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Best events this week: Great Scott! 'Back to the Future' and a Funky Buddha party

The week's best events in South Florida.



In July, the celebrated DeLorean commercial "Back to the Future" will turn 30. But if we're feeling salty about the absence of hoverboards and dehydrated pizza in 2015, we can be placated by the thoughtful programmers at O Cinema Wynwood (90 NW 29th St., Miami), hosting a 30th anniversary party and movie marathon called "Back to Back to Back to the Future" on Monday. Starting at 2 p.m., all three films will be screened, with an 8 p.m. "Enchantment Under the Sea" costume party catered by Pollo Tropical (who really ought to adopt the slogan, "What are you? Pollo?!" for the night). There will be giveaways and prizes, but we have a feeling that self-lacing sneakers won't be included. $15 for the party and 9:30 p.m. screening of "Back to the Future," $27 for the marathon and party. Call 305-571-9970 or go to


Orlando is both a punchline and a despairing place in Chuck Palahniuk's short-story collection "Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread," one of two books the celebrated "Fight Club" author is in town to promote at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus (245 NE Fourth St., Miami). "So many of the stories [are] about people in Orlando who are estranged from their families. To find yourself without a family in a place like Orlando, where you're constantly surrounded by families, that makes the estrangement feel more uncomfortable and heartbreaking," Palahniuk said in a phone interview last week. The other book is "Fight Club 2," out May 27, Palahniuk's comic-book continuation of the novel. $33, includes autographed copies of "Make Something Up" and "Fight Club 2." 305-442-4408 or


The Arts Garage's "Radio Theatre" play series, which re-imagines classic movies with old-timey radio technology, returns Wednesday with a spin on the screwball comedy "The Thin Man." The 1934 movie, adapted from Dashiell Hammett's mystery novel, follows husband-and-wife detective Nick and Nora Charles as they solve murders and sip martinis. The twist is that performers use sound-effect devices onstage, such as a fireplace bellows or a washboard, to simulate nostalgic radio-play broadcasts of the 1930s and 1940s. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Delray Beach venue (180 NE First St.). $20-$165. 561-450-6357 or


Davie resident Michael McKeever wrote his new play at the same time gay marriage became legal in Florida. So the timeliness of "Daniel's Husband," having its world premiere Thursday night at Island City Stage (1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale), is alone worth the trip. The production, first workshopped at a play reading in Boca Raton, follows couple Daniel and Mitchell. Mitchell doesn't believe in gay marriage. Daniel does. Drama ensues. At 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. Sundays. $30. 954-519-2533 or


Morris Day, onetime bandmate of veteran funkmaster Prince, will deliver the Time to Pompano Beach Amphitheater (1806 NE Sixth St.) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Day will come bearing the 1980s infectious funk-dance hits "Jungle Love" and "The Bird," both recorded and released in the same year he appeared as the antagonist in Prince's 1984 film, "Purple Rain." "Jungle Love," in particular, has been in the conversation of pop-music critics recently, who compared its sound to the Bruno Mars hit "Uptown Funk." $30-$75. 954-284-0141 or


Our brains are hopping over the prospect of another round of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter on Saturday at the Funky Buddha Brewery (1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park), hosting its Two Year Anniversary Festival and Block Party. Yes, breakfast in a glass is back, and so are 28 other Funky Buddha taps and 30 guest brews from Tampa's Cigar City, Fort Lauderdale's LauderAle and Miami's MIA, J. Wakefield and Wynwood breweries. Along with limited-release Funky brews (Last Snow and Chocolate Salty Balls are must-drinks), the cash-only bash will feature music from the Resolvers, Crazy Fingers and Soso, and 13 food trucks, including Chaco's Chinese Tacos and Pop Lab. $6 per beer ticket. Parking is $5 if you park north of the brewery, at 4100 N. Dixie Highway. 954-440-0046 or


Comedian and Chicago native Aries Spears spent a total of eight seasons on Fox's sketch-comedy series "MADtv," nailing down impersonations of Al Pacino, Eddie Murphy and other big-cheese actors. So expect a strong night of comedy from the stand-up veteran, who will close out his four-night stand at Fort Lauderdale Improv (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood) at 7 p.m. Sunday. $22. 954-981-5653 or or Twitter @philvalys

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