Monday, November 27, 2023

Your Week Ahead: Nov. 7 to 13, 2023

A Miami institution becomes a source of painterly inspiration, wearable sculptures premiere at the Morikami, and TED Talks return to Lynn. Plus, William Shatner, Bill Burr and more in your week ahead.


Asagi Maeda

What: “Stories on the Planet: Jewelry of Asagi Maeda”

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach

Cost: $9-$15

Contact: 561/995-0233,

There is jewelry, and then there are the wearable sculptures of Asagi Maeda, a metalsmith whose creations often resemble Rube Goldberg structures, apartment interiors, even entire cityscapes, while doubling as rings, necklaces and earrings. It’s hard to imagine a piece of impact jewelry more voluminous than “Stories on the Planet,” the ambitious necklace that gives this exhibition its name, which portrays no less than 32 cities on 28 countries on eight removable brooches. Graduated towers of sterling silver, capped by gemstones, rise up from the base of her chunky “City Ring,” while her “What’s In Your Shopping Bag?” earrings, shaped like the titular accessory, contain all manner of whimsical “purchases” inside—sweets from a confectionery, a stuffed panda, a pair of ballet slippers, an engagement ring. You may well need a magnifying glass to examine every element of her detail-rich sculptures, but the Morikami will no doubt provide an exceptional space to view these singularly inventive works. The exhibition, which opened this past weekend, runs through April 7.

What: TEDx Lynn University

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/237-7000,

Local luminaries from the worlds of professional sports, fashion, technology, the arts, foodservice and more will present revealing lectures on Tuesday night in Lynn University’s annual take on the cherished TED brand. Five speakers will present under the umbrella theme of “empowering you to innovate a world of business.” Expect to hear from Brian Connors, senior director of global food and beverage innovation and faculty director of the Bacardi Center of Excellence at Florida International University, who will be joined onstage by his robot bartender Cecelia; Christina M. Simpson, dancer and race car driver; Louis Grayson, a hospitality and restaurant entrepreneur; Michael Shaw, vice president of brand marketing for the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium; and Mitali Saxena, founder and CEO of FASHOM, which specializes in AI-powered clothing for moms on the go.


Photo by Jason Shook

What: William Shatner Live

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts,201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $44.50-$104.50

Contact: 954/462-0222,

Having ascended into suborbital space on a Blue Origin spacecraft, William Shatner has literally gone where few men have gone before … and this week, he’s going to Fort Lauderdale. Truly a young 92 and still a prolific working actor, musician and television host, Shatner is a renaissance man whose curiosity for the mysteries of life parallels that of his most famous character, James T. Kirk. Speaking of the Enterprise’s intrepid captain, this evening of nerd bliss begins with a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”—unimpeachably the best film spawned from the original series—and continues with a discussion and Q&A with the audience … which will be moderated by yours truly!

Photo by Koury Angelo

What: Bill Burr

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood

Cost: $482.50 and up (resale only)

Contact: 866/502-7529,

The first comedian to perform at Fenway Park, Bill Burr has earned Emmy and Grammy nominations, not to mention a rabid following—as evidenced by this sold-out engagement at one of the region’s most prominent venues. An intellectual and philosopher hidden under the façade of an everyman persona—on a recent podcast, Howie Mandel called him “one of the most fascinating people in the world” and a “comedian’s comedian”—Burr specializes in a relentless and un-woke form of standup, airing his populist views through material and delivery that, even in a divided populace, can’t help but attract audiences of all persuasions.


What: Opening day of “Walasse Ting: Parrot Jungle”

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $8-$16

Contact: 954/525-5500,

A true citizen of the world, artist Walasse Ting was born in Shanghai, China, before settling in Hong Kong, Paris, New York and Amsterdam and creating a thoughtful, vivid and joyous body of work that celebrated the female form, plant life and the animal kingdom in a style that bridged divides between Abstract Expressionism, the avant-garde and Pop Art. Though most famous for his singular collection of lithographs 1Cent Life—a collectible art book that fetches thousands on the resale market—Ting was a remarkably prolific painter who immersed himself in whatever culture he adopted. His many travels often took him to South Florida and Miami’s Parrot Jungle (now Jungle Island), whose captivating animals inspired the paintings that gave this exhibition its title. NSU Art Museum marks the first American institution to mount a monographic museum show of Ting’s underrated legacy, and it runs through March 10.

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John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, 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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