This is your last chance to catch Mad Cat Theatre’s world premiere production of Jessica Farr’s Blow Me, an unbridled take on the life of the British fashionista Isabella Blow. Blow was the flamboyant fashion editor at Tatler and Vogue who discovered designer Alexander McQueen. Suffering from bipolar disorder, she attempted suicide several times before finally succeeding by drinking weed killer in 2007. Farr’s play takes audiences along for the ride through key moments in Blow’s life. Through Sept. 1 at the Miami Theatre Centre, 9816 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami Shores. Tickets are $30 at MadCatTheatre.org.
The fiery passion of Spanish flamenco song erupts at Siempre Flamenco’s 8th Annual Flamenco Festival de Cante Flamenco this weekend in the Carnival Studio Theatre at Miami’s Arsht Center. Featuring an exceptional lineup of guest artists from Spain, you'll be swept away to the Gypsy caves of Andalucia with the stirring rhythms of Iberian music. Intimate, passionate and bewitching, the raw emotions that emanate from flamenco song unite with the intricate fury of dance in these special concerts. The festival opens tonight at 8 p.m. with performances on Saturday evening and 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $38 at ArshtCenter.org.
We love Elton John. Over a career spanning five decades, the British singer and songwriter has gone from flamboyant showman to family man and LGBT/AIDS activist. Tonight, celebrate the music of Sir Elton with “Rocket Man,” a tribute concert at Lake Worth’s Bamboo Room, 25 S. J Street. The show starts at 9 p.m., but with a catalog of hundreds of hits, the show will certainly go well into the wee hours of the night. Be sure to head over early and enjoy dinner in gay-friendly Lake Worth, too. Tickets are $13 and 18 at BambooRoomBlues.com.
Quilters, collectors, artists and all who enjoy the beauty of quilts will enjoy A Quilting Evolution, the current exhibit at the Delray Center for the Arts at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Presented in partnership with the Gold Coast Quilters Guild, the exhibition features more than 100 traditional and art quilts, embracing both the history of this practical art, as well as contemporary twists on the craft. Quilters will be on hand at the gallery from 1 to 4:30 p.m. giving demonstrations, also. For more information, go to DelrayCenterForTheArts.org.
After a day at the beach or a leisurely BBQ, grab the whole gang and head down to the Hollywood Beach Theatre, 100 Johnson St. in Hollywood, at 7:30 p.m. for “Picture Perfect,” a cover show of classic rock hits. You will rock the night away to hits from The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Steppenwolf, Derek and the Dominoes, Rod Stewart, Three Dog Night, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Labor Day than to enjoy classic music on Hollywood’s scenic Broadwalk. Best part? It’s free! For more information, go to HollywoodFL.org.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd. in Delray, has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The museum is currently featuring the exhibition, Wood Be Kindred Spirits through Sept. 19, a collection of unique wooden Kokeshi dolls from northern Japan, featuring distinctive enlarged and expressive heads and faces, to compensate for the lack of arms and legs. Afterwards, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by different historical periods and styles of Japanese gardening or admire the bonsai collection. Admission is $13. For more information, go to Morikami.org. JW Arnold