Your Week Ahead: Jan. 14 to 20

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New Order, photo by Warren Jackson

Miami City Ballet resurrects Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth, the South Florida Fair is its own sports center, and the Kravis Center marries entertainment and conservation. Plus, New Order, improv comic Brad Sherwood and more in your week ahead.


TUESDAY TO SATURDAY (no show Thursday)

What: New Order

Where: Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $78.50

Contact: 305/673-7300, fillmoremb.com

Assembled in 1980 by three-quarters of the influential post-punk quartet Joy Division, New Order has not only carried that project’s flame; it’s sparked new embers of sound. New lead vocalist Bernard Sumner and his bandmates tempered Joy Division’s chilly, sometimes harrowing music with the synthetic instrumentation that was beginning to take hold in London’s clubs, and the band all but created the synth-pop genre that would dominate the ‘80s pop charts: New Order’s once-ubiquitous “Blue Monday” would become the best-selling 12-inch single of all-time, and inspire countless acolytes. Catch the group play hits from both their and Joy Division’s catalogs at this unprecedented four-night stint in Miami.

FRIDAY

What: Opening day of South Florida Fair

Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: Starts at 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $5-$20

Contact: 561/793-0333, southfloridafair.com

As usual, they had us at the racing pigs. Not to mention the circus shows, the Chinese acrobats, the cirque performances, the hypnotists, the Native American dancers, all the great local and national bands (including Starship and Cory Asbury)—and, of course, the funnel cake. These are the annual attractions fairgoers of all ages anticipate every year, but this more than 110-year-old institution always promises new, theme-based entertainment each go-round: This year, sports are the overarching focus. Under the theme “Play Ball, Play Fair!”, the Fairgrounds will house two exhibitions, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” and “Picturing America’s Pastime,” which is all about baseball. Attendees can even strap on VR headsets and experience what it’s like to compete on a golf course, soccer field, football field, hockey rink, basketball court or baseball diamond. The fair runs through Feb. 2.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

What: BalletX

Where: Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact: 561/967-7222, duncantheatre.org

Christine Cox, co-founder of Philadelphia’s BalletX, once gave a TED Talk called “Reinventing Ballet,” and that’s exactly what her progressive company has accomplished since its 2005 formation, in part by expanding the canon beyond the 20th-century masters. BalletX has produced 76 world premieres by 39 of today’s choreographers, creating in each performance the excitement of the unexpected. Its 10 chameleonic company members produce movements and textures that continue to dazzle and surprise, earning raves from Pennsylvania to the national dance press.

What: “Bella Gaia” Live

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

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Cost: $39

Contact: 561/832-7459, kravis.org

For those who don’t speak New Age, “Bella Gaia” translates to “Beautiful Earth,” and if the creators of this immersive multimedia project have their way, you’ll leave it with a renewed respect for our little blue dot. A NASA-powered production, it combines music, dance, cutting-edge technology and satellite imagery from our space agency in order to catapult audiences into the interstellar perspective of an astronaut drinking in our planet from space—which the late, great Palm Beach County resident Edgar Mitchell called “a glimpse of divinity.” “Bella Gaia” is both stunning and, in its delivery of sometimes-uncomfortable data, confrontational: Its imagery includes extraordinary visualizations of global ship traffic, oil consumption and CO2 emissions, among other man-made effects.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

What: Miami City Ballet Program II: “I’m Old-Fashioned”

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

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $30-$100

Contact: 561/832-7459, kravis.org

In Miami City Ballet’s premiere of “I’m Old Fashioned,” Jerome Robbins’ 1983 tribute to the Silver Screen, the company’s dancers can claim they danced with Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth. Video of the legendary Hollywood hoofers will be projected behind the stage, in synch with MCB’s live dancers, for this delightful throwback. This program includes another company premiere, Christopher Wheeldon’s haunting “This Bitter Earth;” George Balanchine’s classic “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux;” and Alexei Ratmansky’s modern ballet, “Symphonic Dances.”

What: Brad Sherwood

Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250

When: Various show times

Cost: $22, plus a two-drink minimum

Contact: 561/833-1812, palmbeachimprov.com

Like Simon without Garfunkel, Brad Sherwood remains a formidable talent even sans his typical touring partner, Colin Mochrie. Both comics are veterans of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” television’s gold standard for improvisational humor, and their club shows retain a similarly unscripted mutability. In Sherwood’s solo performances, attendees will tee up the entire show, offering suggestions that Sherwood will transform into original scenes and songs. Some lucky (or brave, or unfortunate) souls will even be called onstage.