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Published on January 3rd, 2014 | by Nicol Jenkins

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Arts & Entertainment- January events in South Florida

The New Year will deliver many new and exciting events to keep you entertained throughout 2014.

Make trying new things and treating yourself to a fun day or night out on the town your New Year’s resolution. These are just a few of the hottest events that South Florida has to offer this month.

The much anticipated art festival of the year is finally here! Art lovers should not miss the 26th Annual Las Olas Art Fair on January 4th and January 5th from 10 am to 5 pm on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Now considered a South Florida tradition in its 26th year on Las Olas Boulevard, the Las Olas Art Fair, put on by Howard Alan Events, is nationally recognized as one of the top events in America. Over the years, this Las Olas Boulevard festival has become a premiere “must see event” in South Florida. People come out yearly to see more than 150 artists display their work in what looks like an art gallery lining the iconic Las Olas Boulevard. Meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece; ask questions about techniques; learn the sources of their inspirations; and purchase fine works of art at affordable prices. Admission is free. This is also a great opportunity to take a stroll along the beautiful Las Olas Boulevard.

Dorothy, Toto and all our favorite characters are coming to Fort Lauderdale when The Wizard of Oz premieres at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts January 7th through January 19th. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that recently delighted London and Toronto audiences with the revival of The Sound of Music. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family. Admission for this show runs from $34.50 to $79.50. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW 5 Ave, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-462-0222.

Cowboys and cowgirls will be in for a musical treat! Love & Theft will be performing live in concert on Saturday, January 11th at Cowboys Saloon in Davie. Love and Theft, an American country music duo, is composed of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, both of whom sing lead vocals and play guitar. Their hits include “Angel Eyes” and “If You Ever Get Lonely”. Tickets are available at http://www.cowboys-saloon.com.

Go back in time to the 60s at the Summer of Love Concert, which will take place on January 17th at 8 pm at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. In this incredible tribute to the music of the 60s, relive the memories, share the spirit and celebrate the greatest hits of the Woodstock Generation. Don’t miss this musical “love fest” where Glen Burtnick, a Styx and Beatlemania alumnus, masterfully recreates the songs and psychedelically flavored spirit of this iconic time with a full band and amazing backup vocalists. The concert features music by the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrex, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Mamas and the Papas, The Doors and more! Admission runs from $19 to $59. For more information or for tickets, call 954-462-0222.

The BB&T Center will be hopping with top musical acts and edge of your seat hockey games. Billy Joel kicks off the season full of events with a two-night performance on January 7th at 8 pm and January 11th at 8 pm. Having ended a three-year live performance hiatus with a moving and critically-acclaimed appearance at New York’s 12-12-12 concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy, music superstar Billy Joel will sing his greatest hits and more in South Florida. The concert will be Billy Joel’s first in South Florida since 2009. Hockey fans will be flocking to these upcoming games. The Panthers will play the New York Islanders on January 14th at 7:30 pm; and then the San Jose Sharks on January 16th at 7:30 pm; and on the 24th against the Colorado Avalanche. Sing along to “Copacabana” and “Can’t Smile Without You” with Barry Manilow live on January 17th at 8 pm. On January 18th and 19th, a group of performers will sing at the Xtreme Christian Music Conference. Jeff Dunham will bring some laughs with his Disorderly Conduct act on January 25th at 5 pm.

Hard Rock Live will also be rockin’ with some unique acts. George Lopez will continue the laughter on January 4th at 8 pm. World Series of Fighting 8 MMA comes to Hard Rock Live. The event will feature Gaethje vs Gonzalez on January 18th at 6 pm. KC & The Sunshine Band perform their catchy tunes on January 24th at 8 pm.

Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale has an amazing lineup at a great venue. On January 12th, Queensryche will perform at 7:30 pm. Their calendar will be jammed packed including: New Politics on January 19th, Lucero on January 22, Gaelic Storm on January 24th, Candlebox on January 25th, Against Me! on January 26th, Sevendust on January 30th and Moonspell on January 31st. Don’t miss these eclectic shows!

Revolution Live will also offer many concerts during the month. Starting with Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang on January 9th, Blackberry Smoke on January 10th, Supercat on January 19th, Savoy with Dotexe on January 21, In This Moment with Davour The Day and Butcher Babies on January 24th, Falling in Reverse with Escape the Fate on January 25th, and Nonpoint on January 31st.

January will be an epic month for big theater hit movies. Kicking off with The Legend of Hercules, be sure to bring your friends and enjoy some memorable blockbusters and tasty popcorn. In the epic origin story, THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero – the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land. Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone will fight it out in “Grudge Match”. Pittsburgh boxers Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) shared a fierce rivalry back in the 1980s. Each had scored a victory in two matches, but on the eve of their decisive third bout, Henry suddenly announced his retirement, effectively ending both boxers’ careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr. (Kevin Hart) makes Billy and Henry an offer they can’t refuse: Return to the ring and settle the score once and for all. Leonardo DiCaprio will star in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.

In The Biz Magazine wishes its readers, hospitality employees and all a Happy New Year!

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