Here are ideas for what you could be doing this weekend... with tips for next week!
CALLING ALL CHARACTERS
YOUNG AT ART TEEN COMIC CONVENTION
Local teen and tween artists from Camp YAA's summer digital cartoon program will show off and sell their cartoon artwork; there’s also plenty of anime around, retro video games, cosplay and quick-draw contests, and much more.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie; 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org; $14; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over age 1; and $11 for military members and their immediate families.
A SUMMER TRADITION
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
One of America’s best-loved jam bands – and the only band to have six consecutive No. 1 albums - makes its annual two-night trek to the Cruzan, serving up two folky, jazzy, funky sets (one acoustic, one electric) each evening.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $40.50-$75.
BRAVE THE ELEMENTS
Exhilarating, immersive show combines aerial acrobatics, 3D projection screens, enormous inflatables and more than 6,000 gallons of water, all set to a heart-pumping electronic beat.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, running through Aug. 31, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org; $50-$85, VIP table packages start at $125.
TITO PUENTE JR.
Whether he’s singing, dancing or banging those drums, Puente Jr., along with his Latin Jazz Ensemble, manages to carry on his father’s legacy while forging his own way.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St., Delray Beach; 561-450-6357 or artsgarage.org; $25-$45.
HE’S SIMPLY MAD
Veteran comedian made his name on “MADtv,” creating the memorable characters Belma Buttons and Dollar Bill Montgomery, and nailing celebrity impressions including rappers LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z, plus actors Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Al Pacino and Eddie Murphy.
Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7, 9:45 and 11:45 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday; at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way; improvftl.com; $22.
HE’S SIMPLY MAD, PART II
One of the original cast members of “MADtv” gave us Pool Boy, motivational speaker Al Casdy and “relationship-challenged Death Row inmate Jeremy Anderson, plus celebrity impressions of Bill Clinton, Luke Perry, Kevin Bacon and Ted Knight.
Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, at the Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach; 561-833-1812 or palmbeachimprov.com; $20.
BIG NIGHT IN LITTLE HAITI
6-10 P.M.: Dance to one of Haiti’s true supergroups, Nu Look, and celebrate the grand opening of the Caribbean Marketplace, at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami; 305-960-2969 or bignightlittlehaiti.com.
Youngest Grammy-winner ever, who took home two trophies at age 14 (Best New Artist, Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song “Blue”), returns to her country roots with her 11th studio album, “Spitfire.”
Details: 8 p.m. at Mardi Gras Casino, 831 N. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, mardigrascasinofl.com; $25-$50, $80 VIP.
AMERICAN IDOL LIVE!
Before you ever heard smash hits by Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert and Phillip Phillips, they honed their musical chops on “American Idol.” Now see the next batch of up-and-coming pop stars, including Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson and runner-up Jena Irene.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or browardcenter.org; $50.50-$90.50, $145.50 Club Level.
Peruvian reggae-rock band influenced by Bob Marley and Pink Floyd among others performs in South Florida for the first time, with local Afro-Caribbean roots-rock band Bachaco opening.
Details: 10 p.m. at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577 or thestagemiami.com; $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
BRITISH DJ LEGEND
NIGHTMARES ON WAX
Trip-hop pioneer George Evelyn, aka Nightmares On Wax, steps behind the decks to celebrate his new double-disc greatest-hits collection, “N.O.W. Is the Time.”
Details: 8 p.m. Monday at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277 or grandcentralmiami.com; $20-$25.
GLAM IT UP
KISS AND DEF LEPPARD
Over-the-top arena-rock lovers unite! KISS, still going strong after 40 years with original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, rips through hits including “Calling Dr. Love,” “Lick It Up” and the anthem “Rock and Roll All Nite,” while Def Leppard rides the golden pipes of singer Joe Elliott on the classics “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages,” “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”.
Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $32.50-$169.50.
Denver alt-pop band that hit it big in the mid-2000s with the melodic hits “Over My Head (Cable Car),” “You Found Me” and “How to Save a Life” takes the stage in support of its fourth studio album, the upbeat “Helios.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $30-$55.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY
Nature’s untamable creatures are brought to life by a cast of acrobats, contortionists, aerialists, jugglers and musicians with stunning special effects and colorful costumes.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, running through July 27, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or browardcenter.org; $34.75-$74.75, Club Level $114.75.
JAZZ IT UP
Sultry jazz chanteuse performs two shows to mark the beginning of her monthly residency at Jazziz, where you can expect selections from the Great American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, blues and originals.
Details: 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday at Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-300-0730 or jazziznightlife.com; $25-$45, $65 VIP.