Friday, November 26, 2021

Your Week Ahead: Nov. 23 to 30, 2021

The most legendary rock band still in existence tours Hard Rock Live, an Oscar hopeful opens in Miami, and Christian Finnegan brings the funny to Mizner Park. Plus, Mannheim Steamroller and more in your week ahead.

TUESDAY

What: The Rolling Stones

Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $859 and up

Contact: 866/502-7529, myhrl.com

The final date of the final leg of the Rolling Stones’ four-year-long No Filter tour will finish right here in South Florida, at what must be the smallest venue in, perhaps, decades for these typically stadium-filling rockers. Predictably, the show has been long sold out, so you’re paying scalpers’ prices; the $859 ticket is in the nose-bleeds, although Hard Rock Live is a small enough venue that you’ll still feel close enough to Mick, Keith and Ronnie. For seats still available close to the stage, the prices are obscene, but we suspect it’ll still be worth it. This is, poignantly, the Stones’ first tour without original drummer Charlie Watts, who died in August; the show will open with a video tribute to Watts.

WEDNESDAY

What: Opening day of “The Power of the Dog”

Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

When: 4:40 and 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $8-$12.75

Contact: 786/472-2249, gablescinema.com

The title sounds like a saccharine tale about a canine’s transformative power—a “Marley & Me” redux—but “The Power of the Dog” is anything but. Director Jane Campion’s first film in 12 years is a gritty, lived-in western set in 1920s Montana, where a feared local rancher (Benedict Cumberbatch, in one of his most acclaimed performances to date) spars with his meeker brother (Jesse Plemons) after the latter brings a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and son into the family. Tensions flare in this psychological, subtly feminist spin on the male-dominated western, significantly directed by the second woman to ever earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, for “The Piano.” This one is a surefire Oscar hopeful, so catch it in theaters before it opens Dec. 1 on Netflix.

What: Mannheim Steamroller

Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $45-$199

Contact: 866/502-7529, myhrl.com

Last year was the first in 35 years that Mannheim Steamroller did not tour the country performing Christmas carols, and we all know why. So the demand will be high for this jolly and virtuosic return to normal holiday revelry. Christmas music has long been embedded into the fame, fortune and firmament of founder Chip Davis’ neoclassical, prog-rockish orchestra, which boasts no less than 27 players and an elaborate light show. Mannheim Steamroller has released more than 25 yuletide albums since 1984; experiencing their energetic takes on religious and secular fare alike is a great way to plunge into the holiday season.

FRIDAY

What: Christian Finnegan

Where: Mizner Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $35 general admission, $150 for picnic-style blanket seating, $275 for VIP pods for four

Contact: 561/393-7890, mizneramp.com

It may be the wrong verbiage these days to say that laughter is contagious, but even gallows humor is still humor. Finnegan, a wry talent and social critic whose comedy has elevated series from “Chapelle’s Show” to VH1’s “Best Week Ever,” will do his best to—safely—inspire chuckles at Boca Raton’s first-of-its-kind outdoor, socially distanced comedy series. Finnegan is the second comic of the initial run of shows produced by comedian and news producer Dave Siegel, who will warm up the crowd for both of Finnegan’s Friday night performances.

What: Opening night of “A Winter Spectacular” with Marilyn Maye and Nicolas King

Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $75-$95

Contact: 561/995-2333, thewick.org

An institution of the American cabaret scene, 93-year-old Marilyn Maye remains an undiminished talent. Before she closes out the year with a New Year’s Eve performance at New York City’s legendary Birdland, she’ll be here at the Wick in Boca Raton, singing holiday and cabaret classics through golden pipes equally accomplished in Broadway, jazz and balladry. With a career spanning seven decades, Maye sang a stunning 76 times on “The Tonight Show,” a record for any vocalist. No slouch himself, her onstage partner Nicolas King, 28, has been an singer-actor since age 4, appearing in three Broadway productions before the age of 12. Their original “Winter Spectacular” runs through Dec. 19.


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John Thomason
As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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