Tuesday

 

Opening night of “Agatha Christie’s BBC Murders” at Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $26.50 to $66.50; 954/462-0222 or www.parkerplayhouse.com

Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries famously leapt off the pages of her books, but they also made for great audio dramas, back when families would huddle around their big-as-a-Buick console radios and gasp as the action unfurled in their minds. This touring production, courtesy of Broadway Across America, channels that tradition in a revival of four Christie radio plays that were once considered lost during the London blitz of World War II. Combining radio drama with traditional theater, the four mysteries run over two acts and are as follows: “Butter in a Lordly Dish,” about the relationship between a lawyer and a mysterious woman; “Three Blind Mice,” which would later evolve into the hit play “The Mousetrap;” the paranormal story “Personal Call;” and “Yellow Iris,” which introduced the iconic character of detective Hercule Poirot. It runs through Feb. 3.

Thursday

 

Joan Collins at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 2 p.m.; $25 to $40; 561/243-7922 or www.delraycenterforthearts.org

Actor, author, singer, polemicist, sexpot—Joan Collins has worn all of these hats over a career that has spanned more than 60 years. In her new biography, The World According to Joan, the “Dynasty” star shares caustic opinions on men, women, Hollywood, fashion, modern television and more. Expect similar no-holds-barred disclosures at the Crest. “Everybody thinks of her as an evil, nasty woman, but I’ve found her to be the sweetest person in the world,” says Joe Gillie, executive director of Center for the Arts at Old School Square. “She’s not a diva; she’s just a great lady.” Note: This concert is currently sold out, but be sure to call the theater the day of the lecture for the possibility of standby tickets.

 

Opening day of “Annie Leibovitz” at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 students; 561/832-5196 or www.norton.org

Remember the Rolling Stone photo of a nude John Lennon curling in an almost fetal position against Yoko Ono, cradling her head in an act pure, unselfconscious love? Lennon was killed five hours later, making the person behind the camera for that iconic image, Annie Leibovitz, the last person to professionally photograph the ex-Beatle. As Rolling Stone’s photo editor during its glory days, Leibovitz shot all the stars, developing a legendary reputation as a sensitive portraitist who dug beneath slick celebrity exteriors. She has continued to bait controversy to this day, making headlines with provocative images of a tiara-less Queen Elizabeth and a seemingly topless Miley Cyrus. The Norton’s exhibition of 39 recently acquired Leibovitz photos aims to explore some of her least viewed, but crucial, portraits, delving beyond the artist’s own celebrity image. The exhibition runs through June 9.

Friday

 

Opening day of South Florida Fair at South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach; 11:30 a.m.; free or $15; 561/793-0333 or www.southfloridafair.com

It pays to arrive early to the 101st annual South Florida Fair today, because if you attend the 11:30 a.m. opening ceremonies, you’ll be granted free admission for the rest of the day. As always, the giant community gathering offers plenty of fun activities to fill a day and then some, including horse demonstrations, arts and crafts, petting zoo and pony rides, motorsports, an “Elephant Encounter” show, an ice show, pig races, hypnotist Mark Yuzuik, game shows, fashion shows and live music. Tonight’s live bands include blues artists Mel & Vinnie, folk musician Allan Aunapu and rock cover group ESP Band.

 

Opening night of “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 8 p.m.; $35; 561/586-6410 or www.lakeworthplayhouse.org

I have to admit a bias toward this particular show, given that it’s my favorite musical of all-time. “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a play for die-hard theater junkies, a cult musical perhaps best appreciated by stage insiders. A lonely man sits in the living room of his unkempt apartment and plays an LP soundtrack recording of his favorite classic musical of all-time – only to witness that very musical springing to life all around him. The writers of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Bob Martin and Don McKellar, use this show-within-a-show concept to poke fun of many sacred cows of musical theater, reveling in Broadway’s clichés in an ingeniously self-referential fashion, making this hilarious send-up a show like no other. It runs through Feb. 3.

Friday and Saturday

 

Josh Kornbluth at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $28; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org

How often does Josh Kornbluth tour South Florida? Practically never, which makes this two-day stint in the Rinker Playhouse a surprising pleasure. Kornbluth is a renowned monologist based in San Francisco who has written and starred in three films (“Haiku Tunnel” was the biggest) and written six comic monologues on everything from calculus to Benjamin Franklin to mime troupes. The Kravis performance is titled “Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?,” which finds Kornbluth riffing on the cultural and scientific luminaries spotlighted in Warhol’s controversial 1980 series of important 20th century Jews. Show up to this one with your thinking cap on.

Saturday

 

Bob Margolin at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $25 to $35; 561/450-6357 or www.artsgarage.org

The Arts Garage continues to be a wonderful outlet for prominent jazz and blues artists that otherwise wouldn’t have a venue in which to perform, and tonight’s evening with Bob Margolin is no exception. The 63-year-old electric blues axman has enjoyed a storied career, plying his trade of rolling melodies and heartbreak with none other than Muddy Waters – a gig that landed him a part in Martin Scorsese’s documentary “The Last Waltz.” Nicknamed “Steady Rollin’,” Margolin has also performed with Pinetop Perkins, Etta James and Freeborne, and his concerts are filled with warmth, humor and spontaneity.

Saturday and Sunday

 

Boca Raton Fine Art Show on North Federal Highway between Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Mizner Boulevard; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free; www.hotworks.org

To be selected for a vendor booth at the fourth annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show, you can’t just be any joe with a paintbrush or a camera. This prestigious fair in Downtown Boca prides itself on exhibiting only top-tier artists from South Florida and beyond, and it’s juried by professionals with at least 30 years in the art business, with $1,500 awarded to the best artists. The event is free to browse, and promoters promise that art to fit all price ranges will be sold, in media including sculpture, paintings, clay, glass, fiber, jewelry and photography. The Boca Raton Fine Art Show recently was ranked the 68th best art fair in the country by Art Fair Source Book, a tall honor indeed for such a young fair.