Screening of “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington” at Muvico Pompano, 2315 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach (and other locations); 6 and 8 p.m.; free to $10; 954/525-3456 or www.fliff.com
Whether you’ll be cheering on tomorrow’s presidential victor or making rash, ridiculous proclamations about moving to Canada to escape the encroaching fascism if your candidate loses, you can celebrate or drown your sorrows at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which will be presenting political-themed films at its three locations. The most anticipated of these movies is the documentary “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington,” which details the rise and fall of Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American to be elected to Congress – as a Republican in a traditionally liberal district. If you attend the 6 p.m. screening of the same film at Cinema Paradiso (503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale) and wear your “I Voted” sticker, you’ll get in free.
Weezer at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 7:30 p.m.; $44 to $74; 954/797-5531 or www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com
The last time Weezer arrived in South Florida, it was to disembark on their own cruise, complete with an undercard full of hip bands to put the star in starboard. Now, they’re back on dry land, where, lately, the band has been performing nostalgic sets of their best material, i.e. their first two 1990s albums in their entirety. Everybody knows that Weezer has jumped the shark, in an ascent that began with 2001’s “Green Album” and crash-landed with 2005’s excruciating “Make Believe.” Unfortunately, a handful of songs from Weezer’s post-2000 period have still been infecting their current tour set lists, but these shows are still filled to the brim with favorites from “The Blue Album” and “Pinkerton,” proving that these guys still know where they’re bread is buttered – and what their fans want to hear.
Bargains & Books at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free; 561/266-9490 or www.delraylibrary.org
Bargains & Books is a major community merchandise sale, Delray style. For five hours Saturday morning, vendors will fill the parking lot of the Delray Beach Public Library for this first-ever event, hosted in honor of the city’s centenary. There will be booksellers, of course, plus plenty of purveyors of boutique merchandise, novelty items, gently used home items, collectibles and crafts. I won’t pretend to be unbiased about my anticipation of this event; for the purpose of full disclosure, my wife and I have purchased a vendor booth, where we’ll be offering books, DVDs, CDs, records, handmade jewelry, gemstones and more.
Opening day of “Warhol & Cars: American Icons” at Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 seniors and military; 954/525-5500 or www.moafl.org
It’s not the first image that comes to mind when considering the career of Andy Warhol. However, the pop artist incorporated cars into his works for upward of 40 years. This exhibition of nearly 50 pieces includes early drawings of cars that date to a summer course he took, to avoid flunking, between his freshman and sophomore years of college. “To think a young Warhol is doing these technically brilliant drawings is eye-opening,” says curator Eric Shiner, director of the Warhol Museum. “Automobiles pop up again and again, and he always equated them as part of the American Dream. They represented success and mobility ... at the same time, he’s looking at the reverse of that: the tragedy and death that the automobile brings.” The exhibition runs through Feb. 10.
Saturday and Sunday
Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival in Downtown Delray Beach; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; free; www.dbwineandseafood.com
Bargains & Books isn’t the only debut event in the Most Fun Small Town in America this weekend – a happening couple of days in Delray Beach. At the first annual Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival, visitors can sample more than 40 different varieties of wine from around the world and enjoy seafood dishes from great downtown restaurants like Boston’s, Caffe Luna Rosa and 50 Ocean (there is a charge for the food). Moreover, there will be 150 artists and craft exhibitors along the Avenue, along with six different wine and food pairing seminars (at $20 each) throughout the weekend. Live local bands will perform on two stages, including Blues Dragon, Ever so Klever, The Baron Sisters and Red Skies. Visit the website for the complete schedule of talent.
“With Their Voices Raised” at FAU’s University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $5-$15 requested donation; 561/297-3020 or www.fau.edu
There is probably no better way to celebrate Veterans Day than by attending this one-of-a-kind “documentary theater” performance sponsored by FAU’s college of nursing. For a small donation, visitors will be treated to a live theater performance based on stories from 51 survivors of the Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima bombings. Kate Morris, a doctoral student at FAU, created the documentary based on her research with a number of Japanese and American collaborators at nationally renowned universities. Expressing the human face of war is the top goal of this special event, which includes an audience discussion following the performance.
Buddy Guy at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 N.W. 40th St.; 7 p.m.; starting at $70; 954/977-6700 or www.seminolecasinocococreek.com
A pioneer of the Chicago Blues style, Buddy Guy is a music legend who has been influencing musicians in the blues and other styles for upwards of 50 years. He has released countless albums, recording traditional blues alongside unpredictable forays into free jazz, soul and avant-rock, boasting hits like “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Mustang Sally” and “Stone Crazy.” Even in his-mid-‘70s, he’s still got it, winning a 2010 Grammy for his latest album, “Living Proof.” Just this year, he was honored at the Kennedy Center’s national celebration of the arts in Washington, D.C., alongside Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman and others.
Chris Hayes at Chapman Conference Center at Miami-Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $10; 305/237-3258 or www.miamibookfair.com
Chris Hayes is a liberal pundit par excellance – nerdy-looking, passionate, and armed with a bleeding heart and a vocabulary of countless 14-letter words. A Philosophy graduate from Brown University, the upstart Hayes became a Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute in 2006 and has risen to the ranks of editor-at-large for the Nation, the country’s leading progressive magazine. He’s just 33, but he already hosts a weekend show on MSNBC and has written a new book with a provocative title: “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy.” Arguing that corruption and incompetence have eroded the many institutions Americans value – from Congress to the Catholic Church to Major League Baseball – Hayes’ book has been praised as “impossibly erudite” and “forcefully written.” He’ll discuss his work at this special event from the Miami Book Fair International, which kicks off Sunday.