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Best events this week: Cinco de Mayo, Mavis Staples and Ford Lauderdale Air Show

7 fun SoFla events this week: #CincodeMayo events, @MavisStaples @BrowardCenter & @FLLAirShow.

 

Monday

Every artwork shines with its own light source in "Lit," the Cornell Museum of Art's (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach) new group exhibition, which cobbles the work of 16 artists. We're particularly keen on Sam Tuffnell's "Still Life," the New York artist's colorful sculptures of objects found at a supermarket (Gatorade bottles, Hershey's Kisses, chocolate bunnies); Olivia Steele's "You Are Here," a Tracey Emin-style work in which the phrase, written in cursive neon lettering, is enclosed within a birdcage; and Mark Khaisman's "The Lady With the Bag," a composite image of a female shopper created with translucent packaging tapes against clear, backlit Plexiglas panels. $5, and the show closes Aug. 28. 561-243-7922, or OldSchoolSquare.org.

 

Tuesday

When Cypress Hill announced a 25th anniversary celebrating their eponymous debut album in February, word came that the dope-loving hip-hop quartet from Los Angeles would release their first album in six years. Little is known about "Elephants on Acid" — save the head-scratching title — but what's obvious is the smoky nostalgia awaiting fans when Cypress Hill deliver their silver anniversary tour to Revolution Live (100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale) at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The album — stuffed with classic hip-hop singles "How I Could Just Kill a Man" and "Hand on the Pump," each delivered with B. Real's nasally flow — has ranked high on multiple best all-time hip-hop lists from Rolling Stone, Spin magazine and others. $27.50-$29. 954-449-1025 or JoinTheRevolution.net.

Wednesday

Soul singer Mavis Staples will open — yes, open — for the Blind Boys of Alabama when she performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Broward Center (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Recent set lists lean on the Grammy-winning singer's new album, "Livin' on a High Note," but also her 1972 hit "I'll Take You There," recorded with the Staple Singers. It's also likely she'll cobble some form of a tribute to Prince, a friend who produced two of her albums in the 1990s. $50-$125. 954-462-0222 or BrowardCenter.org. Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama will also perform Friday at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

Thursday

We're taking a break from National Burger Month on Thursday, when the annual taco-and-tequila twister known as Cinco de Mayo replaces the void of cholesterol in our body. A hub of activity for the boozy Mexican holiday appears to be Fort Lauderdale: The second annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party will close down Himmarshee Street starting at 4 p.m., when JEY Hospitality Group spots TacoCraft, ROK:BRGR and Tarpon Bend will offer taco and libation specials, a live band and DJ and various food stands along the drag. On Las Olas Boulevard starting at 11 a.m., Fork and Balls is hosting Cinco de Meatball, offering five meatballs for $5 and $5 margaritas. Not in Fort Lauderdale, Cycle de Mayo at the Perez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd.) will feature a 6 p.m. happy hour with live music on the terrace, free bike checkups, drink specials and an art activity creating bike-spoke cards with the museum's teaching artists. In Palm Beach, Due South Brewing Company (2900 High Ridge Road, Suite 3, Boynton Beach) will offer taco food trucks and tap a "hotter" version of its Mexican Standoff porter (chocolate, cinnamon and peppers). For more Cinco de Mayo events, go to SouthFlorida.com.

Friday

Last in town for 2015's South Beach Comedy Festival, Bill Burr and his brand of irate, envelope-ripping comedy visits Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) at 8 p.m. Friday. Details are scarce on Burr's new standup tour, subtitled "Plowin' Ahead," but know that the Boston-bred comic wields cantankerous energy (sample bit: Why 5-year-olds are not allowed to be obese), and that's he's on a creative tear lately with his vulgar Netflix animated series, "F Is for Family." $35-$80. 954-797-5531 or MyHRL.com.

Saturday

Plans sputtered out two years in a row, but the returning (and now rebranded) Ford Lauderdale Air Show will soar over Fort Lauderdale beach once again on Saturday and Sunday. Military and private-jet pilots will again navigate their bone-rattling, sound-barrier-breaking aircraft over the Atlantic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, led by marquee fliers the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who cancelled their appearance at the 2013 air show (the last time Fort Lauderdale hosted) due to budget cuts. Displays will open each day at 9 a.m. Free, and $20 Galleria Mall parking day passes can be purchased via FortLauderdaleAirShow.com.

Sunday

Donizetti's Italian comedy "Don Pasquale" will be staged through May 14 by the Florida Grand Opera at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). The "commedia dell'arte" concerns an old, moneyed fool who desires a young wife, so his doctor, Dr. Malatesta, arranges for his young sister to marry Don Pasquale. Yes, it sounds exactly like the plot of a reality show. $16-$139. 2 p.m. Sunday. 305-949-6722 or ArshtCenter.org.

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