Palm Beach Opera Season Preview at Harriet Himmel Theater, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $10 for concert-only or $145 for dinner and premium seating; 561/833-7888 or www.pbopera.org
Beginning in January, Palm Beach Opera will launch its 2013 season, a three-show series featuring the company’s productions of “La Traviata,” “La Cenerentola” and “Salome” at the Kravis Center. But you don’t have to wait six months to get a taste of what next season has to offer. Like a live-action movie trailer, some of the company’s top opera singers will performs selections of next year’s material at tonight’s posh fundraiser at CityPlace. Mezzo-soprano Megan Marino and bass-baritone Peter Tomaszewski, both part of the organization’s young artists program, will perform numbers from next season’s operas as well as famous selections from “The Barber of Seville,” “Tales of Hoffman” and others. For the pricier ticket price, the event continues with a dinner with the performers at Palm Beach Yacht Club, 800 N. Flagler Drive.
“To Woody Allen With Love” panel discussion at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; free; 305/442-4408 or www.gablescinema.com
As I wrote in my review a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t terribly keen on Woody Allen’s latest ensemble comedy, “To Rome With Love.” But the director’s impressive archive tells another story entirely, and for this panel discussion, the Coral Gables Art Cinema has amassed a quartet of experts to delve into it. The panel will include Dan Hudak, Chairman of the Florida Film Critics’ Circle; Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books’ founder; Christina Lane, associate professor at the University of Miami School of Communication; Richard Schwartz, author of “Woody: From Antz to Zelig;” and Kevin Wynn, a television producer and archivist. Expect a spirited discussion of Allen’s renowned career, which spans standup comedy, feature films, books and jazz music.
Opening day of “Big Art/Miniature Golf” at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $4 to $8; 561/392-2500 or www.bocamuseum.org
The world’s most elaborate miniature golf courses have required more than an understanding of slope and artificial carpet. In some cases, dramatic and complex hole concepts have a certain artistic quality. As summer creeps into fall, the Boca Museum of Art will be attempting one such adventurous course in its main gallery, with holes designed by 18 artists. Better still: It’s completely playable. “We are always looking for ways to excite new audiences and to demonstrate the relevancy of the arts,” says Steven Maklansky, executive director at the museum. “[That so] many people in this part of the world are occasional duffers led us to the notion [that] enticing people to work on their short game inside an art museum could be inspirational.” The exhibition runs through Oct. 7.
“Last Summer on Earth” tour at Cruzan Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $19 to $75; 561/795-8883 or www.livenation.com
Hey, remember the ’90s? The four bands on this pop-rock mini-festival certainly do, because that’s when they enjoyed most of their commercial acclaim. Brought together on a single stage, Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Cracker represent a period when sweet melodies and actual guitar riffs could make it on Top 40 radio. All of these bands are still active today, but by plying their veteran trades in a time of digital backing tracks and auto-tuned vocals, they can’t help but peddle a nostalgia that I for one miss.
Opening night of “Cirque du Soleil: Dralion” at BankAtlantic Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise; 7:30 p.m.; $28 to $75; 954/835-7000 or www.bankatlanticcenter.com
In its latest touring production “Dralion,” the impeccable acrobats in Cirque du Soleil jump through hoops, plunge from tall rooftops, balance atop mythical beasts, jump a giant rope 10 at a time and organize themselves in impossible human pyramids. In other words, it’s another day in the office for the 28-year-old company. Taking its name from the combination of “dragon” and “lion,” “Dralion” is inspired chiefly by Eastern philosophy, integrating the 3,000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the Cirque’s signature approach, resulting in a culture-blending show that balances Man and Nature. The production runs through July 29.
Seth Meyers at Seminole Casino, 5555 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek; 9 p.m.; $45 to $70; 954/977-6700 or www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com
Gradually expanding from a small purveyor of local concerts to an outlet for top national headliners, Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek has booked one of its biggest marquee names to date in Seth Meyers. The affable comedian holds two coveted positions on “Saturday Night Live.” As the sketch series’ head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor, Meyers helped usher the show’s struggling mid-2000s brand toward 13 Emmy nominations in 2009. As far as I’m concerned, he’s been the best anchor of the show’s “fake news” segment since the great Norm MacDonald. As the longest tenured “SNL” cast member, Meyers tickled politicos’ funny bones at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, so the mass public should be a cinch. Look for a review of Meyers’ performance on this blog on Friday.
Arts Trolley Tour leaving from Cuthills Backyard, 511 N.E. Fourth St., Boynton Beach; 5 to 9 p.m.; $20; www.creativebusinessalliance.com
Boynton Beach may not be known for its art galleries the way its Southern neighbor Delray Beach is, but the city has an estimable art scene just waiting to be further explored. The Creative Business Alliance of Boynton Beach was founded in part for this purpose. The organization’s inaugural trolley tour, departing from the city’s latest dining sensation Cuthills Backyard, will visit five galleries – At-Sea Living, Beachcomber Art, Artful Dreamers Studio, ActivistArtista and Tortoise Treasures – before meandering back to Cuthills for a complementary draft beer with any order. In addition to the opportunity to peruse the galleries, there will be special programming planned for each stop, including art demonstrations, hands-on art projects, wine tastings and jewelry displays. If you don’t show up at 5, it’s OK – the trolley runs continuously for the next four hours.
Friday to Monday
Repticon at The Box Expo Center, 2223 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach; various start and end times; $5 to $12; 561/296-6669 or www.repticon.com
All things creepy, crawly and unusual will hiss, slither and croak across the 16,000 square feet of The Box, Palm Beach County’s newest convention space, for this popular animal gathering. Expect more than 100 vendors offering reptile pets, supplies and merchandise, plus raffles, seminars and children’s activities. Last year, visitors tasted fried mealworms at a World of Wildlife “Fear Factor” contest, tarantulas were given free reign on organizers’ arms and an albino alligator made a dramatic cameo—hinting at the kind of fun in store for this weekend’s expo.