A local composer scores a Charlie Chaplin classic, rock legends pay tribute to a Beatles masterwork, and two brothers slug it out in a Sam Shepard play. Plus, Ana Navarro, a Tim Burton-themed burlesque and more in your week ahead.
What: Ana Navarro
Where: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 3 p.m.
Contact: 561/297-6124, fauevents.com
Navarro, a Miami native and longtime Republican strategist dating back at least to Jeb Bush’s 1998 Florida gubernatorial run, is today one of the loudest voices in that vocal minority of Republicans: The Never-Trumpers. As such, she has proven to be a formidable debater on CNN, spiking potent arguments with occasionally off-color humor. She’s especially skilled at getting under her opponents’ skin: Just last week, an on-air spat on “The View” prompted co-host Meghan McCain to walk off the set. Her very freedom to speak out against what she sees as a lawless and racist administration will be at the heart of this lecture at FAU, titled “Political Participation & the First Amendment.” A panel discussion, featuring political strategist Patrick Rosenthal, FAU School of Communication professor Ilene Prusher, and FAU Political Science Department Chair Kevin Wagner will immediately follow Navarro’s lecture.
What: “It Was 50 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to the White Album”
Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
Beatles tributes have been arriving with fabulous frequency over the last few years, in honor of the half-century anniversaries of so many of the band’s most iconic albums. But the assemblage of talent taking the stage at the Broward Center Wednesday is surely the most marquee-driven. Christopher Cross, Todd Rundgren, The Monkees’ Mickey Dolenz, Chicago’s Jason Scheff and Badfinger’s lone original member, Joey Molland, form this one-time-only Beatlemaniac supergroup. They’ll play a handful of their own hits, so we can expect to hear earwoms like “I’m a Believer,” “Sailing” and “Bang the Drum All Day,” but the main attraction is the Beatles’ White Album, the group’s four-sided, 93-minute, helter-skelter galumph through more forms of popular and experimental music than they would ever fit into a single release. The Beatles themselves had stopped touring well before the White Album’s release, so these rock acolytes will be forced, apparently, to figure out how to play “Revolution 9” live—good luck with that! Look for a review of the concert later this week on bocamag.com.
What: Opening day of “Honeyland”
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 709 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach
When: 4 and 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org
Humanity v. nature, ancient traditions v. modern advances, stewardship v. profiteering—these dualities are at the heart of “Honeyland,” a singular Macedonian documentary from directors Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotseva. Much celebrated at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it secured three awards, “Honeyland” follows the daily rituals of Hatidze, described as the “last female wild beekeeper in Europe,” as she cares for her elderly mother, tends to her swarm from the confines of her mostly empty Turkish village, and sells honey for a modest income, while preserving a kind of harmony with Gaia. Soon, however, a rambunctious farm family arrives next door, bringing both cattle and a more industrialized beekeeping operation that threatens to disrupt everything Hatidze has built. A documentary with the thrust of a narrative feature, “Honeyland” harkens back to the very first doc, “Nanook of the North,” marrying ethnographic observation with shapely storytelling, and cinematography that is at once raw and painterly. Hatidze herself has the chiseled face of an Old Master painting; she, like this film, really is something else. “Honeyland” runs through Aug. 3.
What: Art After Dark
Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
When: 5 to 10 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org
As always, there’s a special treat associated with this weekend’s Art After Dark (AAD) festivities at the Norton. At 7 p.m., arts educator, entrepreneur and vibraphone virtuoso Drew Tucker, who has garnered acclaim for his jazzy twists on compositions by Prince, the Police and others, will perform his own original score, live, to accompany a screening of the Charlie Chaplin silent short “Caught in a Cabaret.” The movie is featured, among countless others, in the Norton’s “Coming Soon” film posters exhibition, which if you haven’t toured it yet is a must-see. Also on the docket for the busy AAD: gallery tours, a screening of WXEL’s “On the Town” segment featuring the Norton, studio instruction on how to make art with a sci-fi spin, and more.
What: Opening night of “True West”
Where: Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main St., Miami Lakes
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 866/811-4111, mainstreetplayers.com
“True West,” one of many masterpieces by the late, great playwright Sam Shepard, is like a Rosetta stone for white male rage and anxiety, as filtered through the fraught relationship between two brothers. One is Austin, a screenwriter penning a Great American Movie; the other is Lee, a renegade thief and ne’er-do-well. Their worlds collide in the confines of a Southern California bungalow, as Lee’s ideas for a more-sensationalist screenplay gain purchase over Austin’s, and by the end of the play, fisticuffs are thrown, and the tidy interior has become a shambles. On Broadway and television, “True West” has become a rite of passage for movie stars testing their stage-acting mettle; in 2000, John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman famously swapped roles, night by night, based a pre-curtain coin toss; Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano completed a critically acclaimed revival earlier this year. Main Street Players’ professional production, starring Christopher Millan and Tyler Grimes among others, runs through Oct. 20.
What: “Burtonlesque: A Burlesque Tribute to Tim Burton”
Where: The Kelsey Theater, 700 Park Ave., Lake Park
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/328-7481, thekelseytheater.com
Burlesque is the place where the “gentlemen’s club” meets the comic con, at least in the pop-culture-fueled stripteases of performer Ruby Tesla. The star of her self-titled burlesque company, Tesla has shed clothing inspired by “The Simpsons,” “Game of Thrones,” “Revenge of the Nerds,” and the music of Tom Waits. She participated in “Rebel Scum Burlesque,” centered on sci-fi franchises, and her nickname is “The Scientist of Sexy.” For this weekend’s show at the Kelsey, she’ll riff on the oeuvre of Tim Burton, who has been mainstreaming goth angst since 1971. With a filmography that includes such costume- and makeup-driven works as “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Dark Shadows,” the potential here is limitless. Fans are encouraged to show up in their best cosplay attire.