The Boca Museum explores Florida history through photographs, one Motown icon celebrates another, and Roy Orbison lives again—in ones and zeroes. Plus, Sonia Sotomayor, Andrew Dice Clay, “So You Think You Can Dance!” and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening day of“Imagining Florida: History and Myth in the Sunshine State”
Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 561/392-2500, bocamuseum.org
Before Florida teemed with high-rises, theme parks and five-star restaurants, it was a barely charted wilderness—a place where naturalists flocked, myths were made, and alligators roamed wherever the hell they wanted (OK, so that part hasn’t changed.) “Imagining Florida” captures images from the Sunshine State’s rich past, showcasing more than 200 works from the 18th and 19th centuries all the way to Garry Winogrand’s 1969 photograph of the Apollo 11 Moon Launch at Cape Kennedy. Winogrand is in esteemed company: As the exhibition reveals, John James Audubon, Winslow Homer, Louis Comfort Tiffany, John Singer Sargent, William Glackens and many more A-list artists lived or visited here, and their visions helped solidify Florida’s sense of place. “Imagining Florida” also includes a section of idiosyncratic material culture, from a citrus crate label to an alligator cane. It runs through March 24.
What: “So You Think You Can Dance!” Live
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
“So You Think You Can Dance!,” Fox’s durable dance competition show, recently celebrated a couple of round numbers: 15 Emmy wins on the strength of its 15th season. This past summer, Hannahlei Cabanilla, a diminutive and adorable Filipino-American dancer, triumphed over the thousands of aspiring hoofers who auditioned, and her nine fellow finalists. With the competition over, all 10 dancers are returning on tour to perform some of the most impressive and memorable numbers from the season, along with a few new routines choreographed exclusively for the tour. Expect to see contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, Broadway dance and more, along with special appearances with former contestants Lauren Froderman and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer.
What: Andrew Dice Clay: “The Filthy Truth Tour”
Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.
When: 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
In a quainter time for American politics and policy, a comedian’s standup persona could still top headlines across the country. Back in the ‘80s, Andrew Dice Clay was a controversy magnet, generating a torrent of press for his misogynistic material, which struck a chord with audiences nationwide. He even became the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden. Whereas many other ‘80s comedians have withered into obscurity, Clay has been enjoying an unlikely comeback of late, from his acclaimed performances in “Blue Jasmine” and HBO’s “Vinyl” to his latest respectable turn in the Oscar-buzzy “Star is Born.” He even has a new podcast out, “Andrew Dice Clay: I’m Ova Hea’ Now,” and a documentary about his legacy is in the works. Offstage Clay is reportedly a sweet guy, with Bradley Cooper going so far as to call him, “one of the nicest people out there.” That said, expect this tour appearance in Delray to be bluer than a cobalt sky.
What: “Thelma Houston’s Motown Experience”
Where: Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 N.W. 40thSt., Coconut Creek
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/977-6700, ticketmaster.com
When Aretha Franklin lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in August, the music world lost its most soulful voice—and Thelma Houston lost a friend. Houston, an active soul and R&B singer since 1966, was both a contemporary and acquaintance of Franklin’s, which makes this performance of her “Motown Experience” show particularly poignant: It will feature of a medley of Franklin’s belters, including “Respect” and “Natural Woman,” and all proceeds from this concert will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Other hits from the Motown era—which Houston was very much a part of—will fill out the set list, along with originals like Houston’s disco smash “Don’t Leave Me This Way.”
What: Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Where: Chapman Conference Center at Miami-Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami
When: 1 p.m.
Contact: 305/237-3258, miamibookfair.com
Sonia Sotomayor’s story personifies the American dream. Born to parents of Puerto Rican descent, and reared in a modest South Bronx family, she became interested in jurisprudence by watching “Perry Mason” episodes. After graduating from Yale Law school and passing the bar exam in 1980, she spent nearly three decades ascending the legal ranks, leading to her historic appointment as the first Latina Supreme Court justice in 2009. At this Miami Book Fair appearance, she shares her new children’s book Turning Pages, which frames her biography against the many books that inspired her along the way; and The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, her autobiography for middle schoolers. U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will lead the Justice in conversation about her life, in a family-centered program.
What: Screening of “Extraordinary: The Seeding”
Where: Savor Cinema, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/525-3456, fliff.com
A good alien abduction movie is always welcome, and when it happens to be a documentary that’s even better—not to mention scarier. The most “out there” doc playing at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is no doubt this chilling report on the so-called hybridization program. Director Jon Sumple interviews abductees who claim to have been fertilized by aliens and then given birth to hybrid children, for purposes that are mysterious at best, ominous at worst. It sounds quite literally like an “X-Files” plot—it’s what happened to Scully, remember?—but for the subjects of Sumple’s movie, their plight is too all real. The director supplements these first-person narratives with interviews with expert ufologists including Richard Dolan and Yvonne Smith.
What: “In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert—The Hologram Tour”
Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 4 and 8:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, parkerplayhouse.com
This year, the Roy Orbison joins the esteemed company of Tupac Shakur, Ronnie James Dio and Michael Jackson on the short list of dead icons revived in holographic form. Designed over more than a year’s time to tour on the 30th anniversary of Orbison’s 1988 passing, the holograph walks, talks, looks and, most importantly, sings like the Big O in his pop primacy. Fans who never had the chance to hear “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Blue Bayou” and “In Dreams” could close their eyes at this concert and be transported to a flesh-and-blood Orbison experience—but changes are you’ll want to keep those eyes open and transfixed on the crooning frontman, an immaculate conception of ones and zeroes. A live symphony orchestra will ensure that the master’s songs will sound as rich and dynamic as ever.