Billy Rogan and Chloe Dolandis at The Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 7:30 p.m.; $25; 561/588-1820 or www.theplazatheatre.net
Ever since she won Boca Raton's first-ever Rising Star Competition, local jazz/pop vocalist Chloe Dolandis has enjoyed a fruitful artistic career: She has hosted two programs on Nickelodeon, opened for entertainers as varied as Pitbull, Jeff Dunham and Billy Stritch, and recorded a debut album, “Bring Back the Fever,” which reached the Top 20 of iTunes’ Jazz Album Downloads within a week of its release. Tonight, she'll add another notch to her belt, by opening up for acoustic guitarist Billy Rogan at the Plaza Theatre, the lovely former home of Florida Stage. Rogan, who has been praised by Good Morning America and was recently featured on the American Society of Composers and Publishing's acclaimed Audio Portraits series, has mastered a finger style that combines classical and modern playing, and has been compared to artists such as Leo Kottke and Kaki King.
Brit Floyd at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 7 p.m.; $29 to $49; 954/462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org
It seems as if there are more Pink Floyd tribute bands than there are stars in the sky – a sky punctured by smoke, roving spotlights, rotating laser beams and giant video projection screens. The stoned-night-at-the-planetarium aesthetic of the Pink Floyd tribute show is the conventional wisdom, and this band, formerly known as Australian Pink Floyd, certainly adheres to it. But with a professional 10-piece band of nearly perfect Floyd mimics, this cover band has risen to the top of the cluttered ranks. Tonight’s three-hour extravaganza, billed as the Pink Floyd Ultimate Light and Sound Experience, is a three-hour show featuring note-for-note renditions of five full album sides, including “The Dark Side of the Moon,” in celebration of the album’s 40th anniversary.
Ladies Night Out at Sequins B, 100 Plaza Real South, Boca Raton; 5:30 p.m.; free but reservation required; 561/392-7676 or www.royalpalmplace.com
Women’s clothing and jewelry retailer Sequins B will keep its doors open until 9 p.m. tonight for this Ladies Night Out, featuring closeout sales of up to 75 percent off, along with refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and a fashion show, including our favorite part of the evening: puppy fashions by Chewy Chic. Tonight’s event will also feature a performance by Latin music headliner Jossie Cordoba (pictured), a success story from the Republic of Panama who has recorded four Latin fusion albums and appeared at several award shows.
Al Pacino at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $104 to $154; 954/797-5531 or www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com
Somehow, in between all of the acting for stage and film that befits an in-demand actor of his status, Al Pacino has managed to tour a one-man show, on and off, for the past two years. Billed as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for South Floridians, this Pacino Unplugged concert finally arrives in our neck of the woods. If past shows are any indication, it will include a video montage of the actor’s work, an onstage interview with a local moderator, a Q&A section with the audience and, if we’re lucky, a live reading of some poetry and a David Mamet monologue. The show will likely run a couple of hours, and we assume it’ll be infinitely more coherent than Charlie Sheen’s “Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour.
Alice in Chains at Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 8:30 p.m.; $39.50 to $65; 305/673-7300 or www.livenation.com
You’ve got to hand it to Alice in Chains: After the deaths of two of its founding members, Layne Staley and Mike Starr, from drug overdoses, the group has continued to persevere, never breaking up despite the kind of difficult hiatuses that would break less committed acts. Associated with the grunge movement largely because the band formed in Seattle, Alice in Chains carved its own crunchy, soaring, heavy metal-influenced niche outside of Washington State compatriots Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The band has gone on to sell more than 25 million albums worldwide; even its comeback album, 2009’s “Black Gives Way to Blue,” proved to be a huge success, earning Alice in Chains new fans for a new generation. This May, the group returns with a new record bearing one of my favorite titles in a long time: “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.” Get your tickets for this concert now; it will sell out.
Opening receptions of new exhibitions at Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood; 6 to 9 p.m.; $10 or free for members; 954/921-3274 or artandculturecenter.org
One of the Art and Culture Center’s most hotly anticipated exhibitions, the Sixth All-Media Juried Biennial features the best new work from dozens of Florida artists, from Farley Aguilar to Rodolfo Vanmarcke – a hipper and alternative appetizer, perhaps, to the Boca Museum’s All Florida show, which opens in May. The exhibit features works in painting, drawing, print, sculpture, photography, video, computer-generated imagery and site-specific installation, with top winners receiving $400 to $2,000 in prize money. Tonight also marks the opening receptions for an exhibition of abstract paintings by South Florida’s Joshua Silver Banks and a psychedelic installation from Elaine Defibaugh.
Opening night of Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival at the Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 8 p.m.; $10 to $25; 305/751-6305 or www.mglff.com
At the expense of burying the lede, let me tell you right off the bat that James Franco will be in attendance at this festival on Saturday night at the Gusman Theater to accept an award for his career achievements and support of the LGBT community. The actor, known for his award-winning role in “127 Hours” and celebrated part in the LGBT classic “Milk” will appear onstage prior to a 9:15 p.m. screening of “Out in the Dark.” It’s a big deal for this festival, but there’s a lot more going on, over a program lasting two weeks. Tonight’s opening night film, “G.B.F.,” is a comic send-up of high-school clique culture, about a school’s first openly gay male student and the attraction he engenders in the fashion-conscious female student body. Visit the festival’s website for a full list of titles, show times and theaters.
Art Rock at Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach; noon to 6 p.m.; $5 adults, free for children 12 and younger; www.artrockrocks.com
For the best in unusual and offbeat South Florida artists, look no further than this one-day cash-and-carry marketplace, one of three popular annual events from local indie-craft impresario Amanda Linton. Like her flagship venture, October’s Stitch Rock, Art Rock will feature DIY fashion, funky jewelry and home decorative items, but with an added emphasis on local art of the pop-surrealist, outsider, lowbrow and street-art persuasions. All mediums, including edible art, will be represented among the 55 artist/vendor booths. Among them: Chris’ Creepy Corner (sci-fi and horror art), Instasparkle (wearable photos) and Voodo Vixen (glass art). Be sure to show up early; the first 100 participants receive free “swag bags.”
Renaissance at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 7 p.m.; $45 to $125; 954/462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org
It didn’t make much news outside of the niche music press, but last November, Michael Dunford, guitarist of the British progressive band Renaissance, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. The band, largely unnoticed in the U.S. even during its prime in the 1970s, had reunited in 2009 with Dunford and singer Annie Haslam as the two original members still on board. Now, sadly, it’s just Haslam, who has continued to tour with this latest incarnation of Renaissance, dedicating their concerts to Dunford. Combining folk and classical influences in its airy art-rock signature sound, the group will perform its albums “Turn of the Cards” and “Scheherazade and Other Stories” in their entireties over this two-part concert, possibly the last chance you’ll have to hear these great songs live.
Shen Yun Performing Arts at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m. starting at $50; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
Promising to revive 5,000 years of civilization, Shen Yun Performing Arts has been honoring China’s rich theatrical heritage since 2006. The New York-based group tours with its cast of top-notch principal dancers, orchestra players, soloists, choreographers, composers and conductors, presenting energetic, flowing vignettes that transport viewers across several centuries and locales, from the highest heavens to Middle Kingdom plateaus, in a show that defies easy categorization. Take note of the especially impressive costume designs and period props. The show also runs at 7:30 p.m. April 30.