It's finally October. As the summer rain subsides and cooler breezes take hold, another cultural season arrives in Palm Beach County. This month, many museums are welcoming new exhibitions and theatres are kicking off new seasons. Here is a guide to productions and exhibits you'll want to mark on your calendar.
- If you've picked up a copy of our October issue, then you're aware Rosenbaum Contemporary opened an exhibition by the German artist Thomas Hartmann on October 3. Entitled "Immediate Geographies," this exhibit features a handful of Hartmann's paintings, all of which play with perspective and are full of surprises. With Hartmann's work, viewers can walk up to a piece and study it for hours, slowly noticing a hidden figure or discovering a new landscape saturated in grey tones.
|Flohmarket (Flea Market), Thomas Hartmann|
- This October is a busy one for the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. On October 8, the museum will open two exhibits steeped in modern Japanese culture. "Contemporary Kogei Styles in Japan" features more than 90 pieces of Japanese arts and crafts, while "Breaking Boundaries: Contemporary Street Fashion in Japan" explores the sartorial milieu of current Japanese fashion, with actual outfits, accessories and photos depicting the myriad fashion trends currently sweeping the country. Oh, and you won't want to miss the Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon on October 19. Read our write up to learn more.
- Also on October 8, the Boca Museum of Art welcomes three new exhibitions all exploring unique segments of American life. "Southwestern Allure: The Art of the Santa Fe Art Colony" illustrates the different genres to emerge within this unique locale between the years 1915 and 1940 and includes more than 40 pieces from artists like Carlos Vierra, Edward Hopper and Marsden Hartley. "Nancy Davidson: Let'er Buck" transports viewers to the center ring of the rodeo through mediums such as sculptures, photos, videos and sound. Finally, photographer Dulce Pinzón skews perceptions of superheroes with "The Real Story of the Superheroes." Pinzón photographed 20 workers—Mexican and Latino immigrants in Manhattan—dressed in superhero garb and within their work environments; these images highlight the sacrifice these immigrants have made to give their families better lives.
|Master of Ceremonies, Gerald Cassidy, part of "Southwestern Allure"|
- The theatre department at Palm Beach Atlantic University begins its season on October 9 with Reeling, a musical by Barry Kornhauser and set in 1920s Hollywood. Learn more about the production and enter to win tickets here!
- The Lake Worth Playhouse's sixty-first season has been in full swing for a few months now and continues on October 10 with All Shook Up. This Elvis jukebox musical is a contemporary interpretation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with a familiar and addicting soundtrack.
- Last month, the Norton Museum of Art welcomed a new lobby mural. On October 10, it welcomes Vernet's The Fishermen as part of its Masterpiece Rediscovered series. Learn more about the piece, which will be on display through December 8, here!
- From October 10 to 27, the Plaza Theatre in Manalapan will stage Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. As one of Simon's more autobiographical pieces, the play delves into familial relationships during the Great Depression. Learn more and enter to win tickets here!
- Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach is one of the best theatres in the county, due to its stellar productions and commitment to produce theatre to think about. Be sure to catch all of PBD's 2013-14 season, which kicks off on October 11 with Of Mice and Men, a theatrical interpretation of John Steinbeck's American literary classic.
- Henry Morrison Flagler's influence in Palm Beach County is well documented. Beginning October 15, the Flagler Museum will bring the history of Flagler to life with "Man of the Century: The Incomparable Legacy of Henry Morrison Flagler." Museum visitors can view photos, artifacts and archival documents that reinforce Flagler's legacy in the fields of business, development and philanthropy.
Step inside a new artistic point of view informed by a Cuban identity with "Cuban Art and Identity: 1900 to 1950," on display at the Vero Beach Museum of Art beginning October 19. This collection of colorful works illustrates three themes within
Dial M for Murder
- This summer, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre has been hard at work remodeling both the lower lobby and a new upper lobby; pick up a copy of our November issue in late October for all the details on the additions! On October 28, you can see it all for yourself when the Maltz hosts a public open house from 10 am to 2 pm. Then, attend the season opener Dial M for Murder through November 10, because nothing says Halloween quite like a Hitchcockian thriller.