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First, an obligatory reference to the old glory days of South Beach: Sandra Bernhard totally hung out there in the ’90s and — obligatory related reference to Ingrid Casares — totally dated Ingrid Casares! OK, got that out of the way. Everyone involved in that era has moved on, but ribald comedienne Bernhard makes a habit of returning to her old Miami stomping grounds. Most recently, it was for a 2007 “Evening With” stand at Colony Theatre, where she performed a variety-style mix of music and comedy. As part of a new slate of programming at Prelude by Barton G., Bernhard will take over the Arsht Center’s in-house restaurant this Friday and Saturday. Bernhard first proved she had pipes in 1994 when she scored a bona fide club and chart hit, a cover of Sylvester’s disco classic “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).” Since then, she’s opted for more serious musical stylings along the jazz/blues/torch-song spectrum — usually. Her most recent album, 2009’s Whatever It Takes, saw her pulling a Paul Simon and getting in touch with African sounds and issues. Still, her between-songs commentary and comedy riffs can be, er, colorful, so be forewarned of a choking hazard if you opt for a $110 dinner-show ticket. For the windpipe-timid, there’s also a show-only option for $55.
Jan. 28-29, 8 p.m., 2011


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