Friday, Jan. 8
RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY PRESENTS
The Greatest Show On Earth returns with a bang, featuring its usual array of death-defying stunts, amazing acrobats, exotic animals and crazy clowns, ramped up to an extreme level that will leave kids and adults breathless.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday; running through Jan. 18; at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $16-$75.
LITTLE RIVER BAND
Aussie band that gave us enduring classics such as “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” “Help Is on Its Way,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Lady” and “Happy Anniversary” headlines, with Ambrosia (“How Much I Feel,” “Biggest Part of Me,” “You’re the Only Woman”) and Player (“Baby Come Back,” “This Time I’m In It For Love”) opening.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach; Ticketmaster; $45-$75.
L.A. alt-rock band takes the stage in support of its fourth studio album, “Better Nature,” featuring the infectious single “Nightlight,” which is in heavy rotation on 104.3 The Shark.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; www.cultureroom.net; $28.
Saturday, Jan. 9
LAS OLAS ART FAIR PART 1
Beloved outdoor festival hits town for the 28th year, bringing with it original art, eclectic displays and a wide array of styles and media from 250 artists from around the country, hand-selected from among hundreds of applicants. All artists will be on hand, and artworks ranging from $25 to $30,000 will be available for purchase.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue; www.artfestival.com; free.
2016 FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
At one of Florida’s premiere juried art shows, you’re sure to find the perfect piece of art for your home, whether it be painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography, or original handcrafted jewelry and wearable art. Plus, there’s a great selection of delicious food, live music and other activities for the entire family in the magical botanical garden setting.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; free.
MAPLE BACON COFFEE PORTER DAY
If the flavors of maple syrup, bacon and coffee don’t sound like they’d go especially well with beer, prepare to have your world turned upside down. Funky Buddha Brewery’s prized and highly anticipated annual concoction (it’s not just for breakfast anymore) returns just in time for you to start breaking several of your New Year’s resolutions. In addition to the exquisite, once-a-year suds, the day offers live music by The Resolvers, Parker Urban Band and DJ Ack Daddy, plus field games, 100 beers on tap and outstanding food trucks to keep up your strength.
Details: 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Jaco Pastorius Park, adjacent to the Funky Buddha Brewery, 1201 NE 38th St., A1, Oakland Park; www.funkybuddhabrewery.com; $30 general admission (includes one bottle), $75 full-bottle access (includes four bottles), $130 VIP (includes 3 p.m. access, one hour rare beer sampling, four bottles).
REMEMBERING THE KING OF POP
The longest-running Michael J
ackson tribute band (and the only one of note to predate his untimely passing) offers a jaw-dropping tour through the career of one of the most talented performers of all time. Whether you idolized the Jackson 5, fell in love to “Human Nature,” watched in awe at the “Thriller” video, or learned to moonwalk to “Billie Jean,” this show will take you there.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $40.85-$56.75.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer best known for his work as leader of the Lovin’ Spoonful (“Summer in the City,” “Do You Believe in Magic?,” “Daydream”) takes the stage for a tour through timeless hits. And if we’re really lucky, he’ll perform his theme song to “Welcome Back, Kotter.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $32.50-$42.50.
JAZZ IT UP
TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON
Drummer, composer, bandleader – and the first woman to win a Grammy Award for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album,” for “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue,” her tribute to Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach – takes the stage for an evening of hot jazz in support of her latest release “The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center (on the campus of Nova Southeastern University), 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.southfloridajazz.org; $40.
HONORING THE KING
CHRIS MACDONALD’S MEMORIES OF ELVIS
A day after Elvis Presley would have turned 81, the best tribute artist around throws a Rockin’ Birthday Bash to celebrate The King, with elaborate costumes, lively dancers and a full band, plus spot-on renditions of hits including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog” and many more.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr.; 954-344-5990 or www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com; $39.22-$415.92; and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Rinker Playhouse, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $50.
Sunday, Jan. 10
THE OLATE DOGS
Winning act of Season 7 of “America’s Got Talent” took dog tricks to a new level, with back flips, jumping rope, circus stunts and even dancing the conga – now see the dogs perform live, guided by their father-and-son handlers Richard and Nicholas Olate.
Details: 1 p.m. Sunday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $27, $75 VIP includes meet-and-greet with post-show photo opp.
Best known for the ’60s and ’70s hits “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “After the Lovin’,” “There Goes My Everything,” “A Man Without Love” and “Am I That Easy to Forget,” this legendary singer (born Arnold George Dorsey) still shows 21st Century relevance with his version of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and his new country CD, “Runaway Country,” where he puts his spin on “I’m on Fire,” “Desperado,” “We’ve Got Tonight” and more.
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday at Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach; Ticketmaster; $40-$85.
FREE FOR ALL
JAZZ IN THE LOBBY
Miami Jazz & Film Society presents the Big City Blues Band, which was dubbed Best Florida Blues Band by the South Florida Blues Society and the Florida Jammy Awards.
Details: 6:30- 9 p.m Wednesday at the Lobby lounge of the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts., 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-374-2444 or www.olympiatheater.org.
THE WORLD TOUR
The most successful country-crossover artist in the world, with more than 150 million albums sold, returns to South Florida for the first time in 19 years, touring on the strength of “Man against Machine,” his first new studio album in 13 years. Brooks’ wife Trisha Yearwood opens, and is sure to be a big part of the show.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and 7 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16, at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $64.48.
Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress and singer (“Wicked,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Glee,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”) takes center stage with a 12-piece ensemble performing Broadway show tunes, pop standards and music from her 2014 album, “Coming Home.”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $30-$125.