The Wick brings glass slippers back into fashion, and an artist’s tombstone rubbings premiere in Fort Lauderdale. Plus, tributes to the Band and John Denver, and more in your week ahead.
What: Scott Covert: “I Had a Wonderful Life”
Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 954/525-5500, nsuartmuseum.org
“I Had a Wonderful Life” marks the first solo museum exhibition from New Jersey native Scott Covert, a distinctive painter from the 1980s East Village art scene. Covert specializes in the Victorian practice of grave rubbing, in which he lifts impressions from tombstone reliefs. Text from the resting places of famous dead people is combined to form collages with some deliberately unusual associations; one Covert rubbing, for instance, can lead spectators from Nikita Khrushchev to Serge Gainsbourg to Eva Peron to Louis B. Mayer. The works are as haunting as they are beautiful, imbued with lives lived with purpose and struggle and consequence. The exhibition opened this past weekend alongside two other solo exhibitions: Kathia St. Hilaire’s “Immaterial Being” and Malcolm Morley’s “Shipwreck.” They all run through April 2023 at NSU Art Museum.
What: Opening day of “Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
Salvatore Ferragamo’s journey personifies the American Dream: An artist with an innate talent for elegant and functional footwear, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1915 at age 16 and would quickly find use for his prodigious talents in the nascent silent-film industry, designing the glamorous shoes for Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. His success with continue alongside Hollywood’s own cultural ascent, with his work elevating the iconography of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth and countless others. In “Salvatore,” celebrated Italian director Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”) explores Ferragamo’s remarkable story with the panache worthy of his subject. The movie includes a unique stop-motion “shoe ballet” as well as interviews with Martin Scorsese, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and other luminaries. It runs at least through Dec. 1.
What: Opening night of “Cinderella”
Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/995-2333, thewick.org
A holiday treat for the whole family, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” dates back to 1957 on the Broadway stage, although the Wick is producing a version with a much more recent vintage. With an updated book by the playwright and screenwriter Douglas Carter Beane, this “Cinderella” premiered in 2013 to wide acclaim, including nine Tony nominations. It threads a delicate narrative needle, providing all of the iconic associations—the cruel stepmother, the glass slipper, the title character’s transformation and romantic bliss—but with added elements including the creation of a sympathetic stepsister and a wider acknowledgment of injustice in the magic kingdom. The music includes even more indelible Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes than the 1957 original, including “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” The production runs through Dec. 24.
What: “The Last Waltz” 46th Anniversary Celebration
Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com
One of the most famous rock jamborees of all-time, the Band’s farewell concert, affectionately described as the Last Waltz, commenced on Thanksgiving Day in 1976 at San Francisco’s legendary Winterland Ballroom. Later documented in Martin Scorsese’s seminal documentary of the same name, the show featured no less than 50 songs and a cornucopia of guest appearances from the likes of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Muddy Waters and Van Morrison. This tribute concert, organized locally by the Funky Biscuit, will attempt to capture the magic of that Thanksgiving night in honor of its 46th anniversary. Ace musicians Albert Castiglia, Peter Lavezzoli, Jim Jones, John Harris, Richie Schmidt and many more will take the stage to re-create at least part of the sprawling set list.
What: “Rocky Mountain High Experience: A John Denver Christmas”
Where: The Parker, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
A poet laureate in his beloved adopted state of Colorado, John Denver died way too early, at age 53, in a star-crossed plane crash in October 1997. He left behind a legacy in American folk music that is rivaled by few, and that continues to garner new audiences on the strength of a 300-song corpus and lyrics expounding on the timeless joys of nature. Rick Schuler, the performer of this tribute concert, is not John Denver, but he may be the closest approximation to the late legend, tricking both ear and eye into believing you’re watching the Real McCoy. Denver’s recordings of holiday classics were legion throughout his career, and so Schuler will weave renditions of “Away in a Manger,” “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World” and others alongside original Denver chart-toppers like “Rocky Mountain High,” Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”