“American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s” at Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 10 a.m. to 5
p.m.; $8 adults and $4 seniors; 305/375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org
This exhibition slipped under my radar when it opened Nov. 6, but I recommend seeing it before it closes Jan. 1. African-American artist Ringgold, who began her career as a painter some 35 years ago, is best known as a progenitor of the story quilt revival of the 1970s – an artistic practice that combines painting and quilted fabric with storytelling, usually from a socially conscious perspective. Many of Ringgold’s story quilts were considered lost to time for the past quarter-century, but now, on the occasion of the artist’s 80thbirthday, the Miami Art Museum is presenting the first comprehensive study of the paintings she made in response to the social revolutions of the 1960s: the series “American People” and “Black Light.”
Architecture in Helsinki at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $10; 305/377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com
Somebody once said that “writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” a quote that has been attributed to everyone from Elvis Costello to Steve Martin to Frank Zappa. Therefore, writing about the band Architecture in Helsinki is as doubly challenging as dancing about it. But this Australian indie pop outfit is more than just my favorite band name of the past decade. It’s also a boundlessly creative musical collective that integrates a full array of sonic color – from synthesizers and glockenspiel to tuba and clarinet – into a sprightly, infectious sound. The group’s latest album, “Moment Bends,” shows that it’s as comfortable creating warm electronic textures as it is soulful R&B.
Edna Buchanan at Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; 561/279-7790 or www.murderonthebeach.com
Few writers know about Miami’s criminal underworld quite like Edna Buchanan. One of the first female crime journalists in Miami, she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for her crime reporting. On the beat for 18 years, she covered more than 5,000 violent deaths. Her experience has made her a perfect fit for crime fiction that has the searing authenticity of lived experience. She’s written 15 novels since 1990; her new title “A Dark and Lonely Place” (Simon & Schuster, $15.46), which hits shelves Tuesday, is an ambitious and intergenerational love story that explores, among other things, a pair of violent lovebirds whose crime spree, more than a hundred years ago, bested even the carnage of Bonnie and Clyde.
Opening night of “Lombardi” at Mosaic Theatre at American Heritage Center for the Arts, 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; 8 p.m.; $39.50 adults, $34 seniors and $15 students; 954/577-8243 or www.mosaictheatre.com
Culturally speaking, professional football and professional theater lie on fairly separate planes that intersect about as often as the Metropolitan Opera and World Wrestling Entertainment. It’s just a different audience. Plantation’s award-winning Mosaic Theatre has embraced that intersection with full force in its new show “Lombardi,” apparently tapping into an invisible audience: Tickets are selling out before the first performance. It doesn’t hurt that actor Ray Abruzzo, who played Little Carmine Lupertazzi on four seasons of “The Sopranos,” will play Vince Lombardi; he’ll be joined by Laura Turnbull, Antonio Amadeo and others in a story set in 1965, when a young New York journalist arrives
to live with the Lombardis to write a profile on them. I predict you won’t want to miss this show, which runs through Dec. 4.
Friday to Sunday
Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic at Boca Raton Resort and Club and Delray Beach Tennis Center; various event times; $20 to $900; 561/394-2400 or www.chrisevert.org
Since 1989, tennis great Chris Evert has raised more than $19 million to combat drug abuse and child neglect through this nonprofit celebrity tennis tournament. Evert herself will perform in multiple events over the weekend, which includes such hot-ticket society gatherings as the Classic Cocktail Party and the Pro Celebrity Gala. As for the weekend tennis tournament itself, the lineup is star-studded, with Christian Slater, Elisabeth Shue, Stone Phillips, Hannah Storm, Jon Lovitz, John McEnroe and David Cook lacing up their tennis shoes. Live entertainment comes courtesy of the classic Motown group The Spinners.
Dave Foley at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; show times vary by day; $20 with a two-drink minimum; 561/833-1812 or www.palmbeachimprov.com
I can honestly say I have no idea what Dave Foley’s standup comedy is like, which makes his appearances at the Improv this weekend so intriguing. The Canadian television star, best known for his role in the “Kids in the Hall” and “Newsradio” ensembles, is one of the most under-utilized comic actors in the business today but, aside from some “Kids in the Hall” live roadshow appearances, he doesn’t do much standup anymore – and when he does, her certainly doesn’t tour Florida. So this is an unexpected treat.
Opening night of “All My Sons” at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; $55; 561/514-4042 or www.palmbeachdramaworks.org
Every opening night at Dramaworks is an event, but the anticipation for this particular season has been so high it’s almost stratospheric. “All My Sons” isn’t just a season opener – it also marks the grand opening of the new Don & Ann Brown Theatre, formerly the Cuillo Center for the Arts on downtown Clematis Street. Dramaworks more than doubles its size with the 218-seat venue, and already the company is gearing up for productions befitting the
larger space. “All My Sons,” the first commercial success from playwright Arthur Miller, features a cast of 11 – surely a Dramaworks record – in a play about truth, lies and family. It runs through Dec. 11.
Saturday and Sunday
Sting at Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 8 p.m.; $47 to $126.50; 305/673-7300 or www.livenation.com
Titled “Back to Bass,” Sting’s current tour aims to be a totally different beast from his last appearance here, when he invaded the Cruzan Amphitheater with a full orchestra. Sting has been prone to such gimmickry lately, revising his impressive archive in a variety of new ways, but he promises no frills on “Back to Bass.” Performing stripped-down concerts in intimate venues and wearing a T-shirt and jeans, this is Sting at his most casual and, perhaps, his most moving. If early set lists are any indication, the show will be as stocked with surprising rarities as with Police megahits.