Screening of “Nobody Else But You” at Movies of Delray, 7421 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 7:15 p.m.; $10 including a popcorn and beverage; 561/638-0020
Between Michelle Williams in “One Week With Marilyn,” NBC’s TV series “Smash” and the 12 books published about Marilyn Monroe this year alone, it’s safe to say we’re in a state of Marilyn overkill. So why would I recommend a movie screening about the suicide of an aspiring starlet who believed she was the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe? Because the trailer looks great, and this will probably be your only chance to see the film in theaters, courtesy of Shelly Isaacs’ Café Cinematheque series at Movies of Delray. From France, “Nobody Else But You” follows a best-selling crime writer, inspired by the young actress’ death, who gets in way over his head when he researches the case. It has drawn comparisons to American directors David Lynch and the Coen Brothers.
The B-52s at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $40 to $70; 954/797-5531 or www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com
It makes logical sense that any band that performs songs about the solar system, lobsters and a poodle named Quiche wouldn’t have the same problem with drugs, jealousy, sex and internecine squabbles that have sunk so many great rock bands. The B-52s, like fellow rock ‘n’ roll innocents They Might be Giants, are just too nerdy for that, too square to be hip. Paradoxically, they’ve also provided the party music – such as “Love Shack,” “Roam” and “My Own Private Idaho” – for much of this self-destructive debauchery, but so be it: That just shows how broad their appeal is. At any rate, the B-52s have been an active band, operating with all but one of their original members, for what is now its 35thyear. Hard to believe, right? Yay for longevity!
Art After Dark at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 5 to 9 p.m.; regular museum admission; 561/832-5196 or www.norton.org
As I realized this Monday when my work commute doubled in time, kids are apparently back to school again. But while us working folk must suffer the indignities of school zones, the younger ones have it rougher – there’s nothing I miss about crack-of-dawn alarms, leaden backpacks and copious homework. For students (and their parents) who already want a break from it all, the Norton has got you covered in its weekly Art After Dark gathering. Tonight’s event features a Back to School theme, including a magic show, two gallery tours, a performance by the grade-school Stars of the Future bands and kid-friendly dining options like chicken fingers, corn dogs and pizza. There also will be a DJ/turntable spin class for kids, which is a much better way to spend your time than studying.
Friday and Saturday
Ariana Savalas at Royal Room at the Colony Palm Beach, 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m. (or 6:30 p.m. for dinner); $50 to $90; 561/655-5430 or www.thecolonypalmbeach.com
Proof that young people can be just as studious about the golden age of pop and jazz vocal music as anyone else, Ariana Savalas wowed audiences at the Colony’s Royal Room last summer. At 21 years old, the supermodel-gorgeous jazz-fusion singer performed numbers by Edith Piaf, Bing Crosby and others with a modern twist, and she returns by popular demand for sets this weekend and next weekend. No stranger to show business, Savalas is the daughter of “Birdman of Alcatraz” Academy Award winner Telly Savalas, and she’s an actress and artist in addition to her cabaret career.
Respectable Street Block Party on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach; 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.; free; 561/832-9999 or www.sub-culture.org/respectable-street
Florida’s oldest rock club/nightclub achieves another milestone this year, celebrating “25 years of oblivion.” Respectable Street hasn’t been pulling some of the biggest names in underground music, as it had in its early days, but the venue’s annual birthday block party always brings out all the stops, and at no cost to boot. This year’s national headliner will be the iconic goth-punks the Misfits – still powerful despite the absence of onetime lead singer Glenn Danzig – who will perform on the large outdoor stage. They’ll be joined by 24 other bands on numerous stages along the 500 block of Clematis Street, including the Britpop throwback act Ordinary Boys and local favorites like Band in Heaven, Fall of Olympus, Darling Sweets and Retrocities. Stick around ‘til midnight for a massive pingpong ball drop, with prizes inscribed on certain balls.
Kinsey Sicks: “Electile Dysfunction” at Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $35; 954/462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org
The Kinsey Sicks bill themselves as “America’s favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet,” a title this four-piece, cross-dressing a cappella group must have won against thousands of other competitors. Kidding aside, the Kinsey Sicks are an original voice in political satire, delivering clever and sometimes biting commentary with a wink, smile and push-up bra. Fresh off their seasonal show “Oy Vey in a Manger” – which toured Broward Center last year – the guys/gals are back with their timely new show “Electile Dysfunction,” in which they run for president. Expect songs and skits like “Vote for Me (I Wasn’t Born in Kenya”), “Toucha Touch Me (TSA Security)” and “Love Child: Politician Edition.”
Sig Hansen at Seminole Casino, 4150 N. State Road 7, Hollywood; 6 to 10 p.m.; free; 954/961-3220 or www.seminolehollywoodcasino.com
There’s fishing, and then there’s fishing. Sig Hansen, captain of the Northwestern in the Bering Sea, specializes in the latter – a hardcore kind of crab-fishing that’s not for the faint of heart or thin of skin. Hansen’s dangerous travails on the turbulent Alaskan waters have been documented in the hit Discovery Channel series “Deadliest Catch.” So far, thankfully, Hansen’s boat has not lived up to the series’ name: No one has died aboard the Northwestern. The 46-year-old Hansen, who has been fishing since age 14, has lived to tell about his journeys, and will do so in person at this meet-and-greet. Sign up for a Seminole Casino Players Card for the opportunity to meet Hansen and receive an autographed photo.
Martin Amis at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 6 p.m.; free; 305/442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com
England’s Martin Amis was, for a time, one of the hottest writers in the field of literary fiction, acridly skewering the social mores of Thatcher’s London with an endless supply of inventive diction. Here’s his description of the process of moving through Customs, from his most acclaimed novel, 1984’s “Money:” The people ahead of me are all Venusians, pterodactyls, men and women from an alternative timestream. They all have to be vivisected and bodybagged by the unsmiling 300-pounder in his lit glass box.” Controversial and challenging, Amis has continued to be a writer as iconoclastic as many of his dejected middle-class characters. Tonight, he’ll speak about his latest book, “Lionel Asbo: State of England,” released last week, which charts the relationship between a depraved lower-class thug and his intellectual, starry-eyed nephew.