Weekend Ticket - Dec. 31 - Jan. 2

 

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

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By Michael Hamersly

FRIDAY, DEC. 31

FREE FOR ALL
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Check out groovy disco sounds by DJ Tarik, fireworks and the annual “Big Orange” ascending the InterContinental Hotel, and see why USA Today called this party “One of the Top 10 places in the world to ring in the new year”
Details: 8 p.m., Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550 or www.bayfrontparkmiami.com.

JAM ON IT
THE HEAVY PETS
Fort Lauderdale jam band is a fixture at festivals such as Bonnaroo and Langerado. Stampede Movement opens.
Details: 8 p.m. at The Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074 or www.cultureroom.net; $18.

SPAM ALERT!
SPAM ALLSTARS
Count down to 2011 while getting down to the Afro-Cuban sounds of the Spam Allstars; other highlights include a DJ set by ex-porn star Sasha Grey, eclectic DJs and gourmet sushi.
Details: 8 p.m.-7 a.m. at The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, 1732 Collins Ave., South Beach; 305-674-1160 or www.catalinasouthbeach.com/newyears2011; $95.

FROM TV TO BROADWAY
MANDY PATINKIN
He’s won a Tony and an Emmy – now see him live backed by pianist Paul Ford.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 800-572-8471 or www.kravis.org; $25-$140.

IN CONCERT
CHEYENNE JACKSON
Actor/singer who has performed with Michael Feinstein and appeared on Glee and 30 Rock makes his Miami debut.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $295 Friday, $195 Saturday (incudes three-course dinner at Prelude by Barton G.), $150.

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE
JON SECADA
Two-time Grammy Award-winner hosts a special New Year’s celebration with performances by Tito Puente Jr. and his orchestra, plus salsa sensations Marlow Rosado and La Riquena and Yordamis Megret, who will pay musical tribute to Celia Cruz.
Details: 9 p.m. at Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave.,Miami; www.magiccitycasino.com.

THANK HIM LATER
DRAKE
Toronto rapper performs hits from his latest album Thank Me Later, featuring collaborations with Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. You might also hear some new stuff from his upcoming album Take Care.
Details: 9 p.m. at WALL at the W Hotel South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave.; www.wmiami2011.com; $425, $675 VIP.

LOVE IN THIS CLUB
USHER
R&B superstar channels his inner Michael Jackson, dancing and singing hits including U Got It Bad, Confessions Part II, My Boo, Yeah!, Love In This Club and DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love; don’t be late because Trey Songz opens.
Details: 9 p.m. at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $29.50-$353.

FUN, FUN, FUN
THE BEACH BOYS
Ring in the New Year surf-style with the enduring, sweet harmonies of classic hits including Surfin’ USA, I Get Around, Barbara Ann, California Girls, Good Vibrations and Fun, Fun, Fun.
Details: 10:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live Arena at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $59-$99.

SATURDAY, JAN. 1

PUNK IT UP
DEAD KENNEDYS
With apologies to U2, all is definitely not quiet on New Year’s Day – at least not at Revolution, where the seminal San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys tear up the stage.
Details: 8 p.m. at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0950 or www.jointherevolution.net; $16.

SUNDAY, JAN. 2

MORE CELEBRATION!
HAITIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT
Keep the holiday spirit alive with the sounds of Farah Juste, Emeline Michel and Beethova Obas.
Details: 7 p.m. at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; 305-416-5977, Ticketmaster or www.jlkc.com; $24, $13 kids.

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