Things to do in Miami this weekend – Jan. 30-Feb. 1

Billy Joel performs the first of six sold out shows at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hotel and Casino in Hollywood Fl. Photo: Tom Craig.

 

Friday, Jan. 30

NEW WORK
NEW WORLD SYMPHONY

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts three world premieres in one show: Composer Michael Gordon (Bang On a Can) and filmmaker Bill Morrison team up for “El Sol Caliente,” a tribute to Miami Beach; singer/songwriter/pianist Bruce Hornsby performs three songs from his mysterious hit musical “SCKBSTD”; and emerging conductor Ted Hearne presents his “Dispatches” for orchestra.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; www.nws.org; $20-$60.

HE’S GOT MAD SKILLS
BRYAN CALLEN

One of the original cast members of “MADtv,” Callen went on to land roles in “The Hangover” franchise, plus “Old School,” “Bad Santa” and last year’s “Ride Along,” opposite Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. And fans who recognize him from the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” might shout out “Bilson!” when he does stand-up this weekend.
Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way; www.improvftl.com; $20.

THE REAL JERSEY BOYS
FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS

Thanks to the success of “Jersey Boys,” the inspiration for that Tony-winning musical is hotter than ever. Valli and his pals will croon timeless classics such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Sherry,” “Rag Doll,” “Let’s Hang On,” “Working My Way Back to You” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
Details: 8 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1<TH>Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $35-$70.

SINGING THE BLUES
LEON RUSSELL

Low-key superstar pianist and guitarist who started out as a prized session musician — working with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and more — wrote the ballad “This Masquerade,” for which George Benson won a Grammy in 1977.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; www.cultureroom.net; $28.

Saturday, Jan. 31

LIKE BIKES?
DANIA BEACH VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE SHOW

The biggest vintage motorcycle show in South Florida features more than 300 antique bikes to be judged, plus live music, great food, a bike parts swap meet, Harley skill team demonstrations, Roller Derby Girls and a kiddie play area.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Frost Park, 300 NE Second St., Dania Beach; www.daniabeachvintagebikeshow.com; free.

A MUSICAL JOURNEY
LAINIE KAZAN

She’s done it all in show-biz, from Barbra Streisand’s understudy in “Funny Girl,” to Playboy model, to actress (“Beaches,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), to Vegas headliner. Now see this chanteuse perform “The Music That Makes Me Sing – My Life in Concert,” featuring tracks from George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Bob Dylan, Janis Ian, Adele and Motown favorites.
Details: 7:30 p.m. at the RRazz Room at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr.; 954-344-5990 or www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com; $40-$60.

SING US A SONG
BILLY JOEL

The Piano Man makes a triumphant return to Miami, with another high-energy show featuring favorites from his vast repertoire such as “Prelude/Angry Young Man,” “Only the Good Die Young,” “My Life,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “She’s Always a Woman,” “You May Be Right,” “The Longest Time,” “New York State of Mind” and, of course, “Piano Man.”
Details: 8 p.m. at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $16-$124.50.

MOTIVATED TO PARTY
ANDREW W.K.

Part rock ‘n’ roll animal, part performance artist, part motivational speaker (no, really), this classically trained pianist/singer/songwriter will force you to have an out-of-control, raging good time, then analyze its meaning tomorrow.
Details: 10 p.m. at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com; $20-$25.

”SINATRA WITH SNEAKERS”
JAMIE CULLUM

British crossover jazz-pop singer and pianist, who has also been dubbed the “McCartney of Jazz,” performs unique versions of diverse popular songs such as “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes, “Gold Digger” by Kanye West and “Teardrop” by Massive Attack, plus works by Pharrell, Radiohead, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Burt Bacharach and many more.
Details: 10 p.m. at Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-300-0730 or www.jazziznightlife.com; $45-$80.

Sunday, Feb. 1

FREE FOR ALL
FAMILY OPERA DAY

Here’s a great way to introduce the kids to the wonders of opera, with an instrument petting zoo, arts and crafts, workshops and an exciting performance by the Florida Grand Opera of Spanish themes including Zarzuela.
Details: 10 a.m. at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 786-573-5300 or www.smdcac.org.

Next Week 

INTERNET SENSATION
THE PIANO GUYS

When an act scores hundreds of millions of hits on YouTube, you know it’s compelling. The Piano Guys combine unique classical and pop mash-ups on piano and cello with breathtaking videos of them performing in exotic places such as on top of the Great Wall of China or at Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue. You’ll hear everything from Mozart to Michael Jackson to Coldplay and David Guetta.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $35-$129.

SKANK IT UP
LESS THAN JAKE & REEL BIG FISH

Ska-punk showcase features Gainesville fave Less Than Jake, which takes the stage in support of its eighth studio album, “See the Light,” plus playful SoCal band Reel Big Fish, led by mad genius frontman Aaron Barrett.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.jointherevolution.net; $23.50.

AUTHOR EVENT
IRVINE WELSH

The notorious writer of “Trainspotting,” “Ecstasy,” “Filth,” “Glue,” “Porno” and “many other brilliant offenses of common literary decency” unveils his latest work, “The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins” (Doubleday, $26), which tells a tale “so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.”
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-<code_dp>442-<code_dp>4408 or www.booksandbooks.com; free.

EDIBLE INEVITABLE TOUR
ALTON BROWN LIVE!

Celebrity chef’s two-hour show is a tasty blend of stand-up comedy, food experimentation, wacky talk-show antics, live music (including “Airport Shrimp Blues”) and — gulp! — mandatory audience participation (helpful hint: wear the lab coat Brown offers, as things will get messy).
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs D
r.; 954-344-5990 or www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com; $41.87-$159.

NO HORSING AROUND
GALA OF THE ROYAL HORSES

If you love majestic steeds, this show’s for you, with 14 animals including the Andalusian (“Horse of Kings”), Friesian, Arab and Lipizzaner breeds alongside flamenco dancers, bullfighters and performing classical dressage forms known as “airs above the ground,” developed to train mounts for battle.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; Ticketmaster; $25-$65.

 

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