What: “Canvas & Cocktails”
Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
Beer goggles can affect art, too: What might resemble a finger-painting when sober can look like a masterpiece when a little sloshed, especially if you’re the one with the paintbrush. Following in the footsteps of the Delray “Paint Wine Bar” Vino Van Gogh, Old School Square is now offering “Canvas & Cocktails,” in which participants can sip on the libation of their choice (craft beer, wine or a cocktail) while creating an original work of art under tutelage from a professional artist. “Canvas & Cocktails” happens on the last Thursday of each month, and this month’s instructor is mixed-media artist Vicki Siegel. The $35 fee includes all materials and one drink ticket.
What: Opening night of “The Flick”
Where: Mad Cat Theatre Company at Miami Theater Center, 9806 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores
When: 8 p.m.
Paul Tei, the renegade artistic director of Mad Cat Theatre Company, has stated that he’s grown bored with the tropes of conventional theater—predictable narratives in traditional sets, usually running 90 minutes to two hours. He prefers more-experimental works than conclude in an hour or, paradoxically, span three hours—the latter being the case for his latest production, “The Flick,” Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, which will make its long-anticipated South Florida debut under Tei’s direction. It’s set in a run-down cinema in central Massachusetts that, bless its heart, still screens movies on 35mm film in an age of digital-video ubiquity. Three ushers, cleaning up after closing, discuss films and life. A play about dramatically changing times set in a world of quotidian repetition, “The Flick” is written in Baker’s famous (or infamous, depending on the spectator) naturalistic style, with its copious pauses for drift and reflection. The production, starring Jessica Farr, Chevi Hill, David Nail and Erik Fabregat, runs through June 12.
What: Opening night of “The Measure of a Man”
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth
When: 4 and 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org
As this trenchant and gut-punching drama by French director Stephane Brize reveals, issues of income inequality, a stagnating middle class and a diminishing job market for older citizens are not issues limited to the U.S.A. Having been laid off 18 months ago from his longtime job as a factory worker—while supporting his wife and a son with developmental disabilities—Thierry (Vincent London, a master of nuance) sucks up his pride and accepts a position as a security guard in a supermarket, spotting shoplifters from his perch behind a closed-circuit monitor. But when the targeted individuals begin to resemble people sharing his own economic plight—including fellow-employees—his sympathies begin to shift. Devotees of social realism seeking asylum from popcorn blockbusters can do no better than this morally complex feature, which addresses contemporary problems with a filmic language dating to Italian neorealism and the austere tone poems of Robert Bresson. It runs through June 2.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
What: Harid Conservatory’s Spring Performances
Where: Countess de Hoernle Theater, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Contact: 561/997-2677, harid.edu
Crimes of passion, spiritual visitations, deadly duels and opium-inspired dreams are just a few of the plot points that inform the groundbreaking 19th century ballets of French choreographer Marius Petipa and his St. Petersburg-based Imperial Ballet. These elements and plenty more are present in Petipa’s work in “La Bayadere” and “Raymonda,” two repertory favorites from the classical period that spared no expense in their operatic grandeur. But with full productions of these ballets clocking in at three hours or more with intermissions, they don’t appear often on the seasonal slates of regional companies. But you can capture the gist of the ballets, and admire their exacting technique, at this showcase of the graduating class of our world-class Harid Conservatory. Harid’s dancers will perform excerpts from “Raymonda” and “La Bayadere” to Petipa’s original choreography, balancing these classics with the premiere of a new ballet by contemporary Montreal-based choreographer Mark Godden.
What: Opening night of “The Royale”
Where: GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/445-1119, gablestage.org
Jack Johnson landed plenty of knockout punches to Jim Crow. The trailblazing prizefighter, who became the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion from 1908 to 1915, remains an inspirational icon whose uppercuts echo throughout our culture: He was immortalized in the 1967 Pulitzer-winning play “The Great White Hope,” a Ken Burns documentary, and in the music of Miles Davis and Mos Def. Most recently, a character based on Johnson is the subject of “The Royale,” a 2013 play written by Miami native Marco Ramirez. The show takes an abstract, experimental approach to the well-worn boxer’s-struggle narrative, which takes place within the pugilist’s mind: No physical punches are thrown, but, if done well, the drama will be just as passionate and deeply felt as the black-and-white blood fountains of “Raging Bull.” Joseph Adler will direct Aygemang Clay, Andre Gainey, Ryan George, Shein Mompremier and Gregg Weiner in the show’s South Florida premiere, which runs through June 26.
What: Israeli Dance Festival
Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
Now in its landmark 20th year, the Israeli Festival Yachad will conclude with this gala dance celebration. More than 500 dancers will take the stage, with local groups joining dance companies from Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Panama and Israel, for a nostalgic revue of Israeli folk music. Elaborate costumes, scenery and lighting designs will enhance the performance, with each choreographed routine designed to evoke a difference rhythm and cultural component.
What: Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival
Where: James L. Knight Center, 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/416-5978, jlkc.com
This ninth-annual Miami mainstay continues to attract the best in urban standup comedy for a few hours of convulsions the Sunday before Memorial Day. This year’s lineup features top nightclub comics elevated to the Knight Center’s elegant proscenium stage, headlined by the Air Force Sergeant turned comedian and voice actor Earthquake (pictured). He’ll be preceded by John Witherspoon, the septuagenarian comedy icon whose credits include the “Friday” series and “Boomerang;” hip-hop comedian Lil Duval; prolific actress-comic Kym Whitley (“The Boondocks”); plus Steve Brown, Michael Colyar and more.