Top 10 Don’t Miss Events

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  1. When She had Wings by Susan Zeder will run at FAU’s Theatre Lab Sept. 7-29. A Heckscher Theatre for Families production, the story told  sound, movement and words about 9-year-old B … just plain B, like the letter, like the grade, who is about to turn 10 and is not happy about that! B knows, really knows, that before she could walk, she could fly. She is desperate to remember how before the dreaded birthday comes. In a summer thunderstorm, B’s treehouse is hit by lightning, and a mysterious stranger appears. She cannot speak except in strange squawks, single words and occasionally the letters “KHAQQ” … the call letters of the plane Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared and was never found. Is this creature a bird, an older woman escaped from a senior care unit or could she possibly be Amelia herself? Together they must help each other remember how to fly … literally and metaphorically. The show is open to the public at 3 p.m. and 7:30 on Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $20 for adults, free for children with adult admission.
  2.  Head to Spady Museum from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 5 for the official exhibit opening and reception of Eroica. Eroica, which also means “heroic,” is a project curated by Khaulah Naima Nuruddin and William Cordova that focuses on the representation of super heroes of color in different comic book publications since their origins in the late 1930s.
  3.  The second annual Golden Bell Battle of the Bands will head to the Boca Raton Innovation Campus on Sept. 28 from 7-11 p.m. Five bands made up of  South Palm Beach County business professionals will trade in their business suits for musical instruments and microphones to battle it out on stage in front of a live audience. In partnership with the School of Rock Boca Raton, participants will learn real musical skills. Tickets to see the bands rock out cost $40 and include one alcohol beverage. VIP backstage passes cost $75. The event benefits the Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation.
  4.  Catch UB40 featuring All Camobell and Astro with Shaggy during the 40th Anniversary Tour when it makes a stop at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sept. 15. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. This is a ticketed concert.
  5.  Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will host The World Series of Poker Circuit tournament this month. Players can enter to win a seat into the tournament’s $1 Million Guaranteed Main Event through Sep. 18 at CasinoCoco.com. The entry is valued at $1,700. The tournament dates are Sept. 19-30 with the main event taking place Sept. 27-30.
  6.  Rosenbaum Contemporary Gallery in Boca is displaying three pieces by artist Mateo Blanco through Sept. 21. First is a portrait of talk show host and actress Ellen DeGeneres made of 5,000 Colombian coffee beans. Also on display is a slatted image of superstar Madonna that changes as the viewer changes perspectives. Finally, Blanco created the sculpture “Hopi Girl,” the form of a young woman made of rope, which pays homage to the Native American tribe and evokes images from “Star Wars.” The works are tied together through the strong women they represent. Art can be viewed Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  7.  The Research Park at FAU will host its fourth annual Research Park Annual Awards from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at The Addison. This year’s recipients are Distinguished Entrepreneur: Rodrigo Griesi, Distinguished Researcher: Dr. Borko Furht, Distinguished Leader: Commissioner Michael Udine and Distinguished Organization: Junior Achievement of South Florida. The Research Park awards recognize distinguished contributions to the Research Park’s mission to create and sustain the ideal environment for innovation and invention, maximizing the academic and entrepreneurial talent and regional resources in South Florida to accelerate economic development and prosperity.
  8.  ArtNEST Delray is celebrating its second anniversary with a free community event “birthday party” from 2-5 p.m. on Sept. 22. The 2nd Birthday pARTy, a free community event will include complimentary art activities for the kids, face painting, live art demonstrations, light treats and more. In addition to the free activities and treats, artNEST will sell t-shirts whereby all the proceeds will go toward their scholarship fund. For a full schedule of classes and programs, visit www.artnestdelray.com.
  9.  The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, in partnership with the Stiles Nicholson Foundation, will hose the STEM Innovation Awards from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 7. The awards recognize leadership, service and collaboration in the field of science, technology, engineering and math. The awards event will include a cocktail reception, dinner, music, unique science demonstrations and an award presentation to celebrate the honorees. Tickets cost $75 per person or $500 for a table of eight. Attire will be business casual.
  10.  Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s  23rd Annual Members’s Show juried exhibit is running through Oct. 26. The juror is Lewis Kemper. A Best of Show cash prize of $950 will be awarded, as will two Merit Awards for free tuition for a FOTOfusion Passport or a Master Workshop. The FOTOcamp Exhibition, displaying work from kids who participated in the summer program is also on display. The FOTOcamp Student of the Year will receive an SLR camera.