What: Final day of “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition”
Where: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-1988, sfsciencecenter.org
It’s perhaps morbidly appropriate that the Titanic sunk 102 years ago on tax day, the anti-holiday many of us dread: Bad news flocks together. But if you need an escape from the IRS, you might want to visit the South Florida Science Center, which bids “bon voyage” to “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” the blockbuster touring show, complete with its own hulking iceberg, that ranks as the largest exhibit the museum has ever hosted. They will be honoring the Titanic all day with special, exclusive events, including re-enactors who will embody Molly Brown and a crew from the Marconi Radio Room. There also will be a panel discussion with three local residents with connections to the disaster: Tequesta’s Randi Lundi, Jupiter’s Jane Napier, and Delray native Trish Rowland, whose grandparents sailed on the Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage.
What: Easter Beer Release
Where: The Funky Buddha, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 7 p.m.
Cost: No cover
Contact: 561/368-4643, thefunkybuddha.com
The hipster lounge known as the Funky Buddha already has arguably the best beer selection in Boca, with 110 options readily available, many of them rare imports and American craft brews made locally by the venue’s own brewery. Hardcore Buddha drinkers already know this and have likely joined the lounge’s “Snifter Club,” offering special discounts on libations. This week, beer snobs can celebrate the season by sampling the Funky Buddha’s newest offerings, all of which simulate your favorite desserts, only with hops and in tall glasses: there’s Blueberry Cobbler, Carrot Cake Wheat, Whiskey Barrel Muy Bonita, Rice Crispies Blonde Ale and my expected favorite, Don’t Tell Reese Chocolate Peanutbutter Brown Ale. Local band The Loopholes will perform from 8 until midnight.
What: Opening night of “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey”
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 305/893-6211, mocanomi.org
The word “fantastic” doesn’t begin to convey the crazed enormity of the work by this provocative Kenyan artist, who has emerged as one of the art world’s foremost groundbreakers. Her collages, primarily mixed-media on Mylar, are part feminism, part transhumanism, part Grand Guignol horror. Combining found materials, magazine cutouts and sculpture with her own painted imagery, Mutu’s works are unsettling and beyond categorization, focusing on female bodies that have been disfigured or have merged with plant, animal and machine parts to create new hybrids. The resulting images make even Picasso’s cubist portraits look positively square. This touring exhibition of her first solo museum exhibition includes more than 50 works confronting such subjects as African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry and science fiction. It runs through July 6.
What: Opening night of “The Trouble With Doug”
Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org
The trouble with Doug, in this case, is that Doug is a slug. He used to be an ordinary man, but as his life progresses, he realizes that he’s slowly becoming a gastropod, which, unsurprisingly, comes as a shock to his fiancée and family. This is the premise of prize-winning composer-lyricist Daniel Mate’s modern-day take on Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphoses,” whose existential angst is replaced here by familial problem-solving and jaunty musical theater. “It deals with issues that all of us are facing today, living in a tough economic environment, trying to figure out what our ‘family values’ are,” says Lou Tyrrell, artistic director at the Theatre at Arts Garage. “The transformation is a metaphor that represents the idea of how does a family function, to deal with any kind of crisis?” The show begins Friday with discounted previews, and the regular-priced run begins April 23.
What: Vanilla Fudge
Where: The Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com
Radio stations these days wouldn’t know what to do with the molten, heavy psych-rock of Vanilla Fudge, the legendary Long Island quartet that has existed, on and off, since 1966. But even in the group’s peak years, selling a lot of records—or, to be gauche about it, “moving a lot of units”—was never its top priority. Chiefly, its goal has been reinterpretation: taking well-worn pop nuggets and morphing them into psychedelic gold through a thunderous sound that anticipated heavy metal. In the mainstream rock world, there may be fewer songs less radio-friendly, and more sonically adventurous, than Vanilla Fudge’s nine-minute cover of Eleanor Rigby; ditto to its inspired takes on classics by the Zombies (“She’s Not There,”) Donovan (“Season of the Witch,”) and Lee Hazlewood (“Some Velvet Morning”), which have all turned up on recent set lists, along with its most famous cut, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” which could peel the paint off a wall. This is an awesome get for Royal Palm Place’s Funky Biscuit.
What: “One Night of Queen”
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
Freddie Mercury may be an inimitable iconoclast, but if there’s anybody that can rightly claim to carry his torch, it’s Gary Mullen, a singer-songwriter who rose to fame with his show-winning impersonation of Mercury in the British competition series “Stars in Their Eyes” in 2000. For the past 12 years, he’s been touring with his band, The Works, in the theatrical tribute “One Night of Queen,” in which he marries the late rocker’s range, pitch and onstage flamboyance with an already uncanny resemblance to Mercury. The result is the closest thing we’re likely to get to a Queen concert circa 1985, with all the hits—“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Under Pressure,” et al—turning up in the two-hour concert. Mullen even employs a modified, custom-built lighting rig set to the exact specifications of Queen’s mid-80s tours.
What: KeroWACKED Multimedia Fest
Where: Boynton Beach Arts District, 422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach
When: 2 to 11 p.m.
Cost: $10 donation
Contact: 786/521-1199, activistartista.blogspot.com
The “love fests” of Jack Kerouac—and his Beat Generation, which thrived in America during the post-WWII counterculture—receive their modern-day correlative in this third-annual festival fundraiser for the Boynton Beach Arts District. Live art-making and music, dance performances, readings, interactive workshops and more will fill the most happenin’ street in Boynton all afternoon and evening on Easter Sunday. Performers include the local fire-spinners the Philosofires; Vanya E’dan Dance Company; Flint Blade & Honeydew (pictured), a duo that creates psychedelic soundscapes on a clarinet and Chapman stick; a drum circle from 8 to 11 p.m.; and door prizes and food (including vegetarian and vegan options) throughout. Altogether, 14 musicians/bands will play. And don’t miss “The Beat Generation Exhibition” at ActivistArtistA Gallery, whose centerpiece is a lifelike silicon representation of a genetically modified cow by the agitprop artist Jessica Gwen.