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Best events this week: Billy Joel, 'The Sound of Music' and New Year's Day with Skrillex

Fun events this New Year's week: @Skrillex @STORYMiami, @BillyJoel @TheBBTCenter and @SoundofMusic @ArshtCente



If the young ones need inspiration on what to build with their new Christmas Lego sets, extreme artistry can be found in "Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks," a series of 15 garden-themed sculptures fluttering at Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach). Accompanying the usual flora and fauna are bonsai trees, dragonflies, peacocks, hummingbirds and monarch butterflies, all built from Legos, which decorate 13 displays around the botanical center. Brooklyn Lego man Sean Kenney is responsible for snapping together the half-million plastic bricks, along with a team of welders, who fashion metal armatures for the heavier builds. The exhibition is on view through Feb. 14. $5-$10. 561-233-1757 or


In Rod Hagwood's preview of "The Sound of Music" musical dropping by the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) Tuesday-Sunday, he interviews Kerstin Anderson, the 21-year-old Maria von Trapp lead. Exposed not only to the film as a toddler on VHS ( whoa!), Anderson grew up in Burlington, Vt., near where the real-life von Trapps settled, and would visit their family lodge. So we're eager to see her interpretation of the von Trapps' singing, strong-willed nanny, bringing music ("Do-Re-Mi," "So Long, Farewell," "The Lonely Goatherd") to a household occupied by seven children and a naval commander. 8 p.m. $29-$145. 305-949-6722 or


The Jewish alt-rocker and rapper born Matthew Paul Miller, better known as Matisyahu, is back to basics for his new album, "Live at Stubb's, Vol. III," a stripped-down retooling of the decade-old breakthrough album recorded at the titular Texas venue. The result is a slower, intimate, sit-down evolution of songs such as "Searchin," "Lord Raise Me Up," "Warrior" and "So High So Low." "Vol. III," released in October, will be part of Matisyahu's performance Wednesday night at the Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach), as will his 2014 album "Akeda." Tickets start at $25. 8 p.m. 561-832-7469 or


In October, when the BB&T Center announced Billy Joel as their "surprise concert announcement" at a press gathering high on pomp and circumstance, it was a carbon copy of the previous year. Same surprise, same singer. Not that the hitmaker behind "Piano Man" shouldn't merit such ceremony: The soft-rock storyteller's transition from Bronx-born raconteur to outright legend is unmistakable, and in our Sixth Borough, Joel is close to royalty for his unflinching observations of Long Island and suburbia. Recent set lists show him plunging into his catalog for timeworn hits ("Big Shot," "Uptown Girl") and deeper cuts ("Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway))." So yes, we're still blown away. What else do we have to say? He'll perform a New Year's Eve show at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. $49.50 - $159.50.


DJ and producer Skrillex's partnership with Diplo as electronica duo Jack Ü yielded a hit debut album ("Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü") and a collaboration with Justin Bieber ("Where Are Ü Now?"). It's a track the New York Times labels one of the standout singles of the year, anchored by a "nagging, irresistible sonic squiggle of a hook: a snippet of Mr. Bieber's voice, subliminally organic, that holds the song together," Jon Pareles writes. If that sounds like hyperbole, Skrillex appears to believe the hype, adding the single and its attendant remixes (his "Marshmallow Remix" may surpass the original) to his live set lists. Skrillex may do so again when he delivers a New Year's Day DJ set at Story Nightclub (136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), which should kick off right after the ball drops. $50-$60. 305-538-2424 or


The communion of tinkerers and thinkers known as Makers Square has a gift that goes beyond drinking while operating heavy machinery. To the unfamiliar, the club operates in a massive junkyard in central Fort Lauderdale, using elbow grease, 3-D printers to fashion textiles and metal works. There's a full bar on the premises. On Saturday, this creative vibe will be set loose for Synesthesia, a nightlong "interactive circus" that will include a live-art contest, food and craft vendors. The 8 p.m.-4 a.m. event will also feature music by Shorty the Giant, Oh My Bad and David Raven. $5-$10 via


Sunday's performance of "Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging" at the Broward Center (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) caters to the savvier White Way die-hards out there, with its unflinching parodies of "Pippin," "Kinky Boots," "Les Misérables," "Wicked" and "The Book of Mormon." How does one parody "The Book of Mormon," itself a sendup of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? With song rewrites, new impressions, creative costumes and, yes, practice. 2 and 6 p.m. $37.50. 954-462-0222 or or Twitter @philvalys

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