Larry King at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; starting at $25; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
“West Palm Beach, Florida, hello!” The King of the call-in talk show returns to his South Florida roots – and continues to sidestep retirement – in this special tour, titled “Standing Up!” In this mix of stand-up comedy and storytelling that the TV personality describes as “Broadway-ready,” King will share tales of his childhood in Brooklyn and his ascent to the top of the talk business. In an interview with Boca Raton in our December-January issue, King told us he will still be wearing his signature suspenders, along with jeans suggested by his fashion consultant, Ryan Seacrest.
Dylan Ratigan at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 7 p.m.; free; 305/442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com
Vampires have so penetrated the American mainstream that apparently even our astute political writers are penning nonfiction books about them. Well, sort of. Dylan Ratigan, one of two MSNBC personalities in town this week (see Friday’s entry on Chris Matthews for the other), is hitting Books and Books to support his bluntly titled hardcover “Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters and Other Vampires From Sucking America Dry.” In the book, Ratigan identifies six “vampires” attacking our country, from a broken banking system to our addiction to foreign oil. This looks to be another provocative appearance from an incendiary figure.
Chris Matthews at Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 8:30 a.m.; $100, includes breakfast and copies of the authors’ books; 561/366-4300
Certainly, no one has ever told Chris Matthews to “tell us what you really feel.” One of the most outspoken voices on cable news, Matthews is the pugnacious host and political commentator of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” which has become must-see TV thanks to its host’s brazen roasting of Republicans – often to their faces. In print form, however, Matthews is less impulsive and more pensive, researching the life of John F. Kennedy for his best-selling biography “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.” At this Author Breakfast Series, Matthews will be joined by Alice Hoffman, whose novel “The Dovekeepers” is an epic set in ancient Israel.
Opening night of “Brooklyn Boy” at the Studio@Mizner Park, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; $30; 561/291-9678 or www.paradeproductions.com
Start spreadin’ the news: Boca Raton has a new theater company. Founded last year by Executive Director Candace Caplin and Creative Director Kim St. Leon, Parade Productions is presenting a whopper of a first play. Donald Margulies’ “Brooklyn Boy,” which was first presented in 2004, is about a critically acclaimed but commercially unviable novelist from Brooklyn who finally finds success in his career – while his father lies ill in a hospital bed. Avi Hoffman takes the lead, backed by a strong ensemble including Ryan Didato, Jacqueline Laggy, Michael Gioia and Candace Caplin. Parade Productions needs your support; with enough attendance for “Brooklyn Boy,” we may see more shows in the coming year.
Opening night of “A Separation” at Tower Theatre, 1508 S.W. Eighth St., Miami; show times pending; $8; 305/643-8706 or www.mdc.edu
The reputation of the new Iranian film “A Separation” precedes it in the best way possible. The front-runner for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, “A Separation” boasts a unanimous 100 percent “fresh” ranking on the movie-critic aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. The film is just as powerful as its buzz suggests; it’s set in contemporary Iran, where an incident involving an Orthodox housekeeper rips a chasm in the already crumbling marriage of a middle-class bank teller and his wife. Writer-director Ashgar Farhadi examines moral relativism, guilt and acceptance in a story that is both specific and universal, well worth all the praise it has received and will continue to receive. Patient Palm Beach County moviegoers should wait until Feb. 3, when the film will expand to Regal Shadowood in Boca and Regal Delray Beach 18.
Friday to Sunday
Miami City Ballet’s Program II at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; show times vary; starting at $19; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
You can’t go wrong with any Miami City Ballet production this season, but if you can only take in one, make it the second program. It presents a tremendous coup for the South Florida cultural scene: the first American ballet choreographed by Liam Scarlett, one of the United Kingdom’s hottest dance properties and the youngest nominee ever for a UK Dance Award (Scarlett is in his early 20s). Working primarily in abstract, non-narrative dances, Scarlett will premiere a “Viscera,” a piece commissioned by Miami City Ballet. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the program also includes Jerome Robbins’ “In the Night,” a 1970 romantic ballet set to Chopin’s piano music, and “Ballet Imperial,” Balanchine’s tribute to Petipa and Tchaikovsky.
Michael Winslow at New York Comedy Club, 8221 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 9 p.m. Friday and 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; $15 to $22; 561/470-6887 or www.nyccboca.com
Some people are born with the ability to play the piano; others can paint a masterpiece without breaking a sweat. Michael Winslow was blessed with the ability of mimicking sounds. Often billed as “the man of 10,000 sound effects,” Winslow is most known for his role as Sgt. Motor Mouth Jones in the “Police Academy” movie franchise, which established his brand as a sound-effects master; he remains the most memorable facet of that movie series. As a stand-up comedian, Winslow integrates his noise-making talent into his act, and he is even an app entrepreneur: In 2010, he launched his own Mac apps, bringing his sound effects to mobile devices.
ArcAttack at Miramar Cultural Arts Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar; 1 and 4 p.m.; $3 to $15; 954/462-0222 or www.miramarculturalcenter.org
The rockin’ nerds in ArcAttack take their stage name from their signature novelty, the two hand-built, custom-engineered Tesla coils that shoot 12-foot-long electrical arcs into the sky. In this spectacle of synthesization, a robotic drum set keeps the beat while a six-piece band performs a live stew of rock, punk, metal, electronic, pop and indie music, as bursts of rhythmic electricity jump from the Teslas. Patric Brown, the group’s master of ceremonies and Faraday Suit stuntman, walks through a half-million volts of sparks in one of the show’s standout moments. The group advanced to the top 48 in the fifth season of “America’s Got Talent,” where it performed a stirring rendition of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.” The show in Miramar is part of the venue’s “Family Fun” series, primarily because of the show’s educational component, exploring scientific applications in an entertaining context.