There are plenty of “cool” things going on around here this weekend (I have lusted in my heart for “Frances Ha” for, like, weeks), but ever since this Oklahoma business, I have been looking to spend more time with my kids, OK?
There will be science, but also a halfpipe, when the touring “Tony Hawk: RAD Science” exhibit opens this weekend at the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale). Opening festivities are highlighted by SkateFest on Saturday and Sunday, with music, live demos, contests and skateboard art. Running through Sept. 2, the traveling show includes 25 interactive exhibits and video offerings that hope to teach youngsters about such physics concepts as force, momentum, acceleration, velocity and inertia. But they don’t need to know that. To take part in SkateFest, participants must bring a helmet, kneepads and a signed waiver (available here at MODS.org). Another feature of opening weekend, co-sponsored by Ramp 48 skate park and Island Water Sports, is Create-A-Skate, in which you can make your own skateboard (while learning about the math, science and ecological issues at play) with SoCal skateboard designer Paul Schmitt. Sessions are noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, registration required. Admission to “Tony Hawk: RAD Science” is $14, $13 seniors, $12 (ages 2-12). Info: 954-467-6637, MODS.org.
BOOGIE WITH McFLY
As far as a cheap hangout (free), you can’t do much better than Fort Lauderdale’s fourth annual Great American Beach Party from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. The day will be pure, easy Americana with exhibits of classic cars and works from local artists, kids’ activities, two stages for seven bands (including the disco homage of Boogie Nights) and the free movie screening “Back to the Future” (8:30 p.m.). Trolleys will shuttle you from downtown parking garages and the Galleria, and there will be Water Taxi service from Riverfront. Info: 954-828-5363, FortLauderdale.gov/gabp.
The ninth annual Nicky’s Week fundraiser will run from Sunday through June 1 at RA Sushi (201 SW 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines), where 100 percent of the proceeds from a variety of menu items and beverages will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In the previous eight years, Nicky’s Week has raised more than $1 million for cancer treatment and research. Info: 954-342-5454, Facebook.com/RASushiPembrokePines.
If you are too scared to brave Rapids Water Park this weekend, here’s some encouragement. If you buy a ticket during Memorial Day Weekend, they’ll give you a free ticket to use any day in June. Weekend tickets being $42.99 a pop, that’s a deal. The park is at 6566 N. Military Trail, in West Palm Beach. Info: 561-842-8756, RapidsWaterpark.com.
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS
OK, enough of the kids’ stuff. South Florida has to be one of the most-rewarding destinations for Pam Ann, the globe-trotting Aussie comic (a.k.a. Caroline Reid) who uses a campy, cleavaged flight-attendant persona to skewer airlines, culture and social convention. The curvaceous cocktail server will bring her Cockpit! USA Tour to a travel-savvy crowd June 6-7 at the Colony Theatre on Miami Beach, with tickets ($50, $55) now on sale at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets and at 800-745-3000. More info: PamAnn.com.
Yes, “Frances Ha” is here. At once a gloriously retro, black-and-white homage to Truffaut and Woody Allen, “Frances Ha” is also a contemporary love letter to female friendship and the romanticism of a certain aspirational, artistic New York lifestyle that has been gentrified into near nonexistence. With the riveting Greta Gerwig in the title role, engagingly abetted by up-and-comer Mickey Sumner (daughter of Sting), this hopeful comedy from Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale,” “Greenberg”) may be just what you and the girls need, no matter your gender. “Frances Ha” opens Friday at the Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave.). Info: 786-385-9689, GablesCinema.com.
STEVE AND EDIE
Prediction: “Love Has Come For You,” the new album by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, will not only be nominated for a bluegrass Grammy, but will also find itself nominated in at least one mainstream album category. Yes, that good. Hear for yourself when Martin, Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers perform 8 p.m. Friday at the Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). Tickets: $35-$105. Info: 800-572-8471, Kravis.org. Hit the link for a Steve Martin interview about the album and the show.
CAN I GET AN AMEN?
Great rootsy bill at the Funky Biscuit (303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton) on Saturday with Big Easy soul singer Eric Lindell paired with Duane Trucks and Flannel Church. Tickets: $20, $25. Info: 561-395-2929, FunkyBiscuit.com.
Notwithstanding its three Grammy nominations. Tiempo Libre remains on the list of local bands that are curiously underappreciated. Until they go on the road, where new ears (and feet) respond to the Havana-reared, Miami-based group’s muscular salsa the way we should. On Saturday, the stylish septet can expect to feel the love at the Arts Garage (180 NE First St., Delray Beach). Tickets: $25-$35. Info: 561-450-6357, ArtsGarage.org.
SHOOTING FROM THE LIP
We love Christopher Titus because he genuinely appears not to give a damn about the consequences of the words coming out of his mouth, even if it costs him his prime-time Fox comedy and the millions that would have come with it. His new material apparently includes a riff on NRA fear-mongering called “Arm the Children.” Titus will perform 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv (550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach). Tickets: $22, $25. Info: 561-833-1812, PalmBeach.Improv.com.
On Monday, you can memorialize yourself with a pitcher of mojitos or margaritas at the Sublime party, which returns to the Wet pool-deck space on the fifth floor of the W Fort Lauderdale (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.). The notoriously well-bikinied event, with DJ Mark Gallo spinning loungey house, will run from noon to sunset. Info: 954-414-8200, WFortLauderdaleHotel.com.
The Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Monday with a full slate of food, kids’ activities and entertainment, including the Resolvers and Freddie McGregor. The festival, sponsored by WRMF and WMBX, will take place 2 to 10 p.m. at Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach. Tickets: $20, kids younger than 12 free. Info: PalmBeachJerkFestival.com.