Eighties new-wavers combine synths and guitars in Pompano, and a world-premiere play finds the humor in grief. Plus, Built to Spill, a Hitchcock masterpiece and more in your week ahead.
What: “By the Sea, By the Sea: Waterscapes and Beach Scenes By William J. Glackens and the Ashcan School”
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 954/525-5500, nsuartmuseum.org
This exhibition premiere eluded my radar when it opened at the tail end of August. With its focus on masterly coastal landscapes, the timing of its unveiling is ideally suited to Florida’s endless-summer climate. Illustrator and painter Glackens, a multitalented artist and newspaper reporter and a member of the turn-of-the-century artists’ group known as the Ashcan School, had a particular fondness for post-Impressionist visions like the ones in “By the Sea, By the Sea,” in which he rendered landscapes, seascapes and people with warmth, humor and marvelous technique. Paintings such as “Cape Cod Pier” (pictured above) and “Tugboat and Lighter” are included in this exhibition, which runs for a full year at the museum.
What: Opening day of “Strangers on a Train”
When: Show times pending
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
As a lover of great cinema from every era, I make it a point to celebrate and attend whenever a local movie theater resurrects a classic on the big screen where it belongs. One of the darkest explorations of the skewed human condition in Alfred Hitchcock’s oeuvre—which is saying something—1951’s “Strangers on a Train” dramatizes the chance meeting, on the title locomotive, between ice-veined psychopath Bruno Antony (Robert Walker) and unhappily married tennis player Guy Haines (everyman Farley Granger). Both men would rather have someone in their lives conveniently removed, so Bruno suggests they “swap murders”—each man killing the other man’s victim, thus eliminating motive. This devilish concept was conceived originally by lauded novelist Patricia Highsmith, who wrote the book on which the film was adapted. It’s the first in a series of Highsmith adaptations running at Living Room Theaters this month, as a tie-in to the new documentary “Loving Highsmith,” which opens on Sept. 16.
What: “Lost ‘80s Live”
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach
This annual retro music tour has been “finding” “lost” 1980s acts, polishing them up with new sheens and depositing them on stages for the past two decades, and this year’s assemblage of new-wave artists may be its strongest yet. Each band includes, at the least, its original vocalist. The tour is headlined by A Flock of Seagulls, the once-pompadoured Grammy winners behind “I Ran” and “Space Age Love Song.” The lineup also includes dance-pop royalty Wang Chung (“Everybody Have Fun Tonight”), infectious ska-punk hybridizers the English Beat (“Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Save It For Later”), pop-rockers Missing Persons (“Destination Unknown”), sun-splashed new-wavers Naked Eyes “(Always Something There to Remind Me”), Stacey Q (“Two of Hearts”) and Musical Youth (“Pass the Dutchie”).
What: Opening night of “The Actors”
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Wilton Theatre Factory at the Foundry, 2306 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors
Contact: 954/826-8790, ronnielarsen.com
The last time playwright Ronnie Larsen, director Stuart Meltzer and actor Jeni Hacker worked together, on the 2019 world-premiere play “Grindr Mom,” the result was a perfect synergy of talent that won two Carbonell Awards and widespread critical acclaim. All are involved once again in Larsen’s latest play, “The Actors,” another new work staged in the intimate confines of the Wilton Theatre Factory. The play is already riding a contrail of inchoate success, having recently won the Hive Collaborative Playwriting Competition out of Provo, Utah. A departure of sorts from Larsen, whose plays often deal with sexually explicit or suggestive content and other adults-only themes, “The Actors” is a G-rated play about an orphaned man (played by Larsen) who hires professional actors to embody his late parents twice a week. A comedy about the vagaries of grief, “The Actors” is directed by Meltzer and also stars Hacker, David Kwiat, Chad Raven and Jerry Seeger. It runs through Oct. 2.
What: Built to Spill
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 954/564-1074, cultureroom.net
Residing in a happy and ecstatic medium between jangly college rock and elaborate Dead-style jams, Idaho indie standard-bearers Built to Spill inhabit a subgenre of their own creation. And they tour South Florida more generously than most artists, even when they’re not supporting a new album. But this Sunday’s jaunt is a special one, arriving two days after the release of the band’s 10th album, When the Wind Forgets Your Name. Recorded with a Brazilian drummer and bassist, the LP has a more psychedelic and throwback vibe than Built to Spill’s more recent material, providing an immersive sonic palette for songwriter and guitarist Doug Martsch’s reflections on topics such as warped minds, prophecy, ghosts and hallucinogenic drugs, often recorded with cavernous, echoing vocals. Then again, the songs may take on a different feel live, since they’ll be performed by different people: Built to Spill’s new touring lineup includes, for the first time, bassist Melanie Radford and drummer Teresa Esguerra. As Martsch recently told a reporter, ““It’s fun to play with people who bring in new styles and ideas. … And it’s nice to be in a band with people who aren’t sick of me yet.”