Wearing puffy shirts and eyepatches, hoisting the Jolly Roger, walking the plank. It all screams pirates to us. But in the kooky world of a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, dreamed up in England during the height of the Victorian era, pirates do more than just parade around in such clichéd ways -- they rhyme quickly, cleverly, remarkably. In Di Yam Gazlonim (The Robbers of the Sea), they do it all in Yiddish, especially if the Yiddish Light Opera Company of Long Island is singing. The 50-member troupe, which toured South Florida last year with its Yiddish-language production of G&S's The Mikado, returns today in its version of The Pirates of Penzance, sponsored by the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture. Thanks to New York resident and company founder Al Grand, the very model of a modern major translator, English dialogue and Yiddish tunes pepper the zany tale of a young man who accidentally becomes an apprentice to pirates instead of to a pilot owing to his nanny's poor hearing. And you thought you had problems! -- By Nina Korman
The Pirates of Penzance in Yiddish (Di Yam Gazlonim) will be performed at 2:00 p.m. at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112th Ave. Tickets cost $18. Call 305-271-9000, ext. 269.
Redbone remains nostalgic, elusive
Hiding behind a trademark fedora, dark shades, white suit, and Zappa-esque 'stache and soul patch, singer Leon Redbone is somewhat of an enigma. Though he is obscure, you may know him by his "this Bud's for you" jingle, his many appearances during the early days of Saturday Night Live, or even from the recent soundtrack to the movie Elf. His is the rough baritone sung with a Foghorn Leghorn inflection. Like something out of the 1920s, Redbone culls many of his songs from that era: ragtime, old-time blues, and jazz. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. at Redland Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. Tickets are $35. Call 305-247-5727. -- By John Anderson