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The Delray cultural hub does it again. This month music lovers will enjoy a dynamic and diverse array of musical performers and theatre lovers will be thrilled with the third play of the season, Fighting Over Beverley, a romantic comedy by the famed playwright Israel Horovitz. Set in Horovitz’s familiar Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the winter of 1998, 52 years after an American pilot brought Beverley home to the United States as a World War II war bride, the British pilot to whom she was originally betrothed has come to America to reclaim the love of his life. As these two old soldiers battle for the woman they both feel is rightfully theirs, Beverley is forced to come to terms with old wounds, secrets, and truths she has managed to bury or deny her entire adult life. In the process of this winner-take-all later life love triangle, Beverley discovers the true love of her life, and we are able to discover life’s most important aspirations. “This play will appeal to all generations,” said Artistic Director, Lou Tyrrell. “While the main characters are 70-something, their past decisions will resonate with everyone. We have all faced the proverbial fork in the road and have looked back and wondered about our choice and the ramifications.” The legendary Horovitz will once again be gracing the audience with his presence on opening night, adding to the list of greats that will be at Arts Garage this month. “March is an international Women’s month and we will celebrate with truly outstanding musicians and powerful female vocalists,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director. Each night will be memorable as the music soars with the likes of internationally renowned jazz drummer Leon Anderson, New York guitar phenom Peter Bernstein, Russian cellist Ian Maskin with his Bulgarian counterpart Ani Gogova and tuba sensation Bill Muter. And yes, the tuba brings it with R&B riffs and hip hop sounds too. Arts Garage is also very proud to showcase the legendary Carmen Bradford. With music in her blood, Carmen was discovered and hired by Mr. Count Basie and was the featured vocalist in the legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years. She has since performed and/or recorded with: Wynton Marsalis, Shelly Berg, John Clayton along with the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra, Nancy Wilson, Doc Severinsen, Tony Bennett, James Brown, Patti Austin, Byron Stripling, Dori Caymmi, George Benson, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the National Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and countless artists around the world. Carmen has also performed on two Grammy Award winning albums with the Basie band in the 1980’s and later collaborated on a third Grammy Award winning album, “Big Boss Band,” with guitarist George Benson. Her soulful voice warmed the hearts of Americans through the celebrated performance of the classic duet, “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” on the Johnny Carson Show that same year. Another singer with a list of extraordinary credits is Vivian Sessoms who has been a backing vocalist for stars such as Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, P.Diddy and more. She now takes center stage with a soulful, jazzy sound that’s all her own. In addition, Arts Garage is proud to give rise to the next generation of amazing female singers, with a night featuring the music of Micailah Lockhart, a local talent who has been compared to Jennifer Hudson. For tickets and more information please visit, www.artsgarage.org, or call 561-450- 6351.

MARCH

Friday 2/28-Sun 3/23 | Fighting Over Beverley by Israel Horovitz | Theatre ($30- 45) Wed – Fri 7:30pm ; Sat & Sun 2pm A romantic comedy set in Gloucester, Massachusetts in the winter of 1998, this play centers on a love triangle between three 70+-year-olds. In the battle for Beverley, the real question emerges: What does it take to realize that you are the love of your life? Saturday 3/1 | 9pm Micailah Lockhart ($20) Referred to as the next Jennifer Hudson, Micailah is the “Salt & Soul of Delray Beach.” Winner of the Project Ship regional talent competition, she has participated in many acting showcases, received straight superiors on her performance at Thespian District’s Individual Events and won $10,000 from Celebration Cruise Line and a $1,000 scholarship from Hurst Chapel’s “Sing Your Way Into College.” Saturday 3/8 | 8pm | Leon Anderson Quintet ($25-35) A jazz drummer from Louisiana, USA who trained as a classical percussionist, and has worked with Marcus Roberts and Wynton Marsalis, Anderson performs and tours internationally with Marsalis, Goines, Walter Payton and the Snapbean Band, and the Third Coast Jazz Quintet. Saturday 3/15 | 8pm| Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans ($25-35) Brad Vickers learned on the job playing, touring, and recording with America’s blues and roots masters, including Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Pinetop Perkins. Now with The Vestapolitans, he offers a good-time mix of originals and covers spanning blues, ragtime, hill country breakdowns, and more great American roots ’n’ roll. Saturday 3/22 | 8pm | Peter Bernstein ($25-35) Guitarist Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. During that time he has participated in over 60 recordings and numerous festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations. “He is the most impressive young guitarist I’ve heard. He plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste.” -Jim Hall Tuesday 3/25 | 7:30pm | Carmen Bradford ($25-35) Carmen Bradford’s body of work reflects years of musical experience and technical brilliance. Her lyrics are full of passion and her personality is captivating. She has carved out a place in music history for herself and plays an integral role in this uniquely American art form called jazz. Thursday 3/27 | 8pm | iAN & ANi | Prokofiev to Piazzolla ($25-35) Russian cellist Ian Maksin and Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova return to Arts Garage with a new eclectic program ranging from Prokofiev to Piazzolla and a Florida premiere of a piece by Maksin himself. Described by critics as “possessing a one-of-a-kind blend of sonority paired with sensual interaction, choreography of movement and charismatic presence,” iAN&ANi create a magical live listening experience. Friday 3/28 | 8pm | Bill Muter and the Sharp Shooters ($20-30) Set your preconceived notions aside about the tuba! The tuba soloist for the Tony and Emmy Award winning Blast jumps on the music scene with his band The Sharp Shooters, bringing elements of funk, R&B, hip hop and more to life in a new way never heard before. “The real showstopper…a little boom boom biff hip-hop throwback emitted out of a symphonic instrument [that] leaves the crowd like putty in Muter’s hands.” – New Times Saturday 3/29 | 8pm | Vivian Sessoms | ($25-35) With an exquisite, soulful voice, Sessoms is an absolute powerhouse of a performer. She has worked as a backing vocalist for Christina Aguilera, Cher, Joe Cocker, Pink, Patti Labelle, Patti Austin, Natalie Cole and Chaka Khan and has recorded and toured worldwide as a featured vocalist for several artists, including Chris Botti, Eric Bene and Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20. Sunday 3/30 | 7:30pm | Cabaret | Rob Russell with the Switzer Trio $25-$35 Well known as the director of the Royal Room in the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Russell has been invited to perform with many of the great Grammy and Tony Award-winning Cabaret stars of today such as Marilyn Maye, Anne Hampton & Liz Callaway, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis. Backed by the acclaimed Switzer Trio, the “Rob-ettes”, and surprise “special guests”, this show is guaranteed to wow audiences.