Weekend Ticket - Dec. 21-23

 

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

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By Michael Hamersly | mikehamersly@gmail.com

Friday, Dec. 21

FREE MOVIE NIGHT
“THE POLAR EXPRESS”

Get the whole family into the Christmas spirit with this recent animated classic starring the voice of Tom Hanks – come early for free train rides, and wear pajamas for a chance to win prizes.
Details: 5:30 p.m. (film begins at 6:30) at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/mizneramphi.com; free.

BIG NIGHT IN LITTLE HAITI
MIKABEN

It’s a great night to bring the kids as Haitian singer-songwriter Mikaben performs, along with the Heat Street Band and the Miami Heat mascot Burnie.
Details: 6-10 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami; www.BigNightLittleHaiti.com; free.

REUNITED
THE STARTING LINE

Philly pop-punk band became a Vans Warped Tour fave before going on hiatus in 2008 - now the guys are back together and ready to rock once again.
Details: 7 p.m. at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0950 or www.jointherevolution.net; $22.

END OF THE WORLD PARTY
THE HEAVY PETS

Fort Lauderdale’s finest jam band that blends R&B, reggae fusion, jazz-funk with rock-‘n’-roll performs in support of its new three-song EP (of course, you’ll hear plenty of tunes from its 2007 double-disc debut, “Whale,” plus many others). THP’s friends The Greenhouse Lounge opens.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074 or www.cultureroom.net; $15.

17 YEARS OF BEATS
CANDYLAND

Three rooms of different electronic grooves (breaks, bass and ambient) features Stanton Warriors, Hydraulix, AK1200, Juan Basshead, Stryke and many more.
Details: 10 p.m. at the Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; www.wantickets.com; $20.

HOLIDAY PARTY
FREE FOR ALL
 Help celebrate The Stage’s new iTunes App Launch with groovy music by Suenalo and Bonka.
Details: 10 p.m. at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577 or www.thestagemiami.com.

Saturday, Dec. 22

THE BLOWN AWAY TOUR
CARRIE UNDERWOOD

One of “American Idol”’s most successful alums (she won in 2005, and has gone on to score 12 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country charts since) performs smashes including “Inside Your Heaven,” ”Good Girl,” “Blown Away,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $42.25-$62.25.

TIE A YELLOW RIBBON
TONY ORLANDO

If you grew up on ‘70s AM radio, tunes by Tony Orlando such as “Sweet Gypsy Rose,” “He Don’t Love You,” “Knock Three Times” and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” occupy a permanent space in your musical consciousness.
Details: 8 p.m. at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek; 954-977-6700 or www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com; $20-$40.

GROOVE FOR A CAUSE
GIFT MUSIC FESTIVAL

Jam all night to the electronic beats of Kid Capri, DJ Epps and many more, with half the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, which helps fulfill the dreams of children in need.
Details: 10:30 p.m. at the Bayside Seafood Hut, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne; 305-361-0177; $75.

IN THE HOUSE
ROGER SANCHEZ

Legendary New York tribal-house DJ is known for his Release Yourself parties.
Details: 11 p.m. at LIV Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $50-$75.

Sunday, Dec. 23

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
R5

California pop-rock band features the four Lynch brothers - Riker, Rydel, Rocky and Ross (who stars in the Disney Channel show “Austin & Ally”) – plus their blond female family friend Ellington Ratliff.
Details: 6 p.m. at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074 or www.cultureroom.net; $15.

A ROCKIN’ XMAS
JINGLE BALL ROCK METAL FEST

Tired of crooning yuletide classics such as “Silver Bells” and “Silent Night”? Have a not-so-silent night and bang your head to bands including The Stone Heads, Tabula Rasa, Introfuse, One Mind and many more.
Details: 9 p.m. at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807 or www.churchillspub.com; $10-$12.

Next Week

A JAZZY CHRISTMAS EVE
BOB GRABOWSKI & FRIENDS

Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, but you’re not in the mood for Jack Frost to nip at your nose. But if you crave Christmas carols that have that cool jazz cutting edge – this is the place.
Details: 9 p.m. Monday at the Van Dyke Café, 846 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-3600 or www.thevandykecafe.com; $5.

MOCKING OUR MUSICALS
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY

You love Broadway. But you also can appreciate the glee in spoofing many aspects of it. Immerse yourself in this hilarious homage to the Great White Way that takes good-natured shots at smash hits including “The Lion King,” “Jersey Boys” and “Wicked,” among many more.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, running through Dec. 31, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $39-$58.

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