Art: As it since 1951, the Boca Raton Museum devotes its summer exhibition to the All Florida Invitational, which this year features 31 artists from around the state. Cognoscenti of the local art scene will recognize some familiar names, but there are also five early-career artists being singled out by the judges who chose the work for the exhibit. The Invitational opened last Sunday and runs through Sept. 25 at the museum in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. Catch it this weekend while you’re out and about; the museum is open today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors. Call 392-2500 or visit www.bocamuseum.org.
Film: Look beyond the misleading title and do not miss Captain Fantastic, which is not about a spandex-clad superhero but a mere mortal single-minded father (Viggo Mortensen), who raises his six children by home-schooling them, training them in survival techniques and keeping away from the rest of society in the Oregon wilderness. But their way of life is put in jeopardy when his mentally disturbed wife commits suicide and the family travels to New Mexico for her funeral, doing battle with the dead woman’s uncomprehending father (the great Frank Langella). But instead of idealizing Mortensen’s character, Captain Fantastic asks us to consider whether his unorthodox rearing techniques are a form of reckless endangerment and abuse. It is hard to understand why this thoughtful film is being released in the summertime, but see it anyway. At area theaters beginning this weekend.
Theater: There is nothing “re-imagined” in The Wick Theatre’s production of Forever Plaid, directed and choreographed by Stephen Flaa, who has assembled his 15th production of this small, charming revue about a fictional close-harmony guy group of the Eisenhower-Kennedy-era. With tongues firmly planted in their cheeks, the Plaids — Alex Jorth, Charles Logan Nick Endsley and Adolpho Blaire — deliver lots of creamy smooth pop hits of the period. Also well done and giggle-worthy are the group’s tributes to Perry Como and a fast-forward recreation of the best of The Ed Sullivan Show. Through this Sunday only. Call The Wick box office in Boca Raton, 561-995-2333.
Music: The violinist Ida Haendel became a superstar as a child, having picked up her instrument at age 3 and two years later, winning a gold medal at the Warsaw Conservatory in her native Poland in 1933. With the rise of the Nazis, her family made its way to England, where she made her London debut at the Proms under Sir Henry Wood, and since then has had a stellar career in recording, performing and teaching. On Saturday night, Michael Rossi and his Miami Music Festival will pay tribute to the 87-year-old musician, now a South Florida resident, with a concert featuring winners of the festival’s concerto competition, Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, and a world premiere, Jeffery Briggs’s Two Poems of Hyam Plutzik. Having studied with people like Georges Ensecu, Haendel is a living link to a glorious musical past and an enthusiastic participant in the present (as those who have seen her in the audience at many a local concert will know). Head down to Miami Beach’s New World Center for this one; you won’t want to miss it. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday. See miamimusicfestival.com for details.