A world-premiere play explores an essential South Florida story, the Boca Raton Historical Society celebrates its 50th birthday, and Japanese noise rockers shake the roof off a Miami club. Plus, Stevie Nicks and more in your week ahead.
What: Annabelle Gurwitch
Where: Levis JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Ave. S., Boca Raton
When: 3 p.m.
Contact: 561/852-3200, levisjcc.org/culture
An actor, writer and labor activist who whose sharp senses of humor and observation comes across in all of her varied projects, Annabelle Gurwitch kicks off Levis JCC’s 2022-2023 authors’ series to discuss a book that is as relevant to our times as it is personal to its subject. Her latest book You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility is a memoir of financial distress—hers and the people in her orbit—and COVID uncertainty, whose connected stories earned it a semifinalist designation for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Gurwitch’s reading/discussion is a homecoming of sorts; she grew up in Florida, and graduated from Miami Beach High School.
What: Golden Jubilee
Where: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton
When: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/395-4049, bocahistory.org
The Boca Raton Historical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary this week with a fête fit for royalty. Presented at The Addison, Boca’s events venue par excellence, the Golden Jubilee will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30, followed by the landmark “birthday celebration” at 7:30 p.m. The evening includes passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations and cocktails, a full open bar, live entertainment and decade-inspired activations, including a cigar lounge. The Golden Jubilee not only promises to be an engaging night to remember—it’s also a great way to support a vital nonprofit whose efforts to chronicle Boca’s past are an invaluable resource while living in the present and looking to the future. Don’t skimp on the attire for this one: The dress code calls for “glamorous cocktail.”
What: Opening night of “Elian”
Where: Miami New Drama and the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/674-1040, miaminewdrama.org
This fastidiously researched world-premiere play by Rogelio Martinez explores how a 5-year-old refugee became a political pawn in an election with international consequences. If you grew up here at the turn of the millennium, you probably know the outlines of the narrative: Fleeing Cuba for Miami with his family in 1999, Elián González was discovered in an inner tube off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, his future determined by a media-saturated tug of war between immigration enforcement, the U.S. State Department and Cuba’s Communist government. But there’s more to this story, as the playwright discovered, and “Elián” captures this drawn-out, very Miami saga with compassion, insight and surprising humor. Miami New Drama’s production, directed by Michel Hausmann, runs through Nov. 20.
What: Stevie Nicks
Where: iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $69 and up
Not that this singer-songwriter needs much introduction, but with space-filling being a necessity in these entries, suffice it to say that few living artists have the mammoth reach, appeal and talent of Stevie Nicks. She is a certified giant in popular music, whose presence and ideas redefined a niche blues band into one of the most celebrated rock acts of all-time. The first woman to be inducted twice into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Nicks’ contributions extend well beyond her pivotal role fronting Fleetwood Mac, as her solo debut Bella Donna would go on to earn Platinum sales just three months after its release. Nicks wraps up her 2022 tour here in West Palm Beach with a hit-filled set list that also includes a tribute to her late recording partner Tom Petty. Arrive early for opening act Vanessa Carlton.
Where: Gramps, 176 N.W. 24th St., Miami
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 855/732-8992, eventbrite.com
However, if Stevie Nicks isn’t quite your thing, perhaps the bludgeoning onslaught of Tokyo’s Melt-Banana is more your speed? Speed, in this case, is imperative to the group’s success, as playing hard, fast and loud has been a central component of its noise-rock blend since its 1992 inception. Call it grindcore, call it hardcore punk, call it experimental; all fit, but none quite encapsulates the band’s intense style, which, as frontwoman Yasuko Onuki has noted, was never intended to be influenced by any particular genre. Often performing in a loosened straitjacket, and singing—or, rather, shouting—lyrics in English, Onuki fronts “an unstoppable juggernaut of raw energy,” in the eloquent words of We Have Signal, a former public television show out of Alabama that documented Melt-Banana. Arrive early for a boatload of great noise acts. Might we suggest you bring earplugs to this one?