The Delray Diversity Festival returns with free food and entertainment, the Norton honors female artists, and the Miami City Ballet presents the dazzling gems of Balanchine. Plus, The English Rhythm, “Spamilton” and more in the week ahead.
What: Opening night of “Side By Side By Sondheim”
Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
The death of Stephen Sondheim last November left a titanic void on the American scene. Zoetic Stage had already planned a Sondheim production for this spring, but in light of the master’s passing, expect the company’s rendition on this classic musical revue to serve up an extra layer of emotion alongside the melodies. catchy, comedic and complex that were Sondheim’s stock in trade. . “Side By Side By Sondheim” contains songs from “Company”, “Follies”, “A Little Night Music”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, “Anyone Can Whistle”, and “Pacific Overtures”. This production marks the continuation of Zoetic Stage’s long and successful relationship with Sondheim which to date has included award-winning productions of ‘Assassins’, ‘Passion’, ‘Sunday in the Park With George’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’. . “Side By Side” runs until April 10.
What: English Rhythm
Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/564-1074, cultureroom.net
Britain’s the Beat, founded in Birmingham in 1978 and dubbed English Beat in the United States for legal reasons, was one of the founding bands of the then-nascent genre of second-wave ska. The English Beat emerged from the still-smoldering embers of punk and fused its rebellious ethos with Jamaican reggae inclinations, crafting three edgy, edgy, dancehall-appropriate albums from 1980-82 and a handful of iconic bangers, including “Mirror in the Bathroom “. and “Save for later”. Today, 40 years after the release of their last album, founding vocalist and guitarist Dave Wakeling is all that remains of the original lineup, touring the hits in intimate clubs with a sextet of seasoned ska and rock musicians. Put on the Doc Martens and hit the hits of the other major Beat and Wakeling band, General Public (“Tenderness”).
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
What: “Spamilton: An American Parody”
Where: Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $35 to $55
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
Parody, they say, is the highest form of flattery, and Gerard Alessandrini of “Forbidden Broadway” fame expresses his appreciation for the “Hamilton” pop culture feel through humor and songs such as ” In the Hype”, “The Fresh Prince of Big Hair” and “The Movie When It Happens”. Lin-Manuel Miranda himself said he “laughed [his] brains out” after attending a show.
FROM FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $30 to $110
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
Some of us, when we walk into Van Cleef and Arpels, leave with half our savings gone in a flash. For others, like choreographer extraordinaire George Balanchine, a visit to the famous jewelers didn’t result in an extravagant purchase, but a eureka-inspired moment — three such eurekas, to be precise. For “Jewels,” his first abstract ballet from 1967, Balanchine decided to dress his dancers in outfits reminiscent of Van Cleef’s jewels, but in markedly different contexts. The three works comprising “Jewels” are “Emeralds” (set in a misty forest in 19th century France), “Rubies” (set in a sassy Jazz Age nightclub), and “Diamonds” (a tribute to the pageantry of the Imperial Russian Ballet).
What: All Peoples Day Diversity Festival
Where: Pompey Park, 1101 NW Second St., Delray Beach
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: 561/495-9818, allpeoplesday.org
This celebration of Delray Beach’s diverse populations returns after a two-year pandemic hiatus, once again offering free food, entertainment and other activities in the spirit of inclusive celebration and community building. A tradition dating back to 1973, All Saints’ Day takes place in the air-conditioned indoor confines of the Pompey Park Gymnasium and features up to 15 music and dance performances, including the Delray Divas, Chinese Performing Arts and the Milagro Center Drummers. Culturally diverse restaurants will serve free food, and kids can indulge in puppet making, folding origami peace cranes, and other activities. Local craft vendors and non-profit kiosks complement this annual experience.
What: Women’s March Community Day
Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Admission to the museum ($15 – $18)
Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org
The Norton Museum celebrates Women’s History Month this year in an eclectic and jam-packed fashion, with a full day of activities celebrating women artists of all persuasions. Events include activities for children (“Revolutionary Storytime,” 11:30 a.m.), a workshop to learn Japanese-style paper marbling (noon to 4 p.m.), a pop-up store showcasing four local women-owned businesses (from noon to 4 p.m.), garden games like giant Jenga, Connect Four, and cornhole (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.), live music by Denver freelance singer-songwriter Esme Patterson (12:30 p.m.), a artist (from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), a round table on craft brewers (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), followed by a beer tasting, etc. Don’t forget to check out the Women’s Walk, a permanent list of engraved names of female artists, on the scenic Cranesnest Way nearby.
What: Opening night of “C[h]Oral Histories and Class Actions »
Where: Center for Art and Culture, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood
When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: 954/921-3274, artandculturecenter.org
As the double meaning of this exhibit suggests, it’s all about coral, but it also represents a chorus of artists pooling their talents to raise awareness of this dwindling natural resource. Coral reefs, which provide food and habitat for up to 25% of all ocean species, are undergoing devastating degradation due to climate change and human-made pollution. In C[h]Oral Histories and Collective Actions”, eight artists, including AMLgMATD, Beatriz Chachamovits, Caecilia Tripp and Kerwin Rolland, Elaine Defibaugh, Lauren Shapiro and Morel Doucet, present their unique perspectives on these “wet forests of the sea”. The exhibition lasts until May 15.
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