Palm Beach County and Delray Beach already have their own yearly festivals, and now Lake Worth is getting into the film fest game. From Friday to Sunday, the Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre is premiering the L-Dub Film Festival, screening nearly 60 shorts and features throughout the weekend. Most of the films are shot locally and deal with Florida issues: “Lumiere Fantome,” for instance, which screens as part of a double feature at 5:30 p.m. Friday, is a crime drama based on brothers who first inhabited the Lake Worth Playhouse in the 1920s, while the short film “The Garbage of Jupiter Beach” is part of a trio of environmentally conscious films screening at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The films are divided into several creative thematic categories; in the “Cornelius” challenge, which screens at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, teams of filmmakers had to make short films that feature a retire magician named Cornelius, a fake moustache and a theme based on an old adage. The most random feature screening this weekend is “Supervixens” (at 10:20 p.m. Saturday), the 1975 soft-core cult film by smutmaster Russ Meyer (whom the playhouse’s website shamefully misidentifies as “Russ Meyers”). There also will be seminars and discussions all day Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 per day or $5 to $8 per film.
Back in June, when I covered a concert with West Palm Beach-based indie band Surfer Blood, the band had gotten into a kerfuffle about security with local promoter Poplife and new Miami venue Grand Central that culminated in the band proclaiming onstage that it would never play Grand Central again. Apparently, the band’s beef with the promoter and club have subsided. The band, hotter than ever after recently signing to Warner Brothers (!), will be headlining an early show Wednesday at Grand Central, which is expected to end before 11 to accommodate a later, weirder show. I’m most excited about the New York-based opening band, The Drums, a recent sensation in the blogosphere that sounds dated in the best way possible. With songs as ironic as they are infectious, the group’s mopey but danceable sound conjures great memories of late ’80s post-punk stalwarts such as Orange Juice. The show starts at 7, and admission is $10. Call 305/377-2277.
For years, the Jaffe Center for the Book Arts, on the fourth floor of FAU’s Wimberly Library, has been presenting fascinating exhibitions of books as aesthetic objects. Nestled in the utilitarian spaces of the library, however, these shows often go unnoticed by students and visitors interested in art. Now, in honor of donor Arthur Jaffe’s 90th birthday, a selection of more than 200 books will be on display at the university’s Schmidt and Ritter galleries in an exhibition titled “Outside the Book.” Hopefully, the show will spark further interest in the Jaffe Center and its ever-growing archive of more than 6,000 artists’ books. The exhibitions are free, and the opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday). The show runs through Nov. 13. For information, call 561/297-2966.