Opening night of “Pop! The Arthur J. Williams Pop-Up Collection” at FAU’s Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; free; 561/297-0226
These days, at a time when every third movie in the multiplexes is shot in 3D, the development of the pop-up book seems like an innovation long ahead of its time. The first usage of movable mechanics in a book dates back to the 14thcentury, and pop-up books eventually became a staple in children’s literature – though I always wondered how successful a book like, say, Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” would be if it had a few pop-up images inside. At any rate, Arthur J. Williams has collected more than 400 of these books, many of which are on display at FAU’s library through Aug. 12. At tonight’s opening reception, courtesy of the Jaffe Center for the Book Arts, visitors will enjoy popcorn, soda pop and a gallery talk by “paper engineer” Matthew Reinhart. It’s sure to bring out the kid in all of us.
Palm Beach Film Festival’s closing night film and party at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens; 7 p.m.; $40; www.pbifilmfest.org
The Palm Beach Film Festival closes its 16thannual event tonight with the South Florida premiere of “Sassy Pants,” a comedy by first-time director Coley Sohn that will likely get a larger release later this year. It’s about a home-schooled teen who flees her overprotective mother to live with her gay father, ultimately forming a bond with her dad’s young boyfriend. The film stars comedian Diedrich Bader, “Breaking Bad” star Anna Gunn and onetime child actor Haley Joel Osment, who, at 24, somehow still looks exactly like the boy from “The Sixth Sense.” Stick around for an after-party and awards celebration at a location yet to be determined.
Thursday to Sunday
Hukilau 2012 at Best Western Oceanside, 1180 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; various start times; $15 to $170; www.thehukilau.com
It’s spring again – time for the enormously popular Hukilau festival celebrating Polynesian culture, now in its 11thyear. Fort Lauderdale will be abuzz with Hawaiian-themed food, entertainment and lectures this weekend, beginning with a poolside party at 6 p.m. Thursday and concluding with a day of Tiki Bowling on Sunday. In between, festivalgoers can listen to symposia on everything from Polynesian tattoos and the Golden Age of Tiki Archeology to zombie drinks and the history of Fort Lauderdale’s Mai Kai restaurant, a perennial Hukilau hot spot. The creatively named live bands performing at the host hotel include the Intoxicators and the Martian Denny Orchestra.
Las Olas Food and Wine Festival on Las Olas Boulevard between Sixth and 11th avenues; 7:30 to 10 p.m.; $100; 954/727-0907 or www.lasolaswff.com
Area foodies should visit bustling downtown Fort Lauderdale tonight for this annual benefit for the American Lung Association. Ticket holders will receive a complementary butler tray and 6 ½-oz. wine glass, which they can then fill with selections from more than 70 top restaurants and 45 tables’ worth of wine and microbrews. Participating restaurants include III Forks Prime Steakhouse, BurgerFi, Casa D’Angelo, Truluck’s and 3030 Ocean. In addition, 10 local bakers will be vying against each other in the New Times Cupcake Battle. The Weedline Band and Pan Vibes will supply the live music, and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale will host a Culinary Couture Fashion Show on the event’s catwalk.
Opening night of “A Measure of Cruelty” at Mosaic Theatre at American Heritage Center for the Arts, 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; 8 p.m.; $39.50 adults, $34 seniors, $15 students; 954/577-8243 or www.mosaictheatre.com
Usually, Plantation’s Mosaic Theatre is one of South Florida’s select homes for the hottest fresh-off-Broadway properties – scorching dramas and comedies whose reputations have preceded them. This time, though, the theater is going out on a limb, producing a world premiere with moving local resonance. “A Measure of Cruelty,” opening tonight and running through May 13, is a work commissioned by Mosaic that explores the aftermath of the notorious 2009 attack on Michael Brewer, a Deerfield Beach middle school student who was doused in rubbing alcohol and set on fire by three of his classmates. Award-winning New York-based playwright Joe Calarco created a compelling fiction inspired by this real-life horror, and, as a new documentary about bullying is garnering praise at area movies theaters, the timing couldn’t be better for it.
Friday to Sunday
STOMP at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; starting at $25; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
After 21 years and more than 5,000 shows of noise-making, the master percussionists in STOMP have earned their distinction in one of the 50 best plays and musicals since 1983, an honor bestowed on them by Entertainment Weekly in 2008. The group’s forte is making infectious music from unlikely instruments: the show uses 200 liters of water, 30 brooms, 15 pounds of sand, 12 boxes of matches and eight bananas, to name just a few of the unorthodox musical materials. This year’s updated, restructured U.S. tour includes two new full-fledged routines, with new props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans integrated into the eclectic arsenal.
Record Store Day at Radio-Active Records, 845 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; all day long; free; 954/762-9488 or www.radio-active-records.com
For us vinyl records, the third Saturday in April is like Christmas – albeit the kind of Christmas where you buy yourself all the gifts you want. It’s the time of year for Record Store Day, the annual “thank you” from the record industry to independent retailers, who will be stocked with hundreds of exclusive new and reissued LPs and 45s, many of them available for one day only. Radio-Active, South Florida’s best record shop, is going all out, with live music from six bands, including Band in Heaven and Lil’ Daggers, plus concert ticket giveaways, a bargain LP sidewalk sale, food trucks, a special photo booth, Indie Craft Bazaar vendors and more. Continue the fun at a free after-party at Laser Wolf, 901 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale.
The Nowhere Band at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 N.E. 188th St., Aventura; 8 p.m.; $31.50 to $41.50; 954/462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: another month, another Beatles tribute band playing in South Florida (in May, the Fab Four takes one of the SunFest stages). Unlike some, this group charges an arm and a leg to see them, so expect top theatrical showmanship and period accuracy, as the quartet of talented, mop-topped musicians dresses like the actual Beatles and uses vintage instruments. They perform tunes from the Beatles’ expansive songbook, from “A Day in the Life” to “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” It’s too bad they’re not touring here in December; the group’s Christmas show finds them performing holiday classics to the rhythms of Beatles songs, and it’s probably the only time you’ll hear “Silent Night” to the tune of “Norwegian Wood.”