A buzz-worthy festival celebrates bees at Mizner Park, an early celebrity photographer star-gazes at the Flagler, and “MST3K” toasts its 30th anniversary with a live riff-a-thon. Plus, The Breeders, Sally Field, Lewis Black and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening day of “Star Power” exhibition
Where: Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $18 museum admission
Contact: 561/655-2833, flaglermuseum.us
Before there was Annie Leibovitz, there was Edward Steichen. By 1923, Steichen was already a seasoned photographer—his corpus included examples of nudes, landscapes, cityscapes, flowers and war photography—when he was offered arguably the most plum job in the biz: chief photographer for Vogueand Vanity Fair. During the next 15 years, he would become the country’s celebrity photographer par excellance, shooting figures from literature, journalism, dance, sports, politics, theatre and film in novel ways. He enhanced his subjects’ beauty while elevating the art form of photography, and his work even spawned a new word: to sit for Steichen was to be “Steichanized.” The Flagler’s fall exhibition, on display through Jan. 6, includes 74 examples of his immaculate craft, including portraits of Greta Garbo, Marlene Deitrich, Clara Bow, George Gershwin, Walt Disney and Fred Astaire.
What: Opening night of “The Guilty”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
This exciting Danish import, boasting a well-deserved 100-percent “fresh” ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, is suffocating in the best way possible. Physically, it’s set entirely in the office of an emergency dispatch service; mentally and emotionally, we spend the movie in the fraught headspace of one of the service’s desk jockeys, who takes a call from what appears to be an abductee, setting in motion a most unusual police procedural. Filmmaker Gustav Moller limits his film to what the emergency responder can hear on the other end of the line, and the director expertly paints pictures with nothing but an unnerving sound design. “The Guilty” is full of surprises that check our biases and assumptions, ultimately acting as an indictment of at least one element of Danish society.
What: Opening night of “Indecent”
Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach
When: 7 p.m.
Cost: $90, with reception ($75 for remainder of run)
Contact: 561/514-4041, palmbeachdramaworks.org
These days, when a religious statue created out of elephant dung has become so un-shocking as to seem passé, it’s hard to imagine a play being brought down—and its cast and producer arrested and found guilty—because of the scandalous content of the art. This happened a little more than a century ago to Yiddish playwright Sholem Asch’s play “God of Vengeance,” which depicted a love affair between a prostitute and the daughter of a Jewish brothel owner. A prominent rabbi got wind of the scandalous work and called the local vice squad, which interrupted a performance on Broadway, arresting its makers for “obscene, indecent, immoral and impure material.” The story is recounted, complete with music, dance and backstage drama, in Paula Vogel’s exuberant play “Indecent,” which won two Tony Awards for its 2017 premiere. Vogel found that its turn-of-the-century themes continue to resonate today; “Indecent” confronts a time in history where immigrant populations were particularly threatened, and it also explores homophobia and anti-Semitism. The show runs through Nov. 11.
What: Lewis Black
Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive
When: Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/344-5990, thecentercs.com
Conventional wisdom presumes that the Trump era would be a comedic renaissance for liberal comics like Lewis Black, but it’s not like he was exactly mellow during the Obama years. Black’s comedic persona is that of the perpetual outrage machine; whether it’s constitutional crises or subway delays, he’s a powder keg of floridly expressed vitriol, a tradition equally indebted to Sam Kinison as it is Bill Hicks. Prepare to hear a lot of words you still can’t say on television during his “The Joke’s On Us” tour. Before buying tickets, head over to lewisblack.com and join his fan club, the Frustrated Union of Cynical Kindreds Universal. You can spell out the club’s acronym—just don’t do it in front of the kids.
What: “Mystery Science Theater 3000” 30th Anniversary Tour
Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, parkerplayhouse.com
In 1988, comedian Joel Hodgson contributed a noble service to the moviegoing world by creating “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” a television series that made rotten films palatable. In the show’s enduring conceit, he played a janitor marooned on a satellite by a pair of mad scientists, who forced him to watch terrible movies—primarily those Z-grade creature features perfected by the likes of Roger Corman. Hodgson’s character survives the ordeal, each episode, by “riffing,” or verbally mocking the movies, from his silhouetted front-row seat, trading barbs alongside the wisecracking robots he created for companionship. Despite intermittent cancellations, show has become a cult-TV touchstone; in 2017, Netflix had no problem crowdfunding $5.7 million for a 14-episode revival. This tour offers the rare opportunity to experience Hodgson, new host Jonah Ray riffing live. Their target? A 1988 sci-fi stinker from Canada called “The Brain.”
What: The Breeders
Where: Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/673-7300, fillmoremb.com
The Breeders, formed in 1989 as a side project of Pixies bassist Kim Deal and Throwing Muses guitarist Tanya Donnelly, quickly evolved into a band so distinctive and self-possessed that it was easy to forget its makers’ intimidating provenances. Less haunting and clackety than Deal’s earlier band and less shoegazing than Donnelly’s, the Breeders released two albums of spiky, melodic and archetypal indie rock in the early ‘90s, becoming masters of the two-minute pop spasm. They even charted, thanks to the enduring and loopy 1993 college-rock hit “Cannonball.” After a tumultuous hiatus, in which Deal lost her entire original backing band, she re-formed the Breeders in 2001, releasing three albums since. All Nerve, unveiled this year, is the most true-to-form Breeders album since 1993—it’s an instant classic. Expect to hear tunes from throughout the Breeders’ career at this rare concert. If we’re lucky, Kim Deal’s Pixies favorite “Gigantic” will make the set too.
What: Amazing Bees Festival
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: Noon to 4 p.m.
It’s hard to imagine a world without bees. Studies have shown that more than a third of the food we consume each day relies on pollination, and globally, honeybees are the world’s primary pollinators. Not to mention the production of honey, which anyone with a sweet tooth would be loath to live without. Yet thanks to bee disappearances and die-offs related to colony collapse disorder—a crisis that reached peak attention in the early 2010s—there has been renewed attention to bees’ roles in global health. This family-friendly festival in Mizner Park will focus on the importance of bees through the lens of entertainment. It’s headlined by a theatrical production about bees and the hardships they endure, and it also includes Zumbini, children’s yoga, splash art, arts and crafts, clowns, bounce houses and more.
MONDAY, OCT. 22
What: An Evening With Sally Field
Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
Most famous in the annals of pop-culture for a misquoted Oscar acceptance speech (She never actually said, “You like me! You really like me!”), Field is actor of exceptional talents, starring in prized projects on the large and small screens, from quirky sitcoms to sweeping historical dramas. She’s also, as her new memoir In Piecesreveals, a gifted writer. Penned without a ghostwriter over a seven-year period, the book is most notably for its raw revelations about her childhood—which included sexual predation from her stepfather—and her early acting career, tainted with numerous roadblocks that presage the #MeToo movement. She’ll discuss the book on this tour, with journalist Ana Venciana-Suarez moderating the conversation.