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Old School Square
Feb. 1 – Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
The Fieldhouse at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444
561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare.org
Wednesday, 9 p.m.  Tickets: $50 (general admission)
Direct from the legendary Birdland in New York City, it’s the “on the road” version of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, a wildly popular weekly soiree since 2003. The Fieldhouse at Old School Square invites you to experience the Delray Beach version… a cool, cabaret night-out that begins with an unforgettable performance by Broadway veterans, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch, followed by impromptu performances by some of South Florida’s best musical theatre performers.

Feb. 2 – “Fabricated” Opening Celebration
Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444
561-243-7922; OldSchoolSquare.org
Thursday, 7-9 p.m.; $10 non-members; Old School Square members free
Meet some of the “Fabricated” exhibition artists and preview extraordinary fiber art by national artists. The exhibit runs through April 22. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m.; suggested $5 donation
From street art to galleries, contemporary fiber art is recognized as a highly collectible visual art with its own identities. Fabricated delves deep into the world of artists who stitch, sew, cut, and glue textiles to create extraordinary art. The exhibition includes a variety of works, from exceptionally large scale pieces to surprisingly tiny pieces, from extremely detailed to the abstract. This show will satisfy art lovers and non-museum goers alike!
Feb. 3-5, – Pump Boys and Dinettes
Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444
561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare.org
Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; tickets $62/$52
The ‘Pump Boys’ sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the ‘Dinettes’, Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door.  Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway with a Tony nomination for Best Musical.  With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and, yes, kitchen utensils.

Feb. 7, – Beginnings – A Chicago Tribute
Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444
561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare.org
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; tickets: $45/$35
In the fall of 2002, BEGINNINGS was born out of the love and respect for the music of one of the greatest American Rock bands of all time, CHICAGO.  Forged together by a group of professional musicians, all veterans of the New York music scene, BEGINNINGS was a labor of love based on musicianship and professionalism.  However, a funny thing happened on the way to Carnegie Hall… a collaboration blossomed into a non-stop musical odyssey!
Feb. 8, – The Doo Wop Project
Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444
561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare.org
Wednesday, 8 p.m.; tickets $44/$34
The DOO WOP PROJECT is street corner singing — from Bop to Pop… for a whole new generation!  The show traces the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today.  The show takes you on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons, all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse.  Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical and their hot band, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate, and in some cases entirely reimagine, some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history.  The level of talent, artistry and ability to entertain is off the charts with this show.  It’s an evening of pure energy and magic, where you’ll be lifted from your seat with excitement by the power and charisma of these gifted young performers.

Feb. 13 & 14 – Defying Gravity
Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444
561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare.org
Monday and Tuesday, 8 p.m.; tickets $67/$52
Debbie Gravitte, Jason Graae, Scott Coulter and John Boswell celebrate the incredible songbook of three-time, Academy Award winning® composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, singing songs from his hit Broadway shows Pippin, Godspell, and Wicked, and the animated films Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Feb. 16 – Robert D. Chapin Lecture Series: Hilaree O’Neill
Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444
561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare.org
Thursday, 2 p.m.; tickets: $32 (balcony); $67/$47 (main floor; includes post-lecture reception & valet parking)
A professional ski mountaineer and athlete for The North Face, Hilaree O’Neill is the first woman to climb two 8,000m peaks in 24 hours (Everest and Lhotse).  She has also skied from the Himalayan summit of Cho Oyu in Tibet and climbed and skied several high peaks in Bolivia and Argentina.  Elsewhere, Hilaree has cut turns on remote volcanoes in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Lebanon, as well as many first descents in the tight couloirs of Baffin Island.
Feb. 16 – The Sounds of Soul
Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444
561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare.org
Thursday, 8 p.m; tickets $45/$35
Get ready to relive the hits of Motown and beyond, as this exciting, high energy group unleashes superior vocals and slick dance moves powered by pure soul!  The Sounds of Soul have been delighting audiences across the nation since 1996.  The group is composed of six seasoned performers who have excelled as outstanding singers, dancers, and songwriters.  Each member has shared the national recording spotlight driven by the power of Capital Records, Big Apple Records, and R & S Records to name but a few.  The show is a combination of Motown classics mixed with some of the greatest songs of all time.  Get ready to soak in the hits of The Temptations, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Barry White, and more.

