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Humorist Dave Barry, Gandhi granddaughter, “Phantom” singer, Air Force Band in Boca this month

Famous names are coming into Boca later this month.

Humorist and author Dave Barry will talk about and sign his latest books from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 20 in the Downtown Library. Doors open at 2:45 p.m. at the library, 400 NW Second Ave.

This is a free appearance courtesy of the Flamingo Comedy Festival. Seating is first come, first serve. Barry has written 30 books after winning a Pulitzer Prize as a Miami Herald columnist.

The bestselling author will discuss “Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog,” and “A Field Guide to the Jewish People.”

Barry’s books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Register at

“When you hear the name Dave Barry, you know you are about to hear something funny and uniquely Florida,” noted Oyuki Poletz, program services librarian.

The Flamingo Comedy Festival is Oct. 18 to 25 and opens with “Florida’s funniest female,” comedian Dana Eagle.

Humorist and author Dave Barry will appear at the Downtown Library. Photo credit Albert H. Teich

Chris Mann starred in the national tour of “The Phantom of The Opera” and sang on “The Voice.” He will be joined in the concert “Phantom Voices” by Krista Buccellato, Adam Machart and a live band. Performances are 8 p.m Oct. 12 and 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Wick Theatre. Tickets are $75 and VIP $95 which includes a VIP reception and cast meet-n-greet. Go to or call 561-995-2333.

 “We’ve been enchanted by Chris since his debut on the second season of NBC’s “The Voice,” said Marilynn A. Wick, managing executive producer. “His incredible talent has landed him two PBS specials and numerous Billboard hits.”

Mann was selected for the role by Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber for the 25th anniversary tour of “Phantom.” Buccellato starred as Christine in the tour and appeared in The Wick’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance.” Machart starred in The Wick’s “Brigadoon.”

The theater is located at 7901 N. Federal Highway.

Chris Mann will star in “Phantom Voices” at The Wick.

Florida Atlantic University presents “A Life for Peace, from Apartheid to Democracy,” with Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and an apartheid peace activist.

Her talk is 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus. General admission is $35 and VIP tickets are $100 at or call 561-297-6124.

VIP tickets include a seat at the front of the auditorium and admission to the reception following the talk. The reception with a vegetarian meal will include a meet-and-greet with Gandhi, FAU students, and local peace and justice teachers and organizers.

VIP tickets also include admission to the “Gandhi at 150 Symposium” on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20 on FAU’s Davie campus. For more information, visit

The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will perform in a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at FAU’s University Center, 777 Glades Road, on the Boca campus.

To reserve a free ticket, go to or call 561-297-6124.


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