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Best events this week: Nicki Minaj, Marilyn Manson and Summer Beer Fest

Fun things to do this week in SoFla: @NickiMinaj, @SmashingPumpkin & @MarilynManson @BayfrontParkAmp.

 

Monday

In a GQ profile timed before the launch of her global Pinkprint Tour, hip-hop conqueror Nicki Minaj deflects every question posed about her backside, on prominent display in countless videos, including the Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling single "Anaconda." "I don't know what there is to really talk about," Minaj tells the GQ reporter about "Anaconda." "I'm being serious. I just see the video as being a normal video." What is worth talking about is Minaj's transformation from innovative rapper to international brand, recognizable by her outrageous pink wigs, too-long eyelashes and, according to GQ, "outsize, italic, caps-lock, Technicolor exaggeration." Minaj will bring "Anaconda" and other hits from her recent "Pinkprint" album on Monday night at the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre (301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Doors open at 7 p.m., with openers Dej Loaf, Meek Mill and Tinashe. $35-$125. 305-358-7550 and BayfrontParkMiami.com.

Tuesday

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal will reunite 45 years after the classic 1970 drama "Love Story" for another kind of romance. The touring play "Love Letters" opens Tuesday night at the Broward Center (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). They'll join an impressive roster of leads who've starred before in A.R. Gurney's 1989 epistolary play, including Charlton Heston, Mel Gibson, Elizabeth Taylor and Sigourney Weaver. In an interview with the Sun Sentinel's Rod Stafford Hagwood, O'Neal admits he didn't take much convincing on a reunion. "They said, 'Would you like to see Ali again and be paid?' O'Neal recalls. "And with that, it was: I'll be packing now." $41.30 -$88.50. 954-462-0222 or BrowardCenter.org.

Wednesday

Doom and gloom ought to be expected from a Smashing Pumpkins-Marilyn Manson double-bill that brands itself the End of Times tour, but the show arriving Wednesday night at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre (301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) should be less apocalyptic and more angsty 1990s nostalgia. Billy Corgan's alt-rockers will be touring material from recent album "Monuments to an Elegy," and Broward-bred goth king Manson will do the same with "The Pale Emperor," but both will also be revising their most vital rock of their careers, including "The Beautiful People," "Bullet With Butterfly Wings." Doors open at 7 p.m. $30.75-$85.25. 305-358-7550 and BayfrontParkMiami.com.

Thursday

The Arts Garage Radio Theatre will again capture the raw emotion of classic Hollywood with their "radio" version of "The Birds," 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Arts Garage (180 NE First St., Delray Beach). Although better recognized as the Alfred Hitchcock-directed horror film starring Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor, this live-radio play version will rely on Daphne du Maurier's 1952 story. A cast of actors will perform it live and improvise old-timey sound-effect devices, such as washboards, horns and other noisemakers. $20. 561-450-6357 or ArtsGarage.org.

Friday

Only crustaceans, not insects, are the focus of Bugfest-By-The-Sea, Lauderhill-By-The-Sea's weeklong buildup to Florida's mini-lobster season on July 29-30. Festivities will kick off Friday night with an appearance by shipwreck diving expert John Chatterton, who is the subject of Robert Kurson's book "Shadow Divers," about his discovery of a German U-boat off the New Jersey coast in 1991. The 7 p.m. event at Jarvis Hall (4505 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea) will include a Q-and-A session. Further out, there are lobster seminars, beach parties and snorkel trips, all leading up to the Great Florida Bug Hunt competition on the beach. Free. Lbtsevents.com.

Saturday

We're aware of few air-conditioned beer festivals in South Florida, which is why the Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest, pouring into the Expo Center at South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach) on Saturday, is especially crucial for beating back the summer swelter. Local beer czars are well-represented among the 250 brews and 60 vendors, including Delray Beach's Saltwater Brewery, Boca Raton's Barrel of Monks and Wynwood's J. Wakefield Brewing. A highlight is King of the Home Brew, where $500 will head to the contestant with the best-tasting suds. 1-5 p.m. $40-$55 for general admission, $75-$100 for VIP, $10 no-alcohol pass for designated drivers. PalmBeachSummerBeerFest.com.

Sunday

Yes, your daughter will thank you for the chance to watch Broadway star Idina Menzel revisit a certain obscure anthem ("Let It Go") from a little-known Disney feature film. The voice of Elsa and the powerhouse soprano behind a handful of theater roles (Elphaba in "Wicked," the original 1995 run of "Rent") will deliver her solo show to the Mizner Park Amphitheater (590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) on Sunday night, bearing a set list that includes classic showtunes ("There's No Business Like Show Business"). Menzel has also been known to cover Radiohead's "Creep," perhaps to satisfy the non-"Frozen" fanatics of the family. 8 p.m. $51.50-$121 via LiveNation.com. 561-393-7984.

pvalys@sun-sentinel.com or Twitter @philvalys

 

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