The Week Ahead: April 5 to 11

Tuesday

“Summer Hours” at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 7 p.m.; $10; 954/462-0222 or www.aventuracenter.org

Before he filmed his epic, award-winning TV miniseries “Carlos,” French director Olivier Assayas completed this lovely, unflinchingly realistic family drama starring Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling and Jeremie Renier. The film follows a group of siblings summoned to their newly deceased mother’s palatial estate, where they must decide the future of her expensive art collection. It sounds dull, but “Summer Hours” is wise, poignant and very French. The film concludes the Aventura Center’s 2011 Foreign Film Series.

Thursday

Will Shortz at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 2:30 p.m.; $25 to $40; 561/243-7922 or www.oldschool.org

Chances are, nobody in this country knows more about puzzles than Will Shortz. The puzzle master for NPR’s “Weekend Sunday,” the editor of the esteemed New York Times crossword puzzle and the founder of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, Shortz has made his entire career out of wordplay, designing those complex horizontal and vertical arrangements that stump us every day on our lunch breaks. His lecture at the Crest will include a history of the crossword puzzle and an audience-participation portion, so bring your thinking caps.

The Ettes at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 9 p.m.; cover charge TBA; 561/832-9999 or www.respectablestreet.com

This Nashville-based three-piece band of garage rock revivalists keeps it simple and compelling, packing a powerful, melodic thwomp midway between the White Stripes and the Donnas. Known for punky blues riffs delivered with a lyrical sneer, the Ettes have released four albums and shared bills with the New York Dolls, Kings of Leon, the Black Keys and the Go-Gos. And not since Ace of Base have band members given themselves such identifiable pseudonyms as the members of the Ettes, who answer to “Coco,” “Poni” and “Jem.”

Opening night of “The Sparrow” at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 7:30 p.m.; $50; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org

Few stories can earn comparisons to “Carrie” and “Wicked” in equal measure, but Chris Mathews’ and Jake Minton’s play “The Sparrow” has combined elements of both in an original tale about the lone survivor of a childhood school-bus crash who returns to her hometown to resume high school 10 years later. Only this time, she’s invested with supernatural powers. “The Sparrow” is not a musical in the traditional sense, but songs and dance pepper the story, which promises to offer an unvarnished look at contemporary high school life. The play runs through May 1.

“Palm Beach Meets Miami Salsa!” at the Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $500; 561/655-2833 or www.miamicityballet.org

Though based in Dade, the renowned Miami City Ballet has enjoyed 25 years of programming in Palm Beach County. To celebrate this anniversary, as well as pay tribute to the conclusion of the organization’s 2010-2011 season, Miami City Ballet will be hosting this lavish cocktail party and fundraising performance at the Flagler Museum’s Crystal Pavilion. Drinks will be served at 7 p.m., and a one-night-only dance performance begins at 8. MCB’s founding artistic director, Edward Villellla, will be in attendance.

Friday

David Sedaris at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $48 to $58; 954/462-0222 or www.parkerplayhouse.com

Sedaris is a bona fide literary rock star, humorist and memoirist, particularly popular with the latte-drinking, tote-bag-carrying public-radio set. Often exploring his own tumultuous personal history, Sedaris’ self-deprecating essay collections have sold more than 7 million copies collectively. From 1997 on, Sedaris has released one best-selling smash after another, from “Naked” to “Me Talk Pretty One Day” to “When You Are Engulfed in Flames.” This unassuming hipster’s Fort Lauderdale appearance from will include an audience Q&A.

Opening night of “Dusk Rings a Bell” at Mosaic Theatre at American Heritage Center for the Arts, 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; 8 p.m.; $15 to $37; 954/577-8243 or www.mosaictheatre.com

The Mosaic Theatre has been on a roll lately, mounting a stellar production of “Collected Stories” in November and following it up with the offbeat comedy “The Irish Curse” in February, which shattered attendance records at the theater. Hopefully, the hits will continue with “Dusk Rings a Bell,” the latest from “Tape” playwright Stephen Belber. Its story, which follows a man and a woman who reunite 25 years after they had a one-afternoon, adolescent fling, has echoes of the film “Before Sunset.” Chicago actress Jenny McKnight stars alongside ubiquitous South Florida actor Gregg Weiner. The play runs through May 1.

Saturday

Mary Oliver at Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; $15; 561/237-9000 or www.lynn.edu/tickets

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival has scored quite a coup, luring reclusive, 75-year-old poet Mary Oliver for a rare reading. Influenced by Whitman and Thoreau, the best-selling environmental poet has made a lucrative career out of an economically dying art, and she’s scored a Pulitzer and a National Book Award in the process. Oliver is supporting her latest collection “Swan: Poems and Prose Poems.”

Opening night of the Downtown Boca Film Festival at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $65; www.dbff.us

The Delray Beach Film Festival has relocated to Mizner Park, taking root in the former location of the International Cartoon Museum. One more film festival saved in a tough economy, the newly christened Downtown Boca Film Festival will open its festivities with a fundraising social event called “Casino Night in Old Hollywood.” The black-tie gala will feature food, cocktails, casino gaming and live entertainment, in a benefit for Planet Hope, the nonprofit humanitarian organization cofounded by Sharon Stone.

“The Composer is Dead” at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 2 p.m.; $10 to $27.50; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org

The Cleveland Orchestra takes a respite from its more high-minded repertoire to present this family favorite, a orchestral collaboration between composer Nathaniel Stookey and children’s author Lemony Snicket. This time, the series of unfortunate events takes place inside an orchestra, where its members have to solve the murder of their composer. Mystery storytelling mixes with classical music in a program designed to educate children about instrumentation. It has been called a “Peter and the Wolf” of the 21stcentury.