Things to do in Miami this weekend - Jan. 3-5

 

Here are some ideas about what you could be doing this weekend.

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By Michael Hamersly | mikehamersly@gmail.com

 

Friday, Jan. 3

PUPPET MASTERS
MARIONETAS DE LA ESQUINA

Award-winning Mexican puppet theater troupe returns to Miami to delight children and reprise its 2009 sold-out show “A Moon Between Two Houses,” which tells the tale of two neighbors who become friends through their shared fear of the dark.
Details: 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday (English); and 2 p.m. Friday-Sunday (Spanish); at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $26.

A REAL STAND-UP GUY
GABRIEL IGLESIAS

Long Beach, Calif., comic takes the stage in support of his latest Comedy Central show “Aloha Fluffy.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way; www.ftl.improv.com; $40.

VOICE OF AN ANGEL
JACKIE EVANCHO

Soprano prodigy astonished fans of “America’s Got Talent” at 10 years old with her pure, soaring vocals. Now at 13, after five hit albums, she makes her Miami debut, performing operatic arias, show tunes and pop standards, backed by a 25-piece orchestra.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $49.50-$99.50.

THE ‘ULTIMATE AFRICAN CIRCUS’
CIRQUE ZUMA ZUMA

Described as a combination of Cirque du Soleil and the Harlem Globetrotters, this acrobatic troupe has everything from tumblers and contortionists to dancers and percussionists.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-<code_dp>466-<code_dp>8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $34.50-$39.50.

AUTHOR EVENT
DEENY KAPLAN LORBER

For 100 years, Miami natives and tourists have dined at Joe’s Stone Crab alongside countless celebrities. In her book “Waiting at Joe’s” (Seaside Publishing, $19.95), Lorber reveals the inner workings of this thriving restaurant from the wait staff’s point of view.
Details: 8 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-<code_dp>442-<code_dp>4408 or www.booksandbooks.com; free.

BASS IN YOUR FACE
BORGORE

Israeli DJ/producer who adds a witty horror and metal element to his dubstep tracks performs in support of his latest anthem “Booty Monsta.”
Details: 11 p.m. at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $20.

Saturday, Jan. 4

GOING SOLO
GREGG ALLMAN

Founding member of the legendary Allman Brothers Band (“Whipping Post,” “Midnight Rider,” “Ramblin’ Man”) — and ex-husband of Cher — performs his Southern-kissed blues-rock.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $25-$100.

LOL!
GEORGE LOPEZ

Author, celebrity golfer, talk show host and, oh yeah, comedian takes the stage to dish about race relations and whatever else strikes his fancy.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1<TH>Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $45-$65.

Sunday, Jan. 5

THE THRILL AIN’T GONE
B.B. KING

The King of Blues – crowned No. 3 on Time mag’s Top 10 all-time electric guitarists list - performs classic hits on his beloved “Lucille” guitar, including “Three O’Clock Blues,” “How Blue Can You Get” and, of course, “The Thrill is Gone.”
Details: 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $49.50-$99.50.

BROADWAY LEGEND
AUDRA MCDONALD

Tony Award-winning star of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and the ABC medical drama “Private Practice” will perform favorite show tunes and tracks from her new album, “Go Back Home.”
Details: 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $25-$100.

Next Week

SHE CAN SING, TOO
MOLLY RINGWALD

Actress best-known for starring in John Hughes’ Brat Pack trilogy “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink” performs tracks from her new jazz album “Except Sometimes.”
Details: 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-300-<code_dp>0730 or www.jazziznightlife.com; $55-$85.

THE PIANO MAN
BILLY JOEL

South Florida will be in a New York state of mind when this songwriting legend returns for two shows to bang out hits including “My Life,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Only the Good Die Young,” “Honesty,” “Big Shot,” “She’s Always a Woman,” “The Longest Time,” “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” and, of course, “Piano Man.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 11 at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $39.50-$119.50.

‘BUILT TO AMAZE’
RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY

The 143rd edition of “The Greatest Show on Earth” is once again filled with entertaining clowns, death-defying acrobats, majestic animals and plenty of spectacles to make the whole family ooh and ahh.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, running through Jan. 20, at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $16-$87.

PRIMUS STAR
LES CLAYPOOL

Bassist and bandleader of the super-quirky and inventive alt-rock group Primus branches out into Americana roots rock with his latest project Duo De Twang, with old buddy Bryan Kehoe. The pair will perform tracks from its upcoming album “Four Foot Shack,” out Feb. 4.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-<code_dp>727-<code_dp>0950 or www.jointherevolution.net; $23 advance, $25 day of show.

 

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