Opening night of “Sweeney Todd” at Studio One Theatre at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $20; 800/564-9539 or www.fauevents.com
The most sinister work in Stephen Sondheim’s storied career, it’s still hard to imagine that a play about a throat-slitting demon barber – complete with its buckets of blood, pies made out of people and general ambience of hopeless depravity – ever became a success as a Broadway musical, with their tendencies toward jaunty fluff. But there’s a choreographic beauty and gorgeous musicality in the best productions of this monumental piece, with its inspired songs like “Johanna,” “The Worst Pies in London” and “Not While I’m Around.” Needless to say, it’s an ambitious project for a college theater company; let’s hope FAU’s talented students are up to the task. The production runs through Sunday.
Art After Dark at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 5 to 9 p.m.; $5 students and $12 adults; 561/832-5196 or www.norton.org
Probably the most critically acclaimed blues artist in South Florida, JP Soars was recently honored with a nomination as Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year at the 33rdBlues Music Awards, hosted in Memphis in May. This national attention was long-awaited for Soars, a versatile, gravelly voiced singer whose first album hit retailers in 2008 – and who had established himself in the South Florida scene long before. Celebrate Soars’ success at tonight’s performance at the Norton Museum of Art, which caps the museum’s Art After Dark event for this week. The evening also includes two gallery tours, a screening of an art documentary, a DIY art activity and a performance by the band Midlife Crisis. If you can’t catch Soars tonight, he’ll also be performing Friday night at the Back Room in Delray Beach.
Yes at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $35.50 to $95.50; www.ticketmaster.com
These days, Yes doesn’t get played enough on classic-rock radio, but then again, the mystical quintet never was one for playing tight, three-minute, radio-friendly tunes. The expansive English rock band – and one of the defining groups in the progressive-rock genre – has sold more than 13.5 million units in the United States. Hits like “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge” and “Owner of a Lonely Heart” cemented the band’s legacy, despite song durations that would never pass muster among today’s ADD-addled youth. The opening act for this concert is a band that also needs little introducing, and one that deserves to be headlining its own gigs: Procol Harem, the eclectic, baroque rockers behind “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”
Cope at Funky Buddha Lounge, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 9 p.m.; $8; 561/368-4643 or www.thefunkybuddha.com
Formed as a rock band in the early 2000s by transplants from Pennsylvania and Ohio, the quartet Cope is now based in Tampa. It has evolved into a mature realm of rootsy, Americana jam music colored with rollicking keyboards and punchy brass. Playing tighter and more controlled than most jam-bands, they’ve nonetheless become staples of the scene, having performed at numerous festivals and recently welcoming a new vocalist, Juan Montero, who has performed with George Clinton. Cope is an impressive “get” for the intimate Funky Buddha Lounge. Local favorites the Funky Nuggets open the show.
“Under the Sea” Night at the Museum at South Florida Science Museum, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach; 6 p.m.; $5 to $11; 561/832-1988 or www.sfsm.org
The South Florida Science Museum remains the place to be this summer – at least on the last Friday of each month. That’s when the museum hosts a full evening of special programming dedicated to one overriding theme. Marine life will highlight tonight’s under-the-sea festivities, which will include a perch fish dissection, arts and crafts instruction, aquarium feedings, shark petting, a hunt for toy sharks and three screenings of the planetarium show “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure.” Scientist and explorer Dr. Stefan Harzen will speak and sign books, and the museum’s observatory will be open until 10 p.m.
John Waters: “This Filthy World” at Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 7 p.m.; $36.50 to $125; 954/462-0222 or www.parkerplayhouse.com
Long before HBO’s “The Wire,” the city of Baltimore had already enjoyed many a seedy cinematic close-up courtesy of one of its most infamous residents: filmmaker John Waters. Since the 1960s, Waters has been at the forefront of exploitation cinema, making artfully trashy movies starring strange, androgynous cult figures and set among Baltimore’s trailer parks (for starters, check out “Desperate Living” and “Polyester”). He has since flirted with mainstream success but remains a powerful purveyor of filth and one of the country’s most vocal advocates for free speech. Conceived in 2006, his one-man stage show “This Filthy World” documents his life as a Hollywood maverick, the influence of his hometown, sexual fetishes and more. Tonight’s special event – his only appearance in Florida – will be preceded by a screening of “Polyester” and will conclude with a Q&A session.
Vans Warped Tour at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; noon; $34.05; 561/795-8883 or www.livenation.com
Every year around this time, a bunch of bands that profess (mostly) to fall under the anti-establishment punk-rock ethos gather under the boiling sun to play concerts sponsored by a corporate shoe company, while throngs of fans donning sky-high mohawks and “anarchy” tattoos digest overpriced junk food from exploitative vendors. There’s always been something a little bit wrong with the picture of the Vans Warped Tour, but it continues to be a success every year, so who cares about punk rock purity? Headliners include emocore act Taking Back Sunday, South Florida pop-punk stalwarts New Found Glory, politically conscious hardcore punks Anti-Flag, Welsh rockers Lostprophets and alternative rockers The Used.
“Splatter-Rama” at Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 7 p.m.; $8; 954/525-3456 or www.fliff.com
The past weekend’s devastating events in Colorado proved, once again, that the blood shed in horror movies is peanuts compared to the real-life horror wrought upon this country by a deranged psychopath with guns. In light of the horrific shooting, this weekend may not be the best time for horror-film escapism, but then again, it might be the perfect weekend for it. And besides, we want to support a new film series its first time out. The series is called “Splatter-Rama,” and on the last Sunday of the Month, Cinema Paradiso will be screening a gory double feature in an event that also will include live DJ music, a record swap from Radio-Active Records and food and drink specials all night long. Tonight’s double-bill includes the bluntly titled “I Drink Your Blood” (Satanist hippies terrorize a small town) and “Two Thousand Maniacs” (Civil War reconstructionists turn a war centennial celebration into a massacre).