Thursday, May 30
The opportunity to enjoy live theater outdoors is rare, but you’ll find it at Andrews Living Arts Studio, 23 NW 5th St. Artistic Director Robert Nation presents his latest production in the studio’s outdoor theater, Jonathan Larsen’s Rent, his rock musical interpretation of the classic operatic tragedy, La boheme. The street noise, sirens and hovering helicopters effectively transform Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village arts district into the lower East Village of the early 1990s depicted in the story about HIV/AIDS and the struggles of young artists trying to get ahead. See it Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.95 at AndrewsLivingArts.org.
Friday, May 31
Summer may be heating up, but the music is cool in Delray Beach. Celebrate the future of jazz as virtuoso guitarist Andrew Forman, a student of the Arts Garage Performing Arts Academy plays his final South Florida concert before he goes to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York to study jazz performance. Accompanied by seasoned jazz greats Paul Shewchuck on bass, Felipe Lamoglia on tenor saxophone and Mike Harvey on drums, Forman will perform some of his favorite tunes tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Delray Beach’s hip Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St. Tickets are $20-30 at ArtsGarage.org.
We’ve all heard that joke: You never hear about a “bisexual” guy sneaking out on his boyfriend to be with a woman. Well, that’s exactly the case in Mike Bartlett’s gripping play, Cock, playing through June 16 at GableStage in Coral Gables. When the ostensibly gay John breaks up with his older, controlling boyfriend, he finds his own sexual orientation in question when he meets an intriguing young woman. Ryan Didato gives an amazing performance as John finds himself torn between two lovers in a brilliant production directed by multiple-Carbonell-Award-winner Joseph Adler. Tickets are $47.50 to $50 at GableStage.org.
Saturday, June 1
Put your paws together for an afternoon of music performed by talented young artists from studios and conservatories all over South Florida. The Cause For the Paws concert today at 3 p.m. benefits Paws 4 You Rescue, a local animal rescue organization. The concert, the birthday wish of 13-year-old pianist Chiara Marie, will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Miami, 600 Brickell Ave. in Miami, and feature performances by Orchestra Miami, Amici dell’Arte and the Miami Children’s Chorus. The concert is free, but a $10 donation is requested at the door. For more information, go to Paws4You.org.
Talented singers and actors take aim at the hallowed legends of Hollywood when Forbidden Hollywood come to Boca Raton as part of the Live at Lynn Summer Series at the Wold Performing Arts Center. Cutting through Tinseltown’s bombast and star power with surgical precision, a comic once-over is given to blockbusters such as Star Wars, Titanic, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Austin Powers and Moulin Rouge and Hollywood stars including Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise. Tickets are $35 for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday show or catch the Sunday matinee on June 2 at 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 2
Audiences are already familiar with Jonathan Larsen’s Broadway hit, Rent, but the brilliant young writer and composer also conceived another show, the eclectic rock musical tick tick….Boom!, an autobiographical story about a struggling composer/actor in New York City that received its premiere nearly five years after Larsen’s untimely death. The inventive Outre Theatre Company presents this fresh show, featuring a talented three-member cast and four-piece band on stage, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through June 9 at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Studio Theatre, 201 Plaza Real. Tickets are $20-30 at OutreTheatreCompany.com.
Imagining La Florida: Juan Ponce de León and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth, is a new exhibit at the Miami-Dade College Museum of Art and Design, Miami Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., through August 17. Marking Florida’s 500th anniversary this year, Imagining La Florida traces the earliest exploration of the state, starting with the 1513 expedition of Juan Ponce de León and explores the myth behind the fruitless quest for the infamous Fountain of Youth. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, go to MDCMOAD.org. JW Arnold