Opening day of “The Art of Video Games” at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $4-$8; 561/392-2500 or www.bocamuseum.org
To play anything on an Xbox, Wii or PlayStation3 is to be immersed in videogame technology so state-of-the-art that ... oh, who are we kidding? These game consoles will be obsolete, like, tomorrow. But each new must-have gamer gadget is a far cry from the 8-bit space invasions of the Atari 2600. The exciting evolution of the form will be displayed at this touring exhibition, which was organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The three-pronged exhibit begins with a look at the pioneering designers, animators and musicians who built the industry, then segues into a game room where visitors can play everything from Pac-Man to Myst, and finally concludes with a history of the art form. The exhibition runs through Jan. 20.
Opening night of “The Rocky Horror Show” at Center for the Arts at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $25; 561/243-7922 or www.delraycenterforthearts.org
Dammit, Janet, I know a cult musical when I see one. Every American worth his weight in weird has seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running theatrical release of all-time and a movie that practically has its own religious congregation – if you don’t know what I mean, just attend a midnight screening. Like many great movie musicals, the story actually began under the proscenium floodlights. Titled “The Rocky Horror Show,” this groundbreaking work by Richard O’Brien follows much the same narrative and song catalog as the film. Amazingly, in retrospect, the show only lasted 45 shows on Broadway, but I think it’s enjoyed the last laugh. This production comes courtesy of local troupe Entr’Acte Theatrix, which used to share space at the now-sold Caldwell Theatre building.
Thursday to Sunday
“Last Call” at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; show times vary; $30; 954/462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org
Earlier this year, actress and stand-up comedian Terri Girvin tended bar in the watering hole of her personal biography in “Last Call.” The one-person show, hosted at the tiny theater space Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale, found Girvin unloading decades of personal baggage and portraying a number of disparate characters, all while “serving” unseen customers during a hectic night at her bartending job. When I saw the show opening night, Girvin’s spectacular tour-de-force was not appreciated by a bar crowd that apparently thought they were entering an actual bar – yelling at Girvin, talking amongst themselves, getting plastered on the complementary libations at Empire Stage and walking to and from their seats as they pleased. Hopefully, now that this terrific show has moved to the more hospitable confines of the Broward Center’s Abdo New River Room, Girvin will finally receive the recognition she deserves.
George Clinton at Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $25; 954/449-1025 or www.jointherevolution.net
Eight years ago this week, the Revolution Live nightclub was borne out of the ashes of the Chili Pepper, a beloved South Florida concert stage. With the caliber of artists that have performed in the venue since, I think most of us can agree that Revolution has more than stepped up to the task of replacing a legend. Tonight’s concert will celebrate the anniversary by bringing back a veritable legend in the flesh: the funkmaster George Clinton, the impresario behind Parliament and Funkadelic, now 71 and still full of fire, passion and soul. A member of multiple music halls of fame, Clinton has released 21 albums, including five live releases such as the appropriately titled “500,000 Watts of P-Funk Power.” Indeed.
“Night of the Drinking Dead” at various locations in downtown Delray Beach; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $20; 561/330-4236 or www.nightofthedrinkingdead.com
Downtown Delray Beach really knows how to put on a pub crawl. And we do mean crawl – zombies, after all, aren’t typically known for their stealth. Frightening the children and satisfying the drinkers for the third year in a row, Night of the Drinking Dead features haunted activities across five nightlife hot spots. The fun begins at 8 p.m. at Union, where zombie movies will screen alongside food, music and drinks. At 10 p.m., the party moves on to Dada, which has been refashioned as a “Creep House.” At 11, the action shifts to SoLita, and for the brave troupers who still have any energy left, the night ends with a two-hour stay at Delux nightclub from midnight to 2.
Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $18; 954/564-1074 or www.cultureroom.net
Mexican-American singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo is one of the music world’s bona-fide miracles. A multitalented chameleon whose albums can turn on a dime from raucous rock ‘n’ roll and retro-punk to heart-wrenching Americana and alt-country, Escovedo survived hepatitis-C in the mid-2000s after living with the disease for many years – and after his colleagues in the music industry raised enough money from a tribute album to cover his medical bills. Since then, Escovedo – whose musical roots involve fronting a punk band that once opened for the Sex Pistols – has been sonically rejuvenated, recording a prolific string of stellar albums. His latest release, “Big Station,” is full of the three-chord rockers, singable melodies, social commentary and heartbreaking down-tempo numbers we’ve come to expect. The Ghost Wolves will open the show.
Moonfest at the 500 to 100 blocks of Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach; 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; $7 advance, $10 day of show; www.moonfest2012.org
Crime sucks, and so does inflation. Apparently, the era of the annual free Halloween festival in downtown West Palm Beach is over: The Moonfest’s organizers are, for the first time, charging an entry fee to attend. Owing to a history of violent activity in what has become the second-largest Halloween festival in South Florida, Moonfest is now a gated, ticketed event for visitors 21 and older. The good news is that for a modest cover charge, you’ll get much more than you pay for. In addition to a cash-prize costume contest, laser light show, body painted models, food truck pavilion and “zombie crawl,” the evening will feature eight bands on two stages, including headliners Bow Wow Wow – the African-inspired new wave provocateurs who recorded “I Want Candy” in their ‘80s heyday.
Friday to Sunday
Miami City Ballet’s Program I at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $20-$175; 305/929-7010 or www.miamicityballet.org
If any company is able to reconcile the serious artistry of ballet with the arena-show spectacle of the Ice Capades, it’s Miami City Ballet. The renowned company kicks off its 2012-2013 season by doing just that; it will present “Les Patineurs,” a piece it premiered a dozen years ago, which simulates the whirling, fluid movements of ice skating, complete with a tumble or two. The evening’s stellar lineup continues with Paul Taylor Dance Company’s “Piazzolla Caldera,” a steamy immersion into the culture and dance of tango. Finally, MCB takes on “Apollo,” George Balanchine’s first great masterpiece, which redefined ballet for the 20th century.