“A Star is Born” radio play at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $15 advance, $20 at door; 561/450-6357 or www.artsgarage.org
Back in a day long before my own, radio was the dominant form of entertainment, with families huddled around their boxy stereos, swooning at the suggested romance and trembling at the suggested suspense. But in the ‘50s, the advent of television began to make radio plays obsolete, and in the process, by showing us everything we needed to see, it put a damper on our collective imagination. The Arts Garage and South Florida’s Arts Radio Network are hoping to restore some of that original creativity with their new radio theatre series, which will take old movie scripts and adapt them for a live radio-play format, complete with copious sound effects, nostalgic commercials and actors reading from scripts into old-timey mics. Inspired by its current successful revue “Beyond the Rainbow,” the venue will kick off the series with another Judy Garland classic: “A Star is Born.” Future radio play productions will continue on select nights throughout the cultural season.
Open mic night at Boynton Beach Arts District, 422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach; 7 to 10 p.m.; free; 786/521-1199 or activistartista.blogspot.com
The Boynton Beach Arts District’s award-winning Thursday night open mics always promise a fun, artsy and cost-free night out, but this week’s extravaganza is particularly enticing. In addition to the regular opening of each artist’s gallery bay, tonight’s event will include a performance by local Internet radio personality Cleo, who will broadcast her Thursday night show live from the District; she is described as “priestess, writer, poet, activist, lesbian, foodie and grandmother.” The evening’s festivities also include a performance by Orphans, the District’s newly organized musical collective.
“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” at James L. Knight Center, 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $42; 305/416-5970 or www.jlkc.com
Men and women may never really understand each other – not completely – but you can’t blame John Gray for this communicative disparity. The relationship counselor has spent more than 20 years educating the world about the polarities between these two interplanetary species, to the tune of more than 50 million books sold and translated into 50 languages. He’s written 21 books about gender differences, but it’s his pioneering, enduring original, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, that has inspired this new one-man show in the vein of “Defending the Caveman.” Comedian Peter Story will star in a production that men and woman have agreed is equal parts hilarious and emotional – a good date activity, no matter what planet you’re from.
Boca’s Ballroom Battle at Boca Raton Resort and Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton; 6 p.m.; $150; 561/347-6799 or www.scholarship.org
For us here at Boca Raton magazine, this year’s Boca Ballroom Battle isn’t just any Boca Ballroom Battle. We have a horse in this race, as the saying goes. For the past four months, our own group editor, Marie Speed, has been hitting dance floors in strenuous practice sessions – all to prepare the 90 seconds of onstage glory that could land her the coveted first-place Mirror Ball trophy. Like her opponents, Marie will be dancing with a professional from Fred Astaire Dance Studios, tackling a ballroom number with a Broadway theme. She’ll use all the support she can get as she vies against seven other local philanthropists and community and business leaders. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6, and admission, which benefits the George Snow Scholarship Fund, includes the dance competition, an opportunity to meet the dancers, and after-party fun.
Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z at Sun Life Stadium, 347 Shula Drive, Miami; 8 p.m.; $39.50 to $275; 305/943-8000 or www.ticketmaster.com
South Florida should consider itself privileged to be one of just 13 regions visited on a special summer tour from these two music titans, with Sun Life Stadium closing out a jaunt that also includes such iconic venues as Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. Jay-Z, whom Rolling Stone recently ranked among the top 100 artists of all time, will be promoting his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” alongside Timberlake, whose recent album “The 20/20 Experience,” his first in six years, debuted as the No. 1 album in the country. In a world in which smoking is increasingly shunned, this tour will include a haven for puffers: a smoking room complete with a professional cigar roller selected by Mr. Beyonce Knowles himself.
Opening night of “Blow Me” at Miami Theater Center, 9816 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores; 7 p.m.; $15 to $50; 866/811-4111 or www.madcattheatre.com
Never a theater company to shy away from provocative titles, Miami’s Mad Cat Theatre Company’s world-premiere production “Blow Me” has little to do with sex acts or lewd insults: It’s an experimental dramedy about Isabella Blow, the British magazine editor and fashion muse known for dramatic, centerpiece-style hats that make Bjork’s headgear look positively conservative. As the fashion editor for Tatler and Sunday Times Style, Blow is credited with discovering everyone from superstar designer Alexander McQueen to model Sophie Dahl. But it was Blow’s tortured personal life that most interested playwright and Mad Cat company member Jessica Farr; Blow attempted suicide seven times before succeeding, in 2007, at age 48. Even these self-destructive acts had more than a tinge of comedy to their tragedy, a delicate balance that Farr hopes to sustain for the length of the play.
21 Blue at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $25 to $40; 561/450-6357 or www.artsgarage.org
21 Blue, the new project from veteran Florida-based session musicians Longineu Parsons and Ted Shumate, is part of the Arts Garage’s “Garage Blues” series, but it could just as easily be filed under its Jazz Project. The group’s foundation is built on the merger of jazz and blues, finding the boundary-breaking common ground between these most American of genres. In their debut album “Blues for the 21st Century,” Parsons and Shumate explore a diverse palette of innovative covers, from Louis Armstrong and Howlin’ Wolf to Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix. Longineu’s rich history as a flutist and trumpeter has taken him to 30 countries and such esteemed audiences as the king of Morocco and the president of Austria; collectively, Longineu and guitarist Shumate have performed with Cab Calloway, Ira Sullivan and Wynton Marsalis.
Saturday and Sunday
Rich Guzzi’s Comedy Hypnosis Show at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday; $17 plus two-drink minimum; 561/833-1812 or www.palmbeachimprov.com
Hypnotist Rich Guzzi loves the therapeutic aspect of his work – the way his trained hypnosis techniques can help clients reduce anxiety, improve their confidence level, eliminate fears and get a better night’s sleep. But he also enjoys controlling his onstage volunteers like marionettes – prompting them to moonwalk like Michael Jackson, perform rap songs in Chinese or pretend to swill nasty rotgut, for the amusement of comedy club audiences. Guzzi’s standup act has grown immeasurably since he began integrating hypnosis a dozen years ago; nowadays it’s the entirety of his act, which he describes as “Tony Robbins meets Tony Soprano.” The early shows on Saturday and Sunday are relatively clean, but Saturday’s 9:45 show, knows as the “XXXtreme Comedy Hypnosis Show,” is not for the easily offended.