PARTY ALL WEEKEND
ORANGE DRIVE MIAMI BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Three-day celebration features pop, rock and hip-hop superstars: Highlights include Pete Wentz, Boyz II Men and Gym Class Heroes Friday night; Jason Derulo, Ne-Yo and Jermaine Dupri Saturday night; and Cobra Starship and Cee Lo Green Sunday night.
Details: 6 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday on Ocean Drive between Seventh and Ninth streets, Miami Beach; www.orangedr.com; $65-$208.65.
ALL ABOUT STRAUSS
”A SALUTE TO VIENNA”
The Strauss Symphony of America - featuring renowned conductor Imre Kollar from Budapest, more than 75 musicians, and dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine - performs light-hearted Strauss waltzes and polkas and excerpts from famous operettas such as “Die Fledermaus” and “The Merry Widow.”
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; $45-$105.
Everybody loves Raymond, sure, but they also love this gentle giant (he’s almost 6’10”), who’s a standout stand-up comedian, an Emmy winner and even a professional poker player.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; 954-797-5531 or www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com; $35-$55.
LET YOUR FREAK FLAGS FLY
KING MANGO STRUT
The madness continues this year as the annual festival attracts wild and crazy characters spoofing all the weird and wacky news events from the past year. Zoo Miami’s Ron Megill hosts.
Details: 2 p.m. at the corner of Commodore Plaza and Main Highway in Coconut Grove; www.kingmangostrut.org; free.
Bring the family to hear “American Idol” winner and R&B teddy bear Ruben Studdard croon, and dine on cuisine from the latest craze - gourmet food trucks.
Details: 7 p.m. at Palmetto Bay Village Center, Southwest 84th Street and Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay; 305-318-3633 or www.palmettobaynewyearseve.com; $50 pre-sale, $60 day of.
ONE COOL COUNTDOWN
RED BULL SOUNDCLASH
Ring in the New Year the hip-hop way, with headliner Ludacris ("Area Codes," "Southern Hospitality," "What's Your Fantasy," "Rollout") and Mike Posner (“Cooler Than Me,” “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”), plus fireworks at midnight and the official Big Orange countdown to 2012. The most astounding thing about this show? It’s free!
Details: 7 p.m. at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.bayfrontparkmiami.com; free.
A FUGEE IN THE HOUSE
Ms. Lauryn Hill, as she is fond of being called, takes the stage to sing hits including “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Everything Is Everything,” “Ex-Factor” and her version of Roberta Flack’s classic “Killing Me Softly.”
Details: 9 p.m. at The Shelborne, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1271 or www.shelborne.com; $200-$300.
HEY MR. DJ
Superstar French house-music DJ who hit it big with the party track “World Hold On” headlines his club’s New Year’s celebration.
Details: 10 p.m. at Amnesia, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $50-$150.
ANNUAL “GENESIS” PARTY
Miami’s favorite DJ – who counts Madonna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga among her many famous fans – comes home to spin a marathon 12-hour set of the hottest house music, with a live performance by Deborah Cox of Young’s remix of her hit, “If It Wasn’t For Love.”
Details: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $85-$150.
Lead singer of the band Live takes the stage for an intimate solo acoustic show, featuring surprisingly powerful versions of the band’s hits including “I Alone,” “Selling the Drama,” “All Over You” and “Lightning Crashes.”
Details: 9 p.m. at Ricochet Bar & Lounge, 3250 NE 1st Ave., #122B, Miami; 786-353-0846 or www.ricochetlounge.com; $25.
ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The beloved U.K. orchestra performs with principal conductor and violin soloist Pinchas Zukerman, who was awarded a Medal of Arts in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. Program includes works by Mozart, Bruch and Brahms.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $45-$85.
THE THRILL AIN’T GONE
One of the most influential guitarists of all time takes the stage with his beloved ax, Lucille. The concert focuses on King’s latest release, “One Kind Favor,” featuring covers of old blues songs that inspired him as a young man, but you’re sure to hear blues classics such as “Payin’ the Cost to Be the Boss,” “Every Day I Have the Blues” and “The Thrill Is Gone.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $49-$99.
FREE FOR ALL
Miami-based group Batuke Samba Funk, led by Brazilian star bassist Diogo Oliveira, fuses samba, rock and funk.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at PAX Miami, 337 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-640-5847 or www.paxmiami.com.
NO ONE IS SAFE
Ex-“Saturday Night Live” funnyman and “Weekend Update” anchor goes off on another irreverent, profane – and bitingly intelligent – rant.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday 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.