Where to start?  I’ll start with the obvious, which is the fact that the final Presidential Debate will take place at Lynn University on October 22nd (topic: foreign policy).  If you’re looking for debate related activities, head over to the City of Boca Raton‘s website.

Now, to the meat and potatoes of this post!  Jean René Delsoin’s dance company will perform at the South Miami Cultural Arts Center on Saturday the 20th at 8PM.  Sunday will be your last chance to see “I Am My Own Wife” at the Adrienne Arsht Center.  If you’re in the mood for movies, hop over to Mos’ Art Theater for their film series “The Story of Film: An Odyssey”, a 10-part film exploration which takes place on Thursdays at 7:30PM through December 6.  In the mood for Blues?  See Joe Caruso perform at my favorite venue in Delray Beach, Arts Garage.  Feel like driving to the Keys? Key Largo Pirate Fest takes place the 18th through the 21st. Fantasy Fest starts on the 19th and goes through the 28th.

  1. I Am My Own Wife at the Adrienne Arsht Center (through Oct. 21) – Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife is the astonishing story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a Berlin transvestite, who survived first the Nazis and then the Communists – as a woman.
  2. FILM SERIES: The Story of Film: An Odyssey (through Dec. 6) – An epic fifteen-hour movie lover’s orgy, film historian and former Edinburgh Film Festival Director Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film: An Odyssey is an inspiring exploration of the richness and depth of cinema around the world. From the silent era through the present day, Cousins takes us on a thrilling personal journey as he crafts a love letter to film, blending hundreds of classic clips and interviews with filmmaking’s greatest talents, with dazzling footage from his six-year investigative trek to cinematic landmarks around the world. “In this new era of cinephilia, you need a map,” Cousins says. “I’m not an academic. I don’t use the words ‘auteur’ or ‘mise-en-scene’ once. I’m just saying, look how beautiful this is.” Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
  3. 3rd Annual Latin American Food & Wine Festival (Oct. 18) The Latin American Food & Wine Festival will feature an extensive selection of fine wine from multiple wineries, as well as gourmet food from local eating establishments.
  4. Key Largo Pirate Fest (Oct. 18-21) 10 days at the end of October where you can escape your everyday life and live out your Fantasies! Multiple events every day ranging from costume contests, street fairs with food & art, theme parties, fundraisers and a parade.
  5. Fantasy Fest 2012 (Oct. 19-28) 10 days at the end of October where you can escape your everyday life and live out your Fantasies! Multiple events every day ranging from costume contests, street fairs with food & art, theme parties, fundraisers and a parade.
  6. Butterly Walk at MacArthur Beach State Park (Oct. 20) There will be several species of butterflies to identify and observe. Also, learn which plants attract these winged wonders to your backyard. Butterfly plants will be available to purchase.
  7. Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin (Oct. 20) Compagnie de Danse, Haiti’s acclaimed dance company under the direction of Jean René Delsoin, performs choreography that captures Haiti now—raw and refined, spiritual and powerful. Bold swaths of color alternate with somber, focused intensity. The earthy, expressive voices of traditional drums interweave with the precise grace of classical ballet. Modern dance aesthetics and a deep love of popular moves meet beats that migrated from West Africa to Haiti.
  8. Joe Caruso | Garage Blues (Oct. 20)  Hailing from a musical family from the heart of New Orleans, blues guitarist Joe Caruso grew up across the street from the legendary Club Desire, where he was introduced to legends like the young Ray Charles, Memphis Slim, Dinah Washington, and Fats Domino. He fell in love with the blues, and has developed his own electrifying blues sound with a twist of boogie-woogie and a touch of rock and roll. He has opened for Etta James, Hank Ballard, and Bobby Marchand.
  9. Blues, Brews & BBQ (Oct. 20 & 21) The event will close down Bryant Park and will feature two days of Blues! There will be performances by recording artists Bill ‘The Sauce Boss’ Wharton, Victor Wainwright & the Wildroots, plus many other bands including the Damon Fowler Group and Joey Gilmore.
  10. The Art of Video Games (Oct. 24 – Jan. 13) The Boca Raton Museum of Art will be the first museum in the nation to host the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, The Art of Video Games, following its enormously successful presentation in Washington, D.C.  The exhibit highlights some of the best games for 20 gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to the Playstation 3. It will feature 80 video games presented through still images and video footage. In addition, the galleries include video interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles, and large prints of in-game screen shots. Five featured games, one from each era, are available in the exhibition galleries for visitors to play for a few minutes, to gain some feel for interactivity. The playable games – Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower – show how players interact with the virtual worlds, highlighting innovative new techniques that set the standard for many subsequent games.