THURSDAY

What: The Capitol Steps

Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

Time: 5:30 and 8 p.m.

Cost: $40

Contact information: 561/243-7922, delraycenterforthearts.org

Before there was “The Daily Show”–and back when Bill Maher was playing Chuckle Huts for peanuts–the Capitol Steps had already established themselves as the country’s pioneering source for bipartisan political humor. The group formed in 1981 by a group of actual Capitol Hill staffers, and more than 30 years later the humorists represent a collective 62 years of House and Senate staff experience: That’s a lot of time to control scandals in public and plot parodies in private. These days, the group’s lively, well-honed performances includes satirical skits and impersonations of politicos, as well as song spoofs inspired by the news of the day. Its most recent album, “Fiscal Shades of Gray,” includes such tracks as “Sunni Side of Tikrit” and “The Pope’s First Tweet.”

FRIDAY

 

What: Opening night of “Old Times”

Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $75 ($60 for non-opening night)

Contact information: 561/514-4042, palmbeachdramaworks.org

The only professional theater in South Florida these days to produce the works of the great Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, Palm Beach Dramaworks tackles his 1971 drama “Old Times,” a disturbing triangle about a long-married couple, Kate and Deely, who are visited after 20 years by Kate’s old friend Anna, who apparently had something of a history with Deely as well. Her appearance prompts conflicting memories that could change the present and future of these three lost souls. This mysterious play has received a number of intriguing theories from critics; one of its great attributes is that it lets viewers decipher it themselves. It runs through March 2.

 

What: Opening night of “Assassins”

Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact information: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

“Sweeney Todd” may be the darkest musical in Stephen Sondheim’s oeuvre, but it has a worthy competitor in 1990’s “Assassins,” a revue of songs sung by, and about, the handful of individuals who have attempted (or succeeded) to kill American presidents. A cast of up to 13 has performed this show in the past, through numerous Broadway and regional adaptations, and characters include Presidents Garfield and Ford, John Hinckley, Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth. The first musical to be produced by the award-winning Zoetic Stage, this insightful and comic foray into political history through the crosshairs of its outcasts looks like a potent play to revisit in a time of polarizing gun-control debate. The show runs through Feb. 23.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

 

What: Jerry Seinfeld

Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $79 to $169

Contact information: 954/797-5531, hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

Not that Jerry Seinfeld needs any introduction, but here are a few of his comedy credentials: He was the eponymous star of the greatest television series of all-time (per TV Guide, back in 2002), was ranked by Comedy Central as the 12th greatest standup comedian of all-time in 2005, and most recently received an Emmy nomination for his simple yet innovative Web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Unlike many comics, Seinfeld has stayed true to his roots for his more than 35 years in the business, rarely taking any acting jobs that require him to play anything but a version of himself. Specializing in Catskillian one-liners and pointed observational riffs, Seinfeld is as funny as he’s ever been and worth this hefty price tag. Incidentally, if you want a few Seinfeldian tapas, visit his website at jerryseinfeld.com, where each day he posts a few vintage clips of his standup act—for those 24 hours only.

 

What: The Rite of Spring

Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $41 to $180

Contact information: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

The evening of May 29, 1913 is one that will live in both fame and infamy: It marked the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky’s ballet “The Rite of Spring” for Russia’s Ballets Russes. The work premiered in Paris’ Theatre des Champs-Élysées, and the audience, to put it nicely, wasn’t ready for the composer’s avant-garde approach, which experimented with tonality, metre, dissonance and more. Hissing, shouting and riots began during the introduction and continued through the first act; one of the choreographer’s assistants recalled that it was impossible to hear the music. Even a critic called “The Rite of Spring” “a laborious and puerile barbarity.” Nowadays, freed from its once-controversial ballet plot about a pagan sacrifice, this intense, resplendent and emotionally exhausting orchestral work stands on its own, as this performance by the Cleveland Orchestra likely will show.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

What: Miami City Ballet Program II

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

Time: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $20 to $175

Contact information: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Continuing to surprise and confound expectations, South Florida’s premier ballet company’s second program of the 2013-2014 season is the most musically driven hodgepodge of the season. Centering the program is the company premiere of “Jardi Tancat,” the debut 1983 work of master Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, set to five Catalan folk songs written by a preeminent protest singer. It shares the stage with a signature Balanchine/Bach dance, “Concerto Baracco;” a revival of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Symphonic Dances,” a heralded Miami City Ballet commission from the previous season; and the newly added “Chutes and Ladders,” a Justin Peck ballet that saw a one-night-only premiere in Miami in 2013 and which receives a fuller treatment here. If you want an eclectic introduction to this company’s many tones and textures, this is the program for you.

SATURDAY

 

What: Jake Shimabukuru

Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $31.27 to $45.05

Contact information: 954/344-5990, coralspringscenterforthearts.com

For ukulele virtuoso Shimabukuru, it all started back in 2006, when a viral video on a then-obscure website called YouTube showed him performing a breathtaking uke version of the Beatles’ “When My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The video catapulted the Hawaiian musician to overnight success and has been viewed some 12 million times. By the time he released 2011’s “Peace, Love, Ukulele,” it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s world music chart, and he’s since played for everyone from Jimmy Kimmel to the Queen of England. His latest release, the Alan Parsons-produced “Grand Ukulele,” sees the young phenom playing with a 29-piece orchestra, and covering Adele and Sting along with his own dynamic compositions. Expect a typically varied performance in Coral Springs this weekend, where he’ll play everything from classical and blues to rock and flamenco, all on his ukulele. Just wait until you hear his “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

SUNDAY

What: Opening day of “To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar”

Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $5 to $12

Contact information: 561/832-5196, norton.org

With her penchant for glamorously outlandish attire, Baby Jane Holzer dressed like the Lady Gaga of her day—chiefly the 1960s before they officially became The Sixties. From 1962–65, she was one of Andy Warhol’s Factory girls, acting as a muse for the laconic artist during his vanguard. A model and aspiring actress at the time, she appeared in a number of Warhol’s films—including “Couch” and “Ciao! Manhattan”—while inspiring the artist with her keen fashion sense. She was later immortalized in a song by Roxy Music and in a chapter in a Tom Wolfe book. This exhibition focuses on her pairing with Pop Art’s most iconic figure, showcasing many of Warhol’s paintings, sculptures, prints and films, along with Holzer’s own contributions.