July 11-14: Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival
The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival returns for its twenty-ninth annual Shakespeare by the Sea production July 11-14 and 18-21. This year, the company will stage what is arguably the bard’s most well-known play: Romeo and Juliet. The tragic tale set in Verona, Italy, follows two teens from feuding families who find themselves in the throes—and eventual downfall—of love. Written between 1594 and 1596, Romeo and Juliet was an instant success in Shakespeare’s day and continued to gain popularity in the centuries that followed. In recent history, the drama has been interpreted as a musical (West Side Story) and in popular film adaptations, most notably the Baz Luhrmann–directed iteration starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the title roles. The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival will introduce the world to two new star-crossed lovers, with performances scheduled for 8 p.m. at Seabreeze Amphitheater in Jupiter’s Carlin Park. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. For more information, click here.
July 12: Douyé
Prepare to discover your newest musical addiction when Douyé takes the Arts Garage stage July 12. Born in Nigeria, Douyé grew up with an innate love of singing, one she channeled into performing in her church choir and belting out favorites from her father’s record collection. Although she’s previously dabbled in R&B, her latest album, Daddy Said So, is all about jazz. It features sultry interpretations of the standards her late father introduced her to as a child, from the gorgeous Gershwin-written “Someone to Watch Over Me” to the Spanish-language Bolero hit “Bésame Mucho.” Listeners will be tempted to herald Douyé as a modern-day incarnation of Billie Holiday—especially when she sings Holiday’s “Body and Soul”—but this songstress boasts a vocal styling all her own, paired with a passion for musicianship and a thirst for creative compositions. For more information, click here.
Beginning July 12: “Coming Soon” film posters exhibit
Since its inception, film has been a marriage of art and commerce. With the rise of moviegoing came the need to attract audiences—and thus the movie poster was born. Beginning July 12, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach will explore this commercial art form in “Coming Soon: Film Posters from the Dwight M. Cleveland Collection.” This exhibition is the first deep dive into his collection and the first significant museum show dedicated to classic film posters. It features 215 examples and is broken into sections based on printing techniques, poster size, foreign films, subgenres such as Western and Sci-Fi, and a chronological overview from the turn of the century to the 1980s. Click here to learn more.