Film: So you want to take your mom to the movies for Mother’s Day, but she has already seen the Avengers flick? Boy, have we got a deal for you. This Sunday at 10 a.m., there will be free screenings of a sing-along version of Mamma Mia!, the ripoff of Buena Sera, Mrs. Campbell with songs by the Swedish rock group ABBA. It is happening all across the country, but the South Florida venues are the Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton and AMC Aventura 24. Seating is open, on a first-come, first-seated basis, so get there early, because you don’t want to disappoint your mother. Why is Universal Studios holding this loss leader? It’s to call attention to the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, opening wide on July 19. Oy. Nor are we making great claims for the original movie, but free is free.
Theater: Primal Forces artistic director Keith Garsson is up to his kinky tricks again with Lydia Stryk’s compact drama, An Accident, and you wouldn’t want it any other way. Inspired by her own involvement in a debilitating car crash, it concerns a young woman who wakes in a hospital bed with a crushed spine, little memory of a supermarket parking lot collision and the guy who hit her sitting by her bed out of pity or guilt. Elizabeth Price and Nicholas Wilder – seen together previously in the similarly creepy Reborning – make the curious encounter very compelling. It plays in the ultra-intimate Empire Stage space in Fort Lauderdale, through Sunday, May 27. Call 866-811-4111 for tickets.
Music: The classical season finally comes to a close this weekend with the last concerts by Seraphic Fire, the Miami concert choir, and the summer season gets underway Sunday with the Mainly Mozart Festival. Seraphic Fire, which sings tonight at Fort Lauderdale’s All Saints Episcopal and Sunday afternoon at All Souls Episcopal in Miami Beach, presents a program called Shakespeare: Music and the Bard, featuring settings of words by the great playwright from a number of composers; actress Siobhan Doherty joins the singers on this program. And at the University of Miami’s new Kislak Center, the Mainly Mozart chamber music festival opens its 25th season with the Amernet Quartet in Mozart’s Hoffmeister Quartet (No.20 in D, K. 499) and the String Quartet No. 1 of Erwin Schulhoff, a Holocaust victim. Mainly Mozart director Marina Radiushina joins the quartet at the piano for Dvorak’s radiant Piano Quintet in A (Op. 81). See seraphicfire.org or www.mainlymozart.com for tickets.
Art: The Viennese photographer Lisette Model is perhaps best remembered today as the teacher of Diane Arbus, but she had a formidable body of work herself as a street photographer, and they show her remarkable eye for faces and figures; if there are a number of them that look to us like grotesques, the viewer does not get the sense that she is mocking anyone. And her photos of some of the great jazz figures of the 1950s – Ella Fitzgerald, Errol Garner and Art Taylor, for example – are not just beautiful but iconic. The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s retrospective of Model’s work opened a couple weeks ago but runs through Oct. 21, so you have plenty of time to see it. And make sure you do; you might see if you could do the same thing with your smartphone. For more information, visit www.bocamuseum.org.