There's a reason the snowbirds flock home for the summer months. For all its Sunshine State notoriety and gleaming sandy beaches, summer in Florida is borderline unbearable. Even for those full-timers who manage to stick it out year 'round, by September, enough is enough. Luckily for the locals, with the breaking of the summer fever comes the return of cultural events. Beat the heat and soothe the soul with the Boca Raton Museum of Art for a Hot Summer Night event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Don't let the name frighten you off; the air conditioning will be in full operation as you breeze through the cool halls of the museum enjoying not only the standing collection of Matisse, Degas, and others but also the "60th Annual All Florida Juried Competition Exhibition." This is also your last chance to see the "Art for the People: 20th Century Social Realism" exhibition, which closes September 11. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door for nonmembers or $10 in advance and $15 at the door for members. Admission also gets you Mississippi Sweets BBQ and two glasses of wine, with more available at the cash bar. And if you've had enough air conditioning for one night, get the full tropical experience wandering in the Sculpture Garden and listening to the live steel drum band. The Boca Raton Museum of Art is located in Mizner Park at 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. The museum stays open until 9 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. Call 561-392-2500, or visit bocamuseum.org.
Wed., Sept. 7, 5:30-8 p.m., 2011