NOTE: This “Week Ahead” combines the next two weeks of activities, to accommodate for a staff vacation from yours truly. But keep checking bocamag.com’s A&E section throughout the next two weeks, as postings will continue!
Palm Beach Zoo hosts a culinary safari, a mystery author uncovers the secrets of the murderous rich, and a daring play explores infinite possibilities. Plus, American Football, a “Big Lebowski” night in Delray, new art at the Boca Museum and more in your weeks ahead.
TUESDAY, AUG. 7
What: “John Boone: Pairs, Hands and Ohs”
Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $10-$12 museum admission
Contact: 561/392-2500, bocamuseum.org
This exhibition from text artist John Boone opened July 25 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, but if you’ve strolled Mizner Park in the past couple of years, you’ve likely seen Boone’s work. Those beckoning banners bearing pithy phrases (“Heads Up … Up to Speed …,” “24/7 Oh Yeah”) displayed outside the museum’s entrance are Boone’s, and now he’s receiving a wider showcase of three related series: “Hands,” “Pairs” and “Ohs,” which combine Warholian repetition, antiquated computer-style fonts, and thought-provoking phrasing. The only Boca Museum exhibition to open in the summer, they’ll be on view through Oct. 21.
What: “Dig” Vinyl Night
Where: Growlers and Howlers, 636 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free, but beer/food purchase encouraged
Contact: 954/530-6524, growlersandhowlersfl.com
Here’s a new and interesting way to spend a Tuesday night in the dog days of summer, especially if you’re among the increasing number of people for whom rock ‘n’ roll only sounds good when it’s coming from needle-struck wax. Radio-Active Records, the beloved Fort Lauderdale vinyl emporium, is hosting this tribute to DJing the old-fashioned way, with records on a platter and a talented curator dropping the needle on the song of choice. Unlike just about every DJ night on the planet, there will be nothing digital at this show. What’s more, the audience selects the playlist by digging through the record crates (hence the event’s name) and requesting songs from the DJ. While you’re enjoying this simultaneously nostalgic and progressive human jukebox, kick back with a cold one from the host venue, a beer-only bar with an in-house hot dog kitchen. (Yes, it serves vegan dogs too!) Tuesday night marks the first “Dig” event, which is expected to become a weekly tradition.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8
What: Screenings of “Generation Wealth”
Where: Regal Shadowood 16, 9889 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Various show times
Cost: $10-$14, regmovies.com
“I look at the extremes to understand the mainstream,” says Lauren Greenfield in her new documentary “Generation Wealth,” an insightful look at excess, status, body commodification, and any other subjects that flit across her consciousness during the production. A celebrated photographer whose niche has included material culture and its absence, Greenfield previously directed “Thin,” an HBO doc about eating disorders filmed here in South Florida, and “The Queen of Versailles,” about the surreal folly of David and Jackie Siegel to build the world’s largest single-family residence. Both are revisited here, along with other figures of faded opulence: Florian Homm, a predatory bankster extradited to Germany; an ex-porn star and Charlie Sheen hanger-on who, among other unpleasantries, streamed a suicide attempt on YouTube; and a man who wears 33 pounds of gold around his neck and has the Guinness record for the longest limousine. Greenfield also turns the camera on her own workaholism—her form of damaging excess—and its echoes across three generations in her family. “Generation Wealth” is disturbing, tragic, ironic, jaundiced, and worth the time even if the laser focus of Greenfield’s previous work isn’t quite there. It tries to do too much, but if that isn’t the very subject of the film, I don’t know what is. The movie runs at least through Thursday.
THURSDAY, AUG. 9
What: Opening night of “Constellations”
Where: The Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/591-0818, newcityplayers.org
This daring, heady play by Nick Payne has an elusive plot description, of which only one reality is certain: A beekeeper and an academic meet at a barbecue. What happens next in this unconventional narrative is a time-bending experiment comprised of probabilities to explore, options to navigate, theatre games to play. They continue chatting, and they don’t. They marry, and they don’t. Infidelities are committed, and they’re not. Nothing happens, and everything happens. This is quantum theatre, and it’s unlike any play you’re likely to have ever seen. For the theoretical physicists and theatre geeks, “Constellations” is as close to nirvana as you’re likely to experience onstage. New City Players’ Fort Lauderdale premiere runs through Aug. 26.
SATURDAY, AUG. 11
What: Alyssa Maxwell book signing
Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach
When: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free (book purchase is $26)
Contact: 561/279-7790, murderonthebeach.com
What goes on behind the golden gates of the uber-wealthy? It’s a question as probing and scandalous now as it was in the late 19th century, a period of runaway decadence that marks the setting of South Florida author Alyssa Maxwell’s Gilded Newport mystery series. Her books are set largely among Rhode Island high society, in which protagonist and sleuth reporter Emma Cross has an in: She’s a second cousin to the millionaire patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt. She’s been uncovering the darkest secrets of this shadowy clan for six books now, including her latest, Murder at Ochre Court, whose victim is a debutante of Cleopatric proportions, who meets her death on an electrified throne. The list of potential suspects is as large as each one’s bank account. Maxwell will speak and sign copies at this hometown appearance.
What: Food Truck Safari
Where: Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Contact: 561/547-9453, palmbeachzoo.org
This Saturday, Palm Beach Zoo is extending its viewing hours and pairing them with selections from 10 food trucks offering a cross-section of the area’s best mobile eats. The trucks, which run the gamut from gourmet selections to comfort food and decadent desserts, include Roadside Eats, Melted Madness, the Waffle Wagon, Dough Dough’s Donuts, Crazylicious, The Rollin’ San Gennaro, Bea’s Heavenly Wings, PS 561 and Super Heroes of Florida. Wash these entries down with a tapped pour from Prosperity Brewers, and relax with live music—and live roars from furry and feathered friends.
What: American Football
Where: Revolution Live, 200 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7 p.m.
Cost: $23.50 in advance, $25 at door
Contact: 954/449-1025, jointherevolution.net
A bellwether band from the golden age of emo, American Football was singer-songwriter Mike Kinsella’s follow-up to his seminal ‘90s outfit Cap’n Jazz, sanding off some of that band’s rougher edges for a more accessible and dare-we-say “pretty” sound. Though performed with angular, math-rock precision, the songs on American Football’s lone full-length LP (1999) positively twinkled, anchored by Kinsella’s melancholic vocals and poetic lyrics. This group was so emo, in fact, that it broke up after just that one album, which has only grown in stature as new generations of sensitive kids and adventurous audiophiles have discovered it. A spate of 2014 reunion shows has led to a full-on reformation, with the band’s second LP, released in 2016, picking up where the first left off, only richer and more produced. See Kinsella and Co. play songs from both eras of American Football at this rare appearance.
FRIDAY, AUG. 17
What: Third Annual Dude Night
Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 7 p.m.
Cost: $8 general admission, $20 VIP
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
The Coen Brothers’ 1998 comedy “The Big Lebowski” has long eclipsed its status as just a movie—albeit a good one, in the Coens’ crime-plot-gone-awry mold of “Blood Simple” and “Fargo”—and has become something like a cultural phenomenon, a generational touchstone, a philosophical treatise with a cult following few movies outside of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” have appreciated. Old School Square welcomes its most hardcore South Florida fans next weekend for its annual “Dude Night,” complete with a “Big Lebowski” costume contest, art exhibition, trivia game and pop-up bowling alley, with the movie set to screen at 9 p.m. Expect some added fanfare this time around: August marks the 20thanniversary of the film’s original release.