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1. The painted world of Art Basel

In his 2012 novel "Back to Blood," Tom Wolfe described Art Basel Miami Beach as a "riot of cocktail receptions, dinner parties, after-parties, covert cocaine huddles, inflamed catting around." Was he wrong? Hardly. But as Phillip Valys points out in his "survival manual" to Art Basel and the attendant Miami Art Week, "Every edition of Art Basel is an exercise in being judicious." To put it another way: Go easy on the Electric Kool-Aid.

Recommended listening: "Pablo Picasso" by the Modern Lovers

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2. Color yourself bad

The annual electronic-music-and-Day-Glo-paint festival known as Life in Color is moving from HardRockSunLifeJoeRobbieWhateverTheHellThatJimmyBuffettBeerIsCalled Stadium in Miami Gardens to Wynwood, where on Jan. 28, Diplo, Marshmello, Carnage and Young Thug will help you part with your green and silver. Ben Crandell has the details.

Recommended listening: "War Paint" by Ex Hex

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3. A history of violins

Phillip Valys recently spoke to Black Violin's Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester and Wilner "Wil B." Baptiste about their years (in the '90s) at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, where "the hip-hop-meets-classical duo" were breakout stars of the school's award-winning band. Still based in South Florida after having performed on Broadway, at a presidential inauguration and on tours with Aerosmith and Alicia Keys, Sylvester and Baptiste will get the marquee all to themselves Thursday night at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. 

Recommended listening: "Stereotypes" by Black Violin

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4. Never thought you'd habit

Christine Dolen reviews "Sister Act" at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton: " 'Sister Act' is no one's idea of a superb example of the musical theater art form. But thanks to the Wick's creative team and a glorious cast, this particular production is extravagantly entertaining." Whoopi!

Recommended listening: "Habit" by Pearl Jam

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5. Why try to change him now?

Bob Dylan said squat (thank God) about his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature during his Nov. 23 concert at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. He didn't say anything, in fact. That's Bob (thank God). What did he do? A little horsey dance, a few Elvis Presley poses and a whole mess of Frank Sinatra.

Recommended listening: "Must Be Santa" by Bob Dylan

— compiled by SouthFlorida.com editor Jake Cline, Twitter.com/jakeflorida, Facebook.com/JakeCline

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