Friday, March 11
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
TORUK – THE FIRST FLIGHT
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The latest acrobatic spectacle of beauty and power from Cirque du Soleil applies its unique, breathtaking style to James Cameron’s imaginary world from his movie “Avatar,” with a mythical tale set thousands of years before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.
Details: 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $46-$130.
Two chances to sit back and soak in the magic, as one of the true American living legends – and the winner of 18 Grammys – takes the stage. As New York magazine put it: “No one else on Earth can make a lyric written eight decades ago sound as natural as a conversation at a coffee shop.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $36-$150; and 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $51-$161.
Two chances to catch one of the greatest classic rock bands of all time performing hits including “Hot Blooded,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent” and “Cold As Ice,” plus the monster ballads “Waiting For a Girl Like You” and the chart-topping “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at The Casino at Dania Beach, 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach; 954-920-1511 or www.casinodaniabeach.com; $40-$100, VIP table for four $500; and 8 p.m. Saturday at Magic City Casino, Stage 305, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-460-6579 or www.magiccitycasino.com; $25-$100, VIP table for four $500.
Saturday, March 12
FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Get ready for the latest Ren-Fest chapter, with the fifth of seven themed weekends through March 27. This weekend’s theme, “Kilts & Colleens,” helps celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a wee bit early with a taste of the Scottish and the Celtic traditions of the North Seas (funny joke: “Kilt” is what happened to the last person who called it a skirt). So wear green and feel the luck of the Irish! In between, enjoy more than 100 costumed performers, 10 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.
Details: 10 a.m.-sunset Saturday and Sunday, running on weekends through March 27, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; www.ren-fest.com; $21, $9 kids 6-11, free for 5 and under.
Ivan “Melon” Lewis
GLOBAL CUBA FEST 2016
Program brings together some of the most recognized musicians from Cuba and Spain, including Iván “Melon” Lewis, one of the most recognized jazz pianists of his generation; singer-songwriter Yadam, who in the past few years has escalated from young promising artist to an established voice in the music scene; and the Pavel Urkiza y La Ruta de las Almas Band, which fuses traditional Sephardic sounds with Afro-Latin music.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; Ticketmaster; $27.
THE ORIGINAL HIGH TOUR
Fresh off a recent world tour taking over the vocal duties of the late, great Freddie Mercury for the legendary rock band Queen, “American Idol” fave Lambert strikes out on his own, performing some of his biggest hits, including “Whataya Want From Me,” “Better Than I Know Myself,” “For Your Entertainment” and “Ghost Town.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $54-$74.
JAZZ AT PINECREST GARDENS
VINICIUS CANTUARIA QUINTET
Virtuoso Brazilian guitarist and singer – who has performed with a diverse mix of legends such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson and Brad Mehldau – presents with his band a mix of sultry samba and bossa nova songs by the prolific composer Antonio Jobim that will include classics like “Chega de Saudade,” “A Felicidade” and “The Girl from Ipanema.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at Pinecrest Gardens, Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $25-$30.
Sunday, March 13
LIVE IN CONCERT
Watch in awe as the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling, performs a selection of Disney’s magnificent repertoire including Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Beethoven’s “Pastoral’ Symphony,” all accompanied by high-definition animation on the big screen.
Details: 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $35-$125.
“ANTI” WORLD TOUR
Superstar pop, dance and R&B singer, who has become the best-selling digital artist of all time at age 27, performs in support of her eighth studio album, the chart-topping “Anti,” featuring the hit “Work.” You’ll also hear fan faves including “Umbrella,” “Diamonds,” “Pon de Replay,” “SOS,” “Take a Bow,” “Only Girl (In the World),” “We Found Love,” “Stay” and “The Monster.” Rapper Travis Scott (“Antidote”) opens.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $31-$176.
20 YEARS IN ONE NIGHT TOUR
Seven-time Grammy-winning gospel singer takes the stage in support of his 12th studio album, “Losing My Religion,” which serves as a warning to not let organized religion interfere with God’s true message of love and mercy, and debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; LiveNation.com; $22.50-$49.50.
BADDER THAN EVER TOUR
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS
The gravelly-voiced blues-rock guitarist proves he and his powerful band are still “Bad to the Bone,” performing high-energy hits including “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “It Wasn’t Me” and “Move It on Over,” plus plenty of standards.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $34-$54.
FIRE AND FLOOD TOUR
Australian alt-pop singer-songwriter, whose hits “Riptide” and “Fire and the Flood” are in heavy rotation on South Florida’s 104.3 The Shark station, performs his first headlining tour, after an opening slot on Taylor Swift’s 2015 global journey.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; LiveNation.com; $31.50-$47.
GET PUNKED UP
Legendary West Coast ska-punk band that’s been filling up the mosh pits since the early ‘90s plays fan favorites such as “Salvation,” “Roots Radicals,” “Time Bomb” and “Ruby Soho.”
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.jointherevolution.net; $28 advance, $30 day of show.
FREE FOR ALL
JAZZ AT WOLFSON PRESENTS
NOON WEDNESDAY: Local vocal/piano duo Wendy Pedersen and Jim Gasior – who collectively have performed or recorded with Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, Smokey Robinson, Little Richard and many more – perform fresh selections from the Great American Songbook; Wolfson Campus Auditorium, 300 NE Second Ave., Bldg 1, Room 1261, Miami; www.mdc.edu.