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The Week Ahead: Jan. 8 to 14


Quartetto Bernini at Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $60; 561/655-2833 or

This chamber quartet is serious about playing ancient string music as it was performed when the composers wrote it. So serious, in fact, that its members play on two violins, a viola and a cello dating to the 17th century, courtesy of master Italian craftsmen. This only adds to the acclaimed group’s ambitious repertoire, including Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” and Mozart’s complete string quartets. But Quartetto Bernini’s passion lies in rediscovering forgotten Italian pieces by renowned composers (Paganini, Rossini) as well as lesser-known ones (Cambini, Radicati).


“Nerdcore Fandom” art exhibition at Ink & Pistons, 2716 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; noon to 10 p.m.; free; 561/832-4655 or

If you have no interest in seeing an image of “Star Wars” android C3PO riffing on a guitar like he’s a part of AC/DC, then chances are, you were one of those so-called popular kids in high school. But for the rest of us, for whom “comic book convention” denoted much more excitement than the word “prom,” the newly opened art exhibition “Nerdcore Fandom” is the geek-art extravaganza we’ve all been waiting for. More than 30 local and national artists will be exhibiting in the Slushbox Art Gallery inside West Palm Beach’s hip new tattoo shop Ink and Pistons. Their work celebrates video games, “Star Wars,” comic books, anime, ’80s television and cartoons, “Transformers” and other obsessions that percolate in the “Big Bang Theory” writers’ room. The exhibition is on display through Feb. 5.


Opening night of “Singin’ in the Rain” at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; 7:30 p.m.; $51 to $68; 561/575-2223

Looking back on it, it’s hard to believe that the stage adaptation of “Singin’ in the Rain” didn’t premiere until 1983, a full 31 years after the release of Gene Kelly and Stanley’s Donen’s movie, often hailed as the greatest movie musical of all-time. These days, even average movies are adapted for the stage within a few years – compensation for Broadway’s dearth of original ideas. But whatever the format, it seems “Singin’ in the Rain” has always been with us and always will be in some fashion or another; it’s ironic and even incredible that such a specific story – about Hollywood’s transition from silents to the talkies – has proven so timeless. Mirroring the 1952 film closely, this musical features the songs we know and love, including “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Moses Supposes” and “Good Mornin,’” and I can’t think of a better regional theater to produce it than the Maltz. The production runs through Jan. 27.

Friday to Sunday

Shen Yun Performing Arts at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $70 to $200; 954/462-0222 or

Promising to revive 5,000 years of civilization, Shen Yun Performing Arts has been honoring China’s rich theatrical heritage since 2006. The New York-based group tours with its cast of top-notch principal dancers, orchestra players, soloists, choreographers, composers and conductors, presenting energetic, flowing vignettes that transport viewers across several centuries and locales, from the highest heavens to Middle Kingdom plateaus, in a show that defies easy categorization. Take note of the especially impressive costume designs and period props.


Opening night of “All New People” at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 7:30 p.m.; $40; 305/949-6722 or

As twee as he is witty, actor Zach Braff has already made his mark on television and film, through the hit TV series “Scrubs” and the cult movie “Garden State.” He expanded his dramatic breadth to the stages of New York and London last year with the four-character comedy “All New People,” whose Southeastern premiere is being produced locally by Miami’s Zoetic Stage. It’s about a guy who’s just turned 35 and is on the precipice of suicide – a task he could complete were it not for the three eccentric characters who converge on his New Jersey beach house. Cinephiles will appreciate the show’s movie references; Braff has called it “The Breakfast Club for adults,” and there are elements of “Harold and Maude,” Woody Allen and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The play runs through Jan. 27.



Theresa Caputo at James L. Knight Center, 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $39.75 to $84.75; 800/745-3000 or

Like psychic gnats buzzing around someone’s head, spirits tend to flock to Theresa Caputo, the hilarious, loud-mouthed afterlife communicator at the center of TLC’s hit television series “Long Island Medium.” While some mediums have a tight control on their lines of communication and limit them to working hours, Caputo will inevitably give free, spontaneous readings in Long Island supermarkets, schools, restaurants, soup kitchens and wherever else she happens to be with her infinitely patient husband and two children – often leaving her “clients” dumbstruck, teary and finally at peace with the loss of a loved one. If you believe that she’s the real deal – and most of her three-million-plus audience presumably does – then her one-night only live appearance in Miami can be a rare opportunity to receive a reading from one of the psychic world’s biggest stars. In addition, Caputo will share stories from a life of balancing family time with her supernatural gift.


Oshogatsu Festival at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 children; 561/495-0233 or

With the new year upon us, we’ve officially slithered into the Year of the Snake, as the Japanese zodiac calendar proclaims. The Year of the Snake is supposed to be a lucky year, and after an often-dismal 2012, we could certainly use some luck. Start your 2013 seasonal festivities on the right foot with the Morikami’s Japanese New Year’s Celebration, the Oshogatsu, which features affordable fun for all ages. As always, there will be live music and taiko drumming, tea ceremony demonstrations, the pounding of rice cakes, performances from a lion dancer and Japanese fortune telling. New activities for this year include children’s storytelling, open-air calligraphy demonstrations, art exhibits, talks from the Morikami’s education staff and a “DIY Daruma Wall.”

Femi Kuti & the Positive Force at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $30; 305/672-5202 or

Like Sean Lennon and Jakob Dylan, Nigerian musician Femi Kuti was born into a rich musical bloodline. The son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi began his career in his father’s band, where he performed alto sax; he still plays the saxophone, as well as trumpet and keyboards, in the Positive Force, the group he founded in the 1980s. His music and his impressive live shows don’t stray much from his father’s exciting formulas, complete with gyrating African dancers and with the addition of jazz and funk rhythms, and he shares his dad’s passion for social and political causes. The three-time Grammy nominee’s latest release is 2011’s “Africa for Africa.”

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