Diana Krall at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 8 p.m.; $75 to $99.50; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org
Canadian jazz pianist Diana Krall’s music usually exists out of time and certainly out of trend, scoring hits with her original renditions of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin songs on through to Burt Bacharach and Tom Waits. Having conquered the Great American Songbook and much of the Great White Way to the tune of two Grammy Awards and more than 15 million albums sold worldwide, Mrs. Elvis Costello decided to narrow her gaze to 1920s and 1930s jazz music on her latest release, 2012’s “Glad Rag Doll,” which her current tour is supporting. She worked with legendary producer T. Bone Burnett to create an album inspired by her father’s collection of 78-rpm records, saying that, “I was just trying to recreate my own old movie, trying to live the Carole Lombard characters I saw on late-night pictures.”
Opening night of Palm Beach Film Festival at Muvico Parisian, 545 Hibiscus St., West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $75; 561/362-0003 or www.pbifilmfest.org
Now in its 18th year, the Palm Beach International Film Festival will offer another solid week of some 26 world premieres and eight U.S. premieres from nearly 20 countries, at four theaters across the county. Tonight’s opening-night film is a coup for the festival; titled “Decoding Annie Parker” (pictured), it’s a true-story based dramedy about the title character’s lifelong battle with cancer and the simultaneous, decades-long labor of a geneticist to sequence a breast cancer gene. Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt and Aaron Paul star in the film, which should have a nice shelf life long after the festival. Director Steven Bernstein and the real-life Anne Parker will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film, and stick around for a luxurious party on the rooftop of Two City Plaza. The festival continues until April 11.
Victoria Jolson at Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 2 p.m.; free; 954/357-7443
Sound-film pioneer Al Jolson – whose improvised line of “wait a minute, wait a minute … you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” changed the course of cinema forever – wasn’t the only Jolson to make it in showbiz. His daughter-in-law Victoria, who happens to live in Weston, also enjoyed success as a Rockette dancer, opera star and big band singer. Her 2007 memoir “Beneath the Laughter” chronicles her rise in the entertainment industry, as well as her relationship to her father-in-law and the Jolson legacy. The book is filled with juicy insider vignettes about countless entertainment and political figures, not limited to Billy Graham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Milton Berle, Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Ringo Starr and Hillary Clinton. She will discuss some of them, and sign her book, at this special event.
Edward Albee at Miniaci Center at Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferraro Jr. Blvd., Davie; 7 p.m.; free; 954/262-8236
I shouldn’t need to tell you that this evening with Edward Albee is the most important cameo from a world-renowned playwright to hit South Florida since Stephen Sondheim spoke at the Kravis Center in 2009. A hush-hush event – it isn’t even listed on the Miniaci Center’s website – the event is promoted under the radar but is still likely to sell out all of its free tickets, which must be obtained, beginning today, at the Office of the Dean, in the Mailman-Hollywood Building on the NSU campus. Albee has written a number of the most enduring plays of the last half-century, with “The Zoo Story,” “Three Tall Women,” “A Delicate Balance” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” which receive frequent revivals on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country. The 85-year-old Albee has purportedly been in ill health recently, and his lecture, titled “Life and Death,” may address this.
Opening night of “An Iliad” at Mizner Park Studio Theatre, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $20 to $30; 954/300-2149 or www.outretheatrecompany.com
In the modern vulgate, Homer’s legendary Greek poem “The Iliad” contains 15,693 lines. We assume that not all of them will be included in this revisionist take on the literary masterwork, which runs an hour and a half with no intermission. Re-conceived by playwrights Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson, “An Iliad” is another challenging, ambitious production from Boca Raton’s Outre Theatre Company, which premiered with Andrew Lippa’s difficult “Wild Party” last year. This spartan production presents the Homeric epic as a one-man show with direct audience address – an intimate rendering of Achilles, Hector and the battle of Troy that, if it works well, will relate to modern times. The actor tasked with the Herculean job is Avi Hoffman, no stranger to one-man shows. The production runs through April 14.
Inaugural First Friday Art Walk at various downtown Miami galleries; 6 to 10 p.m.; free; 239/949-5411 or www.expoships.com/firstfridays
It’s hard to believe that downtown Miami didn’t already have a monthly art walk, but apparently not: The traditional Second Saturday art walks are limited to areas like Wynwood and the Design District, which cover different ground. Tonight’s debut Friday night shindig will feature the work of more than 150 exhibiting artists, in venues like the MDC Museum of Art (pictured), Bas Fisher Invitational, TM Sisters, Press Studio, Nina Torres Fine Art, Etra Fine Art/Wine Bar, McCormick Place and many others. If you have been waiting for the perfect time to explore downtown Miami’s vibrant art culture, this is it. Furthermore, this particular art walk coincides with the debut of the MIA Encore Fair, a mini-Basel composed of 28 international art dealers displaying and selling the work of established and emerging artists; the fair is free as well, and will take place throughout the weekend.
Friday to Sunday
Delray Affair along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach; 10 a.m. to 6 p p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; free; 561/279-0907 or www.delrayaffair.com
Long, long before Delray Beach was christened the Most Fun Small Town in America – heck, long before Atlantic Avenue was Atlantic Avenue – the Delray Affair was drawing attention from locals as a top-caliber art fair, and it has since grown to be the largest arts and crafts festival in the Southeastern United States. The Affair is now entering its 51st year, with the 2013 edition taking place a bit earlier in the social season than usual, which is just fine with us. Expect to see artists representing a dozen countries, in media including oils, watercolors, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and more, along with strolling entertainment, vendor booths and festival food, like the acclaimed conch fritters. Be sure to turn up early for a half-decent parking space.
Miami City Ballet’s Program IV at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; starting at $20; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
This weekend, the Kravis Center will get first dibs on Miami City Ballet’s season-closing production, a full month before it plays its hometown of Miami. George Balanchine’s 1936 ballet “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” will headline the evening – a pulpy, hard-boiled crime narrative plucked from the end of Rodgers and Hart’s Broadway musical “On Your Toes.” A rowdy piece rife with ultra-fast tap dancing and talking parts, the engrossing narrative centers on a hoofer, a dance-hall girl and her jealous boyfriend, and the violence that ensues. The program also includes Jerome Robbins’ beloved “Dances at a Gathering,” the choreographer's celebration of the form, featuring 10 dancers moving to a live Chopin score. There may be some bittersweetness to this production, given that it’s the last program created by former Artistic Director Edward Villella; luckily, his successor, Lourdes Lopez, has already announced the company’s 2013-2014 season, and she’s not missing a beat.