Opening day of “Pour” at FAU’s Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 1 to 4 p.m.; 561/297-2661 or www.fau.edu/galleries
Anybody can just pour paint on a canvas and call it art, right? I suppose, but the art of acrylic paint-pouring has evolved over the past 60 or 70 years, from Jackson Pollock’s fitful abstract screeds on through numerous “My kid could paint that!” rebukes and toward its own artistic elegance, as expressed in the Color Field movement that flourished in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Recent exhibitions like “Step Into Liquid” and “High Times, Hard Times” have re-asserted the value of paint spillers, and this latest exhibition curated by local art luminaries is simply titled “Pour.” It features the work of nine artists spanning generations and recognition, from internationally renowned painters to emerging talent. It runs through March 23.
Jon Lovitz, Chris Kattan and Tim Meadows at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; starting at $25; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
Lovitz, Kattan and Meadows spent a collective 23 years as cast members on “Saturday Night Live,” ushering the series from its turbulent 1980s to its character-driven 1990s and its politically astute 2000s. They each created indelible characters, from Lovitz’s Master Thespian to Kattan’s Mr. Peepers and Meadows’ Ladies Man. All are also better in small doses, so this stand-up comedy triple-bill should be, to paraphrase another Lovitz character, just the ticket.
Flavors of Boca at The Shops at Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; $45; 561/620-2553 or flavorsofboca.org
The latest annual dining sensation to tantalize the taste buds of South Florida foodies is Flavors of Boca, the Junior League of Boca Raton’s latest fundraiser, replacing its own Chocolate Decadence. The expected 800 attendees will have the opportunity to sample dishes from a who’s who of top Boca restaurants, including Tanzy, Brio, Abe & Louie’s, Morton’s the Steakhouse, Rocco’s Tacos and Nick’s New Haven Style Pizzeria. Those pining for Chocolate Decadence can satisfy their sweet teeth on offerings from Hoffman’s Chocolate, the Melting Pot and Tasti D-Lite. Proceeds benefit the charitable organizations sponsored by the Junior League.
The English Beat at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $20; 954/564-1074 or www.ticketmaster.com
Ska revival band the English Beat released just three full-length albums in the New Wave heyday of the early 1980s, but they’re all essential and influential documents combining the best of pop, soul, reggae and punk into a danceable stew. The band split up in 1983 but its cult status only increased, prompting a 21st century reunion that continues in full swing. The English Beat’s original lineup is no longer together, and has in fact split into two bands, one of which tours the U.K. and one of which plays the U.S. Dave Wakeling fronts the U.S. version of English Beat, a generous band that tends to play South Florida on a yearly basis. The band’s excellent set lists include the English Beat’s greatest hits along with choice cuts from Wakeling’s post-Beat band, General Public, including “Save it for Later,” “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Tenderness.”
Opening night of “Hate! An American Love Story” at Miami Theater Center, 9806 N.E. Second Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $20; 305/751-9550 or www.mtcmiami.org
Equality in love is the subject of “Hate!,” a world-premiere solo show written by, directed by and starring Christina Alexander, a New World School of the Arts graduate and an under-utilized actress in the Miami region. Alexander plays eight characters, male and female alike, who deliver 16 monologues over two acts, including a 15-year-old girl who is pregnant to a black teenager; a latent homosexual serving in the military during and after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; and a Southern white woman coming to terms with the fact that her sister is dating a black man. Prejudice and transformation are explored in a funny, moving and uplifting play that integrates multimedia and audience interaction, with the hope that Alexander’s words will spark a dialogue. It runs through Feb. 23.
Friday to Sunday
Delray Beach Garlic Festival at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; $10 per day; 561/279-0907 or www.dbgarlicfest.com
Now in its 14th year, the Delray Beach Garlic Festival pleases foodies and music lovers alike, with national and local acts providing the soundtrack for two days of food, drinks and chef appearances that bow to a certain aromatic plant. The Garlic Chef Competition is always a main attraction, and additions this year include the Cloves and Vines Wine Garden and an expanded event space, with added seating. Hit-making pop-rockers Lifehouse (pictured) will headline the opening-night festivities, and Saturday’s concert will feature reggae-rockers Pepper. Tribute bands for the music of the Eagles and Billy Joel will round out Sunday’s musical festivities.
Opening night of “La Sonnambula” at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 7 p.m.; $25 to $254; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org
Villages, inns and woods form the pastoral backdrop of this 19th-century bel canto opera by Vincenzo Bellini. The title translates to “The Sleepwalker,” and the somnambulist in question is Amina, a peasant girl whose nighttime wanderings prompt her village to believe that she’s being unfaithful to her lover. If only Ambien had been around in 1831. In this Florida Grand Opera production, top soprano Rachele Gilmore will portray Amina, a role once sung by Maria Callas. If you can’t catch it tonight, there will be additional performances at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 and 15 and 2 p.m. Feb. 17.
“Proposition 8” play reading at Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; $10; 561/237-9000 or www.lynn.edu
California’s controversial Proposition 8 ballot initiative, which in 2008 overturned the right for same-sex couples to marry in a state that previously allowed it, has already seen its share of thought-provoking fiction in the form of “Prop 8: The Musical,” a brilliant three-minute YouTube satire with a star-studded cast and music by Marc Shaiman. This play reading represents local playwright Dan Clancy’s (pictured) latest contribution to Proposition 8 fiction, and it seems to take a more personal, interiorized approach to the hot-button issue of gay marriage. It focuses on a gay Los Angeles couple in a long-term relationship whose disinterest in marriage is challenged when a group of friends try to convince them to contest Proposition 8. Stuart Meltzer will direct a cast that includes Michael McKeever, Matthew Korinko, Larry Buzzeo and Clay Cartland.