Opening night of “tick tick … Boom!” at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $30 adults, $25 seniors, $20 students; 954/300-2149 or www.outretheatrecompany.com
Playwright/composer Jonathan Larsen died of an aortic dissection at the very cusp of his fame: the very morning his smash musical “Rent” opened its first preview performance off-Broadway. His legacy has lived on, as “Rent” would become a counter-cultural and then a mainstream classic. But some would argue – and Outre Theatre Company’s artistic director Skye Whitcomb is one of them – that Larsen’s previous work, “tick tick … Boom!” is a more moving piece. First produced on Broadway five years after Larsen’s passing, the pioneering, three-actor rock musical is based on Larsen’s own biography as an aspiring New York City composer grappling with the eternal struggle between show business and domestic security at the turn of his 30th birthday. I know what you’re thinking: How the play’s young cast could ever find a way to relate to such material is mind-blogging. Complete with a four-piece band performing onstage, and interacting with the cast, Outre’s production of “tick tick … Boom!” runs through June 9.
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; starting at $35; 561/832-5196 or www.kravis.org
Comedian Steve Martin began playing the banjo at age 17. The instrument would later turn up in some of his manic standup routines from the ‘70s, and he recalled to NPR a few years ago that “I always felt the audience sorta tolerated the serious musical parts while I was doing my comedy.” These days, though, Martin’s bluegrass banjo music has come to dominate his artistic output, even usurping his acting career. With a Grammy award, three full-length albums over the past five years and even a national bluegrass prize named in his honor, Martin has proven he can pluck with the best of them. At this appearance, he will mix humor with bluegrass classics and songs from his latest album “Love Has Come For You,” whose collaborator, Edie Brickell, will join him onstage.
Opening night of “Dancing of Lughnasa” at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $70 ($55 for non-opening night performances); 561/514-4042 or www.palmbeachdramaworks.org
The Tony Award winner for Best Play back in 1992, dramatist Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” will close what has been another exceptional season for Palm Beach Dramaworks. This memory play is set in 1936 inside a cottage in a fictional Irish town, where three sisters have love in their hearts, holding on to summer’s harvest before an impending collapse threatens the family’s stability. Catholicism, paganism, dancing, folklore and economics color a timeless drama that has enjoyed many revivals over the past 20 years, including a film adaptation with Meryl Streep. The show runs through June 16.
Friday and Saturday
“Empower the Girls” class at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton; 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; $65 to $95; 954/255-6300 or www.samprograms.com
The more young women that will be enjoying proms, summer jobs and summer vacations, the higher the chance that they’ll run into danger – from predators they know or don’t know. Before they send their daughters off with pepper spray, parents are urged to bring them to this “Empower the Girls” life safety class organized by local resident Ellen van Olden, who is known for her fast-paced, no-nonsense educational approach to dealing with very real situations. The three-hour program will focus on building awareness, identifying potentially dangerous situations, and trusting one’s instincts, and there also will be self-defense instructions. It’s a scary world there, but classes like this can help all women sleep a little easier – and go out into that world with greater confidence.
“Sleepwalk” at the Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; $20 adults, $15 students; 561/588-1820 or www.theplazatheatre.net
According to facts collected by teensuicidestatistics.com, more than 19 percent of high school students have seriously considered killing themselves, and suicide has risen to the No. 3 cause of death among teenagers, behind accidents and homicides. The Plaza Theatre, which has developed a reputation for producing light, frothy theatrical entertainment, will take a bold step into serious issue-driven theater this weekend with “Sleepwalk,” a new one-act play that directly addresses teen suicide. Blending humor, pathos and imagination, the new play, scripted by veteran American playwright William Mastrosimone, will be performed with a cast of nine actors ranging from ages 15 to 25. Also, two doctors from the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health will be on hand to foster an open dialogue about this critical issue.
Saturday to Monday
Home Design and Remodeling Show at Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Monday; $10 adults, $1 children; 305/667-9299 or www.homeshows.net
It’s the time of year for spring cleanings and new beginnings – time to turn your bathroom from merely functional to luxe, and to transform a kitchen’s dated color palette to a bold, cutting-edge design. This twice-a-year exhibition of the latest in home design and remodeling trends, tips and sales will assist customers in keeping their homes in the vanguard or simply spicing up a room or two. Dozens of vendors and designers will be presenting designer room vignettes; if you can’t make it to this event, the same show will run at the Miami Beach Convention Center the first week of September.
Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival at James L. Knight Center, 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $40.50 to $100; 305/416-5970 or www.jlkc.com
It wouldn’t be Memorial Day Weekend in Miami without this annual comedy festival, returning for its sixth year with five humorists representing the best in urban comedy. This year’s show will be headlined by Bruce Bruce (pictured), the famously dreadlocked former host of BET’s “ComicView.” He’ll be joined by Corey Holcomb, whose relationship-centric humor has to led his nickname as “the ghetto Dr. Phil;” Shawty Shawty, who has appeared on rap albums and bills himself as the “pioneer of crunk comedy;” and veteran actors/standup comedians Cocoa Brown and Red Grant.
Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival at Meyer Amphitheater, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 2 p.m.; $20; 561/822-1515 or www.palmbeachjerkfestival.com
The Jerk Festival has also become a beloved Memorial Day tradition in South Florida, and it has nothing to do with a gathering of jerks. Quite the contrary: Expect much warmth and beauty to emanate from the Meyer Amphitheater in this authentic celebration of all things Caribbean. Promising a bigger and better Jerk Festival in honor of its 10th anniversary, this year’s event will feature endless Caribbean cuisine; face painting, magic and bounce houses for the little ones; prizes and vendor booths; and, most importantly, a lineup of Caribbean music across two stages. Artists and bands include Konshens, a child prodigy turned rapper; Grammy-winning roots musician Freddie McGregor (pictured); reggae master Frankie Paul; local favorites The Resolvers; and many more.