Weird Al Yankovic at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $49 to $69; 800/745-3000 or
The biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, Weird Al Yankovic is pretty much an industry unto himself, requiring little in the way of commercial airplay to sell records. Pretty much everything in the world of song parodies today is indebted to Yankovic’s inspired wordplay, arcane subject matter and understanding of the cultural zeitgeist, with previous hits including “Amish Paradise” and “White and Nerdy.” His latest release “Apocalypse” finds the satirist once again in fine form, as he takes on sacred cows such as the White Stripes, Lady Gaga, the Doors and Queen.
Cave at the Snooze Theatre, 798 10th St., Lake Park; 9 p.m.; cover charge usually $5; 561/842-7949
Emerging from Chicago’s vibrant post-rock scene in the mid-2000s, the trio Cave toils in groove-driven, psychedelic-tinged experimental underground rock that’s every bit as expansive as the bands it’s been compared to – Can, Stereolab and Funkadelic. It’s as danceable and addictive as much of the radio-friendly indie rock circulating on the college charts today, but Cave is no slave to the three-and-a-half-minute pop-song structure: Its latest album “Neverendless,” which hit stores in September, boasts just five tracks, including a 14-minute centerpiece. Trust me that these guys are great; I wouldn’t send you all the way to Lake Park if it wasn’t worth it. Cop City/Chill Pillars, Family Drugs and Rabbit’s Moon 3 will open the show.
Deborah Sharp at Museum of Art, One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 6:30 p.m.; free; 954/525-5000 or www.booksandbooks.com
This affable South Florida mystery writer has been called “Carl Hiassen on estrogen.” Like Hiassen, she’s a newspaper reporter turned novelist who plows the fertile crime ground of South Florida for her stories. In 2008, she started the “Mama” series, about a genteel Southern woman who constantly involves her three daughters into trouble involving handsome detectives and dead bodies. In her newly released “Mama Does Time,” Mama happens upon a crime concerning a Hollywood film crew shooting on little Himmarshee – a fictional possibility that is not far off, considering “Rock of Ages” was just shot this year in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Art After Dark at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 5 to 9 p.m.; regular museum admission of $12 adults; 561/832-5196 orwww.norton.org
As they say in television parlance, this week is a “very special” Art After Dark, because it’s the first such gathering since the Norton reopened after a three-week improvement process. Tailored to make the museumgoing experience more enjoyable, the changes included a reinstallation of the art layout in the first- and second-floor galleries and plenty of new seating in the form of comfortable sofas. It marks the first new spat of changes in a long-term reevaluation. Tonight’s Art After Dark will feature a tour of the reinstalled galleries, performances by jazz duo Davis & Dow and a Flamenco a guitarist, a wine tasting and a Curator’s Conversation.
Opening night of “Little Shop of Horrors” at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 8 p.m.; $26 to $30 for show only or $50 to $65 for show and dinner package; 561/586-6410 or www.lakeworthplayhouse.org
The film “The Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by B-movie maven Roger Corman and centering on an plant that feasts on human blood, didn’t exactly scream “musical theater!” when it opened in 1960. But the theatrical version, with its early rock ‘n’ roll, Motown and doo-wop grooves, has proven surprisingly durable, catchy in its simplicity. And despite its bloody plotline and marketing material, it’s become a hit among families looking for some innocent Halloween fun. The musical runs through Oct. 23.
Yuck at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $15 to $20; 305/576-5570 orwww.bardotmiami.com
I had expected to be writing about the Langerado music festival this weekend, but, as I’d written about previously, the event turned out to be a bust. Instead, a handful of refugees from its lineup have been scattered like spilled marbles across the South Florida venue-scape. My most anticipated act from
the entire festival is Yuck, a quartet from London that looks and sounds exactly like an American lo-fi indie rock act from the early ‘90s. Awash in reverb, noisy melodies and slack yet infectious pop hooks, this is yesterday’s music played with today’s urgency.
Smith Westerns at Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $25.50; 954/449-1025 or www.jointherevolution.net
The embarrassment of music-world riches this weekend continues with more Langerado exiles. The Arctic Monkeys are the headlining act here, but I would come early enough to catch Smith Westerns. Like Yuck, they look to the past for inspiration; they are one of the few modern bands that can engage in epic glam-rock guitar parts without sounding dated or even nostalgic for the excessive ‘80s. The group’s galloping, energetic and polished second album “Dye It Blonde” is as hard to put down as it is to pin down. See this band perform selections from it long before it winds up on everybody’s 2011 Best Of list in a couple of months.
Opening night of Joshua Hagler exhibition at 101/Exhibit, 101 N.E. 40th St., Miami; 7 to 10 p.m.; free; 305/573-2101 or www.101exhibit.com
Painter Joshua Hagler is known as a religious provocateur – his 2009 solo exhibition in San Francisco (where else?) was titled “72 Virgins to Die For.” His latest exhibition of large-scale new work, which runs here in Miami’s Design District before touring San Fran and Lecce, Italy, also addresses religious iconography in works like “I Was Being Tempted Regularly…” But his reach has expanded to address themes such as war, sexuality and science fiction, with his ambitious and busy creations melting into one another with Rorschach-like symmetricality. I’ve never taken acid, but I’m guessing the results are something like Joshua Hagler’s art. Check this show out, along with a number of others, at the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk along the Wynwood and Design districts.