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Your Week Ahead: Oct. 17 to 23, 2023

The eclectic III Points festival returns to Miami, a “Scream” thespian speaks at FAU, and a Nat Geo Explorer investigates “the beginning of us.” Plus, a buzzy fundraiser in Delray and more in your week ahead.


What: A Conversation with David Arquette

When: 5 p.m.

Where: University Theatre at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

Cost: Free with registration


Like many millennials, I discovered David Arquette through Wes Craven’s bold and meta “Scream” franchise. The actor’s occasional comic relief as Woodsboro deputy sheriff Dewey Riley would be a highlight of five Scream iterations, lasting longer than many of the series’ beloved regulars until his untimely demise in last year’s reboot. But the man who played him is very much alive, and will alight at FAU this week for an in-depth Q&A titled “Clowning Around with David Arquette: A Conversation about Celebrity, Family and Life in the Spotlight.” Arquette has a more fascinating background than I had realized. Part of an esteemed acting family that includes sisters Rosanna and Patricia Arquette, David has enjoyed a parallel vocation as a professional wrestler, a passion captured in the 2020 documentary “You Cannot Kill David Arquette.” Expect the actor/grappler to open up about both sides of his career in this revealing talk.

What: “Bloomin’ and Buzzin’”

When: 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Delray Beach Historical Society Campus, 3 N.E. First St., Delray Beach

Cost: $40 per person, $75 for couple

Contact: 561/274-9578,

Christened after the flowering plants and insects you may see populating the garden, this outdoor fundraiser at the Delray Beach Historical Society will provide vital funds to one of the region’s most essential eco nonprofits. Your tickets will support the Institute for Regional Conservation, an organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and managing biodiversity on a regional basis. Funds raised at this event will specifically support educational programs, habitat restoration and more. Enjoy food, drinks, music, a silent auction, a raffle, a children’s craft cottage, the Historical Society’s illuminating exhibitions, and of course the natural wonders of its well-manicured garden. Abundant parking should be available in the Old School Square parking garage across the street.


What: An Exclusive Night with FAU Final Four Basketball Team

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Studio at Mizner Park, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

Cost: $45-$65

Contact: 561/203-3742,

It was a moment that brought Boca together and elevated the FAU men’s basketball team to the national stage: namely, a 20-game winning streak and a stunning ascension to the Final Four earlier this year, where the Owls ended their season just two points away from securing a slot in the NCAA Championship. This Cinderella story is only the latest winning season from head coach Dusty May, who effectively transformed the struggling team, bit by bit, since taking the reins in 2018. “We thought that there was enough talent under the radar that we could find. We had a feeling that you could win here,” May told Boca magazine this past summer. Relive the incredible season at this Thursday’s discussion with the players and the coaches who made it happen; fans will also get an exclusive peek at what’s to come next season.

Lee Berger

What: National Geographic Live: The Beginning of Us

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

Cost: $35-$45

Contact: 561/832-7469,

Arguably the English-speaking world’s most public-facing paleoanthropologist, Lee Berger is as expert at distilling his discoveries to average Americans through media appearances and lectures as he is unearthing them in the first place. A 2008 discovery of a clavicle and a jawbone embedded in a rock near Malapa Cave in South Africa—actually found by Berger’s then-9-year-old son!—led to the excavation and discovery of Australopithecus sediba, a then-unknown hominid ancestor. And just last month, National Geographic announced that Berger’s scientific team discovered what appears to be burials made by Homo naledi, another primitive species on the road to Homo sapiens, which would be the first time on record that a “smaller brained” hominid engaged in such a remarkable act. Expect this discovery to play a major part in Berger’s fascinating lecture “The Beginning of Us.”


What: III Points

When: Oct. 20-21

Where: Mana Wynwood, 2217 N.W. Fifth Ave., Miami

Cost: $169 and up


Situated smack-dab in the heart of Miami’s trendiest art district, the city’s most adventurous music festival returns with another curated lineup of electronic, rock, hip-hop and indie artists spanning generations. Amid immersive art installations, massive murals and live graffiti art, six stages aglow in neon lights and cutting-edge technology will welcome acts such as proto-punk legend (and longtime Miami Beach resident) Iggy Pop; Fred Again, the young British keyboardist, DJ and protégé of the ambient music pioneer Brian Eno; Caroline Polacheck, the angel-voiced electro-pop singer-songwriter; the disruptive techno DJ Jamie Jones; the entrancing soundscape creators Keinemusik; house music DJ Lane 8; Dominican rapper Tokischa; and lo-fi New Zealand psych-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra. As of this writing, two-day passes are sold out, with only Saturday single-day tickets remaining.

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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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