FREE FOR ALL
BIG NIGHT IN LITTLE HAITI
Brazil comes to Little Haiti for a night of carnival rhythms, as traditional maracatu group Estrela Brilhante makes a groundbreaking stop, along with New York-based Brazilian group Nation Beat.
Details: 6-10 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami; 305-960-2969 or www.bignightlittlehaiti.com.
Winner of the second season of “Last Comic Standing” shows his comedic chops.
Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday; at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale; 954-981-5653 or www.improvftl.com; $20.
NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH
New Yorker’s perverse brand of humor helped him win Howard Stern’s “Kill or Be Killed” competition – and inspired Dennis Miller to dub him as “the next really big comedian.”
Details: 8:30 and 10:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 p.m. Sunday; at the Miami Improv, 3390 Mary St., Miami; 305-441-8200 or www.miamiimprov.com; $15-$17.
Afro-Cuban funk group teams up with DJ Le Spam from the Spam Allstars to bring all kinds of groovy sounds to the dance floor.
Details: 9 p.m. at PAX, 337 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-640-5847 or www.paxmiami.com; free; 21 and over.
Founding member of groundbreaking group Run-D.M.C. – and brother of Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons – spins old-school, East Coast hip-hop alongside DJ Ruckus.
Details: 11 p.m. at LIV Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $40-$75.
THAT’S A RAP
Unlikely rap star from Queens – real name Ariyan Arslani – parlayed an obsession with gourmet cuisine into a burgeoning career, with The New York Times calling him “one of the most promising prospects in New York hip-hop,” and Pitchfork.com awarding his 2012 effort “Blue Chips” an 8.1 rating, raving that he’s “one of the most hilarious and creative writers in rap.”
Details: 6 p.m. at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0950 or www.jointherevolution.net; $26, $46 early entry and upstairs access, $66 meet and greet.
STILL KNOCKING ‘EM DEAD
Las Vegas post-punk band that broke out in 2004 with the lively hits “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me” takes the stage in support of its fourth studio album, “Battle Born,” featuring “Runaways” and “Miss Atomic Bomb.”
Details: 8 p.m. at AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $32.50-$65.
Super-cool Swedish indie-pop-punk duo hit it big with the infectious hit “I Love It.”
Details: 9 p.m. at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com; $20.
Acclaimed East Coast hip-hop duo, featuring Havoc and Prodigy, storms the stage in support of its upcoming eighth studio album, its first in seven years.
Details: 10 p.m. at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577 or www.thestagemiami.com; $25.
IN THE HOUSE
San Francisco house and techno DJ and producer is head of the Dirtybird and Mothership labels, and is a favorite every year at Miami’s Winter Music Conference.
Details: 11 p.m. at Story Miami, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $30-$40.
LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG METAL
Mini Kiss bills itself as the 'hottest little band in the world" and kicks off the regular sized Kiss concert at Hard Rock Live with a free concert. Not just any cover band, this one has the endorsement of Gene Simmons, having appeared on his A&E reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
Details: 5:30 p.m. at the Center Fountain at Seminole Paradise, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; free.
GLAM IT UP
Iconic ‘70s heavy metal band that took theatrical rock to another level with its wild costumes and pyrotechnical tricks performs hits including “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Lick It Up,” plus tracks from its latest album, “Monster,” featuring the single “Hell or Hallelujah.”
Details: 7 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $75-$165.
High-energy Brazilian singer and Latin Grammy winner has been compared to Beyonce and Shakira by the New York Times.
Details: 8 p.m. at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $49.50-$103.
“Lean Back” and help Terror Squad’s most famous member celebrate his birthday.
Details: 11 p.m. at Bamboo Miami Beach, 550 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $20-$30.
Film traces the dramatic story of the decades-long struggle by Maria Altmann, a Viennese Jew, to recover five Gustav Klimt original paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis in 1938.
Details: Reception 6:30 p.m. Thursday, film 7:30 at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; www.jmof.fiu.edu; $5-$10.