Screening and discussion of “Coexist” at FAU’s Performing Arts Building, room 101, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; free with suggested $10 donation; 561/297-2929 or www.fau.edu
If you’re fortunate enough to survive a genocide, it goes without saying that history should give you a pass from future torment for the rest of your life. Not so for many survivors of the horrific genocide in Rwanda in the early 1990s, whose perpetrators returned from jail in the 2000s only to resume life in the very villages where they practiced their sanctioned abuse. In his film “Coexist,” first-time director Adam Mazo meditates on the aftermath of the genocide as the Rwandans he studies struggle with the possibility of forgiveness and reconciliation. This moving, 40-minute documentary will be introduced by Mazo himself, in a program sponsored by the Friends of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at FAU and the FAU Peace Studies Program.
“Cocktails and Culture” at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $50; 561/995-0709 or www.bocamuseum.org
In about five weeks, on March 23 and 24, Boca Ballet Theatre will present its long-awaited production of “Romeo & Juliet” at Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater. Those dates are set, but for the nonprofit ballet company to continue the great work it does to enrich Boca’s arts scene, it needs your help. Which is why events like this “Cocktails and Culture” fundraiser are so important. Hosted last year at Delray’s Sorensen Gallery, this year’s fundraiser will brighten the walls of the Boca Raton Museum of Art with dancers clad in Renaissance-flavored costumes and a live harpist to set the romantic mood – along with plenty of drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Thomas John at Hilton Garden Inn, 8201 Congress Ave., Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $30; 347/637-8592 or www.mediumthomas.com
“I’m not making this s**t up!,” psychic medium Thomas John exclaims after connecting to a client’s loved one with a specific detail at a public reading. Judging by his videos on the Web, the funny and charming psychic entertainer seems to have a deep connection to the spirit world, which began when his late grandfather visited him as a child, relaying family information that John would never have known otherwise. He cultivated his skills and today offers readings for groups and private individuals, with a special focus on celebrities – he’s read Jennifer Lopez, Courtney Cox and Donny Deutsch, among others, and he’s not averse to predicting the futures of other People magazine A-listers: He recently told a tabloid that Jennifer Aniston should expect a pregnancy this year, and that Brad Pitt may be unhappy in his marriage to Angelina Jolie.
Friday and Saturday
Baba Brinkman at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $20; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
The aesthetic of fringe theater invades the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse for two separate performances by versatile rapper – and, apparently, educator – Baba Brinkman. The Canadian showman is known for distilling dense literature and scientific concepts through the language of hip-hop, and these two performances are classic Brinkman. On Friday, he’ll “remix” the “Canterbury Tales,” translating Chaucer’s high-school-lit staple with a mixture of physical theater, dramatic storytelling and virtuoso lyricism. On Feb. 16, he’ll take a similar approach to edify us about evolution.
Chinese New Year Celebration at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; free; 561/544-8600 or http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/mizneramphi/
The Chinese Association of Science, Education and Culture presents a hearty dose of the latter at this celebration of China’s Year of the Snake. The biggest draw is a performance from the Anhui Huangmeixi Opera Theater, a provincial opera troupe whose reach extends to Hong Kong and whose alumni have become national film and music stars. Much of the opera’s material focuses on China’s class divide between the rich and poor. Other events on tonight’s docket include a Lion and Dragon Dance, a classical music and dance show, and dance programs from local groups. The show begins at 7, but food booths will open at 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
Cirque D’Amour at Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday; $45 to $65; 561/237-9000 or www.lynn.edu
Towers of zebra-colored dancers balancing impossibly on a single bicycle and masked performers seeming to disappear in a pool of faux liquid are just two of the spectacles fans have seen, and may expect to see it, at this circus/magic hybrid from China’s Zunyi Municipal Acrobatic Troupe. Employing traditional Chinese as well as Western acrobatic movements, the talented performers explore history and mythology through song, dance, humor and acrobatics, transforming themselves into fire gods, flower fairies, moon goddesses and baby dragons, among other fantastical creatures, in a show not to be missed.
“A Mozart Journey” at New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $45 to $110 305/673-3300 or www.nws.edu
For two days, the state-of-the-art New World Center will become a Mozart-palooza as part of the venue’s “Musical Journey” series. The specific program has yet to be developed as of this writing but will include a full symphonic work on the concert hall’s main stage as well as performances in the Center’s four satellite stages. There will be works for orchestra, chamber ensemble and even solo pieces, intended to offer a full breadth and understanding of the composer’s works, complete with immersive video projection.
“KeroWACKED” Music and Art Festival at ActivistArtistA Gallery, 410 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach; noon to 10 p.m.; $10; 786/521-1199 or activistartista.com
Once the best-kept secret between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, the Boynton Beach Arts District, spearheaded by Rolando Chang Barrero’s ActivistArtistA gallery, has been thriving on its much-deserved press attention and a growing word-of-mouth contingency of talent and spectators alike. An all-day, extra-special extension of its own monthly Thursday open-mics, the second annual “KeroWACKED” festival will feature a minimum of 12 bands and/or solo musicians – including The Von, Making Faces, Future Prezidents and Koffin Vanish – along with a special exhibition of recent works by artist Kim Fay and live art-making from bombshell tattooist Lea Vendetta, Barrero himself, Denny Reed, Michael Kupilas and others. There will also be a special dance performance, chalk painting, door prizes and even a belly-dancing workshop – and it’s all outdoors, so remember to bring sunscreen.