“Roman Vishniac Rediscovered” at Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $5 to $10; 954/525-5500 or www.moafl.org
This exhibition, which opened last weekend, spans four decades of tumult under the observant and humane lens of Russian-American photographer Roman Vishniac. A polymath who, in other lives, was an accomplished biologist and art historian, Vishniac is most remembered for his portraits of Jews slaving away in shtetlach and ghettos between the two World Wars, capturing life in Weimar-era Germany. But his historical importance transcends his subject matter; he is just as notable for his formal inventions, including time-lapse photography and photomicroscopy, or photographing images through a microscope. This comprehensive retrospective includes film footage, vintage prints and personal correspondence. It runs through Jan. 4.
Steve Forbes at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $260 to $475 for seven-speaker series; 954/462-0222 or www.fortlauderdalespeakerseries.com
An audience of more than 4 million international readers visit Steve Forbes’ media empire; he is the editor-in-chief and CEO of Forbes magazine, which is arguably the pre-eminent American business magazine of record. An impassioned advocate for the flat tax and smaller government, Forbes twice sought the Republican nomination for the presidency, in 1996 and 2000. His latest book “Freedom Manifesto” explores some of his favorite topics: the morality of the free market and the immortality of “big government.” The price for this series sounds high, but it includes admission to all seven speakers in this inaugural program, which runs through May and will feature speakers such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Bob Woodward and Soledad O’Brien. Buy now to get the most bang from your book.
7th Annual Halloween Party by Society 8 at SoLita, 25 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; no cover; 561/899-0888 or www.solitaitalian.com
The award for this season’s most creepily realistic Halloween party invitation goes to SoLita in Delray Beach. The postcard-sized invite arrived in our office inbox depicting the skeletal X-ray of a head with squiggly lines fracturing across it. It made me wonder which of us had the brain tumor to worry about, but it was the just an ad, proving that scientific grounding is scarier than any ghost or monster. As for the party, reservations are strongly required and costumes are mandatory; there will be audio and visual entertainment from the likes of The Party Robot, Dr. Freaky, The SoLita Lunatics (finally, a night when they feel welcome!), DJ Adam Lipson and DJ H-Bomb Sean Clark. Keep an ear out for cash and prize drawings.
Friday to Sunday
Miami City Ballet Program I: First Ventures at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $20 to $175; 954/462-0222 or www.miamicityballet.org
Miami City Ballet will launch its 2013-2014 season with one of its most anticipated company premieres: Christopher Wheeldon’s masterful 2003 ballet “Polyphonia,” set to the frenzied piano music of Gyorgy Ligeti. The piece is said to signify the choreographer’s transition from emerging talent to celebrated artist, and the eight-dancer ensemble showcases his geometric movements and bracing sense of surprise. The program also includes two George Balanchine pieces: “Serenade,” his Tchaikovsky-scored American debut from 1934; and “Ballo della Regina,” his 1978 ballet set to music from Verdi’s opera “Don Carlos,” which is known for the extremely difficult choreography of its female lead.
Moonfest on downtown Clematis Street in West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $7 advance, $10 night of show; www.moonfest2012.org
Palm Beach County’s biggest Halloween-themed shindig is your only opportunity to encounter Superman, witches, zombies, disfigured ex-presidents, centaurs and the entire Addams Family stumbling into each other in the course of one square block. But the annual costume contest is just one facet of this freakish freewheeling favorite, which draws crowds of tens of thousands for the one-of-a-kind people-watching, innovative food truck entrees, inexpensive drinks, laser-light show and live music. The evening will be headlined by the eccentric and consistently rewarding Dallas band Reverend Horton Heat, which describes its suave sound as “country-fed punkabilly.” Otherwise, the stages are chockablock with some of South Florida’s hottest bands, including Gold Dust Lounge, Wake Up and Sweet Bronco.
Opening night of “Dial M for Murder” at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; 7:30 p.m.; $56-$68; 561/575-2223 or www.jupitertheatre.org
In fiction, at least, there’s nothing more disastrous than the simple solution, the perfect murder, the elegant crime. Best-laid plans never lay as they’re supposed to, and for centuries, we’ve been watching with gleeful schadenfreude as criminal masterminds’ own plots run afoul. Frederick Knott’s stage play “Dial M for Murder” is a classic example: Man discovers wife’s infidelities, man hires petty criminal to kill wife, wife kills pretty criminal instead, God laughs. And that’s the only the beginning of this vintage thriller. The story was later filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in unlikely 3D, but you can see it in its original form at the Maltz, where local favorites Gregg Weiner and Todd Allen Durkin will make their Jupiter debut. Discounted previews start tonight, with the official opening night slated for (appropriately) Oct. 31.
Built to Spill at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 7:30 p.m.; $27.25; 954/564-1074 or www.ticketmaster.com
While most cool indie bands are likely to tour South Florida once every five or six years – if that – Boise’s Built to Spill have been generous visitors to this out-of-the-way, bottom-of-the-country paradise, stopping by each of the past two years and revisiting Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room once again for its now-annual rock show. That the band has managed to return without a new album to tour behind – its last release was 2009’s “There is No Enemy,” which was granted a respectable 7.9 ranking from Pitchfork – makes this treat all the more special, and the set list all the more unpredictable. Built to Spill’s live shows are frill-free affairs, with very little between-song chatter and a workmanlike approach that gets down to business. The set list changes every night, but it will likely feature equal portions of the band’s early ‘90s indie-pop confections and the more sprawling, dreamlike rock meanderings of its 2000s output. You can even look out for a Smiths cover in the encore.
Monday, Oct. 28
24-Hour Theatre Project at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $30 to $50; 561/514-4042 ext. 2 or www.palmbeachdramaworks.org
Seven years ago, Katherine and Antonio Amadeo of Miami’s Naked Stage came up with this crazy idea for a fundraiser: Why not gather some 50 theater professionals from the South Florida community and have them write, direct, act and perform eight brand-new short plays, in just a day’s time? The results, fueled by a mostly sleepless cycle of caffeine, laughter, frayed nerves and ambition, have managed to reinforce the collective strength of this theater community each and every year, regularly producing work that’s as strong as the content of national short-play festivals, acted with the sort of seasoned depth of feeling that weeks of rehearsal usually bring. It’s become as much a rite of passage for theater professionals as the Carbonell Awards, with many gluttons-for-punishment returning year after year. This installment of the project is specially themed for Halloween, with the playwrights forced to select from a list of “ghoulishly ridiculous play titles.” Audience members arriving in costume are promised a treat.