The best things to do in Miami this week from December 30 to January 5, 2022

Editor’s Note: Due to the surge of the COVID-19 variant Omicron, many events are canceled at the last minute. Before heading to any of the events listed below, please contact the organizers to make sure it is still going – and please wear a face mask inside.

Thursday, December 30

Need to end the year on a fun note? Meet at the Comedy Inn Thursday for an appearance by Carlos Mencia. The American Honduran comedian is best known for his stint as the host of Spirit of Mencia on Comedy Central at the start. He will be doing a two-night stint at the Kendall Hall, located near the falls. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, at the Comedy Inn, 14501 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami; Tickets cost $ 55- $ 65 through Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Friday December 31

Since 1935, Miami has hosted the Orange bowl every December. This year’s college football playoff game will see the SEC finalist Georgia Bulldogs take on Big Ten champions Michigan Wolverines. The teams face off on Friday, with the winner taking on the Cotton Bowl Classic winner between No. 4 Alabama and No. 4 Cincinnati in the Jan. 10 Championship game in Indianapolis. 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens; 305-943-8000; Tickets cost from $ 100 to $ 2,250 through Ashley-Anna Aboreden

The Great Orange will rise again for New Years Eve at Bayfront Park. Besides the biggest fireworks display in the region, the evening will feature a who’s who of Latin artists, including Willy Chirino, Gente De Zona, Nacho, Yotuel, Chacal and Jacob Forever. As always, the event is free. (If you want front row seats, a bar open from 8 p.m. to midnight, and a private dance floor with a DJ, go for a VIP ticket.) 8 p.m. Friday at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; General admission is free; VIP tickets cost $ 199 to $ 299 through Olivia McAuley

Click to enlarge Jack Harlow at Story: See Friday - PHOTO BY URBAN WYATT

Jack Harlow at Story: See Friday

Photo by Urban Wyatt

Queer Dreamland Festival Shifts Toejam Backlot For Its New Year’s Eve Secret Garden evening with singer, choreographer and alumnus American Idol candidate Todrick Hall. Also on the program, DJ and Brazilian drag performer Las Bibas From Vizcaya and Alexis Tucci. The multi-day event is hosted by party promoter Jake Resnicow and includes a New Years Eve party at Oasis Wynwood with Kim Petras and Sofi Tukker. 9 p.m. Friday, at Toejam Backlot, 150 NW 21st St., Miami; Tickets cost from $ 129 to $ 199 through Olivia McAuley

native of Kentucky Jack harlow has had a pretty stellar year. After the release of his first album, This is what they all say, last December, rapper “Whats Poppin” had a meteoric rise to the top of the charts. He also delivered one of the most-cited lines on Lil Nas X’s massive hit “Industry Baby”: “I’m just a late bloomer / didn’t make it to the top in high school, I’m always here getting cuter.” Cuter indeed. Take a look at his boyish looks when he celebrates New Years Eve at Story in South Beach. 9 p.m. Friday, at Story, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-479-4426; Tickets cost $ 175 to $ 225 through José D. Duran

Click to enlarge Disclosure at Space Park: See Saturday - PHOTO BY HOLLIE FERNANDO

Disclosure at Space Park: see Saturday

Photo by Hollie Fernando

Saturday January 1

English electronic duo Disclosure walks behind the bridges of Space Park on New Years Day. Grammy-nominated brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have collaborated with Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Lorde and Kelis. In 2020, they are releasing their third studio album, Energy, which mixed R&B, British house and garage and featured artists like Channel Tres, Aminé and Kehlani. 5 p.m. Saturday, at Space Park, 298 NE 61st St., Miami; Tickets are $ 20- $ 70 through Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Event promoter Diskolab usually hosts big deals during Miami Art Week and Miami Music Week. But on New Years day it will welcome Renaissance Miami at the intimate Le Rouge salon in Wynwood. An impressive array of dance music powers will turn, including Andhim, Denis Horvat, Stephan Jolk and Yotto. Hope you don’t get too hung over at the start of the New Year to enjoy this rare treat. 9 p.m. Saturday, at Le Rouge, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-973-5159; Tickets cost $ 20 to $ 30 through José D. Duran

