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The Week Ahead: Sept. 6 to 12

Wednesday

Harlan Coben at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 7 p.m.; free but tickets required; 305/442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com

Prolific mystery writer Coben has been releasing a book a year since 1995 and has built up a substantial following in both series writing – he’s famous for his Myron Bolitar books about a sleuthing sports agent – and his standalone tomes, for which he has topped the New York Times best-seller list. Coben’s writing flows with seemingly effortless grace and is usually imbued with a strong sense of local flavor reflecting his native New Jersey. Coben is touring in support of “Shelter,” his first novel targeted at a young-adult audience; its main character is Myron Bolitar’s nephew, Mickey.

Thursday

Fashion’s Night Out at Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center Mall, 5800 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 6:30 to 9 p.m.; free; 561/620-1231 or www.s5a.com

This special shopping night, dedicated to the new fall trends, began three years ago in New York City as a way to launch New York Fashion Week but has proven to be a hit internationally. The event includes a fall fashion IQ test (with prizes awarded for the savviest style-makers), makeovers, consultations from beauty experts and a preview of the retailer’s most exciting trends – which include pantsuits, fur, textured knits, satchels and regal gems. Complementary cocktails will be served, and a percentage of the event’s sales will benefit Pine Crest School in Boca Raton. Call to make a reservation today.

Opening reception for Baldo Comics exhibition at Jan & Gary Dario Gallery at Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth; 5 to 7 p.m.; free; 561/868-3909 or www.palmbeachstate.edu/x9341.xml

Created by cartoonist Carlos Castellanos in 1998 and later syndicated by Universal Press, the “Baldo” comic strip is notable for being the company’s first newspaper comic strip to feature Latino characters and themes. The main character Baldo lives between U.S. and Latin American cultures, and he is raised by a single father. Anchored by gentle humor and real-life humanism, the strip has become a cult sensation. The Jan & Gary Dario Gallery in the Humanities Building at Palm Beach State College will honor the strip with this exhibition of panels from the series. If you can’t make it to this week’s opening reception, the show runs through Oct. 14.

Friday

Opening night of “As Bees Drown in Honey” at Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 S.W. Ninth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $35 or $60 for dinner-and-show package; 800/595-4849 or www.risingactiontheatre.com

Fort Lauderdale’s Rising Action Theatre is promising its best production ever in the form of “As Bees Drown in Honey,” Douglas Carter Beane’s 1997 satirical comedy. That’s a tall order, but, for the once-critically maligned gay-centric theatre, the cards are in place for a performance that will exceed anything it has staged for us in the past: Local writer, actor and South Florida theatre elder statesman Avi Hoffman will direct the production, and renowned actress Amy McKenna stars in the lead performance, becoming the first equity cast member in a Rising Action production. The play is about a con artist who takes advantage of a naïve writer from New York. It runs through Oct. 9.

Opening night of “’night, Mother” at the Pelican Theatre at Barry University, 11300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores; 8 p.m.; 305/259-0418 orwww.thealliancetheatrelab.com

The Alliance Theatre Lab, a company usually housed in Miami Lakes, has expanded into this Barry University playhouse for its latest production of Marsha Norman’s “’night, Mother.” This disturbing, provocative work begins with a daughter calmly telling her mother that she will be dead by morning, as she’s planning to commit suicide that night. A modern classic, “’night, Mother” won the 1983 Pulitzer Price for Drama. The local production stars Sally Bondi and Aubrey Shavonn-Kessler. The Alliance’s last production, of Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” was one of the year’s top productions so far, so let’s hope it was a sign of things to come. It runs through Sept. 25.

Hunx and his Punx at The Stage, 170 N.E. 38th St., Miami; 11 p.m.; free; 305/576-9577

The infectious sound of Hunx and his Punx is one rooted in the inspired harmonies of ‘60s girl groups, Ramones-style proto-punk and inchoate riot grrl music. In other words, Hunx and his Punx capture the best of numerous genres long before they exhausted themselves, playing music that sounds dated in the very best way. The “Hunx” of the title is the stage name of Oakland musician Seth Bogard of the obnoxious electro act Gravy Train!!! (believe me, those exclamation marks are his, not mine). Hunx and his Punx is a remarkable improvement over his old project; you can listen the songs on his new album “Too Young to Be in Love” one time and somehow be able to sing along as if you’ve been hearing them your entire life.

Saturday

Willy Chirino: “My Beatles Heart” at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 8 p.m.; $62.85 to $148.45; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org

Cuban-born salsa singer Chirino launched his music career in Miami, and South Florida has continued to impact the musician through some 28 albums. The Grammy winner’s latest release is his biggest crossover smash yet, titled “My Beatles Heart.” Staying true to the Fab Four’s original compositions while integrating his own Latin flair, the album is a pleasurable listen for Beatlemaniacs and salsa lovers alike. Look for Chirino to perform a number of his Spanish-language compositions at this concert, along with Beatles favorites such as “Come Together,” “Yellow Submarine,” “All You Need is Love,” “Across the Universe” and “Drive My Car.”

Sunday

Screening of “United 93” at Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 2 p.m.; $10; 954/525-3456 or www.fliff.com

Cinema Paradiso, Fort Lauderdale’s lone single-screen art-house, will join the moving procession of 9-11 tributes with a special screening of “United 93,” director Paul Greengrass’ riveting dramatization of the hijacking of the titular airplane. A patriotic story of heroism, a tear-jerking American tragedy and a exciting action movie rolled into one, Greengrass’ sensitive portrait of the overtaking of an overtaking remains the best (and least exploitative) presentation of 9-11 on the big screen. All of the proceeds for this screening will benefit the Families of Flight 93 in their efforts to build a memorial, and each ticket includes a free bag of popcorn.

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