The BRiC hosts theater and music in a redeveloped IBM building

The Boca Raton Innovation Campus, formerly the influential headquarters of IBM, is the tallest building in the state of Florida. And all that enviable space leaves plenty of room for Google-like amenities for employees and the wider community, part of developer CP Group’s $100 million investment in multi-tenant ownership.

The plan includes art and culture as key elements which, according to CP Group Managing Partner Angelo Bianco, have always been inextricably linked to creative thinking.

“We believe that art is integral to creating superior technological innovation,” he told me in conversation earlier this summer. “A recent adopter of this is Steve Jobs, but the OG, Leonardo Da Vinci, came up with this: when you’re able to merge these two together, the result is exponentially greater than the sum of the parts.”

The arts component includes plenty of visual art, which will line the hallways of BRiC, fill an on-site museum about the history of technology, and welcome visitors to campus in the form of the massive “Rocket” sculpture that takes off in front of the main entrance. . But that also includes the performing arts, as evidenced by the first set of summer performances this season. The series began last week with Brazilian and Latin salsa entertainment, and it continues the next two Thursdays in July.

Next up is this Thursday’s one-night production of “Twelfth Night” courtesy of the Shakespeare Troupe. Tickets are $5-$10 for this condensed version (one hour without intermission) of the Bard’s indelible comedy, about twins separated in a shipwreck, each believing the other died in the disaster; mistaken identities and plenty of comic dysfunction abound.

The series concludes on July 29 with “Music is My Time Machine,” an evening of songs from film and television history, performed by South Florida’s Orchid City Brass Band.

Events run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Marcel Brewer’s Lakeside Patio on the BRiC Campus, 5000 T-Rex Avenue, Boca Raton, with performances beginning at 6:00 p.m. each Thursday. Light bites and coffee will be available for purchase, and tickets are $10 for an entire table or $5 per person for seats on the lakeside lawn. For the latter, participants are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs.


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