The cold spells have lifted and the rainy season is teetering on the verge of downpour. It’s time to get outside your home and soak up some sun, soft breezes and arts and entertainment. Do it now, before the rain keeps you indoors, watching Law and Order reruns and wondering what’s being delivered for dinner. See Something An Afternoon with Stephen Bogart will take place Thursday, April 5 at the Crest Theatre of Old School Square. The son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall will share stories and insights learned through his upbringing. The audience will also be presented with rarely seen home movies from Bogart’s collection.
Kevro Art Bar will host an Open Grass Earth Day Weekend April 20 – 22, inviting guests to enjoy three days of peace, love and music. Join the other Delray locals to enjoy local artists and musicians, including some of the area’s most beloved jam bands. April’s art exhibit features the work of Steve Brouse, so if you miss the weekend festivities, there is still reason to head that way. Arts Garage has plenty to see (and hear) through the month of April, from the nationally touring Woody Sez musical to ‘Scat-Hop’ descendant Jesse Jones, Jr., and “the next Yo Yo Ma” Jonah Kim. Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, a musical celebration of the troubadour, will perform through Sunday, April 8, 2012, nightly. Jesse Jones, Jr. will take the stage as part of the Arts Garage Jazz Project Saturday, April 21. Cellist Jonah Kim will perform for the Classical Explosion series Sunday, April 22.
The 50th Annual Delray Affair will also take over Delray from April 13-15, providing over 250,000 visitors with arts, crafts and exhibits from some 600 vendors. The festival will last from 10am – 6pm Friday and Saturday, and 10 – 5 on Sunday.
Learn Something The Delray Beach Chorale will present a Free Master Class, Tuesday, April 3. Metropolitan Opera Star Bass/Baritone Dean Peterson will be the special guest, and will enjoy the company of the Delray Beach Young Artists. The evening with Peterson is free, and will take place at Church of the Palms on Swinton Ave. For more information, call 800-984-7282. Old School Square will also host art and photography classes and workshops at Crest Theatre. Early spring is one of Delray’s most beautiful seasons, and one of the best times for photography. Call 561.243.7922 x.317 to register. The Morikami Museum is bustling with activities and events this month, including great opportunities for guests to learn something new. Learn a form of Japanese ink painting during a Sumi-e Ink Painting Floral Class Saturday, April 5. Participants will learn to grind ink and hold and utilize brushes to create the primary sumi-e brushstrokes. This is a four-week session, taking place April 5, 12, 19 and 26. On Saturday, April 7, Morikami will host a Japanese Garden Design Workshop at the Oki Education Studio. Students will receive direction on the basics of Japanese garden design from master designer and the builder of Morikami’s Rojij-en, Hoichi Kurisu. For more information on classes, and to view other events at Morikami, visit www.morikami.org
Support Something Support arts and entertainment in Delray Beach by entertaining yourself at the Old School Beer Fest on Saturday, April 21. You will find the festivities at the Old School Square Entertainment Pavilion. Beginning at 4pm and lasting until 8, the afternoon will include 50 craft beers for tasting, 15 gourmet food trucks, a VIP Area with complimentary food, wine, beer and cocktails and two of South Florida’s hottest bands. Proceeds will support the 2012-13 Free Friday Concerts at The Pavillion, so sip that stout knowing you are doing Delray good. Buy tickets in advance, as this is a popular event. You’ll find them at oldschoolbeerfest.com Whether you decide to see some art, hear some music, learn something new or support your community, April brings you plenty to do. So do them, enjoy them and learn from them. Maybe next year you’ll be teaching us whether dusk or dawn is best for landscape shots and what exactly makes those IPAs so hoppy.