Movies are back at Old School Square, and Twilight in the Garden offers music and food under the Delray stars. Plus, the Afghan Whigs, Limon Dance Company and more in your week ahead.
What: The Afghan Whigs
Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/564-1074, cultureroom.net
Cincinnati’s post-grunge heroes the Afghan Whigs sprang from the scorching Soundgarden wing of the ‘90s genre and even spent some time on its central record label, Seattle’s Sub Pop. After switching to a major label for their seminal 1993 breakthrough Gentlemen—an ahead-of-its-time song cycle about a toxic relationship—the Afghan Whigs became a seminal band among the MTV “120 Minutes” set. The group disbanded in 2001 but reunited in 2012 with all of its soul and fire intact, and alternative music fans are all the happier for it. The Whigs are supporting their forthcoming ninth album How Do You Burn?, which notably features posthumous contributions from Mark Lanegan, the great Screaming Trees vocalist, who died suddenly earlier this year.
What: Limon Dance Company and Dance Now! Miami
Where: Duncan Theatre, 4200 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $50 general admission, $20 students
Contact: 305/975-8489, dancenowmiami.org
This unique and, for contemporary dance lovers, un-missable program marries the distinct but interwoven talents of the 22-year-old Florida dance collective Dance Now! Miami with the rich and ongoing legacy of New York City’s Limon Dance Company, one of the signature modern dance innovators in the United States. Formed in 1946 by Jose Limon, the only Hispanic choreographer to lead an American dance organization during the formative years of modern dance, the Limon Company’s lyrical, expressive and nuanced work has long been a part of the genre’s vanguard. At Thursday’s program, the company will perform “The Waldstein Sonata,” an unfinished 1975 work from its founder; and “Psalm,” a work inspired by the transcendent ancient Jewish tradition of the Lamed-Vev. Dance Now! will present two works as well, including a new interpretation of a Limon classic. If you can’t make the Palm Beach County engagement Thursday, the two companies will reprise this performance Friday, Mat 13 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
What: Movies in the Park: “Casablanca”
Where: Old School Square Park, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-7250, ext. 5112
The future of the arts at Old School Square may still be mired in a cluster-eff/crapshow. But even in this extended limbo, free community events have commenced at the historic park thanks to the City of Delray Beach’s Parks & Recreation Department. Late last month, the department launched a Movies in the Park series, which continues this weekend with its second installment, the iconic and endlessly watchable “Casablanca.” Michael Curtiz’s World War II romantic drama, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, won Best Picture in 1943 and is on the perennial shortlist of the greatest movies of all-time. See it under the stars, complete with free snow cones and popcorn provided by the Delray Beach Police Department; bring your own blankets or lawn chairs.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
We all had quarantine projects during that Bermuda Triangle vacuum between March 2020 and the summer of the 2021. In March 2021, Canadian comics Mike Delamont and Morgan Cranny filled their downtime by deep-diving, way over the border, into the state of too many punch lines. They started a podcast called “Florida-Duh,” recounting the week’s absurdist and site-specific Sunshine State headlines, like this gem from the Keys: “House Squatter Answers Door Naked, Wrestles With Deputies.” Or the case of the doorbell-licking deliveryman, or the zonked-out senior who drove his golf cart through the aisles of a Tampa Walmart. Florida continues to be a gift for all comedians, Canuck or otherwise, and even though Delamont and Cranny ended their podcast after 10 episodes, they’ve continued to collect stories, and they can’t wait to share them here, in the belly of the beast.
What: “Twilight in the Garden”
Where: Delray Beach Historical Society, 3 N.E. First St., Delray Beach
When: 6 p.m.
Contact: 561/274-9578, delraybeachhistory.org
The Delray Beach Historical Society’s premier annual fundraiser is one of the nonprofit’s most vital—and certainly its most enjoyable—methods of supporting its educational programming and preserving its archives. Attendees meander through the dusky pathways of its heritage gardens while enjoying food samples and curated cocktails from Delray restaurants—including Caffe Luna Rosa, Warren, Ember Grill, Dada, Hawkers and many more—presented in custom-built vignettes. Ticket buyers can also support the Society by bidding on items in a silent auction. Brett Staska and raucous folky/bluegrass favorites Uproot Hootenany will provide live music on the north lawn.
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