Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein at Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 3 p.m.; $15 to $35 or free for members; 561/655-7227 or www.fourarts.org
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein have forged important journalistic careers over the past 40 years. Woodward has become the preeminent scholar on America’s Middle East adventures, under both Bush and Obama; his book “State of Denial” is the definitive account of the mismanagement of the Iraqi occupation. Bernstein has written books about Pope John Paul II and Hillary Clinton. But, like Simon and Garfunkel, they’re still most known for the early stuff they accomplished together—you know, that whole Watergate thing. Also like Simon and Garfunkel, they’ve reunited, kicking off the Society of the Four Arts’ 2012 lecture series to discuss the impact of Watergate on modern politics. The authors of “All the President’s Men” likely will address political scandals past and present—and offer their takes on the 2012 presidential election.
Jenna Bush Hager at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 2 p.m.; $25 general admission or $40 reserved seating; 561/243-7922 or www.oldschool.org
In many circles, the name “Bush” still carries with it a tarnished presidential dynasty; at one point, not enough George W. Bush’s own dog could tolerate him. But this rejection of the Bush name has not extended to his daughter Jenna, who has used her public fame as the chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation, where she works to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths across the globe. She’s also a contributor to NBC’s “Today Show,” focusing on inspirational stories about the American spirit. “I watch ‘The Today Show’ in the morning, and I see the segments Jenna Bush does,” says Joe Gillie, executive director at Old School Square, who booked Bush Hager to kick off the theater’s 2012 lecture series. “She’s established herself as someone who digs deep to find special people.”
Warren H. Phillips at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 8 p.m.; free; 305/442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com
If you want to know how the sausage is made at the Wall Street Journal– and share the pains, frustration and current woes of print publications across the globe – then Warren H. Phillips’ “Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at the Wall Street Journal” is the book for you. Phillips has been involved with the esteemed financial paper for literally his entire life, starting out as a copyboy and climbing the ranks to become CEO of its parent organization, Dow Jones & Company. Far from self-aggrandizing fluff, Phillips’ tell-all has already been praised has a fascinating, thought-provoking, warts-and-all dissection of an industry.
Opening night of “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” at Caldwell Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $27 to $50 or $10 for students; 561/241-7432 or www.caldwelltheatre.com
In mid-December, just one month before the slated start time of the second play of its 2011-2012 season, the Caldwell Theatre still had not announced what the second play would be. Better late than never, the theater announced a whopper late last year: The long-standing “TBA” has become “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,” a recent nominee for a Pulitzer Prize. It’s set in the world of professional wrestling, diving into a demographic much younger than the theater’s subscriber base – but its theme transcends the sport, commenting thoughtfully on race relations and geopolitics in America. Brandon Morris, Greg Weiner, Donte Bonner and Adam Bashian star, and it runs through Feb. 12.
Friday and Saturday
Opening festivities of the South Florida Fair, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach; 11 a.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday; free Friday or $75 Saturday; 561/793-0333 or www.southfloridafair.com
Living to 100 is nothing to scoff at, and this year’s South Florida Fair marks the Palm Beach County institution’s 100-year anniversary. To celebrate this monumental centennial, the fair has slated special events during its opening weekend. Friday morning’s opening ceremonies are free at the Ford Stage in Expo West, and Saturday night’s lavish event includes a cocktail reception, dinner buffet and live music from the Gypsy Lane Band. Jeans and jewels comprise the recommended attire. As usual, magic shows, puppet shows, animal shows, livestock exhibitors and live music on multiple stages begin Friday and continue through Jan. 29.
Opening reception for “Dana Schultz: If the Face Had Wheels” at Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 6 to 9 p.m.; regular museum admission; 305/375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org
“If the Face Had Wheels” is the first 10-year survey of paintings by artist Dana Schultz. Its arrival in Miami marks one of the cultural season’s most anticipated exhibitions, having already been heralded by critics nationwide when it premiered at the Neuberger Museum of Art in 2011. Her colorful, tactile works burst with expressionist flavor, pop savvy and narrative inspiration, whether she’s painting her “Frank” series about the fictional life of the last man on Earth, or her “Verbs” series with pieces such as “Swimming, Smoking, Crying” and “Shaking, Cooking, Peeing.” A music lover, she immortalizes members of Sonic Youth and the Breeders in two of her paintings; in another she disturbingly depicts the autopsy of Michael Jackson.
Black Violin at Miramar Cultural Arts Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar; 8 p.m.; $15 to $22; 954/602-4500 or www.miramarculturalcenter.org
Like other hip-hop artists, the music duo Black Violin credits Nas and Jay-Z among its influences, and it has released more mixtapes than proper albums. But it deviates from the urban-music norm in just about every other way. Members Kev Marcus and Wil B are both classically trained musicians, playing the violin and viola respectively while a DJ provides their backing rhythms. Black Violin’s music is a place where Shostakovich and Bach shoot the breeze with the Wu-Tang Clan, and this local band – both members graduated from Dillard High School – has been bridging seemingly unbridgeable gaps between rap and classical music since 2004.
Opening day of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; various show times; $8 to $12 for public events or $350 to $725 for workshops; www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org
The Palm Beach Poetry Festival has grown considerably in eight years, proving that the form, while seemingly endangered in popular culture, is still a vibrant creative force underground. “Poetry is our most alive form of speech,” Miles Coon, director of the festival, says. “Why are poems read at weddings and at funerals? Why at state occasions? Because poetry is a human response to the chaos of our lives.” Beginning Monday and continuing through Jan. 21, this year’s event will feature eight workshops taught by renowned poets, an evening of performance poetry and a special reading by Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Wright.