“Images of Science” at Palm Beach Photographic Centre, 415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; free; 561/253-2600 or www.workshop.org
Through Dec. 30, the Palm Beach Photo Centre offers a great opportunity to unite art nerds and science nerds under one aesthetically pleasing, scientifically precise roof. Forty images taken by scientists at nearly 80 laboratories worldwide comprise this exhibition, the results of a competition established by Germany’s Max Planck Society. Visitors to the Photo Centre can view cerebral nerve cells, magnified salt droplets, colloidal crystals and much more. This unique exhibition has already toured museums and embassies in places like Germany, Austria and Thailand.
Opening night of Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children; 561/740-9000 or http://palmbeachjewishfilm.org/boysofterezin.html
The 22ndannual Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival runs from tonight to Dec. 18 and promises to be bigger, bolder and better than ever. The festival sold more tickets than ever before at last year’s event, and this year’s fest sprawls across five venues from Palm Beach Gardens to Delray Beach. Tonight’s opening film, “The Boys of Terezin,” is an hour-long documentary about a group of teenage boys during WWII who created a secret journal under the noses of their Nazi occupiers. West Palm Beach resident Sidney Taussig, one of the original boys of Terezin, will be honored at the screening, which also includes a performance by the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches.
Opening night of “The Santaland Diaries” at Arsht Center, 1200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 7:30 p.m.; $35; 305/949-6722 or www.zoeticstage.com
Mere weeks after closing “Captiva” – one of the best South Florida theatrical productions of the year – Miami’s Zoetic Stage is already back with a show full of holiday jeer. The one-man show “The Santaland Diaries” was developed off-Broadway in 1996, adapted from an essay by humorist David Sedaris. Sedaris first presented the piece back in 1992, before he became a best-selling household name, and it details his descent into Christmas Hell while working as an elf in a Macy’s SantaLand display. Actor and playwright Michael McKeever stars in Zoetic’s production, and he looks to bring the right amounts of bite and snark to this irreverent work. It runs through Dec. 23.
Brian Posehn at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $15; 954/564-1074 or www.ticketmaster.com
There are certain comedians who find themselves outside the conventional comedy-club circuits, preferring to tour like rock bands – performing single-night shows in sweaty clubs without the price-gouging scourge of two-drink minimums. These are usually my favorite comics to see, because it often means they have an alternative style that foregoes clichés and audience pandering. Brian Posehn is no exception, having earned his hipster mettle on such alt-comedy staples as HBO’s “Mr. Show” and Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program.” Like fellow funnyman Jim Breuer, heavy metal is one of Posehn’s key inspirations, which should place him further at home in this metal-centric club. Local comics Daniel Reskin and Matt Zigan, plus the band Masticator, will open the show.
Opening night of “Ruthless!” at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $22 adults and $18 seniors and students; 561/394-2626 or www.showtimeboca.com
Described as an “adult musical comedy,” this production runs for two weeks at this Royal Palm Place theater, the latest contribution to December’s bustling theater calendar. The show is aimed at a theatrically literate audience who will enjoy its satire: “Ruthless!” pokes fun at overbearing stage mothers and Broadway brats, skewering such sacred cows as “All About Eve” and “Gypsy” along the way. Lisa Braun, Amy Fiacco, Kristina Johnson and Sydney Stephenson star in a production with musical direction by Carbonell award winner Eric Alsford.
My Morning Jacket at Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $38.50; 561/488-8069 or www.ticketmaster.com
My Morning Jacket, a spacey, psychedelic roots-rock quintet formed in the late nights in Louisville, Ky., never made much sense opening for the backward-cap-wearing frat boys at Dave Matthews Band concerts, as they once did. Nor did their spectral, classic sound jibe in trendy and fashionable indie-rock circles. Likewise, “adult-contemporary” suggests easy-listening concessions that My Morning Jacket never made. By looking to the past, frontman Jim James and company have blazed a trail all their own, building a fan base of pure music lovers free of social cliques and monthly flavors. Since 2001, they’ve released one stellar, ambitious album after another; their latest, “Circuital,” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard charts.
Paulette Dozier at the Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $20 to $25; 561/450-6357 or www.delraybeacharts.org
The Arts Garage’s Jazz Project continues with this multitalented, multifaceted jazz singer. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University and Florida International University, Dozier has entertained audiences on three continents, and has performed onstage as a model and actress (she’ll be in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grille” from the Boca Raton Theatre Guild next April) as well as a musician. Her repertoire includes sultry standards and modern favorites.
Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour at Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $36.50 to $76.50; 954/462-0222 or www.parkerplayhouse.com
Though this progressive talk-radio host is no longer on the air locally in South Florida, the daughter of William Miller (Barry Goldwater’s running mate in the 1964 presidential election) maintains a fan base through SiriusXM syndication. Her politics run contrary to her parents and secondary to the comedy on her radio show—a fast-paced, sketch-filled, witty program, regardless of your political views. She’ll be joined during the only Florida stop on the “Sexy Liberal” tour by regular guests Hal Sparks, John Fugelsang and Aisha Tyler.
Class Actress at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 10 p.m.; $10; 305/377-2277 or http://fla.vor.us/1110843-Class-Actress-tickets/Class-Actress-Miami-Grand-Central-December-10-2011.html
Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Harper began performing original music in the overstuffed confines of coffeehouses before hooking up with producer Mark Richardson, who helped usher Harper’s sound into the textured electronic-music realm. Since then, she’s rode the wave of electro-pop that has dominated the college/indie charts with a mix of earnestness, sexuality and a lyricism befitting her organic roots. That the synths she uses have the retro nostalgia of vintage ‘80s pop only enhances her cred. She’ll be playing songs from her debut EP “Journal of Ardency” and her catchy full-length “Rapprocher,” released earlier this year.