The countdown is on for Festival of the Arts BOCA as the tent goes up over Mizner Park Amphitheater.
The audience has paid, reserved seating for live performances and authors’ talks Feb. 28 through March 8. Tickets can be purchased here, or you can call 561-300-4138.
Performances include the Star Wars movie “The Empire Strikes Back” with live orchestra. There’s a circus-dance-theater aerial group and a Beethoven’s birthday concert. A guitar virtuoso, Nu Deco Ensemble and Postmodern Jukebox are also on the bill. “Forte,” a pre-festival documentary on women in classical music is Feb. 27 through the link above.
Talks include The Moth StorySlam, novelist Jesmyn Ward and political analyst Amy Walter. Cartoonist Roz Chast and global TED talk psychologist, scientist and Yale professor Laurie Santos are also speaking. Most talks are in the Mizner Park east tent.
The tent over the amphitheater will be completed by Friday. Feb. 21. It will remain up for all events through April 28. “The city will pay $130,000 for the tent this year. The rentals that take place during that time pay an additional fee to help offset that cost,” said Amy DiNorscio, amphitheater manager.
Parking is free when available in Mizner Park garages. There are paid on-street meters and valets.
Show your festival tickets and $50 or more restaurant or merchant receipt for free valet. Or use a shared ride service or carpool and get there early, suggests festival director Joanna Marie Kaye.