What: “The Good Kill” screenings
Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 6 and 8:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/760-9898, fliff.com
“I blew away six Taliban in Pakistan today. Now I’m going home to barbecue.” This line, spoken by drone operator Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) in the new war thriller “Good Kill,” speaks to the paradigm-shifting disconnect between today’s drone “fliers” and traditional combat troops. Technology’s ability to reign death on enemy combatants—and inevitably civilians—from the comfort of one’s computer is disturbing and, to put it mildly, ethically questionable. For Egan, a former fighter pilot who is now marooned behind the controls of a drone, his job leads to a crisis of conscience that affects his life at home as well as at the office. Andrew Niccol, lately of “Lord of War” and “The Host,” directs this intense and timely drama, which runs at least through Thursday at the Cinema Paradiso screens in Fort Lauderdale as well as Hollywood (that address is 2008 Hollywood Boulevard).
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
What: “The Thin Man”
Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org
Every pair of bickering detectives from the Depression-era onward probably owes a debt to “The Thin Man,” Dashiell Hammett’s swan song novel, released in 1934 and promptly adapted into a now-classic film. The movie version cemented the stardom of William Powell and Myrna Loy as retired detective Nick Charles and his wife Nora, whose plans of settling down are disrupted by a pair of murders, linked to an old friend of Nick’s and the so-called “thin man” who vanished in their wake. Five sequels continued the saga of these wisecracking detectives until 1947, but it’s this landmark original that fans remember most. Arts Radio Network will revisit the 1936 radio version of the script, which will be read by professional actors and supplemented by vintage music and handcrafted sound effects.
What: Opening reception for “Poetics of Relation”
Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 305/375-3000, pamm.org
A film about the construction of a Kenyan railroad, a sculpture of lighted metal palm trees and a sprawling installation of plastic and rubber sandals seem to have little in common thematically; but then again, neither do the countless cultures swimming among the diaspora of contemporary Miami. The carefully curated group exhibition “Poetics of Relation” features these works along with three others, all addressing issues of cultural identity and immigration in today’s global melting pot. Inspired by the cultural commentary of Edouard Glissant, the exhibit hopes to enhance the public’s understanding of place in modern society. It will feature painting, photography, landscape and sculpture by the likes of Zarina Bhimji, Hurvin Anderson, Yto Barrada, Tony Capellan, Ledelle Moe and Xaviera Simmons, and it runs through Oct. 18.
What: “Legends of Old School” concert
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 561/393-7984, ticketmaster.com
Remember the ‘90s? Those quaint halcyon days of popular music where used-CD stores thrived, music videos still helped sell records, and conservative presidents fretted publicly about the menace of rap lyrics? The organizers of this event certainly remember those days, amassing some of the rap and hip-hop world’s trailblazing chart-toppers for a night of throwback jams. The lineup is a veritable who’s who of influential rhymers: pioneering all-female hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, Palm Beach County’s own Vanilla Ice, Fort Lauderdale native and Latin freestylist Stevie B., controversial Miami rap group 2 Live Crew, best-selling R&B sensations Color Me Badd, and Gucci Crew II, another Miami-bred bass group. Dress appropriately, which is to say sunglasses after 8 p.m. and backwards Yankees caps are more than welcome.
What: Opening night of “Daniel’s Husband”
Where: Island City Stage at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/519-2533, islandcitystage.org
Prolific South Florida playwright Michael McKeever’s latest work is also arguably his most personal, an initially funny and ultimately tragic drama about the fine line between civil unions and marriage. In “Daniel’s Husband,” Mitchell (Antonio Amadeo) and Daniel (Alex Alvarez) are a committed couple with differing views on marriage. Legally, they can now marry, but Mitchell is obstinately, philosophically opposed to wedlock. This fundamental disagreement starts to create a schism between them just as tragedy strikes one of them, and the reality of custody, hospital care and rights for unmarried couples comes to the forefront. Like most of Island City Stage’s outstanding selections, “Daniel’s Husband” is an LGBT-centered but universally appealing play, as anyone who attended its premiere reading at Lynn University earlier this year can attest. It runs through June 28, and don’t miss it.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
What: Colin Jost
Where: Palm Beach Improv
When: Various show times
Cost: $22, plus a two-drink minimum
Contact: 561/833-1812, palmbeachimprov.com
Colin Jost is smarter than your average bear. The attractively coiffed and pearly-teethed comedian is a veteran of the standup circuit, but his peculiar brand of deadpan comedy has also made him a successful humor columnist inThe New Yorker, and a skillful deconstructionist of his own craft. He once came up with a “formula” for the perfect joke, which he shared with the New York Times Magazine in 2014: “One tbsp. current events; 1/2 cup structure; 8 oz. white-guy dancing; 1/2 tbsp. freshly ground Bieber paternity test; Osama bin Laden to taste; garnish with ‘This guy knows what I’m talkin’ about!’” His ascent to the top of the “Saturday Night Live” writer’s room as well as his overtaking of one of the “Weekend Update” chairs following Seth Meyers’ ascendance to talk-show hostdom is a triumph of eccentric niche comedy in a series that had become too pandering to the masses. See him at his most unregulated at this rare weekend of standup shows.
What: Free Summer Festival
Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach
When: 5 p.m.
Contact: 954/519-5500, pompanobeacharts.org
Arts Garage gets plenty of coverage on this website, but we don’t speak enough about Creative City Collaborative’s other cultural ventures in Broward County. There’s no better introduction to the CCC’s Pompano Beach initiatives than this free festival, which will provide, per its tagline, “bands, beers, eats and treats” to hundreds, possibly thousands of visitors. The Spam Allstars, South Florida’s famed mashup artists combining Latin, funk, hip-hop, dub and electronic music into their signature sonic cauldron, will perform, along with The People Upstairs, the veteran Florida progenitors of chill party-rock. The music runs from 5 to 8 p.m., while food trucks and vendors will provide nosh and wares, respectively. At 8 p.m., the amphitheater transforms into a Cinema Under the Stars for a screening of Clint Eastwood’s controversial box-office smash “American Sniper.” The movie is free, too, but you can reserve a seat at the event’s website.
What: Opening night of “Casa Valentina”
Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/445-1119, gablestage.org
Harvey Fierstein knows from drag shows. A former female impersonator himself, the flamboyant actor, comedian and playwright donned a plus-plus-plus sized dress for his Tony-winning turn as Edna Turnblad in “Hairspray.” He also wrote the seminal “Torch Song Trilogy,” centering on a gay drag performer, and the book for “La Cage Aux Folles,” a lighter musical about the same. But “Casa Valentina,” which premiered on Broadway in 2014, is a new spin on this old standby: The men dressing in women’s garments are heterosexual. The title refers to an enclave in the Catskills, circa 1962, where straight men break from their cloistered family and professional lives to act as women—a favorite pastime that may become irrevocably altered when they receive an opportunity to share their secret with the world. Fierstein’s first play in nearly 30 years received rave reviews on Broadway; expect GableStage director Joseph Adler and his superlative cast of nine to do it justice. The show runs through June 28.