Grand opening of Perez Art Museum Miami, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 10 a.m.; $6 to $12; 305/375-3000 or www.pamm.org
Simply put, this is the most important arts-and-culture advancement Miami has made since the opening of the New World Center in 2011. Years in the making, the Perez Art Museum transplants the former Miami Art Museum from its more-modest former home in the Central Business District to a lavish, 200,000-square-foot edifice in the newly constructed Museum Park in downtown Miami. Designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the masters behind London’s seminal Tate Modern, the building’s renderings have drawn raves from architecture critics, who note its science-fiction like ability to seemingly levitate (from a distance), earning it comparisons to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA. The exhibitions opening this week, too, are a notch above typical Miami fare, and number at least a dozen, including new work by controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, a showcase of “Americana” art, a Caribbean art survey and an installation of hanging ship replicas by Britain’s Hew Locke.
Opening night of “Annie” at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; 7:30 p.m.; starting at $52; 561/575-2223 or www.jupitertheatre.org
A cast of 23 will bring to life one of the most beloved and most-produced Broadway musicals of all-time. Following the story of a resourceful orphan who escapes from a prison-like orphanage, is adopted by a generous billionaire, and journeys to find her parents, is set around Christmastime and has become a feel-good favorite that has transcended its origins. References to “Annie” have turned up in places as unlikely as the cult documentary “Reefer Madness,” the Jay-Z single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” and episodes of “NCIS” and “South Park.” See it in its original form at this production, which includes television star Vicki Lewis in the role of the villainous orphanage proprietor Miss Hannigan. It runs through Dec. 22.
Paula Poundstone at Bailey Hall at Broward College, 3501 S.W. Davie Road, Davie; 8 p.m.; $10 to $35; 954/201-6884
“There’s so many difficult decisions you make now, as a family. My kids, for example, have decided to cremate me, and I am begging them to wait.” That’s an example of Paula Poundstone’s humor, as black as it as observational, and brimming with sarcasm and surprises. The Massachusetts native dropped out of high school to pursue a comedy career, working as a busgirl and bicycle messenger until she embarked on a cross-country comedy tour on a Greyhound bus. In the decades since, she’s earned her place on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 best stand-ups of all time. Poundstone has become as known for her onstage getups—usually a pinstriped business suit and tie—as her acute observations on life, politics and social issues.
Thursday to Sunday
Art Basel at Miami Beach Convention Center, Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach; noon to 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday; $26 to $90; 786/276-2611 or www.artbasel.com
By now, you probably know the drill: For a few days each December, Miami Beach becomes a hotter destination than New York or Los Angeles, drawing more than 50,000 visitors for this central gathering of the international art world. The hotels on Miami Beach will be as clogged as its thoroughfares this weekend, and if you’re lucky enough to snag a parking spot, you may just rub elbows with celebrities and the world’s foremost artists while imbibing cutting-edge work in painting, drawing, video, photography, sculpture, installation and more – upwards of 250 exhibitors from the crème de la creme. There also will be workshops, tours, receptions, conversations with artists and screenings of art documentaries at venues all across the Beach.
Friday to Sunday
Jonah Bokaer X Daniel Arsham at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 6 p.m. Friday, 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $35; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org
One of the great things about the aforementioned Art Basel is that its presence allows for the scheduling of ancillary events like this one, where art shares the spotlight with another cultural form: dance. Daniel Arsham, an artist raised in Miami whose work fuses performance, art and architecture, will collaborate with the National Endowment for the Arts award-winning choreographer Bokaer (pictured) for a new multidisciplinary piece titled "Occupant" that must be seen to be believed. Both performers are compelled by the relationship between humans and physical spaces, and expect this theme to resonate in a daring, self-reflexive dance-theater piece.
Opening night of “The Lyons” at Women’s Theatre Project at Willow Theatre, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; 561/347-3948 or www.womenstheatreproject.com
Nicky Silver’s “The Lyons,” which enjoyed its Broadway debut in 2011, concerns a man dying from cancer, a spouse trapped in a 40-year loveless marriage, alcoholism, an abusive marriage and homophobia – so naturally, it’s a comedy! Set in a hospital during the last days of cancer patient and family patriarch Ben Lyons, the play has won awards for its surprisingly frank and savage study of the human condition, drawing shocking humor from the simple concept that when people have nothing left to lose, they have the freedom to say whatever they want. Genie Croft will direct the Southeastern premiere of this play for the Women’s Theatre Project, which breaks one of its rules by producing a work written by a man. It runs through Dec. 22.
Saturday and Sunday
Lauderdale Live at Huizenga Plaza, 1 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; noon; $89; www.lauderdalelivemusic.com
Last April, the Tortuga Music Festival debuted in downtown Fort Lauderdale; now we have a second seasonal festival in the same area, an event that was unveiled quietly while boasting a knockout lineup of artists. The lineup is not unlike Tortuga’s, skewing toward country, folk and acoustic rock: Legendary country singer and actor Lyle Lovett will headline Sunday night in a rare South Florida appearance, and Huey Lewis & the News will headline Saturday night’s festivities. Other talent includes the folk duo Indigo Girls, the funk-soul collective Robert Randolph and the Family Band, former Drive-By Truckers singer/songwriter Jason Isbell, and the amiable South Carolina folk duo Shovels & Rope. Visit the fest’s website for the full lineup.
Monday, Dec. 9
NOFX at Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 6:25 p.m.; $25 advance, $28 day of show; 954/449-1025 or www.jointherevolution.net
NOFX rose to prominence in the mid-90s punk revival that included Green Day and the Offspring, ultimately selling more than 6 million albums without the help of mainstream radio airplay or major-label distribution. These days, its snotty vocals and three-chord skate-punk shredding sounds as influential as it is derivative, and its music is significantly more provocative than it used to be. In defiance of the brevity of traditional punk, NOFX's signature song, 1999's "The Decline," runs 18 minutes and takes up an entire EP; with its lyrics denouncing jingoistic Americans, it set in motion a lyrical pivot toward politics, which helped the band and its fans survive the George W. Bush presidency. "The Decline" will most surely be played at tonight's concert; otherwise, the set list changes every night, so bring your requests — they just might play one of them.