Thursday, June 20, 2024

Your Week Ahead: June 4 to 10, 2024

The Kravis brings the ISS close to home, hard rock legends play Boca, and the Cornell Art Museum dives into a water world. Plus, Delray Beach Pride Fest and more in your week ahead.

WEDNESDAY

What: Opening night of “Space Explorers: The Infinite”

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 6:45, 7:15 and 7:45 p.m.

Cost: $25 and up

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Only 246 individuals have stepped foot onto the International Space Station since its launch in 1998, an elite group that includes just nine tourists. For most of us, the closest we’ll get to experiencing life in zero gravity is this immersive exhibition, which provides a three-dimensional, 360-degree simulation courtesy of state-of-the-art virtual reality cameras. The actual ISS, a structure larger than a six-bedroom house, has been re-created in intricate detail. Participants can experience the enormity of space without leaving the ground—though if you have a fear of heights, don’t be surprised if you feel a little weak in the knees—and even have the opportunity to appreciate the overview effect, the cognitive shift of seeing our majestic planet through the ISS’s famous bay window. “The Infinite” is one of several “Space Explorers” VR programs designed by Felix & Paul Studios and PHI Studios, and each session with the VR headset spans about 35 minutes. The experience runs through Sept. 2.

FRIDAY

Jane Lawton Baldridge and her art

What: Opening night of “Oceana Phenomena”

Where: Cornell Art Museum, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free; donations welcomed

Contact: 561/243-7922, downtowndelraybeach.com

In the oceanic paintings of Jane Lawton Baldridge, we don’t just look at the water; we feel positively immersed in its constant motion, its swirling colors, its roiling undulations. Inspired by her lifelong love of the coastline and beyond, the Stuart, Florida native’s works feel both universal and personal, imagining the ocean currents within the rich tradition of abstract painting. These pieces comprise half of the Cornell’s “Oceana Phenomena,” which arrives following successful exhibitions in Maryland and Key West; the rest, also by Baldridge, consists of sculptures of children, adults and animals covered in oceanic navigational charts as a commentary on how sea level rise is affecting all living beings. Enjoy the opening night of “Oceana Phenomena” as part of Delray Beach’s First Friday Art Walk, or check out the exhibit through Sept. 29.

What: Opening night of Summer Shorts: Flipping the Script

Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $50-$75

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

This year, City Theatre’s annual production of eight 10-minute plays is “flipping the script,” which is to say focusing on plays that “reveal truths in unexpected ways,” per Artistic Director Margaret Ledford. The program is divided between four world-premiere works by South Florida playwrights, as part of City Theatre’s HOMEGROWN playwright development program, and four national plays culled from some 1,000 submissions from across the country. A cast of seven of the region’s most industrious and chameleonic actors will perform in shorts such as “An Awkward Conversation in the Shadow of Mount Moriah,” which imagines the chitchat between father and son following the testing of Abraham; “Swordfish Grilled (So I Don’t Get Sued),” set in a West Kendall seafood restaurant; and “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” which plays with common storytelling archetypes in subversive ways. Summer Shorts runs through June 23.

SATURDAY

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Delray Beach Pride intersection, photo courtesy of the City of Delray Beach

What: Delray Beach Pride Fest and Concert

Where: Northeast Second Avenue between East Atlantic and Northeast Second Street

When: 4 to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/243-7250, downtowndelraybeach.com

Show your support for Delray Beach’s inclusive and welcoming community at the city’s biggest Pride Month bash, which gets underway from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, complete with vendors, food and live entertainment. The concert will follow at 7:30 p.m. at Old School Square Pavilion. The performance opens with Florida-based ukulele duo the Little Things, which brings both upbeat dance music and ethereal-sounding ballads from their string instruments, supplemented by looping technology for a fuller sound; the band’s song list ranges from the Beatles to Cee-Lo Green to the Cranberries to MGMT. They’ll be followed by headliner Rikki Lee Wilson’s “Lovestory,” a tribute to Taylor Swift. Wilson, who previously mastered the look and style of Stevie Nicks, this time turns her remarkable pipes and charismatic stage presence to the most popular figure in modern music, simulating the next best thing to an authentic Swift concert.

What: Cactus

Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $50-$55

Contact: 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com

At the beginning of the band’s brief heyday, in 1970, Cactus was referred to as “the American Led Zeppelin,” a gift of a comparison that the group still deploys as its signature promotional line more than 50 years later. And why not? The compliment is apt, and the bands may well have influenced each other, as they developed concurrently on opposite sides of the pond. But the heavy, virtuosic blues-rock of Long Island’s Cactus would be short-lived in its initial run, recording four albums from 1970 to 1972, then mostly disbanding until the 2000s. Cult status has followed the project through the decades, enough to support three more albums and reunion tours, with original drummer Carmine Appice holding down the rhythm. At this appearance, he’ll rattle the roof of this rare and intimate Funky Biscuit gig alongside vocalist Jimmy Kunes (formerly of Savoy Brown), guitarist Paul Warren, bassist Jimmy Caputo and harmonica player Randy Pratt.


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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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