“Bikes, Check ‘em Out!” at (eventually) Respectable Street, 518 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 7:15 p.m.; free; 561/832-9999 or www.sub-culture.org/respectable-street
May is International Bike Month, a great time to celebrate a form of transportation that is carbon footprint-reducing as well great exercise. Honor the month locally by attending this ride with friends and bicycling brethren, starting from a parking lot at the northeast corner of M Street and Second Avenue North and traveling to Respectable Street, South Florida’s oldest live music concert venue, for live art-making from more than 17 local artists. Three DJs will spin both inside and on the graffitied back patio, and drink specials include $2 Yuenglings and $3 “Spoke Shots,” whatever those are.
Screening of “The Rising Tide” at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., Hollywood; 7 p.m.; $5 or free for members; 954/921-3274 or artandculturecenter.org
Nova Southeastern University film professor – and NYU graduate – Robert Adanto has found his niche as a documentary filmmaker by exploring art cultures in far-flung places like China and Iran, discovering threads of artistic brilliance in nations that would seem to suppress creativity. His most recent film “Pearls on the Ocean Floor,” about female artists in Iran, played last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, but tonight provides a rare opportunity to view his first feature, 2008’s “The Rising Tide.” The film explores photographers and video artists such as Wang Qingsong, Cao Fei and Xu Zhen, contextualizing their work in an increasingly globalized China torn between Communism and capitalism.
Thursday to Sunday
“Still Jewish After All These Years: A Life in the Theatre” at Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $25; 561/347-3948 or www.brtg.org
Judging by local actor Avi Hoffman’s resume as of late, you’d think he was just an antisocial guy: For two shows in a row now, he hasn’t shared a stage with anybody. Fresh off his last solo show, the exceptional “An Iliad” at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, Hoffman is back with another one-man exercise in Boca Raton with “Still Jewish,” the third in his series of autobiographical plays about his life in the theater. The show, which runs about 90 minutes without an intermission, is a truncated version of a production that ran some five years in Boynton Beach. Like its predecessors – “Too Jewish?” and “Too, Jewish, Too,” which ran off-Broadway – “Still Jewish” will feature songs inspired by vaudeville and Catskills comedy. See it here before Hoffman brings it to New York in the fall.
Miami International Piano Festival at Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; performances at 7:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $15 to $50; 305/674-1040 or www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com
Classical music lovers will be treated to an auditory feast this week, as six pianists ranging from legends to emerging talents will perform on Miami Beach. The fest starts Thursday with Nikolay Khozyainov who, at 21, is the youngest finalist ever in the International Chopin Piano Competition; and continues Friday with Germany’s award-winning Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy, a professor of music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. Saturday’s program will feature an afternoon showcase of “Prodigies and Masters of Tomorrow” and an evening performance by 25-year-old virtuoso Joseph Moog. The festival concludes Sunday with Spanish composer Jorge Luis Prats (pictured) in the afternoon and a multimedia extravaganza from pianist Misha Dacic and painter Vladimir Markovic at night.
Sick Puppies comedy troupe at Showtime Performing Arts Theater, 503 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 9:30 p.m.; 561/394-2626 or sickpuppiescomedy.wordpress.com
Under the radar and with gradual patience, the improv comedy troupe Sick Puppies has been garnering the reputation as one of Boca Raton’s hottest monthly gatherings in town. One Friday each month, the group takes over the Showtime theater in Royal Palm Place for an evening of inspired improvisational humor dictated entirely by audience suggestion, but framed around a theme. This weekend’s theme is “Prom.” The cast will arrive dressed in prom-appropriate attire and, to a soundtrack of nostalgic prom chestnuts, short-form skits will take place, set before, during and after a fictional prom, with the troupe riffing from crowd suggestions. The final hour of the show will involve a couple from the audience appearing onstage to share details of the lives, which the troupe will then create a comedy piece around. Get your tickets now – they always sell out.
Old School Beerfest at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 6 to 10 p.m.; $30 to $70; 561/243-7922 or delraycenterforthearts.org
Not many events advertise their festivities with invitations like “Winos welcome!,” but the Old School Beerfest is not like most events, or even like most beer festivals. Wine aficionados can enjoy a sampling area courtesy of Gnarly Head wines, while the beer guzzlers out there can enjoy more than 50 craft brews, ciders and international brews, including Opus Ales, Sweetwater 420, Magners Irish Cider, Thomas Creek and Big Bear Brewing. Gourmet food trucks will proffer the eats, and funk/reggae act the People Upstairs and cover band Preservation will provide live music. Proceeds from this festival will support the Center for the Arts’ popular Free Friday Concerts at the Pavilion series.
Opening night of “Out to Sea” at Ink & Pistons, 2716 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 7 to 11 p.m.; free; 561/832-4655 or www.inkandpistons.com
The ocean, and its varied nautical and maritime visitors, will be the subject of this group art show running through June 25 at Ink & Pistons’ 1,000-square-foot Slushbox Art Gallery. Don’t expect many of these pieces to have the stately elegance of a Winslow Homer or the piscatorial affections of a Guy Harvey. Ink & Pistons is a tattoo shop, after all, and its art exhibitions focus on lowbrow and alternative artists. More than 30 artists will participate in this show, whose slogan, which may indicate some of its directions, is “Drifting. Sinking. Shipwrecked. Message in a Bottle.”
Opening night of “Cock” at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 8 p.m.; $50; 305/445-1119 or www.gablestage.org
If previous GableStage productions like “Smut,” “Fat Pig” and “The Motherf**ker With the Hat” are any indication, this is not a theater that shies away from controversially titled plays, to say nothing of controversial content. Compared to some of these, its latest play “Cock” might be somewhat gentler to the eyes and ears of audiences, because its plot – a man in a committed gay relationship falls for a woman, complicating the situation for all three lovers – is played out entirely by suggestion. There is no sex or nudity; the stage directions require that there is not supposed to be a set, props or miming, either. It’s pure theatrical minimalism. Julie Davis, Ryan Didato and Nicholas Richberg star under Joseph Adler’s direction; the play runs through June 16, and admission prices vary.