Is that you, Frida?
scribing a “high-octane, bruising movie,” a reviewer for the Hollywood Reporter wrote: “Raw, intriguing and energetic despite its flaws, the film fades in dramatic power over its final stretch and doesn’t always do justice to the potential richness of its subject, but until then, it makes for an authentic, distinctive and watchable blend of the tough and the tender.” “Woodpeckers” opens today for a week of screenings at MiamiDade College’s Tower Theater and AMC Aventura, but one of the film’s stars, Dominican-Haitian actor and filmmaker Jean Jean, will take part in a Qand A after a 7:30 p.m. Saturday showing at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale. Visit FLIFF.com.
Weekend movie II
Sometimes, you just want “unstoppable fun” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Not only does “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” promise that, but on the IMAX screen at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science you get massive Halle Berry. Massive Elton John, too, which has to be unstoppable fun. Visit MODS.org.
The Culture Room on Sunday will host a memorial concert and benefit for the family of Rich Pierce, the veteran South Florida guitarist, a member of Fort Lauderdalebased Southern rock band Rambler, who was shot and killed last month. Rambler will perform along with Deadstar Assembly, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Visit Facebook.com/RamblerOfficial.
Citing the need for Irma stress relief, the Boca Raton Museum of Art has waived admission fees through October, which is doubly important in the event you need to get in there to find some inspiration for the art-inspired costume contest at the museum’s upcoming Halloween Happy Hour fundraiser. Taking place 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Tanzy in Mizner Park, the event will raise money for the museum’s field-trip fund, which covers transportation for low-income students to visit the institution. At the happy hour, dressed as your favorite artwork or artist (the mind reels), you’ll get two drink tickets and graze on small plates and appetizers, while prizes are awarded for best solo and group costumes. Tickets cost $35 at BocaMuseum.org/events.
Through Tuesday, Pérez Art Museum Miami will trade free admission for a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and Feeding South Florida, two organizations collecting supplies for people affected by Hurricane Irma. Desired items range from canned food to clothing and bug spray. Visit PAMM.org.
Take the kids
The Atlantic Hotel & Spa on Fort Lauderdale beach hosts its Dive-In Movie and Dinner 7-10 p.m. today on the fifth-floor pool deck. The movie, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” comes with a hamburger or hot dog served with chips and a fountain drink, pool access and three-hour complimentary valet. A full bar and the Candy Bar also will be available. Tickets cost $19.95, $9.95 ages12 and younger. Visit Facebook.com/ AtlanticHotelAndSpa.
The third annual Riverwalk Fall Festival noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale has all manner of free family-friendly things to recommend it, including carnival games, train rides, live music and the Florida Panthers gaming truck (the Cats’ first preseason home game at the BB&T Center is Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay). But there is also the pie-eating contest, courtesy of the Good Pie Company, an event for which you are always in regularseason form. Visit GoRiverwalk.com.
Tickets for the new arts season at the Arsht Center will go on sale for the first time on Saturday with a “no handling fees” promotion. The deal will apply to tickets purchased 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the box office, at ArshtCenter.org and by calling 305-949-6722.
Oct. 8, a Sunday, is the new date for an art talk by Brooklyn-based artist Justin Brice Guariglia, whose climate-minded exhibition “Earth Works” is the season-opening show at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. The original gettogether on Sept. 7 was postponed by the approach of Hurricane Irma. The 3 p.m. program and admission to the museum are free. Visit Norton.org.