Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Week Ahead: March 22 to 28


“Madama Butterfly” at Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $35 to $45; 800/564-9539 or www.fauevents.com

Puccini’s three-act epic about an American serviceman and the mysterious geisha he procures near turn-of-the-century Nagasaki is the most-performed opera in North America. Apparently based on actual events in 1890s Japan, “Madama Butterfly” has had a surprising shelf life well beyond its operatic origins, having been adapted almost 20 times for film, television, ballet and classical, rock and choral music. At FAU, Opera

International tries its hand at the Real McCoy.

Friday to Sunday

Ultra Music Festival at Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; sold out; 305/358-7550 or www.ultramusicfestival.com

One of the electronic music world’s most renowned festivals gets under way Friday, offering three rave-tastic days of all things techno, electroclash, ambient, breakbeat, IDM, synthpop – and Duran Duran! Other headliners include Tiesto, Deadmau5, Underworld, the Chemical Brothers and David Guetta. Most of the second-tier acts could easily be headliners at most festivals, including Erasure, Moby, Cut Copy, Will.I.Am and Crystal Castles. This festival has been sold out for some time, even the $500 three-day passes, but if you show up early enough, you might score with a scalper.


Silver Screen Splash at Boca Raton Resort and Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton; 9 p.m.; $175; http://pbiff.slated.com/2011/extra

This party is the swankiest highlight of the Palm Beach International Film Festival, which

kicks off Wednesday (check out this blog later in the week for a film review) and runs through March 28. Friday’s soiree will feature a special presentation from 2011 Golden Palm Award recipient Richard Jenkins, the affable character actor who played dead patriarch Nathaniel Fisher in HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and earned an Oscar nomination for his role in “The Visitor.”His latest, “Norman,” screens at 7 p.m. Saturday at Muvico Parisian at CityPlace.

Opening night of “The Radiant” at New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables; $35 to $40; 305/443-5909 or www.new-theatre.com

Angelica Torn stars in this world premiere by playwright Shirley Lauro, which looks at the tempestuous life of Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who discovered and isolated radium. Lauro explores the largely uncharted territory of Curie’s personal life, one wrought with relatable struggles: Widowed at 39, she had to raise two children alone with embarking on what would be a scandalous affair with her married assistant. “The Radiant” runs through April 17.

“Second City: Fair and Unbalanced” at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8:30 p.m.; $39; 954/462-0222 orwww.browardcenter.org

Justice is blind, acerbic and unrelenting in this latest appearance from the legendary, Chicago-based sketch-comedy troupe. Skits on Second City’s latest tour skewer everything from the Beltway to the bedroom, satirizing politicians, celebrities, celebrity politicians and the politics of domesticity. The title of the troupe’s tour may be an unsubtle jab at the Fox News Channel, but look for few political ideologies to come away unscathed.



Opening reception for “The Wilderness” at Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 6 to 9 p.m.; free for members or $20 nonmembers; 305/375-3000 orwww.miamiartmuseum.org

The Miami Art Museum’s new sculpture/video exhibition “The Wilderness,” which runs through June 26, attempts to reinvent our definition of the wilderness, exploring the boundaries between tamed and untamed nature. Judging by some of the wall text, it looks like fascinating, if pretentiously highfalutin, stuff: It pits “traditional conceptions of a chaotic, primordial realm that awaits human subjugation against the idea of a self-regulating order that courses through the natural world.” Artists David Brooks, Christy Gast and Allan McCollum will speak at Saturday’s opening reception.

“Video Games Live!” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8:30 p.m.; $29 to $49; 954/462-0222 orwww.browardcenter.org

If you thought classical music and video games went together like oil and water, think again. “Video Games Live!” brings together these seemingly disparate touchstones of high and low culture, attempting, in its extravagant way, to collapse the distinction between the two. A live symphony will perform classic video game music, while images from the games will be projected behind them. A laser light show adds a grandiose cherry on top. Video game geeks will line up in droves – some of them inevitably in costume – but the crowd at this Broward Center special event will prove to be more eclectic than expected.


Eve Ensler at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 6 p.m., free but tickets required; 305/442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com

The voice behind “The Vagina Monologues,” provocative author Ensler returns to Miami in support of her latest tome, “I am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World.” Like her most famous play, Ensler’s latest book is monologue-driven, with Ensler scripting a handful of orations based on real-life interviews she conducted with girls across the globe. The resulting collection promises to be another example of feminist defiance from one of the movement’s most controversial figures. Tickets can be picked up at Books & Books in Gables or Miami Beach.

Peter Murphy at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $25; 954/564-1074 or www.ticketmaster.com

The so-called “Godfather of Goth,” vocalist Peter Murphy has a resume and a talent far

exceeding the images of chalk-white makeup, black trenchcoats and bad poetry that such a designation might conjure. As the frontman for the endlessly influential Bauhaus, Murphy predated goth’s descent into self-parody and artistic irrelevancy, and he has continued to chart his own compelling course as a solo artist -while still throwing out a few of those favorite Bauhaus nuggets to his fans. His latest album, perfunctorily titled “Ninth,” hit stores in 2010.


Martin Short at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $39 to $59; 800/745-3000 orwww.seminolehardrockhollywood.com

In the ’80s and ’90s, this Canadian-American funnyman graduated from “SCTV” to “Saturday Night Live,” effectively leaving his mark on the two most important sketch comedy outlets in the country. His film career has been dubious, with Short lending his talents to such forgettable tripe as “Innerspace,” “Clifford” and “Jungle 2 Jungle,” but he has fared better on Broadway and, lately, television, where he scored a 2010 Emmy nomination for his role in FX’s “Damages.” See him return to his stand-up roots at this one-night only Hard Rock gig.

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