O HOLY NIGHT
A CLAY AIKEN CHRISTMAS
Just as Thanksgiving is over, the 2003 “American Idol” runner-up thrusts the Christmas season into our collective consciousness with a show filled with holiday classics, many from his 2004 hit album, “Merry Christmas With Love.”
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.
For someone who started his career on a dare, this comic has done pretty well for himself, having found success at stand-up before starring in films such as “Undercover Brother,” “Nesbit” and “John Q,” plus the sitcom “Malcolm and Eddie.”
Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, at the Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach; 561-833-1812 or www.palmbeachimprov.com; $30.
MEN WITHOUT HATS
“We can dance if we want to/We can leave your friends behind.” If these lyrics were seared into your brain by watching MTV in the ‘80s, then this show is for you, as Men Without Hats performs synth-tastic retro hits such as “The Safety Dance,” “Pop Goes the World” and “Where Do the Boys Go.” DJ Essential 6 and DJ Robb keep the beats fresh all night, with Right the Stars opening the show.
Details: 10 p.m. at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Downtown Miami; www.grandcentralmiami.com or 305-377-2277; $15.
Tennessee alt-rock band is back with original singer Brett Scallions and is touring in support of its upcoming fifth studio album, “Halfway There.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074 or www.cultureroom.net; $22.
HE LIKES TO MOVE IT
Legendary DJ of Subliminal Records fame – and the man behind the 1993 hit by Reel 2 Real, “I Like to Move It” - spins high-energy house music.
Details: 11 p.m. at LIV Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $60-$125.
Puerto Rican composer, singer and trombonist – and New York political figure - has collaborated with many greats, including Ruben Blades, Ismael Miranda, Talking Heads leader David Byrne and the incomparable Celia Cruz.
Details: 7 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $40-$75.
A HOLIDAY TRADITION
DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS
For the past 15 years, saxophonist Koz has put on a Christmas show featuring fresh and original arrangements of holiday classics with leading musicians. This year’s guests include Sheila E., David Benoit, Javier Colon and Margo Rey.
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; $20-$100.
FREE FOR ALL
MIX JUNGLE SUNDAYS
Groove to the best new tracks in deep house at PAX.
Details: 9 p.m. at PAX, 337 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-640-5847 or www.paxmiami.com.
The rapper formerly known as Tity Boi who has collaborated with Drake, Ciara and Lil Wayne made a big splash with his debut studio album, “Based on a T.R.U. Story,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; LiveNation.com; $33-$45.
Fans of the a capella singing competition “The Sing-Off” will perk up at the news that last year’s winner – a five-member group from Texas that combines killer vocals and hip song selection (including Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and Florence + The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over”) with electro, dubstep and reggae beats – takes the stage in support of its debut EP, “PTX Vol. 1.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0950 or www.jointherevolution.net; $19.
NORMAN VAN AKEN
Seems like everyone wants to be a gourmet chef lately, and if you’re so inclined, here’s a great way to start. Florida’s greatest cook Van Aken – who is credited with creating “fusion” cuisine – talks about his new book, “My Key West Kitchen” (Kyle Cathie, $29.95), his love letter to where he found his culinary passion.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com; free.
You’ve got two chances to catch this scathingly funny comedian whom Chris Rock called “the greatest comic mind of the last quarter century.”
Details: 7 and 10 p.m. Wednesday 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-$105.
BACK ON TRACK
Alt-rock band from Portland, Ore., led by charismatic frontman Art Alexakis scored in the mid-‘90s with the hits “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine,” then faded from the national spotlight. Now the group returns with its eighth studio album, “Invisible Stars.” Eve 6 and Namesake open.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074 or www.cultureroom.net; $25.