Things to do in Miami this weekend - Sept. 20-22

 

Here are some ideas about what you could be doing this weekend in Miami.

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By Michael Hamersly | mikehamersly@gmail.com

Friday, Sept. 20

A TASTE OF CARNIVAL
BIG NIGHT IN LITTLE HAITI

Double bill features classic konpa band Les Freres Dejean and local group Aroze Twoubadou, plus costumes from the Miami Broward Carnival, kids activities and great food and drink. Presented by The Rhythm Foundation.
Details: 6-10 p.m. at Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami; 305-960-2969 or www.bignightlittlehaiti.com; free.

FREE FOR ALL
NOCHES TROPICALES

Concert series kicks off its series with 10-time Grammy-winning Edwin Bonilla and his Latin Jazz All Stars, also featuring Federico Britos on violin, Cuban flutist Gustavo Cruz and sultry singer Lucy Grau.
Details: 8 p.m. at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.nochestropicalesgala2013.eventbrite.com.

A REAL STAND-UP GUY
MARK CURRY

Comic who burst onto the American pop-culture consciousness by starring in “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” for five years starting in 1992 is still cracking people up, as evidenced by his crowd-fave performances during last year’s “Royal Comedy Tour” alongside Sommore, Bruce Bruce and Tony Rock.
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; $20.

CLASH OF THE TITANS TOUR
THA ALKAHOLIKS

L.A. party hip-hop group ends its 2013 tour with a bang, with Casual of The Hieroglyphics, DDLUXZ and Jose Salazar. Drinks will be flowing.
Details: 10 p.m. at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577 or www.thestagemiami.com; $15.

Saturday, Sept. 21

AUTHOR EVENT
CEELO GREEN

His fans know him for his work with hip-hop band Goodie Mob, his hits including “Crazy” and “Forget You,” and his time as a flamboyant judge on the reality TV singing show “The Voice.” Now, the angel-voiced soul man autographs copies of his new book, “Everybody’s Brother” (Grand Central, $28), which details his rise from the mean streets of Atlanta to pop superstardom.
Details: 2 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com free with voucher, obtained by purchasing a copy of the book at Books and Books.

WOODYSTOCK BENEFIT CONCERT
CRIS CAB

Local reggae-pop star and YouTube sensation who has been mentored by Pharrell Williams and Wyclef Jean headlines this free art and music event that benefits the Woody Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness of spinal cord injuries. Also on the bill are Jahfe and ArtOfficial.
Details: 3-9 p.m. at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; www.woodyfoundation.org; free.

LOCKED AND RELOADED TOUR
MIRANDA LAMBERT

Country star and wife of Blake Shelton performs powerful hits including “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Gunpowder & Lead,” “The House That Built Me” and “Heart Like Mine,” with Dierks Bentley also sharing the stage.
Details: 7 p.m. at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $25-$49.75.

GENRE-BUSTER
TRAVIE MCCOY

Frontman for the Gym Class Heroes - which gave us the clever and catchy pop hits “Cupid’s Chokehold” (which heavily sampled Supertramp’s classic-rock track “Breakfast In America”) and “Clothes Off!”- has done just as well solo, especially with the single “Billionaire,” featuring Bruno Mars.
Details: 7 p.m. at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Downtown Miami; 305-377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com; $25.

ARAB IDOL
RAGHEB ALAMA

Lebanese superstar and the top Arab pop artist who was also the head of jury on “Arab Idol” performs hits from his 17 studio albums.
Details: 7 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; Ticketmaster; $75.

FLYING HIGH
IL VOLO

Italian pop-opera trio, whose name means “The Flight,” performs in support of its third album, “Mas Que Amor.” The group – whose members are all under 21 – has already performed with Barbra Streisand, which is a pretty good indication of its vocal reputation.
Details: 8 p.m. at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $39.50-$89.50.

BET ON ‘EM
THE GUESS WHO

Give your slot machine arm a break and catch this legendary Canadian rock band that gave us the classics “These Eyes,” “Share the Land,” “No Sugar Tonight,” “Undun,” “No Time” and, of course, “American Woman.”
Details: 9 p.m. at Casino Miami Jai Alai, 3500 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-633-6400 or www.casinomiamijaialai.com; $18.50-$74.50.

HEY MR. DJ
RONY SEIKALY

Most South Floridians know the “Spin Doctor” solely for his days of stardom as center for the Miami Heat from 1988-’94, when he averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. But nowadays, the popular ex-NBA player is making a name for himself spinning in a different way – as a respected house and techno DJ. He’s even got his own radio show on Sirius/XM Electric Area called SugarFree.
Details: 11 p.m. at Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; www.wantickets.com; $25-$35.

Sunday, Sept. 22

NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH
LISA LAMPANELLI

No one is safe from the hilarious wrath of the Queen of Mean, an insult comic who pays no mind whatsoever to political correctness. Reality TV fans will recognize her from “The Celebrity Apprentice 5,” during which she had many clashes with fellow contestants Arsenio Hall and Lou Ferrigno.
Details: 7 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $45-$65.

Next Week

SHE’S GOT THE BLUES
ZZ WARD

Singer-songwriter from Oregon (born Zsuzsanna Eva Ward – “ZZ” was obviously much easier for everyone) mixes blues, hip-hop, folk and neo-soul with a vocal style that has been compared to Big Mamma Thornton.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0950 or www.jointherevolution.net; $19.

AUTHOR EVENT
SALMAN RUSHDIE

The author who was famously blindsided with a “fatwa” – or sentence of death – from the Ayatollah Khomeini for his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses,” which was accused of being anti-Islam, discusses his new novel, “Joseph Anton” (Random House, $18) with Books and Books founder Mitchell Kaplan. The book details how Rushdie was forced underground and had to change his name – to Joseph Anton, a combination of two of his favorite writers, Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Miami Dade College, Chapman Conference Center, 245 NE 4th St., Miami; www.booksandbooks.com; $10 per ticket, or you can purchase a copy of the book and get two vouchers.

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