Palm Beach’s premier modern art fair turns 5, jazz luminaries reflect on two years of social upheaval, and Savor Cinema savors the Beatles in the big screen. Plus, “Matilda,” Joywave and more in your week ahead.
What: Peter Asher
Where: Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/483-9036, bocablackbox.com
Peter Asher is the “Peter” in Peter and Gordon, two of the most winsome of the British “invaders” that stormed our fruited plain in the years of Beatlemania. As prolific as they were tuneful, Peter and Gordon released 11 albums in four years, but it’s Asher’s connections to the Fab Four that have contributed to his continued relevance. His sister was once the girlfriend of Paul McCartney, who gifted Peter and Gordon with his unrecorded song “A World Without Love,” which remains their best-selling single. Asher would later become the A&R man for the Beatles’ Apple Records, and in this century he’s been a dominant voice on the Beatles Channel on SiriusXM; even more recently, he published a book about his reminiscences with the band. At this multimedia performance, expect to experience hits from both Peter and Gordon, along with videos and stories from his rich life in the industry.
What: Opening night of “Overactive Letdown”
Where: Theatre Lab at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/297-6124, fauevents.com
If we believe the largely positive media spin on childbirth, it’s a postpartum utopia carried by the radiant glow of a new life: How could the new mother be anything but overjoyed? Miami playwright Gina Montet’s dark comedy “Overactive Letdown” punctures this sunny perspective. Bearing a child can be transformative, sure, but that transformation can include depression, anxiety, even psychosis, as in the increasingly troubled protagonist of Montet’s play. While her supportive husband takes on extra work, Christine (Lindsey Corey) spends her maternity leave binge-watching streaming services and ultimately sliding in and out of dream worlds inspired by her favorite movies. The results are thrilling and unexpected. “Overactive Letdown,” a world premiere produced by Theatre Lab, runs through April 10.
THURSDAY TO SUNDAY
What: Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary art fair
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: Various event times
Cost: $175 for Thursday’s VIP opening, $35 single-day admission Friday to Sunday
Palm Beach County’s premier contemporary art fair returns for its fifth incarnation. Eighty-five leading galleries from 30 cities and nine countries will showcase and sell works from post-WWII to the present day. Expect to view work by such major blue-chip artists as Damien Hirst, Alex Katz, Yayoi Kusama, Banksy, David Hockney, Jean Arp and countless more, in an bustling environment that captures the ever-evolving pulse of contemporary art. Palm Beach County’s own Harry Benson, an iconic photographer par excellance, will cut the ribbon at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
What: Opening night of “Matilda”
Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
This Tony-winning musical from Slow Burn Theatre Company owes its origins to a Roald Dahl novel about a titular, imaginative 5-year-old who changes the lives of those around her while overcoming obstacles. The controversial English humorist Tim Minchin reined himself in to provide the music and lyrics, resulting in a show that has won 47 international awards and appeals equally to adults and children. It runs through April 10.
What: Opening night of Beatles Film Festival
Where: Savor Cinema, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 6 p.m.
Cost: $5 per movie
In celebration of the instantly sold-out Paul McCartney concert coming up in May at Hard Rock Live, Fort Lauderdale’s primo art-house cinema is hosting a months-long festival of Beatles-themed work, with admission a bit more, ahem, modest than the minimum $1,352 price-gouged tickets available to see Sir Paul. It begins at 6 p.m. Friday with 1978’s “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” Robert Zemeckis’ road movie about six girls from New Jersey and their adventurous trip to see the Beatles’ first U.S. appearance in New York. It’s followed at 8 p.m. with the Fab Four’s psychedelic animated classic “Yellow Submarine.” The festival continues with special screenings on April 3 (“A Hard Day’s Night”), April 24 (“8 Days a Week”), May 7 (“Across the Universe”) and May 20 (“Help!”).
What: SFJAZZ Collective
Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
This San Francisco-based jazz collective formed in 2004 as a composer’s workshop, furthering the appreciation of its great American art form through many of its contemporary masters. Nine of the genre’s best new faces, including trumpeter Etienne Charles, vibraphonist Warren Wolf and saxophonist Chris Potter (also the group’s new music director), will take the stage as a one-of-a-kind supergroup to perform “New Works Reflecting on the Moment,” which will address the social and global upheavals of the past two years. Arrive early for opening act SHENZI, an eclectic quintet encompassing jazz, hip-hop, soul and Latin music.
Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/564-1074, cultureroom.net
By the time Rochester quartet Joywave released their first album, in 2015, they had already achieved mainstream alt-radio airplay and inclusion on all the big festivals. It was testament to their aesthetic—a sleek, bombastic, arena-tailored sound, with echoes of Arcade Fire and Walk the Moon, that’s clued into the zeitgeist. Equally ensconced in the Joywave mythos, though, is a sense of self-deprecation and satirical humor that led the band to title its second album Content, and to doctor dozens of old B-movie clips into fictional film trailers for its recent music video for “Obsession.” Cleverest of all may be the band’s website, which ushers visitors through a virtual “car wash,” positioning us as the driver, with its sub-pages—“music,” “merch,” “tour”—clickable through an old-fashioned car radio.