Christopher Buckley at Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 3 p.m.; $35; www.fourarts.org
Buckley is the spawn of one of modern conservatismâ€™s patron saints: His father was William F. Buckley, the
erudite founder of National Review and host of the pioneering public affairs program â€œFiring Line.â€ Christopher doesnâ€™t share his fatherâ€™s polarizing political views; in fact, he ruffled many right-wing feathers when he publicly endorsed Barack Obama in 2008, a decision that prompted his resignation from his fatherâ€™s publication. A formidable writer in his own right, he is most known for pungent political satires such as â€œThank You For Smokingâ€ and â€œLittle Green Men.â€
â€œBaariaâ€ at the Tower Theatre, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami; $5 to $6; 6:15 p.m.; 305/643-8706; www.mdc.edu/culture/tower
Just two days after hosting dozens of films at the Miami International Film Festival, the Tower Theatre in Little Havana is already back to its adventurous programming, kicking off the week with the exclusive 35mm South Florida premiere of the Golden Globe-nominated â€œBaaria.â€ The film is the latest epic from Giussepe Tornatore, the Italian director behind 1988â€™s sentimental classic â€œCinema Paradiso.â€ Tornatoreâ€™s first movie in three years, â€œBaariaâ€ centers on a Sicilian family over three generations of personal and political tumult. It runs through at least next Thursday.
â€œPersepolisâ€ at Florida Atlantic Universityâ€™s Performing Arts Building, room 101, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; free; 561/297-2206 orwww.fau.edu
We seem to be in the vanguard of an adult-animation movement in cinema, and it can be argued that the trend
really began in 2007 with the astonishing â€œPersepolis.â€ Codirected by Marjane Satrapi, on whose graphic novel the film is based, â€œPersepolisâ€ is a comic book brought to vivid, imaginative life, following a young girl who comes of age before and after the overthrow of the Shah of Iran. The story is witty, humane and poignant; the animation is crisp and bold; and the subject matter is confrontational. The film deservedly won a Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and it should have won more than that. It screens as part of the universityâ€™s ongoing French Film Festival.
KISS at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $79 to $169; 800/745-3000 orwww.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com
Pop-culture bellwethers that have transcended their status as a mere rock band, the members of KISS have released a whopping 37 albums in 39 years and, unlike most acts that formed in 1972, they still manage to attract young crowds to their concert spectacles. KISS fans often dress up in makeup themselves and follow their favorite band with a mixture of cult loyalty and military fealty â€“ they are even called the â€œKISS Army.â€
Freezepop at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 9 p.m.; $10 in advance and $13 at door; 561/832-9999 or www.respectablestreet.com
Sounding just as sugary, sweet and bouncy as its name, the synthpop act Freezepop formed in Boston in 1999 and has released four albums and a handful of singles. Originally, the groupâ€™s cheesy-cool bleeps and bloops were recorded on a MIDI sequencer that was often mistaken for a Game Boy and, indeed, the groupâ€™s glitchy music recalls the sound of primitive video games and retro science-fiction movies. Its latest release is 2010â€™s â€œImaginary Friends.â€
Colin Hay at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8:30 p.m.; $25 to $35; 954/462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org
As the frontman for Men at Work â€“ the band responsible for hits like â€œDown Underâ€ and â€œOverkillâ€ â€“ Colin Hay was right in the thick of the poppiest side of â€˜80s New Wave. Hay reappeared from obscurity in 2009 with his first solo album, â€œAmerican Sunshine,â€ a singer-songwriter affair that sounds nothing like his old band. It sounds a lot more like Jimmy Buffett, which certainly isnâ€™t my thing, but if itâ€™s yours, you canâ€™t go wrong. Besides, maybe Hay will dust off some of those Men at Work numbers you only hear in Time Life commercials and lite-FM stations.
Opening of â€œFrom A to Z: Great Photographs From the Norton Collectionâ€ at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; $12 adults and $5 ages 13 to 21; 10 a.m.; 561/659-4689
When Charles Stainback, the resident photography curator at the Norton Museum of Art, mounts an original show, Iâ€™m always one of the first in line to see it. Stainback has a great eye for not just whatâ€™s in the image, but whatâ€™s beyond the frame â€“ what the image says about us, the objects it captures and the nature of photography itself. â€œFrom A to Z,â€ which opens Saturday along with a couple of other shows, is an alphabetical survey of works from nearly 3,000 photographs in the museumâ€™s permanent collection, and it is sure to make a great case for curator as auteur.
Saturday and Sunday
Hatsume Fair at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 561-495-0233 or www.morikami.org
The traditional Japanese celebration of the first bud of spring, the Hatsume Fair is the Morikamiâ€™s largest event of the year, one that seems to be getting bigger and better each year. This weekendâ€™s Hatsume Fair offers three stages of continuous live entertainment, including taiko drumming, martial art and bonsai demonstrations, a cosplay contest and more. Tateâ€™s Comics will be selling â€œwacky Japanese snacks,â€ and kids will enjoy bounce houses, arts and crafts activities and face painting.
Pat Metheny Trio at Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Davie; 8 p.m.; $50 to $75; 954/462-0222 orwww.browardcenter.org
The last time Pat Metheny came our way, he brought a friend: The towering â€œOrchestrion,â€ a massive multi-instrumental construction that resembled a sort of early mainframe computer from an old sci-fi movie. Playing solo, Metheny was dwarfed by his impressive toy. Look for his performance in Davie Monday to be more on the traditional side; heâ€™ll be playing with his jazz trio in a concert sponsored by South Florida Jazz. Metheny is one of the modern masters of the jazz bass guitar, having won 17 Grammys out of 33 nominations.
Andy Offut Irwin at Caldwell Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 2 and 7 p.m.; $20 to $25 adults, $10 students; 561/241/7432 orwww.caldwelltheatre.com
Irwin is one of the most unique and multitalented guests in the Caldwellâ€™s Planet Story series of renowned storytellers. A humorist, musician and teacher as much as he is a storyteller, Irwin began his career with an improv comedy troupe, and patrons at this one-night-only event can expect to laugh as much as they would at a comedy club. Irwin looks at storytelling as a form of theater, and, as in a play, he sets out to create an entire world, complete with spot-on sound effects, mouth noises and regional dialects.