Opening night of Art Cinema at the Crest at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 6 and 8:30 p.m.; $8; 561/243-7922 or delraycenterforthearts.org
It’s been about two years in the making, but the Crest Theatre will finally usher in its long-awaited transformation into an art-house movie theater on Wednesday nights for this two-month-long film series. Series programmer Brian Ridolfo, assistant artistic director at Center for the Arts, says the selection of movies will be “all over the place” and will include classic masterpieces and newer independent films. The series opens tonight with the iconic romance “Casablanca,” and continues throughout the month with such titles as “The Big Lebowski,” “Sound City” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” The series is intended to slant toward a younger audience, which is always a good thing.
Opening night of Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival at Seabreeze Amphitheater, 400 S. State Road A1A, Jupiter; 8 p.m.; free; www.pbshakespeare.org
For its annual production of a Bard classic, the hardworking folks at the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival have selected one of the great writer’s most underrated, scabrous and action-packed works: “Coriolanus,” a tragedy about a general’s fractious ascent to political figure, and the fickle voices of the people he must win over. It’s the kind of play that seems to grow more relevant with every passing year, as Ralph Fiennes understood with his critically acclaimed modern-day film version released in 2012. The folks at the PB Shakespeare Fest, known for their innovative revisions of time and space, will go one step further then Fiennes, setting their “Coriolanus” in a spaceship in the future, taking inspiration from recent sci-fi dramas. The outdoor production runs through July 21.
Kathy Griffin at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $51 to $81; 954/797-5531 or www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com
This past June, Kathy Griffin broke an astonishing record for any comedian. With her 16th televised comedy special, she has now performed more specials than any comedian in TV history. Demand continues to grow for the scarlet-haired talent with the acid tongue, whose celebrity-driven material has led her to her christening as our popular culture’s perennial jester and critic, mocking the world she is undoubtedly a part of. Hilarious and never censored – just ask her regular CNN New Year’s Eve co-host Anderson Cooper, who worries about FCC violations through his uncomfortable giggles – Griffin is best when she’s on a stage by herself, riffing on whatever and womever she wants. Her latest special included material on Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and Barbra Streisand.
Pattie Mallette at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; noon; free; 305/442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com
Speaking of Justin Bieber, the pop star’s mother, Pattie Mallette, is far from the stereotype of the vapid rock mom, pushing her child into the music business so she could afford a bigger house or a personal manicurist. She has lived a life few would envy; in her 2012 autobiography “Nowhere But Up,” Mallette describes in detail her abandonment as a child, her history of sexual abuse and her drug and alcohol addictions, through which she has managed to persevere and receive karmic justice through her son’s multimillion-dollar success. This month, Mallette has returned with “Nowhere But Up, Teen Edition,” a shorter version that is more palatable for young-adult readers, which she’ll be promoting at this rare appearance.
Craft show at Boca Prep International School, 10333 Diego Drive S., Boca Raton; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free; 954/979-0712
As an occasional vendor of secondhand records and DVDs, I know that most community sales are torrid affairs, with hours spent lolling around scalding parking lots, cherishing shade from an oversized umbrella and hoping the wind doesn’t blow your signs away. Which makes today’s indoor sale all the more appealing: No rain or sun can mar the transactions inside Boca Prep, a comfortable and air-conditioned milieu for this first-time event. South Florida artists and crafters will hawk their handmade wares, along with food vendors and local businesses. The more people show up, the greater the chance for this fair to become an annual tradition.
Second Annual Boca Burger Battle at Sanborn Square Park, just north of Palmetto Park Road on Federal Highway; 6 to 10 p.m.; $55 to $85; 561/338-7594 or www.bocaburgerbattle.com
Boca Raton and its surrounding communities are ground zero for the gourmet burger revolution, a movement we’ve been writing about extensively here at Boca Raton magazine. It’s no surprise a debut event like last year’s Boca Burger Battle would prove such a hit that’s back again for the 2013 edition, where defending champions Rebel House (pictured) will pit their medallions of beef against competing patties from Palm Beach Gardens to Tamarac. Attendees can sample offerings from such burger purveyors as Red’s Backwoods BBQ, Jazziz Nightlife, Red Brick Grille, Shake Shack, NYY Steak and many others, along with craft beer, liquor-infused ice cream, ribs, chicken and more.
Opening day/night of “In the Heights” at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 2 and 8 p.m.; $23 to $35; 561/586-6410 or www.lakeworthplayhouse.org
The times, they certainly are a-changin’ in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, the setting for the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights.” It charts a tumultuous three days in July in the largely Dominican-American community, where businesses are closing, prodigal daughters are returning home with unsettling news and others’ dreams of escaping their penurious lives finally seem plausible. You don’t have to be Latino to appreciate this witty, moving and innovative show, which features hip-hop music, salsa and traditional Broadway singing and choreography, often switching genres on a dime. It’s enough to restore faith in the possibilities of modern musical theater. The show runs through July 28.
Sandra J. Robson book signing at Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach; 1 p.m.; free; 561/279-7790 or www.murderonthebeach.com
Speech pathologist and writer Sandra J. Robson is no stranger to Florida, having set her debut novel, the 2010 political thriller “False Impression,” on this state’s east coast. Now on a larger publisher, Robson’s follow-up “False as the Day is Long” returns to South Florida, at least in the beginning, for a story about a powerful businesswoman who summons private eye Keenan Shaw to shadow her mother, an ex-hippie, with the goal of finally discovering her birth father. The journey takes Shaw to London, the nostalgia of the 1960s counterculture, an unsolved murder and more surprises, in a novel that has accrued much praise from Robson’s mystery-writing colleagues.