Funk Louderdale Events
Dick Dale: A legend of the surf guitar whose 1960s hit “Miserlou” gave Quentin Tarantino's “Pulp Fiction” a bracing shot of Americana with a menacing chaser. Dale (right) performs on Monday with one of his best-known disciples, Laramie Dean, in an 18-and-older show at Respectable Street in West Palm Beach. Gutter Queens open. Tickets: $25. Info: respectablestreet.com, 561-832-9999.
Kelle Groom: The acclaimed poet's elegantly titled memoir “I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl” (Free Press, $23) is quite bleak in its description of teen alcohol abuse, tragically ill-timed motherhood and loss before arriving at a place of redemption and beauty. “That Kelle Groom survived to tell this story of addiction and her descent into hell is a miracle — but so is the deep, wide lyrical profundity of the writing,” blurbs Beverly Donofrio, author of “Riding in Cars With Boys.” Groom will read from her book on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Books & Books in Coral Gables. Info: booksandbooks.com, 305-442-4408.
Def Leppard: Thirty years and 65 million albums sold and still no sign of slowing down, as evidenced by the band's new live double CD/DVD “Mirrorball.” Catch them live at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Fellow hard-rock faves Heart open. Tickets: $40, $149.50 via Ticketmaster.
“The Tree of Life”: The exquisitely deliberate filmmaker Terrence Malick (he's directed five films in nearly 40 years) delivers an astonishing meditation on the origins of the cosmos, humanity, existence, life… viewed through the prism of a small town family with three boys living in the 50s. "The Tree of Life" will either speak to you with an eloquence that is beyond words, or repel you with jaw-dropping self-indulgence. There will be no middle ground. With Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. Scheduled to open in select South Florida theaters on Friday, including the Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton, the Gateway in Fort Lauderdale and Regal South Beach Cinema 18 on Miami Beach. Or, wait for the IMAX treatment at the AMC Aventura 24 on June 24.
Stonewall Street Festival & Parade: The 12th annual event from 4:30 to 9 p.m. June 19 along Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors has been expanded with three entertainment stages, wine tastings and chef demonstrations. MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts (left) and partner Patrick Abner are the grand marshals of the parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Info: stonewallwiltonmanors.com.
Starlight Musicals: The City of Fort Lauderdale's popular free summer Starlight Musicals concert series returns to Holiday Park on Friday with the blues of Mary Washington Brooks. The family-friendly series, which runs 7 to 10 p.m. each Friday through Aug. 5 on the football field at the park (U.S. 1 at East Sunrise Boulevard), again features a crowd-pleasing lineup of pop, country, R&B and trop rock -- perfect to sip wine or throw a football to. Lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers are encouraged; tents are allowed but now must be set up along the edges of the field. Bank of America will collect nonperishable food items for The Pantry & Food for the Poor, and dry or canned pet food for Abandoned Pet Rescue. Info: ci.ftlaud.fl.us/events/starlight, 954-828-5363.
Poppa E and the E Band: The story of the Miami-based bluesman is the stuff of local legend: Three tours in Vietnam that turned him into a self-described "killing machine,” father gunned down in a robbery a few years later, a brother killed in the World Trade Center on 9-11. It all informs his live performance, which he brings to the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $12, $11 students. Info: sunrisefl.gov, 954-747-4646.
“Sesame Street Live”: The red ball of fuzz leads “Elmo & Friends 1-2-3 Imagine” to the University of Miami's BankUnited Center in Coral Gables for performances Friday-June 19. Tickets: $20-$50 via Ticketmaster. Don't forget, “Elmo's Healthy Heroes” comes to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale Sept. 24-25. Tickets: $11-$44.75 via Ticketmaster. Info: 954-462-0222.