Lauren Weisberger at Splendid at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 6:30 to 9 p.m.; free; 305/682-8178
More than anyone else, author Lauren Weisberger deserves credit for alienating countless would-be fashionistas from the grueling world of couture publishing – not to mention presenting a particularly horned and pitchfork-carrying vision of a psuedonymned Anna Wintour – with her 2003 best-seller “The Devil Wears Prada.” Last week, Weisberger released her long-awaited sequel to the chick-lit smash, “Revenge Wears Prada,” which finds Andy Sachs, the first book’s put-upon personal assistant, engaging again with her devilish ex-boss while running a bridal magazine. This evening’s event offers the opportunity to meet Weisberger, enjoy “sips and snacks” and view the summer collection of the Splendid brand.
The Tallest Man on Earth at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 7:30 p.m.; $18; 954/564-1074 or www.ticketmaster.com
Kristian Matsson, the singer-songwriter who performs under the name The Tallest Man on Earth, is from Dalarna, Sweden, but you wouldn’t guess this by listening to his records. The wiry 30-year-old plays music in the hallowed tradition of Americana – heavy on pastoral imagery, autumnal nostalgia and deceptive musical simplicity performed mostly on open-tuned acoustic guitars. Matsson so resembles Bob Dylan in his vocal delivery and lyricism that it’s a comparison he’s probably getting tired of by now, but he concedes that discovering Dylan at age 15 shaped his musical ambitions. The scruffy, talented Swede is still supporting his third album, 2012’s “There’s No Leaving Now,” which peaked at No. 35 on U.S. the Billboard charts. Philadelphia folk rocker Timothy Showalter, who performs as Strand of Oaks, will open the show.
Wednesday and Thursday
Jon Secada at Jazziz, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7 and 9 p.m.; $35 to $95; 561/300-0732 or www.jazziznightlife.com
Proving, once again, that it’s a jazz club that really isn’t a jazz club, Jazziz has scheduled a performer that doesn’t fall under the jazz umbrella: Jon Secada, the Latin pop fusion singer, who returns to his South Florida stomping ground for these four midweek performances. The Cuban-born phenom, who emigrated with his parents to Miami at age 9, graduated from Hialeah High School in 1979 and later matriculated at the University of Miami, where he become, in fact, a jazz musician. But it wasn’t until he was recruited as a backup singer for Gloria Estefan that his career in Latin pop and percussion took off; by 1992, his debut album “Jon Secada” had sold more than six million copies worldwide, bolstered by the smash hit “Just Another Day.” After a few acting stints on Broadway, Secada is back to crafting soulful, South American-flavored pop, as evidenced by his latest single, “I’m Never Too Far Away.”
Taylor Mac at Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; $25-$30; 800/745-3000 or www.fundarte.us
Taylor Mac is a drag-queen diva, but he’s much more than that: He’s a theatrical showman, whose mind is chockablock with innovative ideas that push multimedia envelopes of taste and structure while integrating his audience in nearly everything he does. For tonight’s performance, part of Fundarte’s annual “Out in the Tropics” LGBTQ cultural festival, Mac will be presenting “A 20th Century History of Popular Music Abridged,” in which he’ll perform at least one song from every decade of the 20th century, mixing familiar favorites with surprises. It’s be one of many warm-up performances leading to his 24-hour marathon concert in New York next year, in which he’ll perform music from the past 24 decades with no sleep and, we assume, liberal doses of caffeine. Tonight, his opening act is El Ciervo Encantado, a lesbian feminist theater collective from Cuba performing its socially conscious play “Cubalandia” with English supertitles.
Friday and Saturday
Paul Reiser at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach; various start times; $25 with a two-drink minimum; 561/833-1812 or www.palmbeachimprov.com
As a jack of many trades, Paul Reiser tends to turn up in the most unpredictable places: a small role in HBO’s outstanding Liberace biopic, “Behind the Candelabra;” a music CD with British singer-songwriter Julia Fordham; and the stand-up comedy stage where he first grounded his roots. This weekend, the former “Mad About You” star will revisit the latter, offering his distinctive take on life and relationships. Comedy Central christened Reiser the 77th best stand-up comedian of all-time, so expect a few memorable shows on this rare Florida jaunt. At any rate, we assume it’ll be better than Reiser’s last TV venture, 2011’s “The Paul Reiser Show,” a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” knock-off that NBC canceled after two episodes.
“Contagious Optimism” book signing at Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach; 1 p.m.; free; 561/279-7790 or www.murderonthebeach.com
Murder on the Beach will deviate from its bread-and-butter mystery niche for this signing of David Mezzapelle and Becky Woodbridge’s “Contagious Optimism.” The self-development tome rebrands positive thinking as a veritable virus, to be passed along and promoted to help create an entire world of glass-half-fullers. At the same time, the authors assert, you’ll reach your own level of sustained happiness in an uncertain future. Described as “Chicken Soup for the Soul” meets “Pay it Forward” on steroids, the book is divided into broad categories with small, easily digestible sub-chapters on goal analysis, relationships, career advice and more, bearing such intriguing titles as “Cartoons, Ice Cream and the Grateful Dead” and “Be Like Gumby!” The authors will speak and sign copies of their new book.
“The Fourth Element” at Crest Theatre at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 2 and 7 p.m.; $25; 561/243-7922 or www.delraycenterforthearts.org
“The Fourth Element” sounds like a sci-fi film in the making, but it’s actually the spring performance of the Florida Dance Conservatory’s Youth Ensemble, a five-year-old dance school known for “raising the barre” for local dance instruction. The title of today’s performance refers to the four elements – earth, water, fire and air – through at least four different genres of dance: ballet, jazz, tap and modern. Act Two will include a smorgasbord of genres, while the first act will feature an original ballet, choreographed by Conservatory directors Heather Lescaille and Tina Martin, set to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” It’ll be a performance of fours, all around.
Father’s Day Celebration at Delray Marketplace, 9025 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 5 to 7 p.m.; free; 561/865-4613 or www.delraymarket.com
Delray Marketplace is bringing out all the stops for its debut Father’s Day celebration, covering many of the common paternal bases. Want to see a classic car show? Check. Practice your golf or tennis swing with area professionals? Check, in the venue’s amphitheater. Want to enjoy a cigar or celebratory, dad-centric specialty cocktail? Check, at Burt & Max’s. Want to hear vintage live music from a tribute band? Check. Dads and their families can also snap their memories in the Polaroid Fotobar in front of Republic of Couture.