Friday, April 12, 2024

Your Week Ahead: March 12 to 18, 2024

Delray goes green for St. Paddy’s Day, John Lennon’s art premieres in Boca, and a seashell expert lectures at Old School Square. Plus, a Tina Turner musical and more in your week ahead.

TUESDAY

Ari Groover as Tina Turner (photo by Matt Murphy)

What: Opening night of “Tina—The Tina Turner Musical”

When: 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $74-$109

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

First conquering R&B and then transitioning to a rock ‘n’ roll, Tina Turner’s influence on popular music spanned more than 50 years, during which time she netted 12 Grammy Awards and earned the distinction as the first Black artist, and first woman, to grace the cover of Rolling Stone. She enjoyed—and, for too much of the time, suffered through—a life big enough for two or three Broadway musicals. For now, we now have “Tina,” a jukebox musical authorized by the performer, which charts the tumultuous journey of Tennessee-born Anna Mae Bullock, later christened Tina Turner by Ike Turner, the showman and bandleader who discovered her, married her and abused her. By Act II, Turner has shed her violent first husband and embarks on a new musical vision as a solo artist, despite pervasive racism and ageism of the era. The songs are a marvelous assemblage of 20th century rock and soul, including “Let’s Stay Together,” “Proud Mary,” “Private Dancer” and, of course, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” This Kravis on Broadway tour runs through Sunday.

WEDNESDAY

What: “The Sound of the Sea: Seashells & the Fate of the Oceans”

When: 6 p.m.

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

Cost: $20, or $15 for Delray Beach Historical Society members

Contact: 561/274-9578, delraybeachhistory.org

Collected by beachcombers the world over as ornamental tchotchkes or elements of art, seashells have a deeper historical value than meets the eye. Did you know that shells were once traded as a global currency, or were treasured as religious objects? Neither did we, but Cynthia Barnett has the receipts. The award-winning science journalist affiliated with the University of Florida will speak on her revelatory book The Sound of the Sea: Seashells & the Fate of the Oceans, christened one of the best science books of 2021 by NPR. Expect to learn everything you never thought you needed to know about seashells, from the marine mollusks who make them to their contribution to understanding the global climate crisis.

FRIDAY

Copyright (c) Yoko Ono

What: Opening night of “Give Peace a Chance: The Art of John Lennon”

When: 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Keshet Gallery, 8214 Glades Road, Boca Raton

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/359-7918, keshetgallery.com

A visual artist long before he was a Beatle, John Lennon received three years’ worth of education at the Liverpool Art Institute in the late 1950s, where he developed a style of drawings and sketches—primitive, whimsical, direct—that he would cultivate, on and off, in tandem with his music career. Love, peace and communication, the themes that drove his songs for the Fab Four and beyond, are also central to his visual art, as evidenced by this generous curation of his 2D marvels, on view in Boca Raton for the first time. “Give Peace a Chance” features artwork from the ‘50s through the ‘70s, including pieces created for his famous “bed-in for world peace” with new wife Yoko Ono in 1969 at the Amsterdam Hilton. The works will be on view, and available for purchase, at Keshet Gallery through March 24.

What: Opening night of “The Lehman Trilogy”

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables

Cost: $35-$65

Contact: 305/445-1119, gablestage.org

As the largest domino to fall in the subprime mortgage collapse, investment bank Lehman Brothers will go down in infamy as one of the major instigators of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession. But hey, we can’t all stick the landing. The story of this influential firm, as presented by playwright Stefano Massini, traces back to 1844, presenting a more complex legacy for German businessman Hayum Lehman and his two brothers, aspiring embodiments of the American Dream, who moved from Bavaria to Alabama, first in the cotton business and then as barons of coffee, oil, coal, electricity, railroads, comic books, movies, computing … and, yes, banking. In Stefano’s 2020 play, which typically runs a hulking but engrossing three and a half hours, three actors portray the O.G. Lehman brothers, their sons and the grandsons as they build an empire over 163 years, only to oversee its spectacular decline. GableStage’s regional premiere production runs through April 14.

SATURDAY

What: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

When: Noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Atlantic Avenue and Old School Square, downtown Delray Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: stpatsdelray.com

This annual city tradition returns for another “green party” in downtown Delray. The parade begins at noon and traverses Atlantic Avenue from the Intracoastal Bridge to Northwest Fifth Avenue. It will honor U.S. veterans, including women veterans, who comprise the Grand Marshals for the ceremony, alongside a phalanx of kilted pipe-and-drum players and the performance of the National Anthem from a 17-year-old singer from Dreyfoos School of the Arts. The Festival portion of the event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at Old School Square and features live music from New York City Celtic rock revisionists the Prodigals, step dancers from the Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance, axe throwing, more Irish dance dancing and pipes-and-drums music, and on-site food vendors.


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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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