There’s always something to do in The Palm Beaches! That’s why every week, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County helps you with three ideas — one that’s free, one that’s affordable and one that’s a splurge. Your events curator is the Cultural Concierge, a free service that provides customized cultural recommendations and more at palmbeachculture.com/concierge.
A softer art
While most museum works remain strictly hands-off, there’s something about tactile art that brings you closer to the creator and the emotion they’re attempting to communicate. In the case of international artist Mary Fisher, some of those works represent pain, struggle and, especially, hope. Fisher joins four other artists (Jan Beaney, Jean Littlejohn, Jane Dunnewold and Marsha Christo) for an exhibition at the Armory Art Center titled “Textile Meditations,” on display through Feb. 10.
“Textile Meditations: Mary Fisher and Friends”: On display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 10. Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. Info: 561-832-1776 or www.armoryart.org
Stone sculptures amid green gardens
For those who prefer a harder edge to their visual art, nothing could be heavier (at least physically) than the work of Israeli-American artist Boaz Vaadia. Using primarily stone and slate, Vaadia made a name for himself in the 1970s and 1980s for his carved, stacked sculptures that could ultimately hold their form by gravity alone. His stone figures, often placed in groups of two (or alongside an animal), can be found among the top collections in the world. Though he died last year, his legacy lives on at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in its new exhibition, “Celebrating Boaz Vaadia.”
“Celebrating Boaz Vaadia (1951-2017)”: On display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through April 29. Adults $15, seniors $10, children 5 and up $7, and children under 5 free. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, 2051 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Info: 561-832-5328 or www.ansg.org
If you’re going to go to the opera, it’s best to go big. There’s hardly a piece in the history of the medium more, well, more than Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca.” It’s a larger-than-life love story about singer Floria Tosca and her beau, Cavaradossi, as they do everything they possibly can to eliminate their evil enemy, police sergeant Scarpia, from the streets of 19th century Rome. Arias, a moving score, giant sets: this is all you’ll ever need from the opera and more. Catch this Palm Beach Opera season opener at the Kravis Center this weekend.
“Tosca”: 7:30 p.m.Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $20. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Info: 561-833-7888 or www.pbopera.org