The little critters look like miniature lobsters, and they're variously called crawdads, crayfish, or crawfish. The freshwater crustaceans don't have the succulent flavor of their bigger cousins, so they require a little pepping up. Cajun folks living along the bayous of the Gulf Coast have perfected the art of seasoning crawfish, and one of those folks is Bob Richardson, who owns the Acadiana Catfish Shak restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana. He'll tell you that if you boil crawfish and sprinkle seasoning on top after they're cooked, you're doing it all wrong. He'll be cooking crawfish the traditional (read: correct) way at the Cajun/Zydeco Crawfish Festival today through Sunday at Fort Lauderdale Stadium (5301 NW 12th Ave.), adding plenty of spices, potatoes, and corn to the boiling water while the crawfish are cooking. Along with crawfish-eating contests, the festival features foot-stompin', accordion-and-washboard-driven zydeco music. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. For hours and details, see "Events" and "Concerts" listings or call 954-761-5934.
Demetrius Klein used to tell people that he wanted to dance the same way Jimi Hendrix played guitar. And, of course, they looked at him like he was nuts. "He played with power and virtuosity, yet with such subtlety and phrasing," Klein explains. "You got the idea he didn't care if he could re-create exactly what he was doing. He was just there, in the moment." Klein, who is both dancer and choreographer, takes the same approach during the six-minute solo piece Only Weeping, which is set to the Stevie Ray Vaughan version of Hendrix's "Little Wing." Using what he calls "structured improvisation," Klein performs variations on a theme. During a quiet section of the song, he slides and spins across the floor, rising to his feet only between moves, which he varies from performance to performance. At one point he plants his feet on the ground and traces paths around his body with his arms. The Lake Worth-based Demetrius Klein Dance Company will perform at 8 p.m. tonight and Sunday at the Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets cost $10 and $15. Call 561-586-1889.
One of the most tragic chapters in Florida history and in the history of U.S. race relations unfolded in the tiny, all-black town of Rosewood in Central Florida. In 1923 a white woman from the nearby town of Sumner tried to cover up a beating by her boyfriend by claiming that a Rosewood man had attacked her. During the seven days of riots that followed, Rosewood's citizens were tortured, raped, and lynched, and the town was burned to the ground. Descendants of massacre survivors split a $2 million settlement the state awarded in 1994. One of them, Liz Jenkins, a retired educator, historian, and activist, has written a book titled The Real Rosewood. She'll discuss the book today at the ArtServe Gallery (1300 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), where a historical exhibit about Rosewood will be on view. Admission to the 3 p.m. talk is free. Call 954-497-1675.
The wildlife and landscape of Florida inspired author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to write The Yearling (1938) and Cross Creek (1942). The life of the writer, who won the Pulitzer Prize and the O. Henry Memorial Award for fiction, inspired playwright Mary Hausch to write the one-woman show An Enchanted Land. Rawlings was originally a syndicated columnist, but in 1928 she was looking for a new challenge. Although her outdoors experiences were limited to a few trips to her father's farm when she was a child, at age 32 the tenacious writer gave up family, friends, and creature comforts to live in the backwoods of Florida and find subjects for her fiction. She wrote: "All this strenuous out-door stuff is new to me since coming to Florida. I've taken to it naturally, but my chief claim to capability in such matters lies only in my being game for anything." "Anything" included her attempt to find "intimate and accurate details" for her writings by living with a family that manufactured moonshine. Sara Morsey portrays the writer at 8 p.m. tonight and May 17 at the Caldwell Theatre Company (7873 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton). Tickets cost $12 and $15. Call 561-241-7432.