Screening of “The Artist and the Model” at Movies of Delray, 7421 Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 7:15 p.m.; $10, includes beverage and popcorn; 561/638-0020 or www.moviesofdelray.com
“The Artist and the Model,” the latest drama from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fernando Trueba, will open in area theaters Friday, but tonight provides your first opportunity to see it, as a sneak preview presented on vanishing 35mm film. Set in Nazi-occupied France, the film, which has earned comparisons to Jacques Rivette’s 1991 masterpiece “La belle noiseuse,” charts the relationship between a jaded, aging sculptor and the young Spanish refugee who will become his nude model. The film was nominated for 13 Goya awards in its native Spain, and I imagine an Oscar nomination may be forthcoming next year. The cast includes international screen legends Jean Rochefort and Claudia Cardinale, and it was shot in rapturous, sun-dappled black-and-white.
Screening of “Morrissey 25 Live” at iPic Cinemas at Mizner Park, 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $14 to $24; 561/299-3000 or www.morrissey25live.com
Morrissey, the outspoken frontman of the legendary Smiths, is celebrating 25 years as a solo recording artist in 2013, and he’s gifted his fans this touring concert documentary – his first concert film in nine years. The performance that constitutes the bulk of the 92 minutes of “Morrissey 25 Live” is a memorable one indeed: A March 2013 gig at the comparatively intimate Hollywood High School auditorium in California, where Moz played to a crowd of 1,800 that reportedly sold out in 12 seconds. Morrissey doesn’t get much play on mainstream radio anymore, but it’s obvious that his rabid fanbase is just as passionate and entrenched as ever. The terrific set list includes songs from throughout his storied solo career as well as the Smiths classics “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want,” “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side” and more.
Sea-Fari Science Night at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach; 6 to 10 p.m.; museum admission of $13.50 adults, $12 seniors and $10 children; 561/832-1988 or www.sfsciencecenter.org
The name may be new, but the Friday night fun remains the same. With its expansion as the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, the renowned venue has changed its monthly evening events from “Nights at the Museum” to “Science Nights.” This month’s Science Night promises a “Sea-Fari” – the opportunity to “plunge” into seas both modern and ancient, without ever needing to get wet or don snorkeling equipment. The aquatic-themed activities include a shark tooth lab, perch dissection and stingray presentation, along with an arts and crafts workshop, a “Science on a Sphere” presentation, and star-gazing in the observatory. Also, don’t miss the center’s featured planetarium show, the animated “Kaluoka’hina,” about an endangered coral reef.
Opening night of “Moon Over Buffalo” at Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Margate; 8 p.m.; $38 adults, $16 students; 954/344-7765 or www.stagedoortheatre.com
In theater history, Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo” is most known as the show that brought Carol Burnett back to the Broadway after a 30 year-absence, in 1995. But it’s enjoyed a strong shelf life and revival history since, no matter who graces its marquee. Debuting nine years after Ludwig’s most successful farce, “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Moon Over Buffalo” follows much of that play’s formula, down to the show business setting, philandering male lead and historical setting. It takes place in 1953, centering on a husband-and-wife team of traveling actors and the madcap antics that await its Buffalo repertory tour of “Private Lives” and “Cyrano De Bergerac.” Set pieces and pratfalls include a mock fencing match, a wrestling match and a fall into the orchestra pit; sounds like vintage Ludwig. Ken Clement leads the cast, under direction from Michael Leeds.
Friday to Sunday
Gilbert Gottfried at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; various show times; $22; 561/833-1812 or www.palmbeachimprov.com
In his 2011 memoir Rubber Balls and Liquor, funnyman Gilbert Gottfried shrugs off his own talent with self-effacing humility: “Me, I’m just smart enough to know that I’m an irritatingly voiced comic who hasn’t written a good d**k joke since the Carter Administration.” Point of fact, he’s written plenty of good jokes – yes, many pertaining to male genitalia – in his more than four decades as a hardworking comedian and voice actor. Performing his act in his signature screeching, high-pitched voice, Gottfried is known as a magnet for controversy, crafting jokes about events like the 9-11 terror attacks and the 2011 tsunami in Japan before the dust settled on them. The latter cost him his prized contract as the Aflac duck, but he’s still known as a comic who doesn’t know the meaning of the words “too soon.”
“A Royal Evening at Royal Palm Place for Our Troops” at the Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 5:30 p.m.; $25; 561/789-8706 or www.pbcvetscenter.com
In 2012, the Sun Sentinel reported that 32,846 veterans of World War II and the Korean War live in Palm Beach and Broward counties, to say nothing of the thousands more veterans from Vietnam, Afghanistan, the two Gulf wars and others. Needless to say, our warriors can use our assistance, whether they returned home last year or in 1945. This fundraising event will benefit one of our local veterans’ most conscientious nonprofits, Palm Beach County Veterans Resource Center, a service center and merchandise depot of overstocked and donated goods for veterans of all wars. At tonight’s event, Caffe Luna Rosa will partner with Royal Palm Place and the PBC Veterans Resource Center for this fundraiser, whose ticket price includes a drink and appetizers, desserts, music, dancing and raffles.
Fort Lauderdale Health Food Expo at Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; noon to 4 p.m.; free or $40; www.healthfoodexpo.com
You’ve heard the natural-food buzzwords: “Organic.” “Non-GMO.” “Cage-free.” “Super-foods.” “Wild caught.” “Free range.” “Hormone-free.” These are all slightly different from one another, but all these green roads lead to Rome: All connect what we eat to how we feel, and their consumption helps us lead more nutritious lives. The inaugural Fort Lauderdale Health Food Expo will address all of them and more, with vendors and restaurants offering an array of locally available health-food options via menu and market items. The event is free to browse via online ticket printouts, providing access to the live demonstrations, guest speakers, contests and entertainment. The special $40 admission ticket opens up a world of food and drink tastings from organic eateries throughout Broward County, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Live Like Bella, a nonprofit fighting childhood cancer.
Saturday and Sunday
Summer Jam at Meyer Amphitheatre, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach; noon to 11 p.m.; $30 single day or $50 for two-day pass; 561/846-2899 or www.musicjamproductions.com
Among the items attendees are encouraged to bring to West Palm Beach’s second annual Summer Jam festival are “peace, love and smiles.” Items that are not allowed include “attitudes, hate or egos.” That just about covers this two-day festival’s hippie vibe, which acts as a showcase for reggae-centric music from South Florida and well beyond. Saturday’s headliner will be legendary Jupiter band Boxelder, a reggae-rock outfit popular in the ‘90s and early 2000s that will be reuniting for this special concert. Sunday’s concert will be headlined by Rastafarian singer Tarrus Riley and Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser. Other scheduled bands include Inner Circle (the group that gave us the theme to “Cops”), Rootz Underground and Bahamas Junkanoo Revue.