“Still Walking” at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 7 p.m.; $10; 954/462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org
The second film in the cultural center’s three-movie foreign film series, “Still Walking”is the profoundly humanist story of a dysfunctional Japanese family brought together to celebrate the life of one of their departed kin. Directed with gentle assurance by Hirokazu Kore-eda of the mesmerizing “After Life,” “Still Walking” is quietly moving and deeply
relatable, filled with unforgettable images, emotions and textures.
Itzhak Perlman at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; admission TBA; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
The Israeli-American violin virtuoso Perlman is not on this year’s Festival of the Arts BOCA bill (which begins Friday — more on that to come), but he’s gracing our shores anyway with a one-night-only appearance at the Kravis Center. The venue’s website is unusually scant on information about the concert; the program remains unknown or undecided. But Perlman’s legions of fans should rejoice none the same.
Bright Eyes at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 8 p.m.; $28; 305/673-7300 or www.livenation.com
For the past decade or so, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Conor Oberst, the brilliant lyricist and semi-annoying vocalist behind the emo-indie outfit Bright Eyes. Oberst can be a rather obnoxious presence, and his early folk-tinged records have a short shelf life. But his band’s latest, “The People’s Key,” is probably its best: It’s chockablock with interesting electronic textures, grinding rockers and plaintive balladry. It seems Oberst has never been a more confident musician.
Spring Awakening at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $20 to $60; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
The Kravis Center’s stellar week continues with the Palm Beach County premiere of “Spring Awakening,” the controversial Tony Award-winning rock musical about the sexual discoveries of late 19th century German students as they come of age. Bravo to the Kravis for booking an unconventional Broadway hit whose themes reach far beyond the edge of the venue’s traditional comfort zone.
Opening night of the South Beach Comedy Festival; various venues, prices and times; www.southbeachcomedyfestival.com
More than 10 nationally touring comedians will perform from Wednesday through Sunday at five venues on South Beach. For more on this festival, check out bocamag.com for my blog about it later this week.
“The September Issue” at the Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 2:30, 5:15 and 8 p.m. Friday; free for members and $5 nonmembers; 561/655-7227 or www.fourarts.org
Directed by RJ Cutler, this documentary follows the production of Vogueâ€™s epic, annual
September Issue over several months in 2007. Anna Wintour, the magazine’s harsh and uncompromising editor, comes across as tyrannical monster, presiding over her minions with an acid tongue. But the proof is in the product, and Cutler’s inside story of the creation of the fashion-setting, game-changing issue makes for essential viewing for both fashion and journalism buffs.
Opening night of Miami City Ballet’s Program III at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $19 to $169; 561/832-7469 orwww.kravis.org
The centerpiece of Miami City Ballet’s penultimate seasonal show is Paul Taylor’s “Promethean Fire,” for my money the most anticipated dance of the cultural season. The emotionally riveting work features black-clad dancers communicating the choreographer’s response to 9-11, set to orchestral transcriptions of Bach. The program also includes Balanchine’s “Scotch Symphony” and Twyla Tharp’s popular “Nine Sinatra Songs.”
Opening night of “Christina Lei Rodriguez: Forever” at Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood; 6 to 9 p.m.; $7 adults and $4 students, seniors and children; 954/921-3274 or www.artandculturecenter.org
This new solo exhibition, which runs through April 10, compiles eye-popping work from Rodriguez circa 2003 to 2010. Inspired by the full-blooming plasticity of artificial flowers, Rodriguez’s work explores the aesthetics of desire. She works primarily in sculptural landscapes, but check out this image from the Art and Culture Center’s website: a cornucopia of dripping color, like a snapshot of Willy Wonka’s factory melting from a heat wave.
The Vagina Monologues at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Davie; 8 p.m.; $15; 954/462-0222 orwww.browardcenter.org
In celebration of “VDay 2011,” the Nova Southeastern medical students will mount this one-woman feminist classic from playwright Eve Ensler. Through a series of seven monologues, issues such as love, sex, rape, menstruation, birth and genital mutilation are explored, employing everything from raucous humor to sobering drama. Now is your chance to see this provocative off-Broadway favorite at an affordable price.
Dexter Tucker at the Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 8 and 10:30 p.m.; $10; 561/512-8472
Chris Rock isn’t the only major comedian whose younger brother has followed in his footsteps. So he too has Dexter Tucker, kin of “Rush Hour” star Chris, who has emerged as a comedic force in his own right in a number of films, stage productions and comedy clubs. The Funky Buddha, Palm Beach County’s best-kept secret for stand-up comedy, will host Tucker for two shows, which also feature a handful of local comedians and host Richy Lala.