UCI alumni, students and supporters are invited to the family-friendly 2012 Homecoming Street Festival. The free event includes guest appearances by Peter the Anteater, the homecoming court and UCI coaches; a Greek village; carnival games; and live music and performances. 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Mesa Road, outside the Bren Events Center. The festival will be followed by the UCI men's basketball game against UC Riverside at 5 p.m.
The UCI drama department will stage William Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice" in its Elizabethan-style theatrical space, The New Swan. The updated play is set in the mid-20th century and features guest artist Tony Amendola as Shylock. 8 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 4; 2 p.m. Feb. 4. The New Swan, Claire Trevor Theatre. $11-$15. More: 949-824-2787.
The Beall Center for Art + Technology will present "Morphonano," an exhibit of works created by media artist Victoria Vesna and nanoscientist James Gimzewski. By reversing the scale of nanotechnology to the realm of human experience, they create a sublime reversal of space-time. Organized by David Familian, Beall's artistic director. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4; family day 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Beall Center for Art + Technology. Free and open to the public. More: 949-824-6206.
World-renowned jazz pianist and composer Kei Akagi, Chancellor's Professor of music and director of jazz studies at UCI, will perform with fellow musicians. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 & 4. Winifred Smith Hall. $11-$16. More: 949-824-2787.