Lucinda Williams at Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $37.50; 954/462-0222 or www.parkerplayhouse.com
Lucinda Williams makes roots music steeped deep in authentic Americana: a stew of country, blues, folk, rock and adult-contemporary that somehow sounds as modern as it does timeless. One of the most consistently rewarding recording artists of the past half-century, Williams emerged onto the scene with 1980’s “Happy Woman Blues,” charted with her 1998 alt-country masterpiece “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” and has continued to expand her sonic palette on lyrically dense releases such as 2007’s “West” and 2011’s “Blessed.” Don’t miss this show – I certainly won’t. Look for a review of it on this site on Friday.
Paul Hendrickson at Museum of Art, One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 6 p.m.; free; 954/262-0255 or www.booksandbooks.com
Perceptive biographer Hendrickson, whose previous subjects have included Robert McNamara and Marion Post Wolcott, goes a long way to demythologize one of the literary world’s most dramatic characters: Ernest Hemingway. Hendrickson will speak at Books and Books inside the Museum of Art in support of his new nonfiction release “Hemingway’s Boat” (Knopf, $30), which promises to unveil new sides of the tumultuous writer. The author focuses his biography on the years 1934 to 1961, tracing Hemingway’s life around the one constant during his troubling, final 27 years: his boat, Pilar. “Hemingway’s Boat” is bolstered by the inclusion of previously unpublished material, such as exclusive interviews with Hemingway’s sons.
Opening night of “After the Revolution” at Caldwell Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $27 to $50 or $10 students; 561/241-7432 orwww.caldwelltheatre.com
In political parlance, there are apparently few words as damning as “Marxist.” We’ve heard this term leveled derisively at our president from his opponents for the past four years, attacks that are not likely to change much leading into 2012. Which is to say that, whether or not there is any truth to these claims, a play like “After the Revolution” is timely. Amy Herzog’s play, which debuted a year ago in New York, is a tense family drama centered on a promising law-school graduate whose father and family patriarch was, and still is, a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist who refused to name names during the McCarthy hearings. Things start to get politically and domestically murky when she finds out a secret that makes her rethink her political heritage. The
play runs through Nov. 20.
Opening night of Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival at various venues; various show times and prices; 954/525-3456 or www.fliff.com
Celebrating its 21st year, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival – also known as Florida’s Longest International Film Festival – begins tonight and runs all the way through Nov. 11. But to be a part of the social action, I recommend checking out the opening night festivities at Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. “There Was Once an Island,” a verite-style documentary from New Zealand, will screen there at 6 p.m. Friday, followed at 7:30 by the opening-night film “About Fifty,” an independent comedy about starting over at mid-life. A 9 p.m. kick-off party in the adjoining Sunrise Civic Center Gallery will feature a menu of Asian-style meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, quiches and more, plus the chance to hobnob with two of the stars, and the director, of “About Fifty.”
Friday and Saturday
“Meet Me at the Promenade” at Sanborn Square and other downtown Boca locations; 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; free;www.downtownboca.org
Downtown Boca is most certainly the place to be this weekend, with enough activities to satiate any and all tastes. Sponsored by the Boca Raton Resort & Club, the event begins Friday evening with the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated “Pedestrian Promenade” and continues with the debut of the Downtown Boca Bop Community Line Dance, family activities, a Segway Obstacle Course Challenge and live music. Saturday’s festivities include a 3-mile “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk benefiting the American Cancer Society, a “Sip and Stroll” tour of downtown Boca dining, entertainment and attractions, a classic car show, the Boca Raton GreenMarket, an arts and crafts expo, a photography competition, gourmet food trucks, Promenade parties and more. It really is an embarrassment of riches – everything we love about Boca in one convenient setting.
Friday to Sunday
Miami City Ballet’s Program I at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $19 to $85; 305/929-7010 orwww.miamicityballet.org
What with its sold-out shows in Paris, the recent 75th birthday party and retirement announcement of artistic director Edward Villella and the upcoming national PBS broadcast of a documentary on Miami City Ballet, this once-unassuming organization has been making some awfully enviable news lately. Oh yeah, and sometimes they stage dances, too. The company’s season opens Friday with its most jam-packed, eclectic program of the year: a four-part collection of classics that includes George Balanchine’s “Square Dance,” Jerome Robbins’ “Afternoon of a Faun,” Christopher Wheeldon’s “Liturgy” and Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room.”
Debut of “Cinema Under the Stars” on the third level of the Legacy Place parking garage, 11290 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens; 7 p.m.; free;www.shoplegacyplace.com
Palm Beachers can add another free outdoor movie event to their calendars beginning on Saturday and running on the third Saturday of each month through March 17. Movies will be projected onto a 20-foot screen, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure a good spot and to provide their own blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Each event will offer shopping and dining specials exclusive to “Cinema Under the Stars.” The series opens with “Twilight: Eclipse,” the latest in the teen-vampire franchise.
OFF! at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 7:30 p.m.; $13; 954/564-1074 or www.ticketmaster.com
If you think, as I do, that what passes for punk music today would make Sid Vicious roll over in his puke-stained grave, then you’ll want to check out the hardcore punk supergroup OFF! They simply don’t make bands like this anymore. In late 2009, talented members of Circle Jerks, Burning Brides, Red Kross and Rocket From the Crypt pooled their resources together and formed this homage to the early ‘80s West Coast hardcore scene many of them helped launch. The band’s debut album “First Four EPs” contains 16 abrasive songs running under a combined half-hour, which the band will play with spasmodic force. Stand near the front of the stage at your own risk.