January 4 to 10, 2022
An ‘explosive’ comedy legend plays Delray, Almodovar’s acclaimed new film opens in Boca and Beatles drummer Al Di Meola tours the universe. Plus, Wick’s “Gypsy” and more in the coming week.
What: “Bradley Theodore: Artist in Residence” and “Formes + Figures”
Where: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, 253 Barcelona Road, West Palm Beach
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $ 7 to $ 15
Contact: 561 / 832-5328, ansg.org
Invoking both the vibrant mysticism of Day of the Dead imagery and the brutal street art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, New York painter Bradley Theodore creates motley and intrepid works that reinvent sacred portraits – from British royalty to religious icons – as crews of skeletons, blurring the lines between their inner and outer forms. Her high-intensity, vibrant pastels have evoked figures from George Washington to Muhammad Ali to Karl Lagerfeld, and her celebrity collectors include Bryan Cranston and Salma Hayek. He will bring his work to Ann Norton for this unique residency, alongside the open-air “Forms + Figures” exhibition, featuring the dynamic work of sculptors Patrick Hurst, Julian Wild, Tarik Currimbhoy and Jason Myers.
What: Jimmie “JJ” Walker
Where: Arts Garage, 94 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $ 30
Contact: 561 / 450-6357, artsgarage.org
In 1974, up-and-coming comedian Jimmie Walker had the talent and fortune to land the role of JJ in CBS’s “Good Times,” a role that would enshrine Walker – and his iconic slogan, “Dyn-O-Mite” – in the history of pop culture. While this remains his most famous part, Walker has continued to be a staple on screens large and small for almost 40 years, and more recently he has returned to his roots and his passion, stand-up comedy. up. Baptized Time Magazine’s ‘Comedian of the Decade’ for the 1970s, and once employing future headliners David Letterman and Jay Leno as joke writers, Walker brought his talent to small and mid-sized clubs like Arts Garage, which launched its new “The Art of Laughter” “monthly comedy series this Thursday.
What: Opening night of “Gypsy”
Where: The Wick Theater, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $ 95
Contact: 561 / 995-2333, thewick.org
One of the crowning glory of her folk art form, “Gypsy” riffs on the memoir of actual strip artist Gypsy Lee and her bossy stage mom, Rose (played by Laura Hodos, above), one of the titanic roles of musical theater. With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and an exceptionally believable (for a musical) book by Arthur Laurents, the result is one of the most dramatic and complex musicals of its time, or from all eras, with standards from “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” to “Let Me Entertain You” to the kitsch classic “You Gotta Get a Gimmick.” As often as “Gypsy” is produced, it still isn’t a horse. battle tired, because it always gives new perspectives on human psychology.Production runs until February 13.
What: Opening night of “Parallel mothers”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show pending hours
Cost: $ 10.50
Contact: 561 / 549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
Once the disobedient child terrible of world cinema, Spaniard Pedro Almodovar has embraced the wisdom and maturity of age in late career wonders such as ‘Pain and Glory’ of 2019 and now the elegant ‘Parallel Mothers’ , whose emotions swell with threads. close-ups imbued with the flavors and textures of contemporary Madrid. Penelope Cruz plays Janis Martinez, a lifestyle photographer whose adventure with a forensic anthropologist leads to an unexpected pregnancy and shared motherhood with another future single mother, teenage Ana (Milena Smit). After their births, the women separate, until fate intervenes. What at first glance looks like a garden variety soap opera – babies were swapped at birth in the incubator, made months after the fact – is just one facet of Almodovar’s meditation on genealogy and parenthood, about separation and closure, about facing the worst of our history. As Janis and the father of her child struggle to unearth the burial grounds of family members who disappeared under Franco’s rule, these themes spill over into generations of characters, arguing that there is a need to fight. with the ghosts of the past to move forward. “Parallel Mothers” runs until at least January 13.
What: Al Di Meola
Where: The Parker, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $ 33 to $ 43
Contact: 954 / 462-0222, browardcenter.org
The god of the guitar Al Di Meola is the first to admit that he was not born with a gold plectrum between his child figures. His rise to the roster of the world’s greatest acoustic guitarists in jazz and rock came after an eight- to 10-hour-a-day monastic studies program during his high school summers in Bergenfield, New Jersey. The work has paid off in the form of some 38 releases since 1976, not to mention his previous tenure with Chick Corea and jazz fusion pioneers Return to Forever. Known for his complex rhythmic syncope and seemingly effortless lyrical precision, Di Meola has joined legends from Pavarotti to Paul Simon, and recently returned to his formative musical love, The Beatles, in the 2020s. Across the universe, whose exhilarating covers further explore the possibilities of the Lennon / McCartney corpus.
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