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The Week Ahead: Feb. 10-16


What: Tim Dorsey

Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/279-7790,

Raised in Riviera Beach, the prolific Tampa-based author Tim Dorsey is one of the many spawns of the pioneering Florida crime novelist John D. MacDonald, having penned 20 books with such pulp-a-licious titles as “Hurricane Punch,” “Nuclear Jellyfish” and “Pineapple Grenade.” In addition to the lively writing, Dorsey’s books are distinguished by the ruthlessness of his certifiably insane anti-hero, Serge Storms, who can be just as violent as his enemies when justice needs serving. Dorsey is traveling all around the state in this exhaustive home-turf tour to support his latest Storms tome, “Shark Skin Suite,” in which he assists a young lawyer—who is also his ex-flame—in taking down avaricious banksters.


What: Improvised Shakespeare Company

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $28

Contact: 561/832-7469,

The Reduced Shakespeare Company has long held the most recognized position in Bard parody with its endlessly reproduced show “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Condensed.” Now, there’s a new game in town, and the Improvised Shakespeare Company takes a different approach: It makes up a “masterpiece” on the spot, each night, based on a title suggestion from the audience, and performs it with deadpan Shakespearean dialogue and themes. Performed by three men on a bare stage, every show is wildly different, with one recent performance, in Naples, integrating pickle juice and an undead Lionel Richie. This mix of Elizabethan drama and “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” has been hailed as “staggeringly brilliant” by TimeOut Chicago. Chances are, if comedic theater can do well in the home of The Second City, it can translate to anywhere in the country. Thou hast tickled thy funny bones.


What: Andrea Bocelli

Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $219.50-$578.10

Contact: 866/502-7529,

In the span of one month in early 2013, Andrea Bocelli performed at the 61st annual National Prayer Breakfast at the White House and Moscow’s Kremlin. This feat, which would have probably been impossible 30 years ago, was just another month for the indefatigable 56-year-old Italian tenor, whose voice is borderless. He sings in six languages in concert and on his albums, which have moved more than 80 million copies worldwide, making him the best-selling artist in the history of classical music. Celine Dion is one such fan, saying in 1998 that “If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.” His set lists run upward of 25 songs, from the sacred and operatic canon as well as Broadway and crossover pop hits, and he specializes in love songs—hence tonight’s show, the first of three Hard Rock Live performances (he also plays on the 14th and 15th) in honor of Valentine’s Day.


What: “Cosi Fan Tutte”

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20-$240

Contact: 954/462-0222,

This comic opera by Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a 19th century example of the timeless theme of the Battle of the Sexes, and has earned comparisons to the play “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” Considered risqué and even immoral when it premiered in the 1880s, this tale about two men who disguise themselves as each other to seduce their wives and win a bet was well ahead of its time then, and even today the humor produces unsettling insights about human relationships. Florida Grand Opera’s reimagined version, last performed here in 2008, is set in an upscale hotel in modern-day Europe, and will feature brand-new costumes and props. If you’ve not yet supported opera in Broward County, now would be a good time to start: As we reported last month, the company’s future in the county remains in jeopardy.


What: Opening night of Delray Beach Open

Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

When: Play starts at 9:15 a.m.

Cost: Varies by event

Contact: 561/330-6000,

This tennis tournament may seem improbably sponsored by the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, but it certainly has achieved a scope and a reach beyond the city of Delray Beach. It remains the only combined ATP World Tour and Champions Tour in the country—meaning it’s the only opportunity for tennis fans to see both currently ranked and retired tennis greats at the same venue, for one 10-day stretch. This year’s tournament, which runs through Feb. 22, boasts arguably its strongest lineup yet, with more current Top 20 players than ever before, including John Isner, the Bryan Brothers and Marin Cilic, while the Champions Tour features household names such as Michael Chang and Goran Ivanisevic. There will be special events outside the court every day of the tournament—including a Valentine’s Dinner Party on Feb. 14 and a Delray Chamber Bash on Feb. 18—so check the tourney’s website for the full schedule.


What: “Jazz and Love” concert

Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $75-$97.50

Contact: 954/527-6968,

Jazz and love go together like popcorn and movies—especially the kind of cool, contemporary jazz performed by the four performers at this acoustically rich outdoor concert in Mizner Park. Four familiar names in modern jazz will set your heartstrings aflutter on this most romantic of winter nights: four-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist Boney James; 11-time Grammy nominee Kirk Whalum (pictured), whose saxophone solo famously colored Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You;” Pieces of a Dream, the Philadelphia jazz stalwarts who have been recording and touring since 1976; and Shelea Frazier, a powerhouse vocalist who has earned comparisons to Alicia Keys. This is a pricy ticket for a concert of this kind, but it does run for a full five hours, and the event’s organizers promise an audio experience so perfect they’ve trademarked a term for it: Music Immersion.


What: River North Dance Chicago

Where: Wold Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $45–$65

Contact: 561/237-9000,

River North has become an integral part of Chicago’s thriving dance culture, presenting its boldly theatrical contemporary choreography from Windy City parks to international musical halls. This rare Florida revue of the company’s most cherished works will feature five to six pieces, including “Habaneras,” artistic director Frank Chaves’ tribute to the Cuban composers of his youth; “Eva,” a balletic and breathtakingly moving elegy to the late, great Washington, D.C. songbird Eva Cassidy; and “Renatus,” a mood piece by Nejla Yatkin, an award-winning choreographer who has been called a “magician” by the New York Times. This is the piece most suited for River North’s Valentine’s Day engagement in Boca. As sensual as it is athletic, “Renatus” is technically a solo number for a dancer grappling with feminine duality, but her flowing red gown has the significance and space of a flesh-and-blood partner, achieving a life of its own under a crimson glow.


What: “In the Voice of Our Mothers”

Where: B’Nai Torah Congregation, 6261 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton

When: 1 p.m.

Cost: $25 members, $36 nonmembers

Contact: 561/392-8566,

Say what you want about the Bible—like politics, pro sports and Silicon Valley, it’s largely a man’s game, with the women receiving short historical and narrative shrift, if any at all. Carol Fox Prescott is out to change that perception with her thoughtful ensemble play “In the Voice of Our Mothers,” which revisits the compelling lives of five Biblical matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah and Miriam. Their stories are rendered as first-person accounts and remain faithful to the ancient texts, while suggesting a universality that will resonate with women of today. The play’s origins date back 20 years and, through rehearsals and performances in venues as eclectic as synagogues, universities, churches and prisons, it has evolved across a broad cross-section of audiences. This will be the only Boca Raton show for this production, which is the second in Shari Upbin and GFour Productions’ Theatre Arts Series at B’Nai Torah.

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