Weekend Best Bets: Art, Jazz Cool Temps & Hot Tuna

Lauren Kinhan plays Sunday night

Lauren Kinhan plays Arts Garage Sunday night

As usual, it’s an action packed weekend in Delray Beach and Boca Raton.

Jan. 18 and 19 is the Downtown Festival of the Arts, widely considered one of the region’s top art events. Come to Atlantic Avenue and enjoy hundreds of exhibitors and a wide range of mediums.

Get in the mood tonight by visiting Artist’s Alley on Third Avenue, where there is an open studio night featuring great local works, wine and good cheer.

Tomorrow night, the Delray Center for the Arts at Old School Square continues its popular free Friday night concert series with rock cover band The Fabulous Fleetwoods. Enjoy food trucks and bring a blanket. The music kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Here’s a look at some other best bets:

Bob Margolin  and Lauren Kinhan at the Arts Garage

If you love good music, you will adore Bob Margolin.
The veteran guitarist will play Delray’s Arts Garage, Saturday at 8 p.m..
Take it from us, don’t miss him.
Says Bob: “I play what feels right at the moment, whether it’s featuring my original songs, telling stories, joking and talking with the audience… I am a musician playing for my friends.”
Tickets begins at $25, visit www.artsgarage.org and reserve yours.
On Sunday at 7 p.m. Lauren Kinhan will sing jazz . Ms. Kinhan is best known as a member of the Grammy Winning group “New York Voices.”
Another strong weekend at the Arts Garage.
P.S. congratulations on the Garage’s 9 Carbonell Award nominations and in all the cool categories too.

A Night of Miracles and Music” to Benefit Milagro Center

Sponsored by the Delray Beach Initiative

The Delray Beach Initiative will be hosting “A Night of Miracles and Music” this Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at Kevro’s Art Bar from 6:30 – 10:30 PM to benefit the Milagro Center. Highlights of the night include the outstanding talents of Teri Catlin, JD Danner and Michelle Lynn as well as dazzling artwork by Milagro students on display and for sale, and a variety of interesting raffle prizes. This event is sponsored by the Delray Beach Initiative and hosted by Delray Beach’s own Steve Martel. Attendees will be asked for a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information on the event, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve Martel at 561-573-3728 or visit www.steveandlorimartel.com.

Located in one of the most economically challenged neighborhoods in Delray Beach, Milagro (which means “miracle” in Spanish) Center is a nonprofit organization providing cultural arts, academic support, non-sectarian Living Values education and mentoring to the community’s most at-risk children living at or below the federal poverty level. Students attending Milagro Center gain an indestructible sense of self worth and succeed academically through participation in Milagro’s uniquely integrated curriculum. This past academic school year, 100% of the children attending Milagro Center were promoted to the next grade level. This is a significant outcome, considering that nearly 40% of all at-risk youth nationwide do not graduate from high school. Milagro Center’s social impact on the community at large is evident in the success of its children.

“The support of the community is vital to ensuring the long-term success of a child who starts life at risk of educational and social failure,” says Milagro Center’s Executive Director Barbara Stark. “With the involvement of caring and committed individuals and local companies, the cycle of poverty and academic failure can be reversed. We hope the community will support us by coming out to this fun event and by doing so, help to ensure that our children will have a better and brighter future.”

Blues Festival & Theatre Highlights Upcoming Shows at Mizner Park

For some of us from the 1960s, the upcoming Boca Sunshine Music & Blues Festival at Mizner Park just might be something to consider. Jeff probably missed out on some of these bands, but I can certainly  make a recommendation for the youngsters…After all, there really hasn’t been any good music made after the late 70s.

So, on Saturday, January 18 on two stages at Mizner Park there will be an all-day festival featuring some great acts, including several of my personal favorites – Hot Tuna and Leon Russell. Others highlighting the event include the Tedeschi Trucks Bank, Galactic, Stanley Clarke, the Ringers and several others.

Doors open at the Mizner Park Amphitheater at 11:30 and the show starts at noon. For ticket and more information, visit www.sunshinemusicandblues.com.

For The Culture Vultures

It’s a busy weekend, and for you culture vultures the Outre Theatre Company is presenting The Journey Jan. 17-19 also at Mizner Park. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. Sunday, the show starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.theoutretheatrecompany.com for more information.

Our recommendation: Don’t miss Hot Tuna!!