Kravis on Broadway opens an inspiring musical, a Delray gathering unites the community, and NSU Art Museum unveils a whopping five exhibitions. Plus, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Nitzer Ebb and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening night of “Come From Away”
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
Inspired by one of the lesser-known impacts of the 9/11 attacks, “Come From Away” is set during Operation Yellow Ribbon, in which the Canadian government shut down its airspace for safety concerns, grounding 38 planes in a small town in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Characters include some of the town’s actual residents as well as the passengers, and this unorthodox musical was nominated for seven Tonys. This touring production from the 2021/2022 Kravis on Broadway series, runs through Sunday, Nov. 21.
What: Neil deGrasse Tyson: “The Cosmic Perspective”
Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
Not many astrophysicists can hold riveting conversations about the cosmos with guests ranging from Stephen Hawking to Bill Clinton to Katy Perry. But Neil deGrasse Tyson is not the average astrophysicist, if such a label exists. The host of the “Star Talk” late-night TV series, the director of the Hayden Planetarium at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, and the author of 17 books, Tyson is the closest his field has to a rock star, as telegenic as he is knowledgeable. In his illustrated presentation “The Cosmic Perspective,” he will endeavor to bring the enormity of the cosmos literally down to Earth. As he told Boca magazine earlier this year, “when you begin to confront and then absorb the sheer magnitude of the universe, not only in size but in depths of time, it forces you to rebalance, and refocus, on Earth affairs.”
What: Cars & Conversations
Where: Delray Beach Historical Society, 3 N.E. First St., Delray Beach
When: 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Contact: Register at carsandconversations.eventbrite.com
This third-annual event put on by the Delray Beach Historical Society is more than just a classic car show: It’s also a convivial gathering subtitled “UNITY in the commUNITY” that will support local veterans and athletes. A DJ will perform, Ceasar’s BBQ will provide the food, and special guests include NFLer Brandon Flowers, Carver High School band teacher Carl Wesley and Delray Beach Police Chief Javaro Sims, among others. By the end of the night, nonprofit Wheels From the Heart will give away a brand-new car to a single mother veteran. While you’re in Delray, stop by Old School Square—which continues to need all the help it can get—for the return of its free concerts in the Pavilion. The Billy Joel tribute Turnstiles will perform from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday.
What: Nitzer Ebb
Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-9999, sub-culture.org/respectable-street
While in the same stratosphere as 1980s synthpop, Essex quartet Nitzer Ebb play a more aggressive brand of electronic music than contemporaries like Depeche Mode and New Order. Pioneers in the EBM—or electronic body music—genre, Nitzer Ebb’s early records are characterized by hard-hitting, confrontational and repetitive beats overlaid with frontman Douglas McCarthy’s martial shouts, making for a visceral, cleansing experience on the dance floor. Expect material from 1986 to 1991 to dominate the set list for this rare North American tour, the band’s only 2021 performance in the southeast U.S.
What: Opening night of “To Fall in Love”
Where: Theatre Lab at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 students, $32-$40 general public
Contact: 561/297-6124, fauevents.com
Is there a more shallow time suck than an online compatibility quiz? Jennifer Lane’s two-character play “To Fall in Love” thinks not. It imagines a long-estranged couple who attempt to piece together their failed relationship through the aide of a 36-part questionnaire designed to connect strangers. The quiz, backed by science, is said to be the last word on matchmaking, an old-fashioned algorithm for lonely-hearts. But this middle-aged man and woman are not strangers seeking a new connection; they’re broken shells of their previous coupling, seeking enough duct tape and glue to patch their life back together. Offering generous emotional range for a pair of powerhouse actors, “To Fall in Love” begins Theatre Lab’s 2021/2022 season with a production originally scheduled for the scuttled pandemic month of March 2020. It runs through Dec. 12.
What: Opening day of “Photographing the Fantastic” and other exhibitions
Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
When: Noon to 5 p.m.
Contact: 954/525-5500, nsuartmuseum.org
With Miami Art Month just around the corner, Fort Lauderdale’s preeminent art museum is pulling out all the stops, opening no less than five exhibitions this weekend and running them through the winter. “Photographing the Fantastic” compiles “uncanny, wondrous, magical” works from the museum’s permanent photography collection, from artists such as Cindy Sherman, Gregory Crewdson and Onajide Shabaka. “Jared McGriff: Where We Are You” is the first solo museum exhibition for the dreamlike paintings of this Miami artist. “Margarita Cano: 90 Years” celebrates the ninth decade of this Cuban-born multidisciplinary artist. “The Art of Assemblage” collects found-object sculptures from the medium’s best practitioners, such as Pablo Cano and Vanessa German. And “Beyond the OK Corral” is an augmented-reality exhibition, using a game-like immersive diorama to allow visitors to “enter” David Levinthal’s 2014 photograph “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” an homage to 1950s western movies.