Top 10 things you need to know this February in Boca Raton


 The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret at Lincoln Center that is Live at Lynn University continues on Feb. 12 with Shana Farr in Whistling Away the Dark Through Songs of Julie Andrews. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center. Farr intertwines melodies synonymous with Julie Andrews into an evening of standards by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and the Gershwins, along with stories of how a young English girl became America’s sweetheart. Tickets: $40.

 Florida Atlantic University’s 2020 Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency presents Doris Kearns Goodwin with “Presidential Leadership in Turbulent Times.” The lecture will take place on Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the Kaye Auditorium. Tickets are $35. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times No. 1 best-selling author. Her seventh book, “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” is a culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade career of studying the American presidents, focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Photo courtesy of Annie Leibovitz.

 Catch FAU student Abigail Howard’s play on human sex trafficking “Only One” on Feb. 9 at FAU’s University Theatre. Written and directed by Howard and produced by FAU, the production is a 45-minute play that will show at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Each show will be followed by an expert panel discussion and Q + A.

 The Boca Raton Chamber’s 2020 DIAMOND Award luncheon, which honors a woman who has achieved success in her professional career and continually makes a difference in the Boca Raton Community, will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 21 at the Boca Resort. The DIAMOND Award recipient is the executive director of the Boca Raton Airport Authority Clara Bennett. This year’s PEARL Award winner is Rhea Jain, founder and owner of Renoosh and 2019 Chamber YEA! graduate.

 Florida Atlantic University and the Palm Beach Book Festival present BBC Radio Correspondent Kim Ghattas with a lecture and book signing on Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. Tickets are $25, FAU student tickets are free. Ghattas is a BBC radio and TV correspondent. Author of “The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power,” she was previously a Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times and part of an Emmy Award-winning BBC team covering the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006. Her forthcoming book, “Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East,” will be available at the lecture.

 Listen to piano soloist Jamie Lober as she performs romantic classics from The Great American Songbook and modern love songs at 4 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Steinway Piano Gallery, 7940 N. Federal Highway in Boca. She has been in the spotlight since she was 5 years old. She has her own music brand, Music From The Heart 305. Seating is limited for the performance. Tickets cost $25 and are for sale on Eventbrite.

 Festival of the Arts BOCA kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28th at Mizner Park Amphitheater with “Cirque du Cinema.” With roots in Cirque du Soleil, the fabled Pickle Family Circus, and acrobatic and dance troupes from all over the world, Troupe Vertigo will present a program featuring Cirque’s awe-inspiring physical feats of power and beauty paired with the music from blockbuster movie classics. Thrill to the spectacle of acrobats, jugglers, and aerial flyers soaring high above the heads of The Symphonia orchestra as they perform on stage. Photo by George Simeon.

 Celebrate Bonn, Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthday during Festival of the Arts BOCA with Beethoven Birthday Bash at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 29 at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Celebrate the life and work of this bold composer with a concert of Beethoven’s works, including his Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” and the “Triple” Concerto, featuring The Symphonia, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulous, and guest artists The Eroica Trio.

 Nationally renowned program The Moth, a storytelling competition, heads to Boca’s Cultural Arts Center at 3 p.m. on Feb. 29 as part of Festival of the Arts BOCA. Participants tell their stories live without notes. Anyone with a five-minute story to share on the day’s theme can step on the stage and tell a story. The theme for Festival Boca’s StorySLAM is “Achilles Heel.” Prepare a five-minute story about weaknesses and soft spots and vulnerable situations.

Boca West Children’s Foundation will celebrate its 10th anniversary and $8 million raised for projects that serve at-risk youth with a gala on March 1 at Boca West Country Club. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will feature dinner and entertainment by acclaimed late night talk show host and stand up comedian Jay Leno. Tickets $500.