What: Emilie and Mika Brzezinski
Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: Free but reservation required
Contact: 305/442-4408, booksandbooks.com
To say that the Brzezinskis are an accomplished family is an understatement. The paterfamilias, Zbigniew, is a political scientist and presidential adviser; his daughter Mika is a television journalist and co-host of “Morning Joe”—she’s by the far the best reason to watch that program, which tends to set the day’s political agenda—and his oldest son Ian worked in key positions in the George W. Bush administration. But I didn’t know until now that Zbigniew’s wife, the Swiss-born Emilie Anna Benes, has been an accomplished artist for decades, specializing in monumental site-specific installations made of wood; her magnum opus “Forest” consisted of 46 tree trunks, and 1993’s “Lintel” featured parts of cherry trees cast in bronze. Emilie will appear in Coral Gables to promote “The Lure of the Forest,” a new book-length study of more than 80 of her projects—and the interviewer will be none other than her daughter, Mika, making her first area appearance since her 2012 lecture at Festival of the Arts Boca. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emilie-and-mika-brzezinski-tickets-11410221279 to secure a spot.
What: Alma de Tango
Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org
For those of us with two left feet, the prospect of learning a new dance can be intimidating—especially if that dance happens to be the tango, with its requirement of elegant male direction. And especially if it’s the pure Argentinean brand of tango, where the dance originated back in the 1890s. But with a teacher like Monica Llobet, a former World Argentine Tango Champion, guiding our steps, we all might have a chance. Her appearance at Arts Garage provides a rare opportunity for a free, hour-long dance lesson from Llobet at 7 p.m. Ticketholders can then stick around for an 8 p.m. performance by the Anibal Berraute Quartet, which will surely show us everything we did wrong. An acclaimed pianist, Berraute will be joined by an international trio of musicians on violin, bass cello and bandoneon—an accordion-like instrument common in tango productions.
What: Opening night of “The Double”
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth
When: 2 and 6 p.m.
Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org
So far as I can tell at this time, the Lake Worth Playhouse’s intimate Stonzek Theatre will be the only local cinema opening this critically acclaimed new thriller, adapted from an 1846 novella by Dostoyevsky. Anticipating the surrealist bureaucratic nightmares of Franz Kafka, the book centers on an anonymous government clerk who begins to lose his sanity when his exact double shows up at his office—that is, a much more confident, extroverted and dominant alternate version of himself. British filmmaker Richard Ayoade wrote and directed this modern-day adaptation, with what seems like a perfectly cast Jesse Eisenberg inhabiting the put-upon clerk and his aggressive doppelganger; Mia Wasikowska as the love interest of both; and the great Wallace Shawn as their supervisor.
What: Book signing
Where: Art on Park Gallery, 800 Park Ave., Lake Park
When: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/345-2842, artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com
The Brzezinski reunion in Coral Gables isn’t the only event this week combining the worlds of art and literature. At this book signing, the Artists of Palm Beach County coalition will show us why their art isn’t limited to the visual variety. Painter Maxine Schreiber (pictured), whose work is featured in Art on Park’s spring exhibition, will sign copies of her new children’s book, “The Story of DAPHNE the Duck,” which might change the way you feel about Muscovy ducks. The prolific artist-poet John Vincent Palozzi will also be on hand to discuss and sign “Cook these Poems: 20 Vegetarian Recipes Disguised as Poetry.” Other participating artist-writers include Deborah Desser-Herchan and Marilyn Salisbury, offering “Mumbo Jumbo: Poetry and Haiku;” and Linda Taylor Newton, supporting her young-adult novel “The Adventures of Katelyn, Gracie the Ghost and the Magic Horse.”
What: All American Tailgate Party
Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 5 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25 adults, $10 ages 13-20, free for children 12 and younger
Contact: 561/243-7922, delraycenterforthearts.org
This favorite Delray Beach fundraiser enters its eighth year connecting sports fans, beer drinkers and music lovers, with proceeds benefiting Achievement Centers for Children & Families. Billed as Florida’s Largest Tailgate Party, the event will include food samples from Delray’s top restaurants, craft beer offerings from Saltwater Brewery, and live music from local talent including Michele Lyn, Max DuBose and—in a rare live performance these days—eclectic country chanteuse Marie Nofsinger. The kid-friendly event also features a Family Fun Zone and a fireworks display.
What: Funky Buddha One-Year Anniversary Party
Where: Funky Buddha Brewery, 1201 N.E. 38th St., Oakland Park
When: noon to midnight
Contact: 954/440-0046, funkybuddhabrewery.com
It seems like just yesterday we were writing about the grand opening of Fort Lauderdale’s Funky Buddha Brewery, the large-scale, heavily fermented offspring of Boca Raton’s Funky Buddha Lounge. We’re happy to know that the unique brewery has been successful in its inaugural year, which it’s celebrating at this busy daylong party. There will be 40 unique beers on tap (natch), including such intriguingly titles brewskis as “Honey, I Shrunk the Braggot” and “Pinot Noir Barrel Iron & Brandywine.” Live music, which runs from 1 to 10 p.m. will be provided by bluegrass musicians Short Straw Pickers (pictured), the Heavy Pets side project Lather Up!, funk band Sawgrass Express, and Miami soul act Ketchy Shuby. Five food trucks will dish the nosh, and the event also includes an Art Beer Bottle demonstration, live screen printing and a book signing with craft beer writer Gerard Walen.
What: Morrissey After-Party
Where: The Garrett (upstairs) at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami
When: 11 p.m.
Cost: No cover
Contact: 305/377-2277, grandcentralmiami.com
Saturday’s concert with Morrissey at Miami’s Arsht Center, in advance of the singer-songwriter’s perfectly titled 2014 album “World Peace is None of Your Business,” has been long sold out. That’s what happens when a performer of Moz’s stature cancels his previous two South Florida shows, leaving his rabid fans chomping at the bit for their first live Morrissey show in this area since 2007. I’ll have a review of this concert here on bocamag.com on Sunday, but even if you haven’t been lucky enough to snag a ticket, you can still groove to the sounds of Morrissey, The Smiths and likeminded artists at this free after-party at one of Miami’s best clubs. DJs Ray Milian and Andie Sweetswirl perform, and there will be “signature Moz drinks” on tap.
What: Opening day of “Research and Development: Concerning Belonging”
Where: Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
When: noon to 5 p.m.
Contact: 954/525-5500, moafl.org
It doesn’t get more unique and site-specific than this first exhibition in a series of artist residencies at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art, signifying the museum’s summer kickoff. South Florida artists Rick Ulysse, Natasha Lopez de Victoria, Augustina Woodgate and Antonia Wright will be granted free reign of the museum’s second-floor galleries, which they’ll use to develop rotating projects concerning the topic of homelessness and belonging. Bonnie Clearwater, the museum’s director and chief curator, tells Boca Raton: “As the emphasis is on the artists' research into the development of their artistic practice rather than a finished work or exhibition, we don't know where the project will lead. It’s a mystery for all of us! It opens up the museum as a laboratory for experimentation, while bringing the creative vision of artists into the community.” The show runs through Sept. 14.