It isn’t often that a movie-theater audience breaks out in applause, repeatedly, and greets the closing credits with a standing ovation, but that’s what happened opening night at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival screening of “Where to Invade Next.” This misleadingly titled (intentionally, yes) travelogue follows documentarian Michael Moore’s global search for ideas to “steal” for his homeland on subjects such as education, employment, health care, childhood nutrition, sex and other issues. This is Moore at the height of his upbeat goofiness, which only somewhat obscures his more serious arguments. Spoiler alert: The rest of the world doesn’t do things the way we do, and they’re pretty OK with that. The film arrived in South Florida theaters in February, but if you missed it, like I did, know that Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood is bringing it back. Weekend screenings are 11:30 a.m. and10 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 p.m. Sunday. It’s really a film best enjoyed as a group. Info: FLIFF.com.
South Florida poet Campbell McGrath will discuss his new book, “XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century (Ecco),” 7 p.m. Sat- urday at Books and Books in Coral Gables. As the title suggests, McGrath takes a large, long look at how time and cultures continue to reverberate and inspire. In an interview with Sliver of Stone magazine, McGrath called himself a “citizen of the Twentieth Century, and so my story is part of that larger story. In the book we see Picasso painting his famous ‘Family of Saltimbanques’ painting in 1905, and then Rilke writing a poem about it in the 1920s, and then there I am, in 1979, 17 years old, standing in front of that same picture, in the National Gallery, when I worked there as a dishwasher. That’s how time works — the past forms and influences us, and we pass it on, altered and transformed, to the next generation, as parents, as writers, as teachers. The past is alive within us.” Info: BooksAndBooks.com.
This is Time Travelers’ Weekend at the Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park, which includes the Victorian-themed Steampunk Saturday and a Sunday devoted to all kinds of “timetraveling pioneers, aliens, Browncoats, Federations and Empires.” Me, I’d like to go way back to 2015, when the festival still had its Bodacious Bodices Weekend. Without that circle on my calendar, I’m just lost. Be aware that the Ren Fest comes to a close March 26-27 with a weekend called Carnivale Masquerade, which does have bodacious possibilities. Info: Ren-Fest.com.
Erik Griffin, the annoying Montez Walker on Comedy Central’s long-running hit “Workaholics,” will be at the Fort Lauderdale Improv Friday-Sunday to share observations from the unique perspective of someone whose race and ethnicity is delightfully hard to presume. Info: Improv.com.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for a June 24 tour stop by South Florida-bred Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday (both recently listed on Rolling Stone’s 40 greatest emo albums of all time) at Miami’s Bayfront Park. Tickets are $30.75-$56.70 at LiveNation.com. Also enticing is a report by Brooklyn Vegan of a supergroup consisting of Dashboard’s Chris Carrabba, Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Mike Kinsella (American Football, Cap’n Jazz, Owen) and Jim Suptic (the Get Up Kids), scheduled for a performance in New York’s Irving Plaza on May 7. Probably a one-off, but maybe not.
Miami’s Sweat Records celebrates its 11th anniversary on Friday with a free all-ages party at 7 p.m. featuring the Smiths tribute band Ordinary Boys, free beer from PBR Miami and delicacies from Fireman Derek. While there you can get the dope on what they’ll have uncrated on Record Store Day on April 16. Info: SweatRecordsMiami.com.
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If you’ve seen Seth Rudetsky do his thing, perhaps at his Parker Playhouse collaboration with singer-actor Cheyenne Jackson a while back, you know that his piano playing is just part of what he brings to a performance. There also is plenty of antic energy, Broadway gossip and self-deprecating wit (thankfully not exclusively). His pairing with the lustrous Vanessa Williams on Tuesday night, back at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse, will be great entertainment. Tickets: $46.50-$126.50. Info: ParkerPlayhouse.com.