To do Thursday: Ben Katchor, pickleball and Alice in Chains

Music

Alice in Chains: "R.I.P. Alice?" came the dispatches from Twitter shortly after Jerry Cantrell told Billboard.com that the grunge vets would "rest happily with this being the last record, if that's what it was." But if the reconstituted Alice in Chains does go extinct after the release of "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here," out May 28, they will do so at a commercial peak in the band's post-Layne Staley career. Judd Apatow's comedy "This Is 40" recently used "Rooster" in the soundtrack (Paul Rudd's character cited it as "real rock"), while Alice's new single, "Hollow," hit No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. Cantrell and company will play the Fillmore Miami Beach at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. $39.50-$65.00. 305-673-7300 or FillmoreMB.com. — Phillip Valys

Books

Ben Katchor: The prolific graphic novelist has a celebrated weekly comic strip, "Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer," which documents 21st century society in greater New York. With his surrealist narratives on urban planning, product design, the sprouting up of sleek skyscrapers and the demolition of old, small-business architecture, Katchor tackles the weirdness and eccentricities of urban decay. Katchor, the first cartoonist to earn a MacArthur Fellowship, will discuss and sign copies of his new anthology, "Hand Drying in America and Other Stories," at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Free. 954-262-0255 or MOAFL.org. — Phillip Valys


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Recreation

Pickleball demonstration: A free demonstration of pickleball — a combination of badminton and tennis played on a smaller court — is set for 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Pine Island Park, 3800 S. Pine Island Road, in Davie. The town created five pickleball courts on a roller-hockey rink that wasn't being used, which should give you an idea of how small the court is. Town officials will provide paddles, balls and lessons. — Nick Sortal