The Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton scored a coup with its regional premiere of “Clybourne Park,” a play by Bruce
Norris that enjoyed its Broadway premiere in February of last year. A prequel / sequel of sorts to the groundbreaking “Raisin in the Sun,” “Clybourne Park” deals with race in America in both 1959 and 2009, a flash-forward structure not unlike the recent “Cane” at Florida Stage. This 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist is one of the most anticipated shows of the calendar year which, along with “Next Fall” and “God of Carnage,”comprise one of Caldwell’s strongest lineups in recent memory. The play opens Friday and runs through Feb. 6. Tickets are $27 to $75 or $10 for students. Call 561/241-7432.
The Morikami Museum in Delray Beach hosts its top annual festival, titled “Oshogatsu,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The traditional New Year’s festival honors the Year of the Rabbit, so hop over to the lush gardens for rice pounding and tea ceremonies, calligraphy and card-making demonstrations and fortune telling. In other words, it’s the best of what Morikami offers all year long, condensed into one event. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For information, call 561/495-0233.
We’re well into the 2010-2011 flu season, so even though most of South Florida’s cold weather may have passed us, the viruses that arrive with the nippy breezes haven’t. I and many people around me are coughing, sniffing and sleeping off colds and flus as I write this, so now is as good a time as any to read health reporter Gene Stone’s book “The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick.” Stone interviewed 25 people who have managed to avoid illness their entire lives, revealing the secrets to their remarkable haleness. Stone will discuss and sign his book at 8 p.m. Friday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. For information, call 305/442-4408.
Fitting snugly in the niche-within-a-niche-within-a-niche subgenre of the gay Peruvian ghost story, “Undertow” is a beautiful movie rife with symbolic depth and gorgeous location photography. Set in a tight-knit seaside community, it’s about a married man, expecting his first child, whose affair with a male village painter can only flourish after his lover dies. It’s a lyrical, poetic and site-specific picture you won’t soon forget. After a successful run at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, “Undertow” moves to the Tower Theatre in Miami starting Friday.