All deal with issues of identity, representation, and the contrast between inner and outer worlds. Award-winning photographer Sheila Pree Bright, an award-winning cultural anthropologist of the camera, presents “Young Americans,” in which non-native-born millennials—some having achieved citizenship, others pursuing it—pose with the American flag and reflect on U.S. culture and their place within it. “Unbranded” by Hank Willis Thomas recontextualizes decades of racist, sexist and class-baiting corporate advertising by removing the brands from the context and letting the visual images speak for themselves. Liesa Cole’s interactive “The Secret Repository—A Journey of Liberation” reveals secrets held dear by the sitters of her portraits, and encourages spectators to similarly unburden themselves. Art from Spider Martin and Karen Graffeo complete the exhibition. Admission is free to all during the month of June, so there’s no better time to visit the museum.

FRIDAY

What: Opening night of “Summer in the City” series

Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/393-7700

UPDATE: This Friday’s scheduled concert from the Caribbean Chillers has been postponed to July 26 due to forecasted weather conditions. Summer in Boca Raton means free concerts by top tribute bands in the comfy confines of the Mizner Park Amphitheater, a tradition that returns this week with a performance by the Caribbean Chillers. The self-described tropical party band is also one of the state’s signature Jimmy Buffett tributes. Return the following week for Rock of ABBA, which re-creates a concert by the spangled Swedish dance-pop group (June 21), and on June 28 for the Tampa-based Doobie Brothers tribute China Grove. Attendees can enjoy food and drink vendors at the venue (outside food and drink is not permitted) and can rent chairs for $5 each if they don’t want to bring their own blankets and chairs.

What: “Dissonance”

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org

In this new play, Angela (Marci J. Duncan) and Lauren (Kerry Sandell) have been friends for 20 years, ever since meeting in graduate school, and have just opened a café together. They’ve grown close enough to become godmothers for each other’s children, and the fact that Angela is Black and Lauren is Caucasian has been, for the past two decades, a distinction without a difference—a topic neither friend brought up for discussion. That will change over the course of “Dissonance,” which is set in the tumultuous summer of 2020 following the murder of George Floyd. As colorblindness, once considered a liberal virtue, begins to be seen as an excuse for not engaging or understanding the Black experience, Angela and Lauren finally reckon with the elephant in the room of their friendship, with results as confrontational as the show’s title suggests. Florida theatre professionals Duncan and Sandell scripted this timely work together, with direction from New York-based James Webb, a scholar of the southern Black experience.

SUNDAY

Melton Mustafa Jr.

What: Juneteenth Fathers of Freedom: An Evening of Dinner and Jazz

Where: Field House at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

When: 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost: $100

Contact: spadymuseum.charityproud.org/EventRegistration/Index/16085

Next week, the nation will mark the joyous occasion, on June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved people (in Galveston Bay, Texas) learned of their emancipation. This year’s local Juneteenth festivities will commence a few days early, on June 16, in a program that doubles as a celebration of Father’s Day. “Juneteenth Fathers of Freedom” will feature a soul-jazz concert from the Jesse Jones Jr. Quartet and Grammy-nominated saxophonist Melton Mustafa Jr. alongside a chef-curated dinner themed as a “Picnic in the Caribbean”—think island-inspired and soul-food classics like cucumber citrus salad, pigeon peas and rice, grilled tamarind jerk chicken, broiled snapper and more, with beers provided by Barrel of Monks.


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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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