The Arsht Center launches its season with a Hamilton sing-along, Theatre Lab’s kid-friendly play takes flight, and four artists explore rising tides at Arts Warehouse. Plus, a watery documentary, a 007 musical tribute and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening night of “Transcendental”
Where: Arts Garage Grassroots Gallery, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach
When: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org
Two emerging local abstract artists with fiercely original styles will line the walls of Arts Garage’s gallery beginning Friday, continuing the institution’s generous goal of showcasing new artists. “Transcendental” features the work of Jean Wemyss, a recent transplant to Delray Beach who paints with acrylic on wood, and enjoys leaving her layered work open to interpretation; and Dennis Dezmain, a student of architectural design whose stimulating paintings incorporate their own architectures of line direction, planes and solid shapes. Complimentary wine will be served during the opening reception—which, like the following item on Arts Warehouse’s September exhibition, coincides with Delray’s First Friday Art Walk.
What: Opening night of “Tidal”
Where: Arts Warehouse, 313 N.E. Third St., Delray Beach
When: 6 to 9 p.m.
Contact: 561/330-9614, artswarehouse.org
This art exhibition about the fragile, at-risk eastern coastline of the United States was planned long before Hurricane Dorian was but a blip on a meteorologist’s radar screen. But its opening, just days after the winds and rain will have (hopefully) died down is another reminder that climate change and mega-storms continue to threaten our coastal communities, which are the proverbial canary in the climatic coal mine. Each of the four visual artists comprising “Tidal”—three from Miami, one from Boston—ponder the effects of rising tides, and all employ water as the driving motif in their work, though their approaches vary from the literal to the symbolic, and at least one artist uses found objects to drive home the point. The exhibition runs through Oct. 10.
What: Opening day of “Aquarela”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
Where: 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
Let the synchronicities continue. A local hurricane—this time Irma, not Dorian—is one of the focal points of this story-less documentary, which chronicles the awesome, vital and often destructive power of water around the globe. The shots of Irma flooding Miami streets and rampaging its palm trees may seem a bit too close to home this week, but director Victor Kossakovsky’s globetrotting movie also features never-before-seen imagery from frozen waters in Russia to the extraordinary Angel Falls in Venezuela—plus tsunamis, cleaving icebergs and more. Kossakovsky shot the movie with a rare 96 frames-per-minute frame rate, ensuring a level of vividness for which adjectives like “immersive” and “visceral” only scratch the watery surface. See it on the big screen, and you might feel like bringing a raincoat to the theater.
What: ArtsLaunch 2019
Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: Free, but please RSVP at website
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
The Adrienne Arsht Center knows how to kick off a season. This annual celebration of the venue’s offerings marks patrons’ first opportunity to purchase single tickets, which will be waived of service fees for Saturday only. But more than that, ArtsLaunch is an interactive preview of the 2019/2020 season offerings as well as a community resource for other arts institutions throughout Miami-Dade. The day includes a cooking demonstration by star chef Brad Kilgore (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.), a flamenco dance lesson (also at 11), food truck offerings (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), a jazz dance class courtesy of Miami City Ballet (noon), a Florida Grand Opera workshop (1 p.m.) a live performance of a scene from a Zoetic Stage play (3 p.m.), and a “mini performance” from Peter London Global Dance Company, along with too many other activities to list. One of the day’s most anticipated events is the 2 p.m. “Hamiltunes” sing-along, in which fans of the Broadway smash “Hamilton” sing/rap their way through the show’s hits, to live music from the Broadway in Miami Orchestra.
What: Opening day of “When She Had Wings”
Where: Theatre Lab at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 3 p.m.
Contact: 561/297-6124, fauevents.com
Last year, Theatre Lab, FAU’s residential professional theatre company, produced its first family-friendly play, the inspired and spirited “Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter.” This experiment must have been a success, because the company has once again devoted a slot to a show targeted at tykes. A 9-year-old girl, who has a distant memory of being able to fly before she learned how to walk, is the protagonist of Susan Zeder’s “When She Had Wings”. She’s determined to rediscover this ability before her dreaded 10th birthday, and fate will intervene—in the form of a lightning strike to her treehouse that brings forth a mysterious stranger with a limited use of language who may or may not be Amelia Earhart. Connected by their passions and memories of flight, the characters bond in what has been described as “a story told in sound, movement and words.” It runs through Sept. 29.
What: “The Best of Bond: A James Bond Musical Tribute”
Where: Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 N.E. 188th St., Aventura
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, aventuracenter.org
Why do we watch James Bond movies? For the action, and the tech-y spycraft, and the escapist fantasy and, yes, for the beautiful women. But the music is also inextricably linked to the popularity, and even the identity, of the films. Even more than an invitation to play on “Saturday Night Live,” being asked to write an original song for a 007 movie is the ultimate statement that you’ve arrived as an artist. Several tunes, like Paul and Linda McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” and Adele’s “Skyfall,” have become mainstream hits outside of their cinematic contexts. Expect to hear these numbers, along with other iconic Bond hits by Sam Smith, Lulu, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and more during this nostalgic romp through the soundtracks of the enduring franchise, starring actor/singers Sean Patrick Kennedy and Honey Cuddles.