South Florida’s biggest alternative rock festival, the Buzz Bake Sale, returns to the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach Saturday for a daylong concert with some 15 bands. When the initial band lineup hit my inbox in mid-October, the event promoters promised “two major Buzz bands to be announced,” teasing us for some time before adding Finger Eleven to the lineup. Yawn. The artists mostly fall under the emo-punk-rock umbrella that I outgrew in high school (see Anberlin, Hawthorne Heights, A Day to Remember, Against Me!), along with a few veteran acts such as Pepper, Chevelle and the Mighty Mighty BossTones. I have a perhaps unwarranted affinity for the latter band; the BossTones are a guilty pleasure, crafting upbeat, well-made third-wave ska music full of vibrant horns and infectious choruses. They’re most known for the mid-’90s hit “The Impression That I Get.” Tickets are $30, available at LiveNation.
The Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival is underway in four theaters across the county, and it makes a welcome antidote to the escapist fantasies of current multiplex entrees like “Burlesque” and “Tangled.” By contrast, the 21st annual festival, sponsored by the JCC of the Palm Beaches, is a veritable cornucopia of modern and historical tragedy. Topics addressed include a tense romance between a Muslim and a Jew in modern-day Israel (“Jaffa,” screening at 1:20 p.m. Dec. 6 at Regal Delray), a melodrama about the lives of three intertwined couples on the eve of the 1991 Gulf War (“Ultimatum,” screening at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at Movies of Delray), a harrowing recreation of the round-up of 13,000 Jews living in Nazi-occupied France during World War II (“The Round-Up,” screening at 7:20 p.m. Dec. 8 at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens) and a story about Russian immigrants abused in an Israel military prison in the 1990s (“The Loners,” screening at 1:20 p.m. Dec. 9 at Movies of Delray). Tickets are $8 for matinees and $10 for evening screenings. For a complete listing of films, which continue through Dec. 12, visit the festival’s website.
Remember New Coke, that notorious marketing failure instituted in the mid-1980s? With its sweetened taste and rebranded packaging, New Coke altered a perfect formula, quickly becoming a national punchline – the Ford Pinto of the soft-drink industry. But at the time, Coca-Cola’s CEO, Roberto Goizueta, was deadly serious about the change, instituted to combat the rise of Pepsi, which was then dominating Coke in sales. The caffeinated comedy “Fizz,” about Goizueta’s disastrous decision, makes it Southeastern Premiere at New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St. in Coral Gables, on Friday in a production that promises, per the theater’s website, “gun-toting Southern belles, cocaine-loving Rockettes and insane soda execs.” Cool! Tickets are $35 to $40.