Mizner Park welcomes fall with 2,500 pumpkins, artists explore the light and dark sides of technology, and Prince receives an orchestral tribute. Plus, Phil Collins, an Agatha Christie mystery, “Little Shop of Horrors” and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening reception of “The Tech Effect”
Where: Cornell Art Museum, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
Ever feel like you’re so connected to your smartphone that it’s taking over your life—and taking you along with it? The manipulated photographs at Antoine Geiger take this idea to the extreme, depicting cellphone users literally being sucked into their devices. Geiger is one of 22 artists being showcased in “The Tech Effect,” but not all of them share his dystopic perspective on things: Matthew LaPenta’s oversized, painted emoji sculptures, for instance, elevate this ubiquitous form of online communication to the level of hallowed art. But all of the artists share a preoccupation with the technology of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with works that reflect and comment on its role in our lives. The exhibition, which includes room-sized installations and outdoor murals created specifically for this show, runs through Feb. 17.
What: 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince
Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
This touring orchestral production could also be called “Prince Without Prince.” Because unlike the Prince tribute acts that have graced stages since the pop god’s passing in 2016, there is no impersonator imitating Prince’s falsetto while dressed in purple and paisley. This time, it’s all about the music—reimagined music at that. “4U” is the only full-symphony tribute officially sanctioned by Prince’s estate. For much of the night, there are no vocals, with both a four-piece live band and the orchestra playing the vocal parts as well as the instrumentals. Supplemented by video images of Prince on a screen behind the musicians, this concert has a respected provenance: It was spearheaded by the Roots’ Questlove, a die-hard Prince fan, and his programming ranges from the megahits to deeper cuts like “Computer Blue” and “Christopher Tracy’s Parade.”
What: Opening night of “No Date No Signature”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
Iranian cinema has long specialized in films with moral quagmires worthy of Dostoyevsky—most of them directed by masters like Abbas Kiarostami and Ashgar Farhadi. To this list we might add Vahid Jalilvand, whose second feature, “No Date No Signature,” is his nation’s 2019 Academy Awards selection for Best Foreign Language Film. It centers on a forensic pathologist whose car strikes a motorcyclist and injures the cyclist’s 8-year-old son. The boy’s father refuses the doctor’s help and money but, days later, the boy’s body is brought into the doctor’s hospital, supposedly from food poisoning. Did the pathologist, guilt-stricken, contribute to the boy’s death? Expect an intense, soul-searching, moody mystery about the happenstances of life that can affect just about anyone. It runs at least through Oct. 11.
What: Opening night of “Little Shop of Horrors”
Where: West Boca Performing Arts Center at West Boca High School, 12811 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 7 p.m.
Before there was “Cannibal! The Musical” and “Song of the Living Dead” and “Toxic Avenger,” there was “Little Shop of Horrors,” the pioneering rock musical, a bloody horror-comedy that somehow remains perfectly family-friendly. Based on a 1960 B-movie by schlock maestro Roger Corman, “The Little Shop of Horrors” was adapted into a stage musical in 1982, which was later made into its own feature film, about a meek employee of a flower shop who discovers an unusual plant, names it after his unrequited beloved, and watches it grow … and grow … and grow, all the while feeding off—what else?—human blood and flesh. The show popularized tunes such as the title track and “Suddenly, Seymour,” and those looking for subtext can find a potent criticism of predatory capitalism. This professional production from up-and-coming company Lightning Bolt Productions runs through Oct. 14.
What: Opening day of “Dwelling”
Where: Arts Warehouse, 313 N.E. Third St., Delray Beach
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: 561/330-9614, artswarehouse.org
Thus far, if memory serves, Arts Warehouse has hosted exclusively group exhibitions. The gallery will change things up this weekend with the opening of “Dwelling,” an immersive installation from Miami-based, Puerto Rican-born artist Luis Garcia Nerey. Through the creation of an artificially boarded-up shack, Nerey’s exhibition explores how home and community function in an environment where (over?)development is a topic of heated debate and where immigration is a divisive political topic. Check it out through Nov. 10.
What: Opening night of “A Murder is Announced”
Where: Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/272-1281 ext. 5, delraybeachplayhouse.com
Delray Beach Playhouse kicks off its 2018/2019 season with a little mystery, as conceived by the queen of the art form, Agatha Christie. A Murder is Announced, published in 1950, was Christie’s 50th release, another bustling drawing-room thriller with no fewer than 22 characters, from the young refugee housekeeper to the dotty elderly woman to the requisite vicar. The stage version whittles that number down to a dozen characters, including Miss Marple, one of Christie’s recurring amateur sleuths. It’s set during a dinner party in a quiet English village, and is preceded by an ominous note in the local paper: “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m.” This, naturally, is the host’s home. When the prognostication comes true, its victim is the last person expected. More bodies pile up before all is said and done (and solved). This time, at least, the butler didn’t do it: In “A Murder is Announced,” there is no butler. The show runs through Oct. 21.
What: Phil Collins
Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $190 and up
Contact: 954/835-8000, thebbtcenter.com
Stateside, this legendary U.K. drummer, songwriter and memoirist has been feeding us little more than crumbs for the past eight years. His only United States gigs in recent years have been a couple of benefit concerts for his Little Dreams Foundation, the most recent a four-song set last December at the Fillmore. But this weekend marks the ex-Genesis frontman’s first full set in the States since 2010. Having toured just about everywhere in Europe, South America and Mexico the past two years, we think he’ll be ready. As a part-time Miami resident, Collins won’t have to travel far for this gig, part of his cheekily named “Not Dead Yet” tour (That’s also the name of his recently published memoir). If his prior set lists are any indication, expect all the hits from Genesis, his solo career and carefully chosen covers.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
What: Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Despite the un-autumnal weather, nothing says fall like the influx of pumpkins in markets, on lawns and decorating window displays. The seasonal squash plant also will be center stage in the City of Boca Raton’s largest attraction this weekend, as the Mizner Park Amphitheater transforms into a pumpkin patch. In addition to the opportunity to decorate pumpkins into edible works of art, kids can enjoy a cornstalk maze, carnival rides and the Scarecrow Dress-Up Village. You can also design—and take home—a scarecrow, and choose from more than 2,500 pumpkins to take home. Sweet and savory pumpkin entrees can be purchased at a specialty food court, and guests 21 and up can imbibe at the Pumpkin Beer Bar.