Festival Of The Arts Returns With Performances, Lectures, Concerts New Patron Experience At Next Wave Lounge


Staff report

The 13th annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, an 11-day celebration of music, film, dance, and authors is underway.

Through March 10, enjoy all types of performances focused on the arts.

“We have a fun mix of performances and a powerhouse of thinkers lined up for our 13th season,” Charlie Siemon, Chair and Co-Executive Producer of the event said.

And while you are intently listening to a lecture or humming along to a tune, make sure you also purchase a ticket into the Next Wave Lounge where you will have access to a private VIP lounge on the second floor of the west colonnade at the Mizner Park Amphitheater.

Next Wave loungers will enjoy complimentary snacks, surprise pop-ups with treats from area restaurants, and libations one hour prior to the show and during intermissions.

Tickets are $20 per person, per event, or $100 per person for all six performances. Price includes one complimentary beverage. Performance tickets must be purchased separately.

“The Next Wave Lounge brings a new element to Festival of the Arts BOCA,” said Wendy Larsen, co-founder of  Festival of the Arts BOCA. “We anticipate the Next Wave Lounge, a collaboration with our young professional affiliate, will entice the next generation of Festival patrons and first-time attendees with an affordable and special experience.”

This year’s line up includes:

The Florida premiere of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope on the big screen to live music by The Symphonia, led by Constantine Kitsopolous, playing John Williams’ epic Academy Award-winning score.

Rhapsody in Blue, an evening of orchestral blockbusters performed by The Symphonia with renowned jazz pianist and University of Miami Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg.

Pink Martini, the wildly popular group described as “The United Nations house band of 1962 meets Lawrence Welk on acid” in an exclusive South Florida appearance.

An Evening of Classical Russian Ballet featuring Stars from the Russian National Orchestra and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Nu Deco Ensemble, an innovative Miami-based virtuosic and eclectic chamber orchestra designed for the 21st century.

And 10-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval and his band.

The Authors and Ideas program features Constitutional scholar and author Jeffrey Rosen who will speak about the Constitution in the 21st Century; the screening of Bending the Arc, a documentary that tells the story of idealistic young doctors who helped change the way public health issues are addressed in developing nations, followed by a panel discussion, “Global Public Health Today and Tomorrow,” featuring Dr. Agnes Binagawaho and Tom Bollyky; PoemJazz with former Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, who will read his poetry while accompanied by a small jazz ensemble; and Pulitzer Prize winning writer, David Sanger, who will talk about his latest book, “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age.”

Ticket holders to events will also receive discounts and special offers with presentation of a Festival ticket at Mizner Park shops and restaurants.

“It’s with great pleasure that we welcome the Festival of the Arts BOCA as one of the most anticipated occasions in Downtown Boca Raton,” said Dana Schearer, General Manager of Mizner Park.  “It has become a signature event for our center and we are proud of our continuing support of this cultural celebration.”

Participating retailers include Comfort Shoes (15% off purchase, not combined with sale or other promotion); Christino Fine Jewelry (25% off purchase, not combined with other offer); J McLauglin ($75 gift card raffle each day of the Festival); Kendra Scott (15% off purchase); Marcello Sport (15% discount); Mela Artisans (15% off and entry into a raffle for a Mela Artisans gift basket); Oakgem (free verbal valuation of up to three pieces of jewelry); and Sugarboo & Co (15% off, with exclusions, and gift of Sugarboo can Koozie or magnet with purchase).

Mizner Park restaurants offering promotions include the Dubliner (10% discount, not including Happy Hour, with Happy Hour specials & $5 Irish bites M-F from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.); Ruth’s Chris Steak House (one complimentary appetizer up to $20 value with purchase of entrée); Tanzy Restaurant (FREE garden-fresh, house-infused signature cocktail with purchase of entrée or appetizer); Rack’s Downtown Eatery and Tavern (50% off cocktails and wine by the glass from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. nightly and $4 drafts).

Toast to the Pink Martini concert on March 3 with a pink drink of your own, available at participating restaurants including: Max’s Grille with a Mizner Mojito ($12); Tanzy’s Norma Jeane ($14) and Rack’s Strawberry Basil Mule ($14).

Tickets for the 13th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA range from $15 to $150 per person and are available at www.festivalboca.org or by calling (866) 571-ARTS (866-571-2787).