What: Craft Beer Dinner Tasting
Where: Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, 21065 Powerline Road, Suite 5A, Boca Raton
When: 7 p.m.
Cost: $30 per person
Contact: 561/218-6600, acfp.com
Tony Soprano finally has a beer he can call his own. Fuhgeddaboudit Red Ale is one of the more eccentrically named brews offered to craft drinkers by our own Funky Buddha Brewery, but its demographic is salt-of-the-earth pizza consumers. It’s specifically tailored to appeal to lovers of crust, cheese and tomato sauce, describing itself as “flavorful enough to balance out the intense crunch of coal fired crust, but also refined enough to pair with delicate San Marzano tomato sauce,” At tonight’s special tasting, you can enjoy several courses of Italian soul food and the famous “Well Done” pizza from Anthony’s, along with Fuhgeddaboudit and other specialty brews such as Fire in the Hole Raspberry Habanero Ale and Rice Crispy Treat Ale.
What: John Dufresne
Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 561/279-7790, murderonthebeach.com
John Dufresne, a Massachusetts-born writer of literary mysteries, has set tales of debauchery in his native state as well as Louisiana. But in his latest novel, released today, he’s exploring a region we know all too well: sordid South Florida. In “No Regrets, Coyote,” his hero, a therapist and forensic consultant given the clever name of Wylie “Coyote” Melville, has to solve a grisly quintuple murder on Christmas Eve in the fictional city of Eden, Florida. His sidekick is, to my knowledge, a wholly unique creation in crime-fiction: a sleight-of hand poker player and close-up magician with, according to the book’s PR, “ties to the Everglades County underworld.” Throw in a Ponzi schemer (South Floridians know all about those), a crooked police union and the Russian mob, and you’ve got an absorbing dramatic cocktail from a writer who has earned comparisons to Elmore Leonard and William Faulkner alike.
What: “The Day it Snowed in Miami” screening
Where: The Classic Gateway Theater, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7 p.m.
The documentary “The Day it Snowed in Miami” debuted nationally on PBS this past February, and it has little to do with the weather. The title refers to Jan. 19, 1977, the first and only time Miamians encountered snowflakes in the 305. But this also happened to be the day after a human-rights ordinance passed in Miami, which made the city ground zero for a culture war between LGBT activists and conservative reactionaries led by the pop singer Anita Bryant. This documentary explores our region’s role in shaping this mercurial debate, ratcheted by extreme activity on both sides (Bryant was famously pied in the face by a gay activist during a press conference, which is in the documentary). But it also covers a wide range of human-rights progresses leading up to the present day. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion that includes Fred Fejes, a Miami LGBT scholar; and Joe Cardona, the movie’s director. Proceeds from this event will benefit SAVE and Stonewall National Museum & Archives.
What: Opening day of “Laundry & Bourbon” and “Lone Star”
Where: The Alliance Theatre Lab, 6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $15 students, $25 seniors, $30 adults
Contact: 305/259-0418, thealliancetheatrelab.com
On those rare instances with Miami Lakes’ Alliance Theatre Lab is able to cobble enough funds for a production, you can expect that it’ll be something out of the ordinary. Such is certainly the case with this unusual double bill, which collects two one-act plays by the late, great, rarely staged American playwright James McLure. First combined in 1980, “Laundry & Bourbon” and “Lone Star,” penned in the 1970s, are related but interdependent. Both are set in Texas and deal with the fallout of the Vietnam War as its soldiers readjust to domestic life. In the prior we hear from women gossiping around a front porch; in the latter, we encounter men consuming beer in a bar. Both stories hinge on the revelation of secrets that threaten marriages, and are punctuated by the playwright’s bitter humor and sharp observations. The play runs through June 22.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
What: “Soar Above Fear” weekend
Where: Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale
When: noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Cost: $15-$19 general admission
Contact: 954/713-0930, mods.org
To celebrate the opening of its new exhibition “Goosebumps: The Science of Fear,” the Museum of Discovery and Science is taking the “soar” part of its weekend festivities literally. Each day at noon and 3 p.m., in the museum’s backyard, an aerialist from Trapeze-Experience—an organization that has trained more than 100,000 trapeze artists—will swing from the sky and perform daring aerial acrobatics. And at 1:30 every day, Undarmaa Gold (pictured), an award-winning cirque performer who is considered one of the world’s top contortionists, will showcase her breathtaking ability to contort her body into seemingly impossible shapes. These entertainers are performing under the auspices of overcoming fears, which is the subject of the museum’s admirable new exhibition. It runs through Sept. 1.
What: Opening day of “The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring In Pieces”
Where: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood
When: Opens at 11 a.m.
Cost: $4 children, students and seniors; $7 adults
Contact: 954/921-3274, artandculturecenter.org
Back in 2008, Hollywood’s Art and Culture Center took a chance on what was then a largely unknown sculptor named Nathan Sawaya, whose medium was as whimsical as it was original: LEGO bricks. Sawaya’s elaborate, lifelike and/or impressionistic visions of LEGO humans, animals and objects drew more than 7,000 visitors to the Center, breaking all attendance records in its 33-year history. Ever since, Sawaya has made a biannual visit to the venue to showcase his latest work, which in this case is a collaborative project with hyperrealist photographer Dean West, in which Sawaya integrated his sculptures into the photos.
“It was an interesting project; we decided to just take a trip across the country.” Sawaya told Boca Raton in an interview last year. “We took numerous road trips, where we were scouting locations and sketching out ideas for imagery. And eventually, we put a plan together and came up with these portraits. There will be seven giant portraits on the wall, and then the sculptures that are within the portraits I’m also bringing to the exhibition space. So you’ll really surround yourself with the art.” Sawaya will speak about his work at 11 a.m. and will hang around for the rest of the day to sign books and chat with fans.
Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 800/745-3000, hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com
It’s hard to believe it, but it’s been 20 whole years since Weezer released its debut LP, the so-called “Blue Album,” an instant classic that remains the most popular of its nine full-length albums. Cherished by indie rockers, alt-rockers and nerd-rockers alike, “The Blue Album” became a veritable Bible for audiences sensitive and introverted enough to appreciate it—the album essentially spawned the emo genre without suffering any of its obnoxious trappings. The band’s follow-up, “Pinkerton,” was even better, though with each release since the turn of the century, Weezer’s music has felt more vanilla and radio-pandering. I stop paying attention to the band’s output some time ago, but the appeal of hearing those early songs live—lately, Weezer has been playing “The Blue Album” and “Pinkerton” in their entireties—still has a strong hold. JEFF the Brotherhood, a great garage-rock duo from Nashville, will open the show.