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Spend Christmas night grooving to 21st-century big band jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, plus funk and soul as Miami Big Sound Orchestra takes the stage.
Details: 8-9:15 p.m. Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; www.mocanomi.org
Saturday, Dec. 26
CELEBRATE THE TRADITION
MICCOSUKEE INDIAN ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Learn about Native American entertainment and culture at the 41st-annual gathering that features ceremonial and competitive dancing by multiple tribes, Hoop-Dancer Jasmine Bell, Buffalo Dancers, Snake Dancers, fashion shows, live art painting demonstrations, alligator wrestling, handmade Native American crafts and textiles for sale, and delicious food.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, running daily through Jan. 3, at the Miccosukee Indian Village, Mile Marker 35 (headed west from Miami) on U.S. Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail); www.miccosukee.com/events; $10, $6 seniors and kids 7-12; 6 and under free.
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
Third-annual event features Miami premieres of new feature and short films from around the world, plus parties, hands-on workshops for children of all ages, meet-the-filmmakers events, and Family Fun on the Plaza (10:30 a.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday).
Details: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; www.gablescinema.com; check website for titles, show times and prices ($50 pass allows one entry per showing).
THE “WHAT NOW?” TOUR
You loved him in “Ride Along,” “The Wedding Ringer” and “Get Hard.” Now let one of the hottest comedians on the planet brighten up your post-Christmas day with a hilarious set of stand-up.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $70-$150.
Sunday, Dec. 27
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Russian designer Valentin Fedorov’s haunting 3-D backdrops invoke the spirit of Tchaikovsky and pay homage to the snowy forests of his homeland, while puppets dance alongside pirouetting ballerinas around a majestic Christmas tree.
Details: 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; LiveNation.com; $30.75-$128.75.
THE MADNESS CONTINUES
KING MANGO STRUT
The 34th-annual edition of this beloved and infamous parade of the absurd gives 2015 a highly improper and suitably hilarious send-off, highlighting all the crazy shenanigans of the past year. Think of something wacky and outrageous that happened, and you’re almost guaranteed to see it represented.
Details: 2 p.m. Sunday in downtown Coconut Grove, beginning at the corner of Commodore Plaza and Main Highway; www.kingmangostrut.org; free.
THE STATE BALLET OF RUSSIA
Full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, features 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars telling the romantic tale of a heroic young prince who works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell.
Details: 3 p.m. Sunday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $31.50-$61.50.
MAGICAL MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES
DISNEY IN CONCERT
You and your kids love the Disney classics as much for the music as for the iconic characters and classic stories – enjoy a gathering of video clips and four vocalists and an orchestra performing the best selections from films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Frozen, plus a Mary Poppins medley and the “Yo ho, yo ho” chant from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Details: 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; $45-$105.
THE TEN TENORS
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
If you thought Three Tenors was impressive, imagine the vocal power of 10! This musical wonder from Down Under is Australia’s premier classical-crossover group, and will put its pitch-perfect harmonies on display with a show filled with classical arias, pop hits, rock anthems and, of course, holiday classics.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $35.50-$55.50.
THE GRAND ILLUSION
BRAD ROSS’ UNBELIEVABLE!
Modern-day showman and “illusionist extraordinaire” brings a new approach to the art of magic, with hilarious comedy, jaw-dropping spectacle and plenty of audience participation –perfect for a family audience.
Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $25.50-$35.50.
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH …
Hasidic reggae-rapper celebrates the 10th-anniversary of his release “Live at Stubb’s,” which was recorded in Austin, Texas, and catapulted him to stardom. He’ll take fans on a stripped-down journey from the evolution of his career through his recent album, “Akeda.”
Details: 8 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-$99; and 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $25-$75.
CAPITAL ONE BEACH BASH
The inaugural Beach Bash and concert hits South Beach the day before the big Orange Bowl game, featuring two Grammy-winning acts – hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (“Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us,” “Downtown”) and Las Vegas alt-rock band Imagine Dragons (“Radioactive,” “Demons,” “I Bet My Life”), plus plenty of fun activities. And it’s free!
Details: 4 p.m. Wednesday at Ocean Drive and 10th Street in South Beach; www.game.orangebowl.org/beachbash; free.
Celebrate 25 years of one of the best Grateful Dead tribute bands as Crazy Fingers performs a special New Year’s Eve set of jamtastic favorites, along with opening act Unlimited Devotion.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.jointherevolution.net; $20 advance, $30 day of show.
EXPOSE & SHANNON
Ring in the New Year retro-style with booty-shaking ‘80s stars Expo
se (“Point of No Return,” “Come Go With Me,” “Let Me Be the One,” “Seasons Change”) and the International Queen of Freestyle Shannon (“Let the Music Play,” “Give Me Tonight”).
Details: 9 p.m. Thursday at the Magic City Casino, Stage 305, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-460-6579 or www.magiccitycasino.com; $35, VIP table for four $300 (includes bottle of champagne).
THE PIANO MAN
Get into a New York state of mind this New Year’s Eve as one of the world’s greatest singer-songwriters returns to South Florida to ring in 2016 with timeless classics including “Prelude/Angry Young Man,” “Movin’ Out,” “My Life,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Only the Good Die Young,” “New York State of Mind,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “Big Shot,” “You May Be Right,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “The Longest Time,” “Don’t Ask Me Why” and, of course, “Piano Man.”
Details: 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $49.50-$159.50.