Duran Duran at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $54 to $124; 800/745-3000 or www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com
Duran Duran is back, or so it seems, even though they never really went anywhere: Unlike most of their New Wave peers, these once-proclaimed “prettiest boys in rock” never disbanded. And despite the fact that the quartet is supporting a new album, “All You Need is Now,” look for tonight’s concert to have the feel of a reunion show, with a set list dominated by the hits – such as “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Rio” – that helped Duran Duran sell more than 100 million records to top 40 enthusiasts, club kids and mellowed punks alike.
The Back Pockets at Speakeasy Lounge, 129 N. Federal Highway, Lake Worth; 9 p.m.; $5 to $10; 561/791-6242
Chances are you’ve never seen anything quite like the Atlanta collective Back Pockets. Led by vocalist and keyboardist Emily Kempf, the Back Pockets are one part indie psych-pop, one part surrealist theater and one part orgiastic make-out session. As this description might indicate, the band’s recordings – which can jump from Edward Sharpe-style folksiness to Suicide-like minimalism – don’t do justice to the incredibly theatrical live show. The group often takes the stage in outlandish attire, as innovative in garment as it is in instrumentation. Check out their music videos for a few slices of unmissable weirdness. The Dewars, Family Drugs and Yahtzee Guy will open the show.
Opening night of “Enrique Martinez Celaya: Schnee-bett” at Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 6 to 8 p.m.; $8 adults, $4 seniors and free for students; 305/375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org
Boca museumgoers may remember painter and philosopher Enrique Martinez Celaya from a wonderful show of 19 artworks at the Boca Raton Museum of Art a couple of seasons ago. But it hardly prepares art lovers for this installation, an ambitious showcase of mad genius making its American debut. “Schnee-bett,” which translates to “Snow Bed” in English, was commissioned for the Berliner Philharmonie in 2004, where it accompanied a program of Beethoven works. Inspired by the great master’s convalescence and death in Vienna, this two-room installation’s centerpiece is a refrigerated bronze bed powered by an electric compressor, though a blockaded entryway between the rooms shrouds the entire project in a sense of unattainable mystery.
Friday and Saturday
Mark Morris Dance Group at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 8 p.m.; $25 to $90; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org
The Boston Globe has heralded Mark Morris as “the most important choreographer since Balanchine,” a tall order the company hopes to live up to in its Miami debut. Known for combining ballet, modern and folk dances, Morris and his accomplished dancers are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their Brooklyn-based company. The group remains one of the few in the dance world to feature live music at its shows, and it has collaborated with orchestras, jazz bands, opera companies and musicians from Yo-Yo Ma to Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Tom Arnold at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday; $22 with a two-drink minimum; 561/833-1812 or www.palmbeachimprov.com
His four-year marriage to Rosanne Barr in the 1990s and his subsequent appearance on her popular sitcom put actor Tom Arnold on the map, and he’s amassed dozens of film credits since, from “True Lies” to “Happy Endings” to his starring vehicle “The Stupids,” a film that remains one of my guilty pleasures. But he’s always had stand-up comedy in his blood: The 52-year-old Arnold has been playing comedy clubs on and off for the past 30 years. His blue-streaked humor addresses social, cultural and domestic issues without pushing an agenda. He doesn’t tour South Florida often, so catch him while you can.
Delray Bash at Old School Square Park, 95 N.E. First Ave., Delray Beach; 7 to 9:30 p.m.; $50; 561/659-7644 or www.thedelraybash.com
Our sister publication, Delray Beach magazine, is proud to sponsor this annual event, which raises funds for the American Lung Association (ALA). Formerly known as the Lake Worth Food and Wine Experience, where it sold out Cultural Plaza the past three years, this fundraiser is the ALA’s first in Delray. Nearly 30 top-tier restaurants will offer food samples, including Caffe Luna Rosa, BurgerFi and SoLita Italian, and participants can enjoy a Weingarten and a beer pavilion. The band Box of Rocks will provide live music.
Clint Holmes at Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; $45 to $65; 561/237-9000
Lynn University’s “Live at Lynn” series of seasonal cultural programming begins tonight with a performance from cabaret star Holmes in the glittering Wold Center, Boca’s newest jewel of a venue. Holmes rose to prominence as the sidekick and announcer on Joan Rivers’ “Late Show in the 1980s, before jumping to “Entertainment Tonight” as an event correspondent. Today, he’s a popular draw on the cabaret circuit; South Florida patrons may remember
performances at the Kravis Center and the Colony Hotel, and he memorably crooned Sammy Davis Jr. hits with the Palm Beach Pops.
Richard Lewis and Susie Essman at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; 8 p.m.; $47.70; 954/344-5990 or www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com
Following at least two seasons of workmanlike, almost shark-jumping humor, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” returned with a vengeance for its eighth season this past summer, resulting in arguably its creative zenith. The Coral Springs Center for the Arts has assembled two of the show’s key supporting players, both of them longtime stand-up veterans, for a night of comedy. Essman’s humor draws heavily on her ethnic Jewish background, while Lewis’ inspired stream-of-consciousness rants draw on whatever happens to waft in his cerebrum while he’s standing onstage.
Opening night of “Mitzi’s Abortion” at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $30; 954/678-1496 or www.infinite-abyss.com
It’s taken five years for this play, which had its world premiere at Seattle’s ACT Theatre in 2006, to make its way down to Florida; frankly, the subject matter is so controversial and divisive that it’s a tough sell anywhere. The work, by Pacific Northwest native Elizabeth Heffron, dramatizes the social and cultural conflicts that arise when a pregnant woman is told by her doctor that she her child will be born with a severe birth defect if she does not undergo a late-term abortion. Infinite Abyss, an upstart theater company specializing in off-Broadway provocation, is the company brave enough to once again push the hottest of buttons. The play runs through Nov. 5.