Cirque Berzerk From the big top to the big time, Cirque Berzerk begins a nearly month-long residency at Club Nokia. Cirque-goers can expect more of the troupe's signature pairing of traditional circus and aerial arts with punk rock and cabaret noir influences. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. Through Jan. 30. $19.50-$125. Check website for times and dates. http://www.clubnokia.com.
Palm Springs International Film Festival L.A. may get most of the film-buzz juice in SoCal, but this festival is an underrated host of touted docs, shorts and features every year. Highlights for 2011 include "Juan," a portrait of an incorrigible cad, and "Lula, the Son of Brazil," about outgoing President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Thursdays to Sundays through Jan. 17. Various venues and times. http://www.psfilmfest.org.
Jeremiah The L.A. Philharmonic's charismatic and emotive Gustavo Dudamel leads the orchestra through Leonard Bernstein's First Symphony, "Jeremiah," an account of the prophet Jeremiah and the Book of Lamentations. The work's three movements will be sung in Hebrew by mezzo Kelley O'Connor. The program includes a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and John Adams' "Slonimsky's Earbox." Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $57-$180. http://www.laphil.com.
The Melvins The band, which has been together for nearly three decades, begins a month-long, Friday-night residency at the Satellite in Silver Lake (formerly Spaceland). The Melvins are steeped in equal parts punk, hard-core and grunge, and are known for a seismic live show. The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. http://www.thesatellitela.com.