Best Bets: Mayer Hawthorne comes to the Granada

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

Mayer Hawthorne, long known for his retro Motown music, heads into previously unexplored territory on his third album, the aptly named "Where Does This Door Go," with his first use of synthesizers, his first collaboration with a rapper, his first time working with other producers...so if you go down to hear him performing with Quadron at the Granada on Tuesday night and he sounds a little different than when he was last here in 2011, now you know why. Doors open at 7 p.m., all-ages show starts at 8; tickets are $18 advance and $20 at the door. Lawrence.com talked to him about his new album; you can read the interview here.

AROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT

The Peking Acrobats are bringing 2,000 years of Chinese acrobatic traditions to the Lied Center this Tuesday night, with gymnastics, trick cycling, juggling, tumbling, displays of contortion and flexibility and live traditional music for a festival of gravity-defying feats for all ages. Tickets are available at lied.ku.edu and at the Lied Center box office.

ON FIRE

A reggae rock triple threat is coming to the Bottleneck on Tuesday with Passafire from Savannah, Ga., coming off the group's latest album, "Vines," released last November, playing with Pacific Dub and the justifiably-named Ballyhoo! on their Winter BrewhHaHa tour. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the all ages show starts at 9; tickets are $16 advance and $19 at the door.

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