Cole Porter swing tunes don't usually come to mind as holiday fare. But when Santa and Mrs. Claus take up vocal duties on "Let's Misbehave/Let's Do It" as part of Christmas Cavalcade, the song suddenly takes on a seasonal air. The high-energy, song-and-dance revue also features pop novelty tunes linked directly to Christmas, including "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" and "The Christmas Blues." Act One is dedicated to songs popularized on '40s radio shows, and Act Two is a countdown of the Top 10 holiday hits of the '50s, including "Santa Baby" and "Jingle Bell Rock." Between songs, the company stages advertisement spoofs for products such as Howdy hair tonic and Mister Dogg dog food. The show opens today and runs through December 27 at the Broward Center For the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Curtain is 8 pm. Ticket prices range from $19 to $32. Call 954-462-0222. See "Concert" listings for details on other performances.
It's called The World's Great Nations: Volumes I and II, and it consists of two huge books sitting on separate pedestals. Their covers have been removed, and some of their pages have been folded over, accordionlike, and held in place by a thin strand of twine. Printed on the pages are what appear to be columns of scientific notations, which, to the lay reader, make no sense at all. But that just may be the point. The rows of letters and numbers look like something important and complex, but are they really? Miami artists Joe Nicastri, a sculptor and painter, and Sherri Tan, who works in collage and assemblage, joined forces on the work, which they claim represents the complex and mysterious nature of the human psyche. Anyone compelled to read into that statement can take a close look at the piece in "Views and Tolerance", an exhibit on view through January 31 at the Coral Springs Museum of Art (2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs). The works of Laura Tan, Michael Joseph, Stephen Salzman, Zaydee Martinez, and Renee Collins are also on view. Admission is $3. Call 954-340-4200.