Start the new year by doing the Time Warp. The Gateway Cinema celebrates the 19th anniversary of the faithful handymen Rocky Horror Picture Show, the long-running event staged by Shadows of the Theater, performed on stage alongside iconic characters from the classic film. The interactive event takes place on New Years Day, and of course, public participation is encouraged with special accessory bags, known as “survival kits,” sold at the doorstep. 11:45 p.m. Saturday, at the Gateway Cinema, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-278-8966; Tickets cost $ 9. Olivia McAuley

Click to enlarge Tribute to Vienna at the Adrienne Arsht Center: See Sunday - PHOTO COURTESY OF ATTILA GLATZ CONCERT PRODUCTIONS

Tribute to Vienna at the Adrienne Arsht Center: see Sunday

Photo courtesy of Attila Glatz Concert Productions

Sunday January 2

Make the most of your weekend with a decadent Bad N ‘Boozy Brunch at Freehold, presented by party promoters Link Up, Haywire Weekend and Daysnatchers. Menu highlights include chicken and waffles, skirt steak and eggs with hashed potatoes, oxtail, and creamy oatmeal, plus avocado toast. A DJ will spin during the tipsy feast before the brunch turns into a party. Sunday noon, at Freehold, 2219 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-280-0330; Tickets cost between $ 15 and $ 250 through Olivia McAuley

With singers, dancers and an orchestra, Hello Vienna quickly became an American New Year tradition. Based on Neujahrskonzert, a traditionally welcoming New Years concert in Vienna, the show plays music by Johann Strauss with singers and ballet, supported by the Strauss Symphony of America. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; Tickets cost from $ 29 to $ 159. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

The third annual Reggae Jam Festival takes place at Oasis Wynwood on Sunday, with headlining performances from Inner Circle and The Wailers. The family-friendly festival begins at 3 pm with performances starting at 6 am including the legendary band of the late Bob Marley, responsible for the hits “Could You Be Loved” and “No Woman, No Cry”. 3 p.m. Sunday, at Oasis Wynwood, 2335 N. Miami Ave., Miami; Tickets cost $ 15 through Olivia McAuley

Click to enlarge "Downtown business" at the Center for Cultural Arts of African Heritage: see Tuesday - PHOTO BY GREGORY REED

“Materials of the inner city” at the Center for Cultural Arts of African Heritage: see Tuesday

Photo by Gregory Reed

Monday January 3

Perhaps a meditative music experience is what you need to start 2022. At Mondays of modern OM at the Faena Hotel, you can meet the composer and pianist Murray Hidary. In addition to playing beautiful music, Hidary will share his teachings as well as the thoughts of philosophers. His MindTravel experience is shared through piano compositions and walking meditations. 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-8800; Tickets cost from $ 80 to $ 171 through Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Tuesday 4 January

“Questions from the city center”, a solo exhibition of the handsome Miami-based artist Charles Humes, Jr., is now on display at the Amadlozi Gallery of the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Curated by arts administrator and producer Donnamarie Baptiste, the exhibition – Hume’s first in a decade – illustrates the artist’s range, showcasing large-scale and mixed works that explore the history and culture of communities South Florida black diasporas, and the issues they’ve faced. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami; 305-638-6771; Free entry. Olivia McAuley

Wednesday 5 January

Comedians, good beer and tacos at $ 2. What else do you want? On Wednesday at Beat Culture Brewery, join host DannyMiami Reyes as he invites up to ten local comedians on stage during Who is the first, the evening open microphone at the brewery. Presented by Yo Miami, the event is held the first Wednesday of each month. 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Beat Culture Brewery, 7250 NW 11th St., Miami; 786-431-5642; Free entry. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Don’t miss the dance company Proof, conducted by choreographer Ronald K. Brown, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday and Thursday. The two-night performance features two masterful works, “Mercy” and “Grace,” the latter created for Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater. Both pieces exemplify the vibrant contemporary African style for which Brown and his dance company are famous. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222; Tickets cost from $ 49.50 to $ 59.50 through Olivia McAuley

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