Things to do in Miami this weekend - Jan. 10-12

 

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

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By Michael Hamersly | mikehamersly@gmail.com

FRIDAY, JAN. 10

 

FIRE IN THE HOLE TOUR
BLACKBERRY SMOKE

Atlanta outlaw-country rock band that’s been compared to idol Lynyrd Skynyrd hits the road (again) in support of its latest album, “The Whippoorwill.”
Details: 7 p.m. at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0950 or jointherevolution.net; $20.

QUEEN OF NICE
ROSIE O’DONNELL

Comedienne is also a talk-show host, actress (“A League of Their Own,” “Exit to Eden”), author of two memoirs and staunch LGBT rights activist. But this weekend, all she’s concerned about is making you laugh.
Details: 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday; at the Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach; 561-833-1812 or palmbeachimprov.com; $30.

A REAL STAND-UP GUY
FRANK CALIENDO

Comic is best-known for his work on MadTV, plus his dead-on impersonations of celebrities including George W. Bush, Charles Barkley, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Bill Clinton, Jim Rome and, of course, John Madden.
Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way; ftl.improv.com; $30-$35.


SATURDAY, JAN. 11

MEMORIES OF ELVIS
CHRIS MACDONALD

Tribute artist helps keep alive the legacy of The King, Elvis Presley, with classic songs including “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”
Details: 8 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr.; 954-344-5990 or coralspringscenterforthearts.com; $28.62-$49.82.

STEEL PAN VIRTUOSO
LEON FOSTER THOMAS

Native of Trinidad takes Caribbean jazz to a new level: “This guy absolutely cooks,” raves Scope magazine.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; 305-669-6990 or pinecrest-fl.gov; $20-$25.

 


FREE FOR ALL 
THE COVER GIRLS
8 P.M. SATURDAY: New York freestyle pop group will perform ‘80s hits including “Show Me” and “Wishing on a Star”; Magic City Casino, Stage 305, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-460-6579 or magiccitycasino.com.


SUNDAY, JAN. 12

JAPANESE NEW YEAR
OSHOGATSU

Celebrate the Year of the Horse with taiko drumming by Fushu Daiko, music by Friends of Koto, Japanese fortune telling, games, kids’ activities and much more.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach; 561-495-0233 or morikami.org; $12, $6 kids 4-10, free for kids under 4.

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS OF MUSIC
AMERNET STRING QUARTET

Extraordinary ensemble is joined by Michael Tree, violist from the famed Guarneri String Quartet, for a program featuring works by Mozart, Janacek and Dvorak.
Details: 4 p.m. at the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall, Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables; 305-271-7150 or sundaymusicals.org; $35, $30 seniors, $10 students.

CHOPIN CONCERT
CLAIRE HUANGCI

Winner of the 2010 National Chopin Piano Competition displays technical brilliance, deep musical expression and playful virtuosity, and will perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky/Pletnev’s Sleeping Beauty Suite, plus Chopin’s Prelude Op. 28.
Details: 4 p.m. at La Gorce Country Club, 5685 Alton Rd, Miami Beach; reservations required at 305-868-0624 or chopin.org; reception free to Chopin members; dinner $55. Non-members and guests pay $45 for concert and reception, $100 all-inclusive.

FOLK HERO
TOM RUSH

Influential artist helped usher in the singer-songwriter era with his 1968 album “The Circle Game,” which included the hit “No Regrets” and featured songs by Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor before they had released any albums themselves. He takes the stage on the strength of his recent release on CD/DVD, “Celebrates 50 Years of Music.”
Details: 7 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or browardcenter.org; $35.

BANG YOUR HEAD
QUEENSRYCHE

Veteran prog-metal band celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of its most successful works, the concept album “Operation: Mindcrime,” with original singer Geoff Tate.
Details: 7:30 p.m. at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; cultureroom.net; $28.

ARSHT CENTER DEBUT
NATALIE MERCHANT

Backed by a 38-piece orchestra, the ex-10,000 Maniacs singer-songwriter performs hits from that band (“Like the Weather,” “What’s the Matter Here”), plus solo hits including “Carnival,” “Wonder” and “Jealousy.”
Details: 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org; $35-$95, $150 VIP.

 


NEXT WEEK

IN CONCERT
CHRIS BOTTI

Smooth jazz trumpeter who won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2013 for “Impressions” performs a treasure chest of jazz standards and classical masterpieces.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or kravis.org; $25-$105.

SHE CAN SING, TOO
MEGAN MULLALLY

If all you know of Megan Mullally is her role as the boozy, snarky Karen Walker on “Will & Grace,” you’re in for a big surprise, as the Broadway star (“Grease,” “Young Frankenstein”) will belt out classic songs accompanied by pianist Seth Rudetsky.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; parkerplayhouse.com; $31.50-$76.50, $126.50 VIP.

FAN FAVORITES
INDIGO GIRLS

Grammy-winning folk duo performs hits including “Shame On You,” “Hammer and a Nail,” “Galileo” and “Closer to Fine,” accompanied by a symphony orchestra for the first time.
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 kravis.org; $25-$110.

 

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