An astronaut’s space photographs have a universal appeal, a controversial paleontologist unearths a dinosaur of a find, and a touring Broadway production finds hope in the tragedy of 9-11. Plus,“Spamalot,” International Yoga Day, the Lubben Brothers and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening night of “Come From Away”
Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
This fresh-from-Broadway musical is inspired by one of the lesser-known impacts of the 9-11 attacks. “Come From Away” is set during Operation Yellow Ribbon, in which the Canadian government shut down its airspace for safety concerns, grounding 38 planes in a small town in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Characters include some of the town’s actual residents as well as the passengers, and this unorthodox musical was nominated for seven Tonys last year on the strength of its uplifting message of hospitality and communion in the face of terror and hate. The South Florida premiere of the national tour runs through June 23 in Miami, before visiting the Broward Center next April.
What: Opening reception of “Space Odyssey 2019”
Where: Palm Beach Photographic Centre, 415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach
When: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/253-2600, workshop.org
Retired astronaut Scott Kelly spent an entire year aboard the International Space Station—a record-breaking tenure in the vacuum of the space. For this alone, we thank him for his cosmic service, but we’re doubly grateful he brought his camera, a Nikon D5 with an 800mm lens, along with him. Encouraged by then-President Obama to share his astral photographs on social media, Kelly’s images went viral, and for good reason: These stunning shots offer unprecedented views of the aurora borealis, the Milky Way, sunsets, moonrises, hurricanes, mountain ranges and cityscapes, which begin to resemble abstract art when snapped from 250 miles above the Earth. Kelly’s contributions constitute the lion’s share of “Space Odyssey 2019,” which also includes the best pictures from NASA’s rich history. It runs through Aug. 3.
What: Science on Tap: “Scenes From Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid”
Where: Civil Society Brewing, 1200 Town Center Drive, Suite 101, Jupiter
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 561/370-7740, sfsciencecenter.org
Not many of us can claim that our day jobs result in the discovery of new species of dinosaurs and amphibians, but such is the exciting life of Robert De Palma, FAU graduate and curator of vertebrate paleontology for the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History. One of the nation’s leading paleontologists, De Palma has discussed dinosaurs numerous times on the National Geographic Channel, but it’s his latest, most controversial work that is the subject of this presentation courtesy of the South Florida Science Center: De Palma and his team claims to have a detailed record of the moment an asteroid battered the Earth 66 million years ago, causing the planet’s last extinction event, and wiping out the dinosaurs—revelations gathered from years of paleontological research at a fossil site in North Dakota. You may have read an in-depth article about these discoveries in the New Yorkerback in March; now hear it from horse’s mouth, as it were, while an enjoying a beer, glass of wine or cup of coffee at this casual education series.
What: Opening night of “Monty Python’s Spamalot”
Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
“Spamalot,” Eric Idle’s delirious farrago based on his own Monty Python oeuvre, has the reputation, like “Avenue Q,”of being musical theatre for people who don’t necessarily attend musical theater. This assessment sidesteps the clever parodies of musicals ranging from “Phantom of the Opera” to “Fiddler on the Roof” contained within Idle’s mélange, but it speaks to the show’s appeal to the Python die-hards. Idle’s satire of the Arthurian legend, which pilfers its narrative largely from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” has been an oft-staged regional-theatre selection since winning three Tony Awards in the 2004-05 season. The last South Florida iteration arrives via production company Entre’Acte Theatrix, and it runs through June 30. Be on the lookout for killer rabbits.
What: Opening day of “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation”
Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
When: 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 786/385-9689, gablescinema.com
It’s been 50 years since Woodstock encapsulated the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” generation and redefined what a music festival could be. With so much documentation of this landmark be-in at a farm in upstate New York—including an acclaimed three-hour documentary, focusing on the music, released in 1970—you’d think there was no new information to be unearthed amid the mud, the rain, the technical snafus, the throng of bodies visible from space. You’d be wrong: “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation,” part of PBS’s “American Experience” films, features never-before-seen footage, and centers less on the music than on the infrastructure. Aided by a half-century of hindsight, it offers an honest appraisal of the festival’s logistical shortcomings as well its miraculous legacy and its importance in the broader counterculture movement. It runs through June 27.
What: Summer Solstice and International Yoga Day
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real
When: 7 to 10 p.m.
Contact: 561/544-8600, mizneramp.com
New agers can celebrate a twofer this Friday, with the summer solstice just happening to fall on the same calendar date as International Yoga Day. We know it’s a stretch … but you can honor both at Mizner Park Amphitheater, which welcomes the season namaste-style as part of its free Summer in the City programming. Associated activities include a “Painting With a Twist” session (for a $25 fee) at 7:15 p.m.; the unveiling of a new painted labyrinth by local artist Gregory Dirr, at 8 p.m.; and the option of four free wellness workshops at 8:30 p.m., which range from a Yoga 101 introductory class to a “singing bowls” experience to a silent meditation experience and an essential oils discovery session. Then, at 9 p.m., all are welcome to participate in a Glow Yoga flow, led by acclaimed yogi Corbin Stacy, featuring complimentary glow-in-the-dark accoutrements. Healthy food truck options and crystals/essential oil vendors complete the experience.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
What: The Lubben Brothers
Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Contact: 561/514-4042, palmbeachdramaworks.org
A whole lot of musical talent emerged from the same womb, on the same day, on quite nearly the same minute. Triplets Michael, Joshua and Thomas Lubben wouldn’t stand out from each other in a crowd, but this very sense of brotherly harmony and connectedness is certainly an asset in their careers as a musical trio—lately a quartet with their sibling Isaac, nine years their junior. Performing on the guitar, banjo, fiddle and upright bass, the Lubben Brothers have become fixtures at Palm Beach Dramaworks, where they’ve enlivened the scores of the company’s recent musicals “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” and “The Spitfire Grill,” and they’ve produced a 16-track CD showcasing their versatile command of folk, bluegrass, Americana, classical, Irish/Celtic standards and spirituals. Expect to hear their genre-hopping charm at this rare Dramaworks concert unrelated to a stage musical; it’s part of the organization’s inaugural Sounds of Summer special program.