So here we’re running down some of the things we don’t want to miss out on in January, and I know how it looks. But don’t think of this as being influenced by any sort of naggy, New Year’s resolution. It’s just a tool to help us create a more well-rounded life. Kind of like that new band saw you just got.
Jan. 2: Longtime South Florida radio personality Paul Castronovo goes on the air for the first time since the end of his 26-year on-air partnership with Ron Brewer, debuting “The Paul Castronovo Show” 6-10 a.m. on Big 105.9-FM. He calls new cast member Ghia “cute as hell.” Too bad it’s radio. Info: Big1059.iHeart.com.
Jan. 3-8: The Kravis on Broadway series puts Baby on the corner of Okeechobee Boulevard and South Sapodilla Avenue with the musical “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage” at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Ticket prices start at $27. Info: Kravis.org.
Jan. 5: Trombonist Chad Bernstein (Spam Allstars, Suenalo, Guitars Over Guns) will introduce his new album, “Suite for 2nd Lieutenant,” in a free 8 p.m. performance at the Standard Hotel on Miami Beach. The collection of “very emotionally driven music” was written in the days before his brother, a Marine, left for Afghanistan. Info: ChadBernstein.com or Facebook.com/TheStandardMiami.
Jan. 7: Coral Gables Art Cinema renews After Hours, its weekly series of Saturday night (11:45 p.m.) cult classics, with “Pink Floyd – The Wall.” Other January screenings include “The Terminator” (Jan. 14), “Young Frankenstein” (Jan. 21) and “Starship Troopers” (Jan. 28). Tickets: $7, includes a popcorn and two-for-one beer and wine. Info: GablesCinema.com.
Jan. 12: Under the watchful eye of Zappa Family Trust attorneys, Frank Zappa’s son celebrates the anniversary of his father’s Mothers of Invention debut, “Freak Out!,” in a Culture Room stop on his 50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%K He Wants Tour. Tickets: $30. Info: CultureRoom.net.
Jan. 12-13: Musician, writer, actor, storyteller and humanitarian Henry Rollins is bringing all those skills to bear on his spoken word tour in two South Florida performances. On Jan. 12, he’s at the Kelsey Theater in Lake Park. Tickets: $34.50-$49.30. Info: TheKelseyTheater.com. On Jan. 13, he does the Hurricane Matthew-delayed show planned for the Broward Center on Oct. 6, when the world was much different. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. Info: BrowardCenter.org.
Jan. 13: Bowery Live, the new music venue next to the Bowery Palm Beach restaurant at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, will give its new high-end sound system a test with an 8 p.m. show by the Smithereens. Tickets: $25, $35, $75. Info: BoweryPB.com.
Jan 13-15: Miami City Ballet brings Program 2 to Miami's Arsht Center, including George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s “Carousel Pas De Deux,” Peter Martins’ “Calcium Night Light” and “Glass Pieces,” with Jerome Robbins’ choreography set to the music of Philip Glass. Tickets: $20-$99. MCB’s Program 2 also will be performed Jan. 20-22 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and Feb. 4-5 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. Info: MiamiCityBallet.org.
Jan. 14: The Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park celebrates the annual release of a much-desired beer with the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Festival 1-5 p.m. Jan. 14. A $55 tickets covers unlimited beer sampling, noshing at the brewery’s Craft Food Counter and favorite food trucks, live music and guaranteed access to purchase bottles of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Info: FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com.
Jan. 15: The Sunshine Music Festival returns to Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca Raton with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mavis Staples, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Mason, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, the North Mississippi Allstars and others. Tickets: $45, $59.95, $99.95, $129.95. Info: SunshineMusicFestival.com.
Jan. 15: Winter Jam 2017 brings 10 of Christian music’s most popular acts to the BB&T Center in Sunrise, including Crowder, Britt Nicole, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Andy Mineo and tour creator NewSong. Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson is a special guest. Tickets: $10 at the door. Info: TheBBTCenter.com.
Jan. 15: The Spam Allstars lead a lineup of performers at the second annual Gay8 Festival, a free Latino LGBT art, music and food festival beginning at 11 a.m. in Miami’s Little Havana. Info: Gay8Festival.com.
