Best things to do this week in South Florida: Rupi Kaur, Blue Man Group, ‘Masked Singer’

South Florida Sun Sentinel
South Florida Sun Sentinel

When the arbiters of color at Pantone announced in December that a shade of blue would be their official hue for 2022, they positioned the favored pigment, called Very Peri, as an azure-sky antidote to the “transformative times” we live in, symbolic of a “carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit.”

“Rekindling gratitude for some of the qualities that blue represents, complemented by a new perspective that resonates today, Very Peri places the future ahead in a new light,” Pantone explained, hopefully.

While we’re now back in our respective bunkers, sitting in darkness, maybe Pantone has a point. Let’s allow blue to be our guide this week, with Blue Man Group, the invigorating blues of Boca Raton’s J.P. Soars and the bluesy word paintings of Rupi Kaur.

Rupi Kaur

8 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, The Parker, Fort Lauderdale; $39+ at

The 29-year-old Punjab native, poet, performer and popular author has perhaps made her deepest connections via the engaging verse and encouraging aphorisms about love, loss, trauma and healing shared on Instagram among her 4.5 million followers. The evening at The Parker will feature original music and projections, personal stories and humor, and her “greatest hits” from best-selling poetry collections “Milk and Honey,” “The Sun and Her Flowers” and her latest, 2020′s “Home Body.”

Abstract Citizen

9 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, Lagniappe House, Miami; free;

South Florida guitarist and composer Aaron Lebos , who has loitered distinctively at the corner of rock and jazz in many guises — with Nu Deco Ensemble, the Spam Allstars, vocalist Nicole Henry and, for the last decade, Aaron Lebos Reality — performs with his new jazz quartet, Abstract Citizen (with vocalist Justine Garcia, drummer Brahm Masla and bassist Marty Quinn). Lagniappe House remains one of the more transcendent places to share live music and a meal in South Florida.

Blue Man Group

Wednesday, June 29-July 3, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami; $35+ at

Yes, the trio returns with their percussive, cerulean high jinks on display in an all-new show on this 2022 North American tour. As always with these all-ages performances, expect the unexpected (you may end up onstage). Guests are required to wear masks while seated in the theater for the show, as required by Blue Man Group and its touring producers.

Dude Perfect

7 p.m. Thursday, June 30, FLA Live Arena, Sunrise; $29+ at

The men of Dude have taken their family friendly, YouTube-spawned entertainment on the road, with the 24-city That’s Happy Tour featuring popular segments from their “Overtime” series such as “Cool Not Cool” and “Wheel Unfortunate.”

‘The Masked Singer’

7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale; $39.75+ at

“The Masked Singer” national tour, based on the TV hit, will feature Season 6 crowd favorite Pepper — Natasha Bedingfield, behind the mask — as host and performer during the all-ages, song-and-dance show. A mystery celebrity will be unmasked in every city.

Arnez J

Thursday-Sunday, June 30-July 3, Dania Improv, Dania Beach; $30+ at

It’s been nearly a decade since veteran comedian Arnez J, an Atlanta native, poked fun at our prejudices in the Netflix special “Racially Motivated,” which feels like 100 years ago. These are necessary conversations, he says: “I’m going to grab as many ethnic groups as I could possibly grab with truth,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer more recently. “There’s something funny about every race.”

John Heffron

Thursday-Sunday, June 30-July 3, Palm Beach Improv, West Palm Beach; $22+ at

Comedian, podcaster and author John Heffron is one of those regular-guy comedians who manages to mine observations about himself that can make you feel uncomfortable about your own unexceptional lifestyle. Maybe it’s me. In announcing his six West Palm Beach shows on Instagram , he invoked the celebrity of singer Lisa Loeb, who is always welcome in my feed. But it was a Cameo video, which made me wonder: Did he pay for it, like you and I would, or is she a friend who comped him? I’d like to know.

J.P. Soars & The Red Hots

9 p.m. Friday, July 1, Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton; $15+ at

A local treasure, the group that vied for Band of the Year honors at the recent Blues Music Awards in Memphis is led by the Boca Raton resident who was nominated for the top award, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, as well as the best guitar instrumentalist award. Pure blues.

Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at .

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