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The Week Ahead: Aug. 9 to 15

Wednesday 

Screening of “Battleship Potemkin” at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 2 p.m.; included with museum admission; 561/392-2500 orwww.bocamuseum.org

You can’t throw a rock at a film-theory class anywhere in America and beyond without hitting a screening of “Battleship Potemkin,” one of the most important films ever made for its development of the cinematic grammar. Screening as part of the Boca Museum’s ongoing summer series on early silent cinema, this agitprop classic by Russia’s Sergei Eisenstein, a pioneer of the modern montage style, is also a tremendously entertaining picture – a facet easily overlooked in its lionization as an academic touchstone. You’ll recognize the famed “Odessa steps” sequence even if you’ve never seen this film; its iconic image of a baby in a stroller rolling down a set of endless steps has been homaged or parodied in countless films since.

Steve Buscemi & the Wolves at Propaganda, 6 South J Street, Lake Worth; 8 p.m.; $5; 561/547-7273 or www.propagandalw.com

Yes, you read that band name right, and no, the great actor Steve Buscemi has absolutely nothing to do with this new West Palm Beach band, which played its first show at Propaganda in April. But the name certainly catches your eye, doesn’t it? This sludge metal band plays long, stoned, heavy, undanceable dirges with a sense of humor that isn’t surprising given the band name: On its Facebook page, it says that it “œformed in late 2010 from the gut of a baby demon,” and lists as its influences “Satan and Busch beer.”  ‘Enjoy this band until the inevitable lawsuit arrives. The band Collapse will open the show.

Thursday

Kate White at Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; free; 561/279-7790 or www.murderonthebeach.com

 

As the editor of Cosmopolitan, Kate White is a surprisingly grisly fiction writer. Though she has written some nonfiction books befitting her day job – career books for women such as “Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do” –  she’s most known for series mysteries and the stand-alone book “Hush.” A regular on New York Timesbest-seller lists, White comes to Delray in support of her latest tome “The Sixes,” a doozy released last week by Harper ($13.88 on Amazon). It’s about a Manhattan woman who hopes to put her life back together by taking a teaching position at a private college in a small Pennsylvania town, only to become embroiled in a local murder tied to a secret campus society.

Thursday and Friday

Tastemakers of Delray Beach on downtown Atlantic Avenue, 5 to 10 p.m.; $25; 561/279-1380, ext. 17

Boca Ratonmagazine is excited to sponsor one of south Palm Beach County’s most anticipated annual dining events. For a $25 passport, available for purchase at participating downtown Delray restaurants, foodies can join this two-night “restaurant crawl” and enjoy the offerings of 24 area restaurants, each representing a different country or cuisine from around the world. These include selections from 32 East, Tryst, Go! The Taste of Brazil, Caliente, SoLita, Max’s Harvest, Deck 84 and Olio. For participants, the fun continues long after Tastemakers; attendees can use their passports as VIP cards to receive four months of dining promotions at the two dozen eateries.

Friday

Opening night of “Six Years” at the Caldwell Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $38 to $50; 561/241-7432 or

www.caldwelltheatre.com

During the summer downtime, the Caldwell continues to be South Florida’s most prolific theater. Just weeks after closing its well-received world premiere of Michael McKeevera’s “Stuff,” the theater is unveiling “Six Years,” a show that begins in post-World War II America and continues with five more scenes, each set six years apart and ending in 1973 with the return of Vietnam POWs. Playwright Sharr White focused this quintessential portrait of a generation through the prism of a married couple that lives through these turbulent times. The whizbang cast includes Margery Lowe, Todd Allen Durkin, Gregg Weiner and David Perez-Ribada. The show runs through Sept. 4.

Opening night of “Song of the Living Dead”at the Promethean Theatre at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Davie; 8 p.m.; $25; 866/811-4111 or www.theprometheantheatre.com

At this point, it just wouldn’t be summer in Davie without a gross-out musical at the Promethean Theatre. Curbing the market on the youth-oriented horror-musical after successful summer productions of “Cannibal! The Musical” and “Evil Dead: The Musical” in years past, the hardworking theater continues the tradition with “Song of the Living Dead,” a comedic zombie sing-along inspired by George A. Romero’s “Dead” film series. The hip Atlanta playhouse Dad’s Garage premiered this work in 2008 to rave reviews, and the Promethean marks the first theater since its premiere to stage the play. This play should put to rest, at least temporarily, any naysayers who say that live theater is “dead.” It plays through Sept. 4.

Saturday

Bon Festival at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; 4 p.m. till past 9; $6 children and $15 adults; 561/495-0233 or www.morikami.org

The Obon Festival is a traditional three-day Japanese holiday honoring ancestors, whose souls are said to return to Earth for a brief visit among the living. Shortening the event down to one night, the Morikami’s celebration is the Japanese cultural center’s largest single-day festival of the year, drawing around 8,000 guests. The museum sells some 900 lantern sleeves, on which patrons compose letters to a lost love one. The notes are then sent on a raft as paper lanterns, illuminating the lake along with an impressive fireworks display. Traditional bon odori dancers and taiko drummers will entertain the crowd.

Opening night of Grace Waddell exhibition at Art on Park, 800 Park Ave., Lake Park; 6 to 8 p.m.; free; 561/355-0300

It’s never too late for an important first: Grace Waddell has been making art actively for 20 years, and her very first solo show will run through Sept. 2 at this gallery in quaint Lake Park. Boasting a pop art style reminiscent of Chuck Close, Waddell begins with photographs and transforms them into large-scale, contemporary portrait paintings; they resemble real-life images presented through a hyper-colorful filter -in other words, photos freed from the constraints of naturalism.

Sunday

Screening of “Conan O’ Brien Can’t Stop” at Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; $5 to $9; 954/525-3456 or www.fliff.com

Remember back in the spring of 2010, when our national news was so scant that the story of Conan O’Brien’s ouster from NBC was topping news reports? What began as a mere entertainment story mutated into a late-night turf war, with O’Brien’s supporters coming out of the woodwork to get behind their beloved “Coco” and demonize the eternally unhip Jay Leno. Considering the generous stipend he received from NBC, it’s hard to view O’Brien as a martyr, but he did get a raw deal. Prohibited from speaking on television for a six-month period, he instead took his show on the road for an extensive vaudeville tour, whose comical rigor is captured in this documentary. You probably won’t leave the film feeling any differently about O’Brien than when you entered, but it’s an entertaining ride, granted an inexplicable one-night-only screening.

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