Delray’s 100-Foot Tree lights up downtown, a household name takes to the boards at The Wick, and Boca magazine hosts its own version of Art Basel. Plus, Annie Leibovitz, a Lars Von Trier sneak preview, Carols By Candlelight and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening day of “AfriCOBRA: Messages to the People”
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $10; free for MoCA Members and North Miami residents
Contact: 305/893-6211, mocanomi.org
Formed amid the social, racial and political upheavals of 1968 Chicago, the art movement known as AfriCOBRA—the acronym stands for African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists—created a visual aesthetic for the emerging Black Arts movement. Exploding with passion, pride and color, the movement’s influence continues to be felt, as its artists are rediscovered by future generations. MoCA celebrates the 50th anniversary of AfriCOBRA’s formation with a special showcase of these approachable, kaleidoscope paintings, with work created by its five founders: Gerald Williams, Wadsworth Jarrell, Jae Jarrell, Jeff Donaldson and Barbara Jones-Hogu. The exhibition runs through April 7.
What: “The House That Jack Built” special screening
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org
For one night only, Lake Worth Playhouse provides viewers of adventurous cinema with the opportunity to see this controversial thriller a month before its opening in New York City. The director of “The House That Jack Built” is Lars Von Trier, that sadistic virtuoso behind “Dogville,” “Nyphomaniac,” “Antichrist” and other harrowing art-house ventures, and his latest feature is no less polarizing: It follows Jack, a fictional serial killer played by Matt Dillon, over 12 years and five murders that defined his professional development. He considers his slayings to be works of art, and Von Trier probably does too. His movie, which runs 152 minutes and co-stars Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman and Riley Keough, was met with typically divided responses to its Cannes premiere, from several walkouts to a rapturous standing ovation. This screening might just engender more of the same.
What: An Evening with Annie Leibovitz
Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
It’s not often we get to share an hour or two, up close, with an American treasure as important as Annie Leibovitz. Active in the upper echelons of her industry for more than 40 years, this portrait photographer has helped us interpret and reinterpret—and construct and deconstruct—celebrity, through album covers and magazine shoots that are as adventurous as they are iconic. Most famously, she photographed John Lennon the day he was assassinated; the shot of Lennon curled up in a fetal position alongside Yoko Ono would make the cover of Rolling Stone. Her work would continue to be both defining and controversial: Whoopi Goldberg in a bathtub full of milk, a nude and pregnant Demi Moore, Lance Armstrong riding his bike in the buff, Bruce Springsteen’s derriere on the Born in the USA album cover. She’ll discuss her singular career, and possibly some of the tricks of her trade, at this rare South Florida appearance to celebrate the reissue of her 2008 book Annie Leibovitz at Work, which all ticket-buyers will receive.
What: Boca Basel
Where: A secret location!
When: 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $40 in advance, $50 at door
For the past four years, Boca Basel has been one of Boca magazine’s signature events—our luxe and artistic season kick-off, timed in anticipation of Miami Basel a week later—and this year’s event heralds a change of venue and atmosphere. Staged in a private mansion (you receive the address when you order your ticket), the event is celebrating “The Art of the Pop-Up” with a curated collection of apparel, artists, restaurants, cocktails, and around-town discoveries made by our editorial team. The venue is a luxurious estate at the legendary Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club. As patrons explore the space, they’ll indulge in food and drink from American Harvest Organic Vodka, Bazille, Ouzo Bay, Tanzy, The Locale, Barrel of Monks Brewing, Cristino Chocolates and E&M Catering and Events. ArtNest Delray will be paying homage to elusive street artist Banksy with shadow costumes and graffiti art. The brand-new restaurant and brewery Crazy Uncle Mike’s will be providing live music to set the mood. Additional vendors and sponsors include Kendra Scott, Lilly Pulitzer, Jay Feder Jewelers, Robb & Stucky, Ready to Fly and The Silverman Group of Raymond James. And the best part of the whole event? A portion of proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
What: 100-foot Christmas Tree Lighting
Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: Tree lighting at 7:15 p.m.; Santa flies in at 7 p.m.; event runs 5 to 9 p.m. overall
Contact: 561/279-1380, downtowndelraybeach.com
Justifiably lauded as one of the very best Christmas trees in the United States, Delray Beach’s towering conifer will be lit Thursday evening in typically grand fashion. Santa Claus has schlepped all the way from the North Pole, eschewing more lucrative offers in larger metropolises, to appear exclusively in Delray Beach for photos ops following the tree lighting. The ice skating rink, carousel and mini golf course from Putt’n Around (some of these activities require a small fee) will also be available for holiday revelers to enjoy—and will remain on-site for until New Year’s Day, in celebration of the famous tree’s 25th anniversary.
What: Opening night of “Breadcrumbs”
Where: Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 866/811-4111, primalforces.com
Primal Forces’ season-opening production is an intimate, experimental look at memory, language and loneliness. The play, by Jennifer Haley, follows Alida, an aging writer coping with the early stages of dementia, who tries to capture her gradually waning memories with the assistance of Beth, her troubled caretaker. Beth has a history as a polygamist stripper, and her motives and constant presence in Alida’s life may be not in the writer’s best interests. A time-traveling drama rooted in the science of disease, “Breadcrumbs” offers challenging, meaty roles for its two actresses: Jacqueline Laggy, a Primal Forces veteran, and Angie Radosh, making her company debut. The show runs through Dec. 23.
What: Opening night of “Annie”
Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $75-$85 adults, $40 children
Contact: 561/995-2333, thewick.org
This week, the Wick continues its tradition of hiring household names for its most lavish productions. Sally Struthers, the triple-threat star of stage and screens large and small, who won Two Emmys for “All in the Family,” will portray Mass Hannigan, the cantankerous, alcoholic caretaker of the orphanage in New York City from which the title character successfully escapes. The role is a welcome encore for Struthers, who played Miss Hannigan in a touring production of Annie in 1988. She’s not the only out-of-state talent illuminating the Wick stage: The production also features Broadway veteran George Dvorsky as Daddy Warbucks and Ella Peyton, who starred in NBC’s live telecast of “The Sound of Music,” as Annie. This musical is a beloved holiday tradition, and it will be enjoyed at The Wick with live orchestration. Catch it through Dec. 23.
What: Carols by Candlelight
Where: Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
The Pavilion is decorated with snowflakes, the 100-foot Christmas Tree’s 15,000-plus lights twinkle in all their majesty, and 2,000 candles create an amber halo over a sold-out crowd while carols with a classic-rock edge waft over the audience. There’s nothing quite like this beloved tradition at Old School Square—all that’s missing is the mistletoe and eggnog for a romantic December night out, not to mention a blissful escape from the pressures of the holiday season. Traditionally Little River Band’s Wayne Nelson, who spearheaded this event, headlines the concert, but this year he’s stepping into a supporting role. The top billing goes to Woodstock, N.Y. natives Orleans, the hit-makers behind “Still the One” and “Dance With Me,” and whose all-nude album cover for 1976’s Waking and Dreamingremains one of the more … interesting artistic choices in rock history. The Long Run, Florida’s renowned Eagles tribute band, will open the show with a mix of hits and seasonal standards.