Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Your Week Ahead: Sept. 25 to Oct. 1

Parkland activists host a festival for change, the Morikami Museum gets lacquered up, and Boca’s emo king plays a hometown concert. Plus, David Byrne, Gary Shteyngart, a Frank Sinatra musical and more in your week ahead.


What: Dashboard Confessional and All Time Low

Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $20-$47

Contact: 561/393-7700, mizneramp.com

A hometown show from Boca Raton’s prodigal son of emo is always welcome, especially when it comes on the heels of a new album and a resurgence in his popularity. Now something of an elder statesman of the heart-on-sleeve, acoustically driven subgenre he helped create in the early 2000s, Chris Carrabba released Crooked Shadows earlier this year, his first Dashboard Confessional album in nearly nine years. Bigger and more bombastic than his previous releases, it reveals an artist unafraid to branch out from his intimate beginnings. And if his newest single “KindaYeahSorta”—a reggae-tinged beach-pop anthem that marries latter-day Weezer to Vampire Weekend—is any indication, Carrabba is now pretty happy where he is, “Screaming Infidelities” be damned. Catch Dashboard with co-headliners All Time Low on the second leg of their “Summer Ever After” tour.

What: An Evening With Gary Shteyngart

Where: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 305/442-4408, booksandbooks.com

On the strength of books like Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story, this award-winning novelist has established himself as an ace satirist of the financial malfeasance, consumerist ethos and political corruption of the new millennium. These themes also play into his sprawling new novel, Lake Success, released this month and hailed as another masterwork. It depicts the mid-life crisis of a billionaire hedge-fund manager—his cooked books investigated, his marriage in shambles—who attempts to find salvation on a Greyhound bus. He abandons everything for a journey through modern-day America in the months leading up to the 2016 election, and Shteyngart offers a cross-section of locales as diverse as Richmond, Atlanta, El Paso and California. The author will discuss and sign copies of the novel at this rare appearance.


What: Opening day of “Support the Girls”

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth

When: 2 p.m.

Cost: $7

Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org

Writer-director Andrew Bujalski, once known as the godfather of the “mumblecore” subgenre of American indie film—think wry comedies about smart, alienated twenty-somethings—has evolved into a chronicler of more-diverse communities, most recently chess tournament players, in 2013’s “Computer Chess,” and gym rats, in 2015’s “Results.” His newest feature, the critically acclaimed “Support the Girls,” is set in a more ubiquitous American institution: the Hooters-style brestaurant. The fictional eatery at the center of this workplace comedy is called the Double Whammies, whose well-endowed servers are assured that it’s just like working at Applebee’s but with “better tips.” Its protagonist, Lisa (Regina Hall), is the long-suffering manager forced to confront gropy and/or generally disrespectful servers as well as the actions of her crew, which occasionally step over the line. An unlikely setting for a film about post-MeToo America, “Support the Girls” has been hailed as a stealth feminist touchstone praised for its stellar ensemble acting; so far, it’s earned a 92-percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

What: Opening night of “My Way”

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $55

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

“My Way,” MNM Productions’ final show of its Kravis season, honors Frank Sinatra with no fewer than 56 songs performed by four golden-voiced singer-actors. It sounds like a long evening, but with more than 1,300 songs to Sinatra’s credit, it’s barely a drop in the bucket. Expect to hear the epic, belting title song, along with favorites like “All of Me,” “All the Way,” “Chicago,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “High Hopes,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” “Love and Marriage” and “That’s Life.” Dominick Ruggiero will direct a spirited cast comprised of Clay Cartland, Laura Plyler, Hannah Richter and Mark Sanders. It is uncertain whether all four have blue eyes, but they certainly have soul. Catch this toe-tapping musical through Oct. 14.


What: Opening day of “Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture”

Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $9-$15 museum admission

Contact: 561/495-0233, morikami.org

A tattooed cow with a volcano-shaped hump, two silver humanoid figures merging into a one globulous whole, a theatrical necklace that ends in an undulating cluster of three snakes. These are just a few of the 30 pieces of show-stopping lacquerware that constitute “Hard Bodies,” the first-ever survey of this sleek medium. Lacquer has been utilized for thousands of years in Japan, mostly for utilitarian or decorative purposes: It coated bowls, plates, coffins. But as a stable of pioneering artists discovered in the late 1980s, it’s also ideal for sculptors seeking a lustrous sheen. In this exhibition, 16 figural and abstract artists reveal the still-novel potential of lacquerware. Often, their other materials are just as innovative: Kurimoto Natsuki’s entrancing “The Dual Son II” is a painted automobile hood covered in lacquer and mother of pearl; Yoshino Takamasa’s “The Hen Who Conceived a Child” is a sleek figure made with hemp cloth and gold powder. It’s all work that, quite literally, shines. The exhibition runs through March 2019.

What: David Byrne

Where: Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $59-$128

Contact: 305/673-7300, fillmoremb.com

Any appearance by David Byrne, the droll and sartorial bandleader of avant-pop icons Talking Heads, is one worth celebrating. It’s been 10 years since he performed in South Florida, a gig with electronic-music frontiersman Brian Eno that stands as one of Miami’s most memorable concerts of this century. Methinks he might top it this time around. He’s touring in support of American Utopia, his first solo record in 14 years, a dance-able collection of tropical rhythms, Krautrock beats, sunshiny themes and eccentric lyrics (“The pope don’t mean shit to a dog / elephants don’t read newspapers / the kiss of a chicken is hard,” he sings on “Everyday is a Miracle.”) The title, he has said, is unironic: American Utopiais part of Byrne’s ongoing multimedia “Reasons to be Cheerful” project, in which he seeks to promote joy and positivity across the fruited plain.


Michael Franti

What: Actions for Change Food and Music Festival

Where: Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End, Parkland

When: 5 to 10 p.m.

Cost: $45 donors under 18; $150 adult donors

Contact: 888/488-1116, actionsforchange.com

In the venerable tradition of benefit concerts like Farm Aid and Live Aid, this inaugural fundraising festival supports a vital cause, this one especially close to home: the epidemic of gun violence that brought national tragedy to Parkland just seven months ago. The school shooting has inspired unprecedented activism among the school’s students and the parents of its victims, with two of their nonprofits—Shine MSD and Change the Ref—joining forces with the equality company The Female Quotient to launch this foodie, music and art extravaganza. Michael Franti & Spearhead, the hip-hop/funk/reggae fusionists known for injecting social and political messages into their music and concerts, will perform, along with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary; Nahko; Skip Marley; and Carrie Manolakos. The concert also celebrates the album release of “Wake Up America,” featuring songs written by the MSD students to raise awareness about gun safety. Change the Ref’s Manuel Oliver will paint a “Wall of Demand” live at the event, and celebrity chefs from around country—as well as Spain and Canada—will offer savory bites, with all proceeds benefiting Change and Ref and Shine MSD.

John Thomason
As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, 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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