“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at FAU’s University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 4 p.m.; $20; 800/564-9539 or www.fauevents.com
The Kravis and Broward centers may be dead as King Tut this summer, but FAU is picking up the cultural slack with an expanded program of its annual Festival Repertory Theatre. This year, the university’s theater department is staging three productions, running jointly: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning farce set in ancient Rome (running today and Saturday); “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” the 1930s comedy about an outspoken radio host whose dinner date with a factory owner leads to dramatic developments (opening July 12); and “Side by Side by Sondheim,” a beloved musical revue of the titular composer’s best songs (closing this Friday through Sunday).
Jay & the Americans at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 6 p.m.; $39; 800/564-9539 or www.fauevents.com
Pay no attention to the changing lead singers: Jay and the Americans are still Jay and the Americans, no matter how many vocalists step into the role and adopt the iconic name of the band’s original singer, John “Jay” Traynor. These days, 41 years after the group’s first hit single “She Cried,” Chicago’s John “Jay” Reincki, a perfect Traynor sound-a-like, has taken the “Jay” mantle, and he’s touring with original members Sandy Deanne and Howie Kane. Expect to hear timeless doo-wop hits like “Come a Little Bit Closer,” “This Magic Moment” and “Cara Mia.” The opening act will be the Del-Satins, who recorded a number of memorable harmonies for Dion, including “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer.”
Fourth of July Celebration in Downtown Delray Beach; 3 p.m. to after 9 p.m.; free; 561/279-1380 or www.julyfourthdelraybeach.com
The city of Delray Beach is going all-out with its annual Independence Day festivities, which, for the parents of tykes out there, actually begins at 8 a.m. with a sand sculpting competition. But most of the day’s fun starts at 3 with a flag-raising ceremony. At 4 p.m., Team Delray Beach will play its Deerfield Beach rivals – shades of the Gators-Seminoles college football game, no doubt – in an EVP Tour pro volleyball match. There also will be a mini golf course from Putt’n Around, a beer garden, an open-air art exhibition from Artist’s Alley, and live painting from 3D street artist Jennifer Chaparro. And from 3:30 on, there will be live music from Mixtura Band, Captain Reese, Eagles tribute act The Long Run and more, leading up to the 9 p.m. fireworks from Zambelli, which bills its work as “South Florida’s largest and longest fireworks show.” You be the judge of that.
Of Montreal at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $12 to $15; 305/377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com
If you’re looking for a band whose song and album titles resemble word salads from mental patients in Victorian England, Of Montreal is your band. It’s hard to make head or tails from some of the group’s most well-known tracks and releases: “Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse,” “Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?” “Death Dance of the Omipapas and Sons for You.” Not surprisingly, this Athens, Georgia collective is known for eschewing traditional means of performance and distribution, releasing its 2008 album “Skeletal Lamping” on such unorthodox formats as tote bags, wall decals and paper lanterns. With a sound evolving from quirky twee pop to funk- and electronic-influenced exotica – and with an outrageous, glam-inspired live show to go with it – Of Montreal is not for everyone, in the best sense of the term, but its cult fanbase will show up in droves.
Friday to Sunday
Miami 1-Acts Festival at New Theatre, 1645 S.W. 107th Ave., Miami; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; $10; 305/443-5909 or www.new-theatre.com
Talk about bang for your fundraising buck: Some arts institutions raise funds by hosting light hors d’oeuvres and a live pianist for a couple of hours, but in this second-annual one-act play festival, New Theatre is premiering readings of a whopping 16 new short plays, spread over two programs (on Sunday, you can catch both programs in one day, back to back). The talent includes both established South Florida playwrights and emerging writers, with titles including Juan C. Sanchez’s “He Always Cheats,” Michael Leeds and Marj O’Neil Butler’s “Life Imitates Art” and (pictured above) New Theatre Artistic Director Ricky J. Martinez’s “Stand Down.” See them in their most raw form before a theater company inevitably buys their rights for full productions.
Saturday and Sunday
“Stars, Stripes and Science” at Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; museum admission of $14 adults, $13 seniors and $12 children; 954/467-6637 or www.mods.org
Fourth of July revelry will continue in full swing on the sixth and seventh of the month for this all-American weekend of festivities at Fort Lauderdale’s premier science museum. Participants can engineer their own rockets, witness a demonstration of liquid nitrogen explosions, learn about how plate tectonics literally shaped America, and battle the museum’s experts in a “Science Showdown” trivia quiz. There also will be star-gazing, ice cream-making demonstrations and face painting for the little ones. Stick around, if you choose, to catch MODS’ IMAX presentation of the most patriotic of all modern superhero movies, “Man of Steel.”
Opening day of Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 2 p.m.; $25 (or $85 for the four-program series); 800/330-6874 or www.pbcmf.org
One of Palm Beach County’s most cherished nonprofits, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival is now of legal drinking age, celebrating its 21st year with a monthlong stretch of concerts in Delray Beach’s Crest Theatre. The four programs will feature music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and others, followed by “Meet the Musicians” Q&A sessions. They’ll have plenty to say about this process; clarinetist Michael Forte, flautist Karen Dixon and bassoonist Michael Ellert are among the organization’s board members, ensuring that the art always will be paramount in whatever decisions they make.