Mizner Park gets lit up for the holidays, “living art” models hit the runway in West Palm, and Kapow! hosts a Movember Moustache party. Plus, Max Weinberg, Korean cinema, provocative theatre at GableStage and more in your week ahead.
What: Holiday Tree Lighting
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/393-7807, myboca.us
With the holiday season starting earlier and earlier these days, why wait until after Thanksgiving to celebrate yuletide cheer? With that logic in mind, the City of Boca Raton is beating Delray Beach to the punch by about a week, by lighting two trees—the city tree and the Mizner Park tree—the evening before Thanksgiving. Take a break from turkey prep and stop by Mizner for a full slate of family-friendly activities to coincide with the lighting, including carnival rides, an artificial ice rink, a 30-foot bounce house, a cameo from the World’s Largest Snowman, a circus variety show, carolers, Santa photo ops and more.
What: Living Art Show
Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach
When: 9 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-9999, sub-culture.org
If you’re looking for some more adult fun on Thanksgiving eve, celebrate the fact that you’re not working Thursday at this special event at Downtown West Palm Beach’s oldest music lounge. The night will include live painted models sauntering a makeshift runway, live painting from local artists, and two eclectic DJ sets: Inside, Rodney and Klov will spin rock classics and avant-garde music, and on the patio, enjoy funk, soul and disco favorites with DJ FunkBoogie.
What: Turkey Contest
Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/833-1812, palmbeachimprov.com
The Palm Beach Improv regularly hosts open-mic nights for aspiring local comics, but this week’s comedians will be working extra hard to gobble up seasonal prizes. Two winning comics will receive, a respectfully, a “beautifully delicious turkey” (in the Improv’s verbiage) and a paid emcee weekend at a future Improv run. Recipients will be decided by audience and judges’ votes, so come out and help provide literal nourishment to a starving artist!
What: Opening night of “Burning”
Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
When: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 786/385-9689, gablescinema.com
I’m predicting it’ll be worth the drive to Coral Gables to see this slow-burning (pun intended) thriller from South Korean master Lee Chang-Dong, his first film since his 2010 masterpiece “Poetry.” The movie has a prized provenance: It’s adapted from a short story by the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, about a mysterious love triangle between an aspiring writer, a childhood friend, and the friend’s new companion, a Gatsbyesque playboy with an unusual hobby. “Burning,” which expands Murakami’s ideas into a two-and-a-half-hour feature, is filled with twists and turns that upend the thriller genre. The movie, which plays at least through Nov. 29, won the International Critics Prize at Cannes, and is South Korea’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
What: Max Weinberg’s Jukebox
Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com
Max Weinberg, onetime bandleader for Conan O’Brien’s late-night show, continues to tour as percussionist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, with whom he’s tirelessly drummed since 1975. The Boss’s concerts feature set lists that change nightly, which serves as an eclectic primer for Weinberg’s latest project. Max Weinberg’s Jukebox finds the drummer and a professional three-piece band playing a set of classic-rock classics curated entirely by the audience. Attendees are provided with a video scroll of more than 200 tunes in the Jukebox repertoire. It includes dozens of Beatles tunes and a copious amount of Bruce favorites, plus cuts from Neil Young and Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and the Ramones, Chuck Berry and David Bowie, and the options continue. If it’s on the list, and somebody shouts it, Weinberg and company will play it.
What: Movember Moustache Party
Where: Kapow! and the Dubliner, 431 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: Starting at 1 p.m.
Contact: 561/347-7322, sub-culture.org
If you’ve seen more guys than usual sporting ‘staches lately, it’s not because of a sudden influx of hipster émigrés from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There’s a better reason for it: November is also Movember, the month when men grow moustaches in support of men’s health: Each bristly carpet above the upper lip is grown in solidarity with those suffering from prostate cancer, testicular cancer, suicidal ideation and mental health issues. For its eighth year in a row, Kapow! and neighboring Dubliner are supporting this men’s-health initiative with a Movember Moustache Party featuring live music and a moustache contest in four divisions. Even if you’re late to this cause, men and women alike can attach a fake moustache and join the festivities.
What: Opening night of “Actually”
Where: GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $65 (future performances run $50-$65)
Contact: 305/445-1119, gablestage.org
In this timely play, which debuted in New York in 2017, two freshmen at Princeton enjoy a flirtation after class, then a drunken hookup. The next thing we know, they’re appearing in a courtroom, on opposite sides of a rape accusation. Written by provocative new playwright Anna Ziegler, “Actually” wades thickly into the murky waters of consent on college campuses, and its shape-shifting courtroom mystery plays out like a compelling procedural, as our pendulum of trust swings back and forth between these slippery characters. The fact that he’s black and she’s white adds more depth to the drama. In the wake of the Dr. Ford/Judge Kavanaugh hearings, a narrative like this one couldn’t arrive at a more charged time. Check out GableStage’s regional premiere, starring Joshua Jean-Baptiste and Marie Corina Ramirez, through Dec. 23.