Opening night of “The Addams Family” at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; $27 to $74; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org
If you haven’t grown up under a pop-culture rock, you know the characters from “The Addams Family” from their numerous films and television series. But the origin of the characters dates back to a comic strip created by American cartoonist Charles Samuel Addams, and it’s this source material that “Jersey Boys” authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice drew from when developing a stage musical about the iconic characters. This hit show is still running on Broadway, but the touring version makes its South Florida premiere in Miami tonight before moving on to the Kravis Center Nov. 8. The story is vintage, dark, hilarious Addams: Ghoulish daughter Wednesday has made the mistake of falling in love with a smart young man from a respectable family, sending her parents haywire. It runs through Sunday.
Magic Hat Zombie Pub Crawl in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarsee District; 6:30 p.m.; free; http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156831744410074
In this case, I’m not sure that zombies crawl through pubs so much as amble upright in a catatonic, brain-obsessed stupor, but the idea of combining the traditional pub crawl with walking-dead mythology should make for damn good pre-Halloween fun. Magic Hat Brewing Company is sponsoring this debut event, which hopefully will become a seasonal tradition. There will be prizes, costume contests and drink specials for visitors dressed as zombies beginning at 6:30 at Lucky’s Tavern (214 S.W. Second St.). Fat Cat’s (320 Himmarshee St.) will screen zombie movies beginning at 8, and the party continues at ROCK: BRGR (208 S.W. Second St.) at 9 before culminating at the Poor House (110 S.W. Third Ave.) at 10 for performances by local favorites the Freakin’ Hott and – who else? – Zombies! Organize!!
Enrique Martinez Celaya in Conversation at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 8 p.m.; free; 305/442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com
When it comes to most museum shows, we can only presume what the artist was thinking when he put his masterpieces together. The Miami Art Museum is going one step further as a way to complement and enrich its newly opened installation by Enrique Martinez Celaya. You’ll be able to hear from the artist firsthand. Celaya will join Thomas Collins, director of the Miami Art Museum, for a conversation to celebrate the release of the new book “Enrique Martinez Celaya: Collected Writings and Interviews, 1990-2010.” Celaya will have much to say about “Schneebett,” his U.S. premiere work at the Miami
Art Museum, and he will also address the role of writing in the development of his artistic practice.
Thursday to Monday
Fort Lauderdale Boat Show at various sites in east Fort Lauderdale; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday to Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; $16 adults and $3 children or $34 for Thursday’s Prime Time Preview; 954/764-7642 orwww.showmanagement.com/fort_lauderdale
Now in its 52nd year, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is a mariner’s behemoth, consuming six locations and more than 3 million square feet of space – and pretty much clogging all traffic into Fort Lauderdale for the entire weekend. Not that we’re complaining; this is an unmissable show if you’re into boats of any kind, because it showcases them all: runabouts, sport fishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables and canoes, to name a bunch. There will also be show exhibits on exotic cars, brokerage yachts and yacht designing.
The Drums at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $15; 305/377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com
I will be on Grand Bahama Island this weekend to cover the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival abroad, but I almost passed up the opportunity to visit the island just to see the Drums return to Grand Central. Influenced by the best post-punk bands of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s – Joy Division, the Smiths, Orange Juice – the Drums perfectly channel these acts’ brooding lyrical angst and infectious danceability. The band’s last appearance at Grand Central, in 2010, was among my top five concerts of that year; it’s back this weekend in support of the great new album, “Portamento,” whose lead single “Money” boasts the chorus “I want to buy you something, but I don’t have any money/I don’t have any money.” Ain’t that the truth.
Opening night of “Artist Unknown/The Free World” at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood; 6 to 9 p.m.; $4 to $7; 954/921-3274 or artandculturecenter.org
As its title suggests, all of the images on the Art and Culture Center’s new photography show are credited as “anonymous” because they were never intended to be art in the first place. The hundreds of images comprising the show were compiled from social-networking sites by artists John D. Monteith and Oliver Wasow, reflecting the influx of amateur photography that has, for years, helped shatter the distinction between private and public life. It may be the future of photography, for better or worse, and, as usual, this terrific gallery is ahead of the curve. The event also includes a free signing and Q&A,
for an accompanying book of images from the show, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit runs through Jan. 29.
Odd Future at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 9 p.m.; $25; 305/673-7300 or www.livenation.com
Odd Future, a Los Angeles-bred hip-hop collective that emerged pretty much out of nowhere a few years ago, has achieved remarkable critical success in the indie music world and scored an in-depth profile in The New Yorker – despite a reputation for misogynistic and homophobic lyrics that, so far, has prevented me from making it through a single release by any of its members. But they must be doing something right. Led by frontman Tyler, The Creator, who also has a powerful voice as a solo figure, Odd Future’s doom-laden lyrics fall squarely in the horror-core category of rap artists, so it’s appropriate they’ll be making their South Florida debut on Halloween.
Closing night of “X-Scream Halloween” at G-Star Studios, 2030 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach; starting at 8 p.m.; $13 adults and $10 children; 561/386-6275 or www.xscreamhalloween.com
Housed in the backlots of the G-Star movie studio, this annual event, now in its sixth year, claims to be the largest haunted house in America, boasting more than 88,000 square feet of scare space. This haunt is the real deal, having received plaudits from the Travel Channel as one of the 13 scariest haunted attractions in the country by its third year in existence. The creators of “X-Scream Halloween” have developed a movie-like narrative to ground the action, setting the murderous story in the fictional Deathmask Studios lot, where guests enter at their own peril. Additions to this year’s program include a “Master of Scaremonies,” live music, a stage show and food vendors. The event also runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but there’s no better time to attend than Halloween night.