Feb. 17-19 – Xanadu
Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444
561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare.org
Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; tickets $52/$42
This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, musical adventure is about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you.  Performed by the Carbonell Award-Winning Slow Burn Theatre Co., the original hit score was composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar.  Based on the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired. Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980. She is on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO.
Feb. 24 – Philip Fortenberry – The Hands of Liberace
Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444
561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare.org
Friday, 8 p.m.; tickets $37/$27
As a versatile artist whose style encompasses a wide range of musical genres, Philip Fortenberry is a performer with an equally expansive career.  Philip was the pianist and Associate Conductor for the Broadway musical, Rocky, where he also received the inaugural “Ghostlight Award” as Best Musician on Broadway.  He was honored with the 2014 “Encore Award for Musical Excellence” presented by The Nevada School of the Arts.  Philip was featured as the piano double for Emmy and Golden Globe winner Michael Douglas’ portrayal of Liberace in the HBO Films biopic, Behind the Candelabra.  He is currently the Associate Conductor of Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas and was the featured artist-in-residence at the Liberace Museum, where he performed his one-man show, Liberace and Me.

Feb. 25 – Catch A Rising Star Comedy presents Julia Scotti
Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444
561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare.org
Saturday, 8 p.m.; tickets $47/$67
A top 10 finalist on America’s Got Talent, Scotti is a renowned transgender entertainer.  Julia’s high octane machine gun delivery, combined with her hilarious groundbreaking and thought provoking views on most everything have ignited a buzz across the country. Opening for Julia Scotti is Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, who was first seen on TV when he tried out for season 14 of American Idol.  He successfully made it past the auditions but did not proceed to the live shows.  On Season 11 of Americas Got Talent Sal wowed the judges and won Heidi Klum’s golden buzzer.  He then made it past the Semi-Finals and competed in the Final Show.
St. Gregory’s

Wycliffe Gordon
Sun, Feb. 12 at 4:00 p.m.-6 p.m.
General Admission Ticket Price: $30
Jazz legend Wycliffe Gordon returns to St. Gregory’s for a New Orleans-style performance featuring his original compositions, big band and jazz favorites, gospel selections, and swing classics. A trombone master, skilled composer, and electric performer, Gordon is one of the top musicians in modern jazz world. Come hear him LIVE in downtown Boca Raton!
Website for tickets:  www.stgregorysboca.eventbrite.com
Wick Theatre

West Side Story
Feb. 1-Feb. 26
Matinees: Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun  2pm
Evening Performances:  Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 7:30 pm
Tickets: $75 & $80,  www.thewick.org or call 561-995-2333
The Wick Theatre is thrilled to present the timeless and groundbreaking 1957 Broadway smash, West Side Story. Shakespeare›s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice make it one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musicals of all-time.
Arts Garage

Maria Rivas Quartet – Sat. Feb. 4, 8pm – (Latin Jazz)
The Venezuela native has an intoxicating voice, fusing classic American jazz with Latin music, with just the right splash of Brazilian accents. Her style includes indigenous, Caribbean, European, and African strains.
Tickets: $30-$45

Loston Harris – Tues. Feb. 14, 7:30pm (Jazz)
For this special Valentine’s Day show, the suave singer and pianist presents a blend of love songs from the Great American Songbook. Joining him onstage are Gianluca Renzi on bass and Mike Lee on tenor saxophone.
Tickets: $30-$45

Dr. Michael White New Orleans Jazz Quartet – Sat. Feb. 18, 8pm (New Orleans Jazz)
The New Orleans clarinetist has been instrumental in keeping the New Orleans jazz tradition of his ancestors alive. Dr. White has worked with notable musicians such as Wynton Marsalis and Lionel Hampton. Come see this legendary, energetic New Orleans jazz group in action!
Tickets: $30-$45

Valentina Marino Quintet presents ‘In the Name of Love’ -Sat. Feb. 25, 8pm (Brazilian Jazz)
The Italian jazz vocalist brings her Mediterranean roots to cutting edge jazz.  Marino is a musical gypsy, fusing jazz with the energetic vibes and rhythms of Tango and Brazilian music, along with pop tunes.
Tickets: $30-$45
Tony Lakotos – Fri. Feb. 24, 8pm – Gypsy Jazz
The award-winning Hungarian jazz saxophone player started playing his instrument at the age of 15, and quickly became one of the most respected saxophone players in Germany as well as worldwide. He has toured throughout the world, including in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia.
Tickets: $30-$45
Boca Museum of Art
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 4-5 10:00 am–5:00 pm
31st Annual Outdoor Juried Art Festival
Mizner Park
Free (proceeds benefit Boca Raton Museum of Art’s educational programs for children and youth)
The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s annual outdoor juried Art Festival has been named one of the nation’s Top 100. It features 200 of the nation’s best artisans who display and sell high-quality ceramics, wood, fiber, glass, drawing, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture. Art Festival proceeds help support the Museum’s educational programs for children and youth.