Here’s a list of our favorite “what’s happenings” to dress up for and crash this week.
What: Midsummer Party
Where: The Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: Monday, August 7; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$$$: Free for members, $25 for non-members; includes passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and wine
411: Author E.A. Bucchianeri once quipped, “Art is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone will have their own interpretation.” Tonight, opinions will provide a colorful backdrop when the museum unveils four new exhibitions, including “Patricia Nix: American Baroque,” and “Carlos Luna: Deep Line Drawings.” Both Nix and Luna will be on hand to chat about their works and artful inspiration. We’d especially like to know what Nix, an octogenarian artist from Palm Beach, was ruminating when she created “The Magic Mountain,” a seismic, wooden sculpture bearing antlers, Christmas lights, cowboy paraphernalia, and more.
Patricia Nix’s “The Hanged Man (Tarot)” (left) and “Vocesss (Voices)” by Carlos Luna
What: Art After Dark
Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive St., West Palm Beach
When: Thursday, August 10; 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
411: If you have back-to-schoolers in your midst, or just consider yourself young-at-heart, then tonight’s junior-themed Art After Dark is your Huckleberry. Arrive early for the interactive Spotlight Talks: 10-minute, docent-led tours that commence every 15 minutes and spotlight various works around the museum, including Mickalene Thomas’ “Naomi Looking Forward #2,” a stunning work that superimposes supermodel Naomi Campbell against a modern, abstract backdrop. Additional highlights include scavenger hunts, a unity mural collaborative, and a concert by School of Rock, an adolescent band that plays head banging rock ‘n’ roll tunes. Sounds like teen spirit.
What: “A Space Odyssey”
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: Saturday, August 12; doors open at 7:00 p.m., concert begins at 8:00 p.m.
411: After nearly three months of musical concerts and film screenings, the City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City Series is wrapping on a galactic note. Presenting rhapsodic works by legendary composers like John Williams, Michael Giacchino, Gustav Holst, and Richard Strauss, The Symphonia | Boca Raton will perform “Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30;” “Mars” and “Jupiter” from The Planets suite; and melodies from Star Wars, Star Trek, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. There’s no award for Best Costume, but if you’re tempted to dress up as your favorite Star Wars or Trekkie character, the Force will be with you.
What: Vodka Riot
Where: The Fieldhouse at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: Saturday, August 12; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
$$$: $45 per person
411: While the origins of penne alla vodka are steeped in mystery, some historians say New York chef Luigi Franzese created the spiked sauce when he added vodka to thin his tomato purée. This evening, top toques Blake Malatesta (MIA Kitchen Bar), Joey Gianuzzi (Farmer’s Table), Thomas Op’t Holt (50 Ocean), and Jessie Steele (Death or Glory Bar) will use the crystal-clear hooch to create ambitious dishes and complementing libations guests can vote for. There’s much at stake for the evening’s top tipple will be honored at the 2018 South Florida Garlic Fest. Work up an appetite at the Chinese auction which will feature cleverly designed vodka bottles by Dana Donaty, Bill DeBilzan, and other leading South Florida artisans.
Photo by Uldus Bakhtiozina