Jan. 20: Kevin, Virginia and Jason of the popular “KVJ Show” on Palm Beach County-based 97.9-FM WRMF will make their first Broward appearance 5-11 p.m. with a live podcast at Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach. Info: Facebook.com/BanginBanjoBrewing.
Jan. 20: Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) shares music from his new album, “The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns,” at Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room with opener Wheatus (“Teenage Dirtbag”). Tickets: $20. Info: CultureRoom.net.
Jan. 21: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. to see 90-year-old Tony Bennett perform at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Tickets: $36+. Info: Kravis.org.
Jan. 21: Trench Day at Due South Brewing Co. will bring beer fans from all over South Florida to the Boynton Beach brewery from 1 to 5 p.m. to sample and buy the 2017 model of the Mariana Trench Imperial Stout. Tickets cost $50, and come with a commemorative tasting glass, a bottle of 2017 Mariana Trench Imperial Stout, and unlimited beer samples. Info: Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing.
Jan. 21: The Comedy Get Down Tour brings Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy to the BB&T Center. Tickets: $45.50, $61.50, $85.50. Info: TheBBTCenter.com.
Jan. 21: A touring reprise of an epic performance at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest that paid tribute to the Band’s milestone final concert, The Last Waltz 40 Tour will unite Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson, John Medeski, Bob Margolin, Dave Malone, Ivan Neville and Mark Mullins at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Tickets: $190, $90, $80 and $60. Info: MyHRL.com.
Jan 21-22: Billy Crystal opens his nationwide tour Jan. 21 at the Arsht Center in Miami. Tickets: $59, $89, $109, $129 and $150. Info: ArshtCenter.org. On Jan. 22, Crystal moves to the Kravis Center. Tickets start at $61.50. Info: Kravis.org. Comedian Bonnie Hunt will open both shows.
Jan. 22: Once delayed by Hurricane Matthew, Bacon Bash returns to Esplanade Park on downtown Fort Lauderdale’s New River 1-5 p.m. with a pig out hosted by some of your favorite local restaurants, bars and breweries that raises money for Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and Covenant House Florida. Admission is free, but a VIP ticket ($30 advance, $35 at the gate) gets you a selection of 10 beverages, all the bacon dishes you can handle and seated comfort. Info: GoRiverwalk.com.
Jan. 24: The Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s 22nd annual FOTOfusion cultural festival will spotlight influential Scottish celebrity and fashion photographer Albert Watson, whose work will be on display in the downtown West Palm Beach venue through March 11. Info: FOTOfusion.org.
Jan. 25: Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, along with two-time Olympic skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan and South Florida Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva are some of the Olympic heroes past and present coming to the BB&T Center for the Colgate Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular. Tickets: $25-$125. Info: TheBBTCenter.com.
Jan. 27: Consciousness-raising Delray Beach rapper Eric Biddines will release the excellent album “The Local Cafe” via iTunes on Jan. 27. The song “Whole Trunk” was recently listed among Spotify’s top 20 viral tracks. Info: Facebook.com/EricBiddines.
Jan. 27: The veteran Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere rolls into Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live. Tickets: $23.50, $25. Info: JoinTheRevolution.net.
Jan. 27-28: Franz Welser-Möst will lead the Cleveland Orchestra at the Arsht Center in an evening of Bach and Bruckner, joined by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and, for the first time, by Miami’s Grammy-nominated choral ensemble, Seraphic Fire. Tickets: $39-$183. Info: ClevelandOrchestra.com/Miami.
Jan. 28: The 10th anniversary edition of Life in Color, “the world’s largest paint party,” will include Diplo, Marshmello, Carnage and rapper Young Thug at Mana Wynwood in Miami. Tickets: $67.49-$109. Info: LICMiami.com.
Jan. 28-Feb. 11: Florida Grand Opera offers its second production of the season, Tchaikovsky’s lush story of love, death, hubris and regret, “Eugene Onegin,” at the Arsht Center Jan. 28-29, 31 and Feb. 3-4 and at the Broward Center Feb. 9, 11. Tickets: $21-$200. Info: FGO.org.
Jan. 29: Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities,” so popular that its run was extended by three weeks, will have its final performance in the blue-and-yellow big-top tent next to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Jan. 29. Ticket prices range from $39 to $160. Info: CirqueDuSoleil.com/Kurios.