Beach House at Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 8:30 p.m.; $20; 305/673-7300 or www.livenation.com
I generally hate the term “chillwave,” the invented music genre has been attributed to a number of emerging indie bands over the past few years. True, it’s easy to chill out when listening to the sleepy sounds of Beach House (and the band probably sounds even better on drugs, not that we’re advocating them). But we already have a genre to describe Beach House, and it worked well enough in the halcyon days of Galaxie 500 and Slowdive: dream-pop. Beach House’s records are like daydreams that last for an hour, with a sound rooted in the rootless clouds of the open sky, and the band’s live performances are entrancing. At tonight’s show, you’ll have the opportunity to hear tracks from its new album “Bloom” a week before its official release on Sub Pop Records.
Opening reception of “Ahoy, Maitz!” at Cornell Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 6 to 7:30 p.m.; $10; 561/243-7922 orwww.oldschool.org
Puns this good don’t come down the pike often enough: The colorful summer exhibition “Ahoy, Maitz!” is a reference to renowned marine artist Don Maitz, whose most iconic creation, the original Captain Morgan Spiced Rum character, is one of the defining fictional pirates of the past century. Maitz’s art, which includes popular myths and legends as well as the fertile ground of peg-legged, knife-wielding pirates, has been featured on the History Channel, “Dateline NBC,” “The Today Show” and in the pages of National Geographic. There will be pirate-themed appetizers and drinks for visitors, including, naturally, Captain Morgan rum.
Thursday to Monday
311 Caribbean Cruise leaving from Port of Miami, 1015 N. America Way, Miami; 4 p.m.; $699 to $2,599 plus gratuities; www.311cruise.com
Having just returned from my own honeymoon cruise to the Caribbean, I gained a newfound appreciation for easy we South Floridians have it. I met fellow-cruisers from Canada, Russia, Israel and all across the United States whose travel costs included airfare. But we have the Port of Miami comparatively around the corner, and what better way to take advantage of this freedom than by driving down to the Port to hear some world-class music on this five-day jaunt to the private island of Half Moon Cay. Reggae-rock fusion superstars 311 will play three concerts supporting its latest album “Universal Pulse” and its nine-album archive, and the band will be joined by like-minded acts The Dirty Heads, Cisco Adler, Ballyhoo!, 2 Skinee J’s, Passafire and more.
Thursday and Saturday
Florida Grand Opera’s “Romeo et Juliette” at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday; $21 to $200; 954/462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org
William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” is so engrained in the public knowledge – I think babies are born knowing the gist of the story – that it takes a certain kind of creativity to inject something new, memorable and lasting into the timeless tragedy. Charles Gounod’s five-act opera “Romeo et Juliette,” which premiered in Paris in 1867, was one new way of interpreting the story, though not everyone revered it at the time. Today, however, the story breathes new life in the form of Florida Grand Opera and director David Lefkowich. Utilizing multi-unit sets and innovative light projection, Lefkowich’s theatrical extravaganza ensures that every spark of fire and splash of water looks as real as 3D.
A Flock of Seagulls at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 10 p.m.; $20; 305/377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com
A Flock of Seagulls is one of the most-parodied bands to emerge from the trove of 1980s New Wave acts, a list that extends longer than Pi. In today’s nostalgic haze, the group is remembered mostly for the, shall we say, expressive and decade-defining hairdo of frontman Mike Score. The music he and his space-age collective made remains excellent, however; like Richard Nixon’s performance in his famous debate against John F. Kennedy, the band is better heard than seen. Of course, these days, 54-year-old Mike Score doesn’t have very much hair, which is all the more reason to focus on the catchy tunes like “I Ran,” “Wishing” and “The More You Live, the More You Love.” At 20 bucks, this intimate club show is a bargain.
Chuck Prophet at Bamboo Room, 25 South J Street, Lake Worth; $18 to $20; 561/585-BLUE or www.bamboorm.com
It will be a privilege to hear veteran alt-country journeyman Chuck Prophet grace our presence in a rare South Florida tour appearance. After a brief foray into neo-psychedelia, Prophet and his band Green on Red helped developed the sounds of modern alternative country alongside fellow pedal-steelers Uncle Tupelo. And since 1990, Prophet has released a dozen solo albums brimming with lyrical wit and rock ‘n’ roll spirit. His latest album, the excellent “Temple Beautiful,” finds him surveying the city of San Francisco for inspiration.
Friday and Saturday
Bob Saget at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday; $30 plus a two-drink minimum; 561/833-1812 or www.palmbeachimprov.com
There probably are few comedians you’d rather not have your children spend summer camp with than Bob Saget. But the former family-friendly “Full House” star and current bluer-than-blue comic (his vulgar routines would make Lisa Lampanelli blush) did just that, infiltrating a summer camp as part of his recent six-episode comedy series “Strange Days with Bob Saget.” The series also saw Saget imbedding himself into a motorcycle club, a Cornell fraternity and a league of wrestlers. It’s only the latest outlet for this multitalented star, whose resume includes directing (the cult classic “Dirty Work”) and Broadway stardom (“The Drowsy Chaperone”). But for this weekend’s performances, prepare to shower afterwards.
Art Rock at Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach; noon to 6 p.m.; $5; www.artrockrocks.com
Art Rock is a cash-and-carry art show and indie marketplace that began as a spring season offshoot of Stitch Rock, the popular Delray Beach indie craft fair that turns 6 in October. But by taking a more focused approach to visual artists specializing in lowbrow, pop-surrealist and outsider art, this annual hipster enclave has developed a strong following all its own. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, printmaking, fabrics, edible art and more will be showcased and sold alongside D.I.Y fashion, funky jewelry, and home décor. A total of 55 artists and designers will set up shop. Parking is free, and be sure to come early: the first 100 guests receive a free “swag bag.”