Delray’s “witches” jettison brooms for bicycles, costumed revelers hit the streets at Moonfest, and TEDx Boca returns with 15 versatile thinkers. Plus, the Melvins, Norm MacDonald, Indie Craft Bazaar and more in your week ahead.
Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/564-1074, cultureroom.net
Not for the faint of heart, Washington State rockers the Melvins have been making music to bleed the ears of square parents and other authority figures since forming in 1983 as a hardcore punk band. It didn’t take long for the trio, and sometimes quartet, to slow down their songs to stoner levels, while keeping loudness at a maximum. Their sound came to define sludge rock for at least a generation—as one YouTuber commented on one of the band’s videos, their music is “heavier than swimming in a pool with a t-shirt on”—and its influence on future grunge standard-bearers like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains is incalculable. (The Nirvana connection is the most literal, with Melvins drummer Dale Crover playing on some of the band’s Bleach tracks before Dave Grohl joined the group.) The Melvins have since embraced genres as far-flung as electronic, jazz-rock and cowpunk across more than 30 releases. They’re a legendary act, and yet the price for attending one of their concerts haven’t changed much in 30 years. Arrive early for openers Redd Kross and Toshi Kasai, and look for a review of this concert later this week on bocamag.com.
What: Norm MacDonald
Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach
When: 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Contact: 561/833-1812, palmbeachimprov.com
Dead, meet pan: My favorite comedian, Norm MacDonald, wrote one of the most underrated comedies of the 1990s, penned a slyly brilliant meta-memoir that deconstructed memoirs, and hosted a convivial celebrity talk show on Netflix. To most, though, he’s most famous for his polarizing three-year run as the “Weekend Update” anchor in the booming ‘90s of “Saturday Night Live,” in which he shredded pop-culture magnets like O.J. Simpson, Jack Kevorkian and Lyle Lovett with relentless potshots. But Norm’s oddball humor, which included iconic parodies of Larry King and Burt Reynolds, quickly bypassed mainstream acceptance in favor of cult worship, which only intensified during his brief film career and sitcom wilderness. Always better solo than in groups, MacDonald is most gifted on the standup stage, where his brand of alternative, ironic and occasionally anti-humor yields its richest rewards.
What: Witches of Delray/GreenMarket Opening Day
Where: Begins at City Hall, 100 N.W. First Ave., Delray Beach
When: Oct. 26, approximately 8:45 a.m.
Cost: $25 in advance/$30 day of the ride
This, perhaps, is what potions in motion looks like. Casting two-wheeled spells for charity, local “witches” dressed in garb both traditional and out-of-the-box gather each year on the last weekend of October to raise money for the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, a nonprofit organization serving the area’s most vulnerable residents. Rather than brooms, they ride decorated bikes along a designated route throughout historic Downtown Delray and beachside on A1A, terminating at the GreenMarket for the opening day of its winter season. At the end of the charity ride, prizes will be awarded for Best Decorated Bike, Best Witch Costume and Best Witch Cackle. Even Marie Speed, Delray magazine’s editor-in-chief, has been known to don a pointy hat! If you head downtown to hang with the witches on Saturday morning, plan to stick around. There’s more spooky fun to be had downtown, from trick-or-treating along the Avenue to the 57th-annual Halloween Parade and Halloween Kids Fest, a free family event sponsored by the city featuring live entertainment, a bounce house, food vendors and more.
What: TEDx Boca Raton
Where: Kaye Auditorium at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 1 p.m.
TEDx Boca Raton is back, with a diverse lineup 15 speakers deep—all ready to provide an afternoon of mental floss. Arranged under the broad theme of “Rethinking Relationships,” the afternoon includes presentations by, among many others: Dr. Dave Bradley, inventor of the Ctrl-Alt-Delete function; Dr. Kerri Cahoy, an engineer who works with CubeSats, a novel technology to improve hurricane tracking; Fred Guttenberg, the entrepreneur and activist who lost his daughter, Jaime, in the Stoneman Douglas tragedy; eclectic South Florida music duo Indigo Dreamers; and Duncan Wardle, former head of innovation and creativity at Disney. The event runs until 5:30 p.m., and discounted tickets are available for alumni, veterans and Palm Beach County educators.
Where: Southwest corner of Clematis Street and Quadrille Boulevard, downtown West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Cost: $15 general admission, $70 VIP
Downtown West Palm Beach’s annual spookfest returns for another all-night rager, in which observing the costumes of the attendees is at least half the fun: Perhaps you’ll see maniacal Jokers rubbing shoulders with caricatured Trumps, short-skirted nurses cavorting with caped vampires, impressive minotaurs sidling up to off-duty Avengers. Those who go the next mile in their attire can compete in a costume contest for serious cash, with first-place winners leaving with $1,000. There’s also a haunted house located near Respectable Street (it costs $10 to enter, or free with VIP tickets), and a solid live music lineup headlined by West Palm Beach’s own indie-rock exports Surfer Blood, whose latest EP, available exclusively at its live shows, is appropriately titled Hourly Haunts. The People Upstairs, Rogue Theory and Spred the Dub will play first on the outdoor main stage; seven other artists will take the Electronic and Bass Stilla stages nearby.
What: Indie Craft Bazaar
Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: Noon to 5 p.m.
Costumes are encouraged during the autumn iteration of this beloved market of local makers, which will conjure a spooky vibe with its music selections and décor, not to mention the Halloween-specific inventories from several of the more than 65 vendors filling Revolution Live, adjoining Stache and outdoors at America’s Backyard. Attendees can stock up on potions, candles, elixirs and crystals perfect for any Halloween shrine, as well as year-round frivolity in the form of new and vintage clothing, artwork, jewelry, crafts, novelties, records, desserts and spices—like those from first-time Indie Craft Bazaar vendors Ab’s Gourmet Kitchen. As always, those who purchase their $5 tickets the earliest receive swag bags of free items and discounts; mimosas will be served at the bar; and food trucks will be on site.
What: Opening night of “The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula”
Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter
When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 and up
Contact: 561/575-2223, jupitertheatre.org
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre opens its 2019/2020 season with a fresh take on Transylvania’s mythic monster, one that’s less “Nosferatu,” and more “Dracula … Dead and Loving It.” Promising audience convulsions (of laughter), this comedy features five industrious actors portraying dozens of characters, recasting Bram Stoker’s shadowy count in the manic mold of a Mel Brooks and Monty Python production. Because it’s a world premiere, co-written by longtime New York and regional director Gordon Greenberg, we don’t know much about it. But we’re expecting the special effects to be as polished as the one-liners: The same artist who created the illusions for Broadway’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is tasked with creating this production’s visual sleights of hand. Previews open Sunday, and the show runs through Nov. 10.