Best Coast at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $20; 305/377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com
In a world in which so much indie rock is defined by a clinical, antiseptic seriousness of purpose, the music of Best Coast is a breath of sloppy, poppy beach air from the wide-open playground of Los Angeles. The lo-fi surf-pop band, which formed in 2009, channels the fast-and-loud spirit of the Ramones (most songs clock in at around two minutes), the pop simplicity of early Beach Boys and the garage-y recording techniques of their like-minded brethren the Vivian Girls. The duo’s sophomore album, “The Only Place,” hit retailers in May; it’s an excellent, more spacious follow-up to its breathless debut, “Crazy For You.” And it doesn’t hurt that lead vocalist Bethany Cosentino is as cute as a button.
Opening night of “Divorce Party” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $31.80; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
Here’s a show that I would have trouble sitting through if my life depended on it – just being honest here – but it has been one of the biggest hits ever in the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse, so what do I know? After selling out its original run, “Divorce Party” returns to the Rinker tonight for a six-week stint, telling the story of a newly divorced woman, down in the dumps, who is rescued by three friends. The quartet of ladies embark on several misadventures – including episodes with pizza delivery boys, massage therapists and makeover gurus – all the while singing pop songs refashioned with new lyrics by Jay Falzone. I’m definitely not the target audience here, but if you liked “Menopause! The Musical,” this show will be up your alley.
Screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” at Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $10.50 to $12.50; 561/395-4695 or www.fathomevents.com
Arguably the greatest movie musical of all-time, “Singin’ in the Rain” is many things: an inspired comedy, a sensational showcase for the fleet-footed Gene Kelly, and an insightful dramatization of Hollywood’s transition to sound, to name just a few. In anticipation of the film’s Blu-ray release on July 17, Fathom Events is re-releasing the movie in select theaters across the nation for one night only. Remastered for the big screen, this special event begins with an original introduction from Turner Classic Movies expert Robert Osborne and an onscreen interview with star Debbie Reynolds. Stick around to be wowed by this magical film, as entertaining on the 20th viewing as it is on the first.
Miami Food Truck Rally at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 5:30 to 10 p.m.; free, with standard food charges; 954/585-5112 or www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com
What was once a maverick way to make a living – selling food out of a truck – has become a veritable investment opportunity; clearly, it’s not just for ice cream anymore. South Florida is one of the nation’s hotbeds for gourmet food trucks, offering everything from American cuisine staples to Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican and delectable desserts. For four and a half hours tonight, visitors to the Seminole Paradise Valet Lot at the Hard Rock will have a full buffet of options from the 20 food trucks offering their edible wares. Without further ado, the options are: Che Grill, Cheeseburger Baby, ChurroMania, Daddy’s Grill, Don Mofongo, Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies, Grill Master Café, HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars, Killer Pasta, Mangia Mia, Mojo on the Go, Ms. Cheezious, Mushaboom, Nacho Bizness, Overload Extreme Street Food, Porkalicious, The Rolling Stove, Slow Food Truck, Taco Fresh and Waffle Gourmet. The Osceola Brothers Band and Pinchadiscos will provide live music.
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“Short Eyes” at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 8:30 p.m.; $30; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org
Who says summer theater is for light musical fare? “Short Eyes,” which premiered off-Broadway in 1974, is named after the slang prison term for a pedophile. It’s set in an unnamed House of Detention in New York City, where a white, middle-aged, convicted pedophile has just been admitted into a ward that includes burly Puerto Rican toughs, a hip Irishman, a militant Muslim and a black amateur boxer, to name a few. Written by Miguel Pinero in a writing workshop while he was serving time for armed robbery, “Short Eyes” has a lived-in authenticity as it explores the racial, sexual and personal politics of modern prison life. The first in the Arsht Center’s weekly series of provocative works by Hispanic playwrights, this one is not for the faint of heart.
Screening of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” at Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 11:45 p.m.; $5; 954/525-3456 or www.fliff.com
To this day, Terry Gilliam’s 1998 head trip “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” remains one of Johnny Depp’s most critically maligned movies, enjoying a 51 percent approval rating on the film-critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences are a different story, with 90 percent of voters expressing their approval of the movie. The film’s haters, I’ve always contended, are actually hating on Hunter S. Thompson’s polarizing source material, because, as someone who has both read the book and seen the movie, Gilliam’s translation couldn’t be more accurate to Thompson’s drug-fueled binge through Sin City. Every frame of this cult classic is pulled, with a loving lack of clarity, from Thompson’s psyche, and Depp’s embodiment of the radical journalist is a thing of trippy beauty. See why audiences are right and critics are wrong at this one-night-only screening, part of Cinema Paradiso’s monthly “Retro Reels” series.
Opening night of “The Donkey Show” at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 8:30 p.m.; $35 to $50; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org
The words of William Shakespeare have already inspired far-flung adaptations in the forms of the teen comedy (“10 Things I Hate About You”) science-fiction allegory (“Forbidden Planet”) and samurai drama (“Throne of Blood”). In this context, perhaps a disco musical based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” doesn’t sound like too much of stretch. OK, it’s still a stretch, but it’s one that’s garnered heaps of praise for director Diane Paulus, who turned the Bard’s comedy into a sensational 2009 disco revue for the renowned American Repertory Theatre in Boston. Whether or not you know the source material, you’ll enjoy classic disco chestnuts in a new context. The show is presented as a stageless club party, where the audience is on the same level as the performers and is encouraged to become a part of the production. The show runs through Aug. 12.
Boca Burger Battle at Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 7 to 10 p.m.; $50 advance, $75 at gate; 561/338-7594 or www.bocaburgerbattle.com
Twenty hamburger artists from Pembroke Pines to Palm Beach Gardens will vie for top honors at this must-attend social event in Downtown Boca. Judges including radio hosts Mo & Sally and Chanel and food writers Jan Norris and Stephanie Miskew will taste contenders from Brickyard Microbrewery, Smash Burger, Rebel House, Morton’s the Steakhouse, Hiway Burger, Prosecco Café and many other burger proprietors. Of course, paying attendees will have access to all of the restaurants’ burger options, in addition to all the beer, wine and spirit tastings they want. The event includes a garden market, burger-eating contest and live music from local reggae band The Resolvers, whose latest EP debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Reggae chart.