Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Man of La Mancha, the 1965 Broadway musical in concert, beginning tonight and running through July 21 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. The Tony Award-winning show was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s 17th-century masterpiece, Don Quixote, about a madman and self-appointed knight errant who sets out to perform heroic deeds, and is set at the protagonist’s trial in a Seville prison. Clive Cholerton directs and Caryl Fantel is the music director for this rare South Florida concert performance. All tickets are $35 at PalmBeachDramaworks.org.
One of the most popular programs at the Norton Museum of Art , 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, is its weekly Art After Dark series, “where culture and entertainment meet.” Every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. the museum presents diverse arts to its visitors from music and dance, to film, tours, conversations with curators, lectures and wine tastings. This week, the museum welcomes the world fusion band Treebo at 5 p.m., a Blue Bell Ice Cream tasting and songwriter’s showcase at 7 p.m. featuring Chrystal Hartigan, Savannah Maddison, Emily Brooke and Maggie Baugh. Admission is free for Florida residents. Go to Norton.org for more information.Friday, July 12
All you Beliebers out there, mark your calendars! Yes, teen singing sensation Justin Bieber’s mother, Patti Mallette, has her own incredible life story, struggles with depression, abandonment and the pains of childbirth. Beliebers take note! Mallette will be at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables, to sign her new book, Nowhere But Up, Teen Edition: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom, today starting at 12 noon. YouTube may have catapulted her son to stardom, but this tome is sure to elevate Mallette to celebrity status of her own. For more information, go to BooksAndBooks.com.
The Arsht Center hosts the 28th Annual International Hispanic Theatre Festival through July 26. Tonight at 8:30 p.m. in the Carnival Studio Theatre, see Los Ríos Profundos, a play exploring an amalgam of races in their own environment, the inevitable mixing of the blood of native people, whites and others in a Peru that was, until very recently, dramatically divided, yet today moves forward with vigorous energy in a melting pot that covers almost an entire continent. This thoughtful work is a look at modern Peru, set off like a modern-day, liberated Oedipus. Tickets are $30 at ArshtCenter.org, along with a full schedule of festival performances.Saturday, July 13
We may be in the midst of hot summer months, but the coolest place in South Florida is Delray Beach’s ArtsGarage, 180 NE 1st St. The unique and intimate arts venue continues its Jazz Project series tonight at 8 p.m. with Cook Trio, performing Gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France. Based in Central Florida, the Cook Trio is composed of brothers Ian and Jason Cook on guitar, and Kyle Jones on bass. Guitar fans will savor the group’s technical skill and soulful interpretations of France’s jazz manouche. Tickets are $25-35 at ArtsGarage.org.Sunday, July 14
You take the good, you take the bad….well, any self-respecting gay man of a certain age during the ‘80s knows the theme song to that iconic sitcom, The Facts of Life. Relive those golden years—sort, of—at Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flager Dr., with The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode. Enjoy the antics of Mrs. Garrett, Blair, Jo, Tootie and Natalie, as portrayed with plenty of camp by an all-male cast, as they save venerable Eastland Academy from a wrecking ball, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets $30 at EmpireStage.com.
Photo caption: The all-male cast of The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode camp it up at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale. Credit: Shawn Barber