Train at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $49.50; www.ticketmaster.com
The last time Train stopped by South Florida, in March, it was to play a private, intimate show at a small club in Miami. Now, the pop-rock trio returns to play a venue more suited to its multi-platinum fame. I’ve never owned a Train album, but I know a lot more of their songs than I thought I did, because radio stations, TV series and advertisers have ensured that the band’s music has seeped thoroughly into the pop culture consciousness. Personally, I can’t tell them apart from Maroon 5 or Jason Mraz, boasting hits like “Calling All Angels,” “Drops of Jupiter” and “If It’s Love,” that could have been released by any band in the radio-friendly pop music factory. I can’t help humming along when I hear those megahits, though. The group’s latest sensation is the ubiquitous radio hit “Drive By.” The opening acts will be Mat Kearney and Andy Grammar.
Opening night of “Home Sweet Funeral Home” at the Pelican Theatre at Barry University, 11300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores; 8 p.m.; $10 to $25; 305/259-0418 or www.thealliancetheatrelab.com
Miami’s Alliance Theatre Lab closes its yearlong season of world premieres with a collaborative doozy: “Home Sweet Funeral Home” is a festival of eight new works by local playwrights, all under 10 minutes long and all sharing the same set of a funeral home viewing room. All of the pieces, in way or another, bring humor or lightness to the downbeat setting. The plays deal with everything from a funeral-home scavenger hunt to the demise of a despised drama critic to a conflicted author debating his own protagonist. There’s even a play about Death getting a performance review from an angel. The production runs through Sept. 23.
Opening night of “Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks” at Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 6 to 9 p.m.; $4 to $8; 305/375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org
In a significant “get” for the Miami Art Museum, “Message to Our Folks” is the first major solo museum exhibition for provocative artist Johnson, a purveyor of “post-black” conceptual art that explores his African-American identity through nontraditional materials such as food, mirrors, tiles, rugs, CB radios, shea butter and plants. He claims to use “alchemy, divination, astronomy and other sciences” in an artistic practice that augments black history. If previous installations like “Chickenbones and Watermelon Seeds” and “The Evolution of the Negro Political Costume” are any indication, his new exhibition here should pull no punches and start fascinating dialogues. It runs through Nov. 4.
“Brazilian Beat” at Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 6 to 11 p.m.; free; 561/367-7070 or www.downtownboca.org
Brazil celebrates its Independence Day tonight, and for us in South Florida, that means it’s a great excuse to party like we’re South Americans. Downtown Boca hopes to draw thousands to Sanborn Square and what is expected to be the premier hot spot for Brazilian activities this weekend. The four-hour festival includes live music from two Brazilian acts: Batuke Samba Funk, a collective combining samba with the funk grooves of James Brown and Earth, Wind & Fire; and Rose Max, whose samba style is inspired by the nightclubs of Rio de Janeiro. There also will be food trucks serving gourmet Brazilian cuisine, a DJ, art, fashion, a street carnival and a Zumba presentation.
Opening reception for “Justin H. Long: Bow Movement” at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood; 6 to 9 p.m.; $10; 954/921-3274 or http://artandculturecenter.org
Justin H. Long is an artist of many specialties; he designs room-size installations, paints and makes videos. But perhaps above all, he is a sailing enthusiast, a passion he brings to his newest project “Bow Movement,” a site-specific and multimedia spectacular at the Art and Culture Center. The exhibition ties together various forms of media under the umbrella of sailing. The centerpiece of the exhibition, and of the venue’s main gallery, is an elevated, 60-foot-long sailboat hull that resembles the skeleton of a whale, complemented by paintings showing important events from sailing’s history and video of Long practicing for a sailboat race. Tonight’s opening reception also provides the first opportunity to see two of the smaller shows at the Center, Alex Trimino’s “Luminous” and Lori Nozick’s “Walkabout.” All of the exhibits run through Oct. 21.
“Fusion of Flamenco and Kathak” at Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 7 p.m.; $20 to $55; 954/462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org
From the age of 8, Clarita Filgueiras began mastering the difficult, sensual style of flamenco dance, and she has become one of its foremost practitioners. She has danced, choreographed and provided workshops around the world, but her home base is Miami, where she has performed with the Florida Grand Opera and other groups. Tonight, however, she’ll join forces with the Association of Performing Arts of India, dancing alongside Prashant Shah, a master of Kathak, a form of Indian classical dance. Shah has performed on four continents and is known for merging ancient Indian dances with modern, classical, hip-hop and, yes, flamenco dancing.
Opening night of “Ruined” at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 8 p.m.; $50; 305/445-1119 or www.gablestage.org
A story about sexual violence in the Congo, and set in a brothel surrounded by the sounds of civil war, doesn’t sound like the most uplifting theatrical experience. But “Ruined,” penned by renowned playwright Lynn Nottage, is just that, transcending its despairing setting with hope, theatrical invention and even humor. Music and dance share the stage with this affecting narrative, a modern-day, African-set riff on Bertolt Brecht’s famous “Mother Courage and Her Children.” For GableStage, the 12-member cast of “Ruined” is the largest ensemble that director Joseph Adler has ever brought to life, 11 of whom are nonwhite – making this production a showcase for the ethnic diversity in South Florida’s acting community. The show runs through Oct. 7.
Sharon Potts at Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach; 4:30 p.m.; free; 561/279-7790 or www.murderonthebeach.com
South Florida mystery writer Sharon Potts returns to our area’s preeminent mystery bookstore to speak and sign copies of her fifth novel, “The Devil’s Madonna,” which hits stores in hardcover this week. Florida locations are ingrained in Potts’ books, as well as an anxiety about the stability of the traditional nuclear family. But her new tome may be her most distinct and challenging yet, with a story divided between present-day Miami Beach and 1930s Berlin. Inspired by some old photographs she found of her mother-in-law – a German actress in the period leading up to the Second World War – Potts unspools a new narrative about just an actress willing, perhaps, to compromise everything in a time of political upheaval.