The Boca Museum makes waves, Miami City Ballet goes noir, and footballers and chefs grill off for charity. Plus, Frank Turner, anime art and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening day of “Clifford Ross: Waves”
Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $10-$12 museum admission
Contact: 561/392-2500, bocamuseum.org
When a hurricane churns its way toward the Atlantic coastline, the saner among us flee its path. Only a few intrepid souls stay behind: the wind-beaten weatherman, the fatalistic surfer and, for a fertile period in his career, artist Clifford Ross. The New York-based photographer spent 12 seasons wading directly into the surf as merciless storms battered Georgica Beach in East Hampton, in an attempt to capture the essence of Mother Nature at its most roiling. Sporting a wet suit and a life vest, he entered the breach tethered to an assistant on shore—and was generally more protective of his camera than his body. “I don’t practice safe photography. I need to feel raw, like it’s just me and the camera,” he told Wired in 2015. The Boca Museum’s “Waves” focuses on these forecious yet beautiful images while also featuring some of Ross’ newest work—a site-specific installation of wood panels depicting wave-like abstractions. The show runs through March 1.
What: Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls
Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 954/564-1064, cultureroom.net
Finding the happy place between plaintive folk and rousing punk—sometimes within the same song—singer-songwriter Frank Turner has spent much of his career threading the needles between these genres and sewing together some of the most tuneful earworms of this young century: See “If Ever I Stray,” “I Still Believe” and “Four Simple Words” for starters. Back on the road after a recent marriage and honeymoon, Turner’s latest tour supports his eighth album—and his most ambitious release to date—No Man’s Land. As the title suggests, each of the 13 songs is a tribute to an influential but underappreciated woman in history, running the gamut from a Wild West vaudeville star to an Egyptian feminist to an accused witch to Turner’s own mother. Turner even developed a podcast series breaking down the subjects of each track. Though some tracks have a breathless punk energy, No Man’s Land is Turner’s folkiest release to date, harkening back to the genre’s storytelling routes, and its tradition of deep, introspective listening. Look for a review of this concert Friday on bocamag.com.
What: Opening night of “By the Grace of God”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
In his prolific, 40-film career, French director Francois Ozon has developed a reputation for making sexually subversive and risqué films, from the controversial “Water Drops on Burning Rocks” and the “Lolita”-esque “Swimming Pool” through his 2017 feature “Double Lover.” Expect a complete tonal 180 in his serious-minded and critically acclaimed new film, “By the Grace of God,” fresh off winning the Jury Grand Prix at the Berlin International Film Festival. Based on real events happening now in France, it follows three courageous men who seek to expose the predatory sexual abuse they suffered at children at the hands of a Catholic priest who still holds power. With its elements of “Mystic River” and “Spotlight,” “By the Grace of God” is another powerful look at institutionalized depravity and the people working to expose it, at much risk to themselves. It runs at least through Nov. 14.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
What: Miami City Ballet: “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue”
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: Various show times
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
Some ballets are purely abstract expressions of sound and movement; others have coherent storylines. George Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” certainly fits into the latter category, with a narrative straight out of a lurid crime paperback: A tap dancer falls for a stripper (or, if you prefer, a “dancehall girl”) with a heart of gold, but whose every movement is monitored by her trigger-happy gangster boyfriend. It’s up to the police to nab the heat-packing baddie before tragedy unfurls. With music by Richard Rodgers, and leavened with more humor than this synopsis suggests, “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” combines ballet, tap and jazz, and should make for a spirited headliner for the first program of Miami City Ballet’s 2019/2020 season. Also on the docket: more Balanchine, in the form of his game-changing “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” and the blisteringly fast “Mercuric Tidings,” a tribute to the choreography of Paul Taylor, danced to music by Schubert.
What: Opening day of “Anime Architecture”
Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $9-$15 museum admission
Contact: 561/495-0233, morikami.org
Gleaming metal skyscrapers, wet streets, neon highways, gaudy and pervasive advertising: These are the cyberpunk hallmarks of the most acclaimed Japanese animation films, where characters inhabit dark, adventurous worlds where film noir and science fiction collide. Both reflecting and influencing urban development in cities like Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai, anime films such as “Akira,” “Metropolis” and “Ghost in the Shell” are as famous for their moody and distinctive looks as they are for their storylines; the latter even inspired American films like “The Matrix” and “Avatar.” The Berlin-born exhibition “Anime Architecture” celebrates the animators responsible for these iconic cityscapes—all whom worked in the tireless hand-drawn method before the advent of digital construction. Curator Stefan Riekeles spent years compiling the more than 100 works comprising the show, which include location photographs, concept sketches, highly detailed pencil drawings and the final, full-color animation cells. The Morikami is the only U.S. host for this special exhibition, which runs through April 3.
What: Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine and Music Festival
Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach
When: Grill-off at noon; concert at 7 p.m.
Now on its 10th year, this charity fundraiser from former Miami Dolphin John Offerdahl and his wife Lynn is a celebration of succulent tailgate cuisine as conceived by both acclaimed chefs and legends of the pigskin. At the Grand Grill-Off, running from noon to 4 p.m., chefs from 22 high-end eateries will pair with 22 Miami Dolphins players—among them O.J. McDuffie, Mercury Morris and Jim Kiick—on one-of-a-kind dishes, with only one to be crowned the victor. Attendees can taste their creations as well as show off their bag-tossing skills at the Toyota Cornhole Stadium. The evening concludes with a concert from country-pop singer-songwriter Brett Young, with proceeds benefiting Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation to feed the hungry.