[NOTE: This column covers two weeks of events to accommodate for a staff vacation.]
The Wick hosts a Cash-only 4th of July bash, the City of Boca’s fireworks blast off from Spanish River Park, and movie posters plaster the walls of the Norton Museum. Plus, Rob Thomas, Hugh Jackman, Tom Petty on film, and more in your weeks ahead.
TUESDAY, JULY 2
What: Rob Thomas with Abby Anderson
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 7 p.m.
One of alt-rock’s most consistent heart-on-sleeve entertainers for the past three decades, former matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas has maintained much of his Grammy-winning band’s fan base through a four-album solo career that treads similar ground while experimenting at the edges. That’s certainly the case with his latest effort, Chip Tooth Smile, a nostalgic trip through his musical influences, whose 12 songs were winnowed down from a batch of no less than 60 compositions (!) penned during Thomas’ fruitful off-tour summer of 2018. Some have a blues-rock foundation; others float on a wave of ‘80s synths. All should please his fans, alongside the matchbox twenty favorites and covers (he’s been tackling David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” this tour) that make it into the set. Do arrive early for upstart singer-songwriter Abby Anderson, a country crossover artist with a slick pop sheen, who has been called “country’s next Kacey Musgraves.”
THURSDAY, JULY 4
What: “An American Celebration”
Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 4 p.m.
Contact: 561/995-2333, thewick.org
Johnny Cash may only visit us in spirit these days, but the Wick Theatre’s inaugural Independence Day celebration is serving up the next best thing: three singers/musicians from the venerable Cash dynasty. Kellye Cash, Johnny’s great-niece, who was recently seen embodying the soul and vocal pipes of Patsy Cline in the Wick’s season-ending musical, returns for a set of patriotic classics alongside her talented parents, Roy and Billie Cash. Roy, nephew of Johnny, even wrote some of the Man in Black’s hits, including “I Still Miss Someone,” a tune almost guaranteed to make the show on Thursday. Adding to the entertainment lineup, Emily Bainbridge will perform her silk routines, and The Addison will provide the afternoon’s picnic-style food options—think black Angus beef burgers, barbecue pork ribs and barbecue chicken breast, with all the fixins and sides.
What: Boca Raton Fabulous Fourth
Where: Countess de Hoernle Park / Spanish River Athletic Facility, 1000 N.W. Spanish River Blvd.
When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/393-7700, myboca.us
The City of Boca Raton’s carnivalesque Fourth of July spectacular offers a smorgasbord of family-friendly activities, with rides like the Flying Beamer and Extreme Shipwreck, a rock climbing wall, an interactive juggling ring, inflatable obstacle courses, oversized games, face painting, craft activities—in other words, the works. The food vendors invite all attendees to jettison their diets and indulge in burgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, fried Oreos (naturally) and more from the on-site food trucks. Beginning right at 6:30, the Adam Jason Band will begin performing its eclectic sets of classic rock and contemporary hits. Save yourself some heartache by parking for free at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus on Broken Sound Boulevard, and taking the complementary shuttle to the venue. But no pets are allowed, so leave Fido to bark at the fireworks at home. Oh yeah—those fireworks take to the skies at 9 p.m.
FRIDAY, JULY 5
What: Opening night of “Echo in the Canyon”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
Another week, another rock doc! This one focuses on Laurel Canyon, the mountainous neighborhood in Santa Monica where dozens of rock ‘n’ rollers recorded some of the greatest albums in pop history during the ‘60s and ‘70s and created a folky, illustrious subgenre known as the California Sound. The movie features interviews with a stellar lineup of these luminaries, including Brian Wilson, Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, David Crosby and Jackson Browne, plus many contemporary musicians influenced by their work, such as Beck, Norah Jones and Regina Spektor. Most notably, it features one of, if not thefinal on-camera interview with the legendary Tom Petty. Hear the jingle-jangle echo at least through July 11.
SATURDAY, JULY 6
What:Hugh Jackman: “The Man. The Music. The Show.”
Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/835-7469, thebbtcenter.com
We might as well add “The Myth” and “The Legend” to the title of Jackman’s first arena tour; the guy is so impossibly talented that he sometimes must pinch himself to prove that he’s real. His range is an actor runs a gamut shared by few: Who else could play Wolverine andGary Hart? “Music Man” Harold Hilland King Arthur? P.T. Barnum and Jean Valjean? Jackman’s reputation as a versatile, industrious triple-threat entertainer has led him, at age 50, to this live synthesis of his many accomplishments. He’ll sing, he’ll dance—he’s become a master tapper—and he’ll share stories from his career in show business. He has promised tunes from “Les Miserables,” “The Greatest Showman,” his Tony-winning Peter Allen musical “The Boy From Oz” and other favorites from Broadway and film, backed by a 26-piece orchestra and 30 singers and dancers. As he summarized on “The Today Show,” “I’m on the back nine of my life now, and this [show] is about the best parts of the front nine.”
SUNDAY, JULY 7
What: Calvin Reid
Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art
When: 3 p.m.
Cost: Free for members, $5 nonmembers
Contact: 561/392-2500, bocamuseum.org
I don’t know about you, dear reader, but my favorite aspect of the Boca Raton Museum’s excellent “Beyond the Cape!” exhibition celebrating the intersection of contemporary art and comics was the book nook tucked away at the conclusion of the exhibition, which collectively ends the show with a colorful exclamation point. Check it out, because even if you’re a moderate comic nerd, you can easily be sucked into its vortex and spend hour after hour perusing its hundreds of graphic novels, obscure and benchmark titles alike. We have Calvin Reid to thank for this cozy rec room: a senior editor at Publishers Weeklywho has helped immeasurably to bring the study of graphic novels into the mainstream publishing business, Reid donated the books, and he’s one of the experts in the field. At this lecture, Reid, who writes often about indie imprints and diversity in the graphic novel biz, will discuss how his own life has been shaped by art and comics.
FRIDAY, JULY 12
What:Opening day of “Coming Soon: Film Posters From the Dwight M. Cleveland Collection”
Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org
A good movie poster, to me, is one that is as memorable as the film itself. A shadow man falling into a spiraling orange void in “Vertigo,” Al Pacino straddling a world of black and white in “Scarface,” that creepy skull-faced butterfly muzzling Jodie Foster in “The Silence of the Lambs.” Certain advertisements could, arguably, be more influential than the films: Audrey Hepburn’s slinky, mannequinlike pose on the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” poster defined a style for a generation. “Coming Soon” features more than 200 movie posters collected by Dwight Cleveland, an expert in the medium, and it explores the complex “job description” of each one—to distill a movie’s essence to a single compelling image; to introduce us to a new world, through simple text and visuals; to convince the average passerby to purchase a ticket. Cleveland’s examples span from 1903 to 2011. This century of moviemaking has witnessed seismic evolutions in film production and consumption, and as Cleveland’s exhibition reveals, posters have changed along with them.