Screening of “A Place at the Table” at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; admission is five cans of food; 561/243-7922 or delraycenterforthearts.org
This one-night only screening offers locals not only the chance to view a brand-new documentary at virtually no cost, but it does so for a great cause. “A Place at the Table” is a (hopefully) more inspiring movie than the devastating “Food Inc.,” whose creative talent it shares. Made in cooperation with Jeff Bridges’ End Hunger Network, the film extrapolates on silent killer of hunger in America, and is filled with alarming statistics – like the fact that one out of every two children will be on a food assistance program at some point in their lives. But it also advocates for change in a big way, and you can start at a local level by contributing canned goods as a form of admission to tonight’s screening, which is hosted by CROS Ministries and Delray Beach Interfaith Clergy Administration.
Sara Farizan at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 7 p.m.; free; 305/442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com
When I read about Sara Farizan’s debut novel “If You Could Be Mine,” I couldn’t help but think of former Iranian president (and apparent comedian) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s unintentional knee-slapper from 2007: “We don’t gave gay people in Iran.” Farizan’s controversial and critically acclaimed new book spotlights a pair of people that, according to Ahmadinejad, do not exist in his intolerant country. It’s a romance between two girls whose love is relegated to the shadows – and whose secret bond is threatened when one of them is forced into an arranged marriage. The daughter of Iranian immigrants, Farizan will discuss her novel at this Books and Books presentation.
Second Annual Brazilian Beat at Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 6 p.m.; free; 561/367-7070 or www.downtownboca.org
Brazil celebrates its Independence Day on Saturday, and for us in South Florida, that means it’s a great excuse to party like we’re South Americans. Downtown Boca hopes to draw thousands to Sanborn Square and what is expected to be the premier hot spot for Brazilian activities this weekend. The evening will feature food trucks serving gourmet Brazilian cuisine, a Zumba showcase, Capoeira dancers, and carnival dancers and drummers, along with a couple of outstanding live bands: Forro in the Dark, a collective of New York-based Brazilian expats whose members have performed with David Byrne and the Red Hot Chili Peppers; and Eta Carinae, a Northeastern Brazilian group combining traditional South American rhythms with contemporary electronic and pop sounds.
Sick Puppies Comedy Troupe at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 9:30 p.m.; $15 to $100; 954/667-7735 or sickpuppiescomedy.wordpress.com
Who knows what revelry will transpire onstage when the Sick Puppies perform their monthly comedy show tonight in Royal Palm Place? The troupe certainly doesn’t know: Boca Raton’s only improv team will make up everything on the spot based on audience suggestions, as they tear mirthfully and mercilessly through a number of difficult comedy games. This program is titled “Cooking With Words,” which could have something to do with a foodie theme this time around – or the title could mean absolutely nothing. At any rate, visit the troupe’s website and watch the hilarious promo video for this show, in which various “celebrities” endorse the Sick Puppies.
Rancid at Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 7:30 p.m.; $26 advance, $28.50 day of show; 954/449-1025 or www.jointherevolution.net
When guitarist Tim Armstrong and bassist Matt Freeman formed the California trio Rancid in 1991, the formula was fairly simple: Take the ska-punk rhythms of their pioneering first band Operation Ivy and throw in the political consciousness and driving guitars of The Clash. The band emerged at just the right time, earning its place in an American punk revival that also included Green Day and the Offspring. Best known for the hits “Ruby Soho” and “Time Bomb” from its platinum 1995 album “…And Out Come the Wolves,” Rancid has remained a consistently rewarding and drama-free band for more than 20 years, with its eighth studio album due later this year. Come early for Armstrong’s opening act Tim Timebomb and Friends, a cover project that has seen the punk icon perform songs by everyone from Woody Guthrie to Fugazi.
Black Flag at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; $22; 305/377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com
For West Coast hardcore punks Black Flag, where was a lot to be upset about circa 1981, when the band released its seminal album “Damaged.” Ronald Reagan was just elected, which prompted a rightward political lurch in this country that successfully energized the disintegrating punk movement throughout the 1980s. Black Flag raged anarchically against police brutality, anti-authoritarianism, social isolation, conformism and complacency, leavening their message with caustic humor. There may not be a folksy Republican in the office anymore, but I’m sure they’re still finding plenty to rage about in this time of war and overwhelming surveillance. Iconic frontman Henry Rollins has long since left the group, but the band has found a more than suitable replacement for its reunion tour, which features the shredding of its original guitarist, Greg Ginn, along with much new blood.
Jacuzzi Boys CD release party at Churchill’s, 5501 N.E. Second Ave., Miami; 9 p.m.; admission TBA; 305/757-1807 or churchillspub.com
This fall looks to be a productive season for Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys. Later this month, the garage rock trio will be embarking on a 32-date U.S. tour, mostly with Wavves and Kung Tuff, and next week the band will be releasing its third album, the self-titled “Jacuzzi Boys.” The record’s first single, “Domino Moon,” has been bouncing across the Internet since its June release, suggesting a slightly more accessible direction for the band’s sound while retaining its throwback rock ‘n’ roll approach; it sounds eerily similar to Wavves’ recent output, in fact. You can still preorder the album on lovely violet swirl vinyl on the group’s website, and be sure to check out this hometown CD release party to hear all the new songs before the Boys hit the road.
Klezmer Company Orchestra at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 3 and 7 p.m.; $36; 561/243-7922 or delraycenterforthearts.org
As always, maestro Aaron Kula and his Klezmer Company Orchestra will be on hand to ring in the Jewish New Year their own festive way – by merging native klezmer melodies with whatever Latin, blues, tribal or jazz music they can successfully integrate into their eclectic sonic stew. Today’s program will focus on the latter genre, promising “jazzed-up holiday favorites,” and it will also feature Jewish wisdom from an expert speaker in the field: Hillel Abramson, a scholar on the Talmud and Ukrainian Jewish history, and the interim Chair of Judaic Studies at Touro College’s Miami branch.