Friday, Sept. 11
FREE FOR ALL
GIANTS IN THE CITY
As one of the participants in the fourth-annual Art Days weekend, Giants in the City is a monumental inflatable sculptural exhibition designed to promote cultural exchange and embrace creative artistic activities.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.giantsinthecity.com.
BLUE STARLITE BY THE BAY
“GREASE” AND “PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE”
The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is back after a short hiatus, with its grand opening at a new venue. The fun kicks off with the 1978 sing-along classic “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, followed by Tim Burton’s 1985 directorial debut, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” starring Paul Reubens.
Details: 7:45 and 10:15 p.m. Friday at Blue Starlite at Kennedy Park, 2476 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove; www.miamiurbandrivein.com; $5-$55.
STILL A “BAD BOY”
Legendary comic – who parlayed his hyperactive, raunchy rants while hosting “Def Comedy Jam” in the early ’90s into superstar roles on his eponymous TV series and the films “Big Momma’s House” and “Bad Boys” – brings his lovable lewdness to Miami in a rare stand-up performance.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at the AmericanAirlines Arena, Waterfront Theatre, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $36.50-$112.
A REAL STAND-UP GUY
One of the “Original Kings of Comedy” (along with Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer), Hughley is also well known for hosting BET’s “ComicView,” starring in his eponymous sitcom for four years on ABC/UPN and most recently hosting CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.”
Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way; www.improvftl.com; $30.
Saturday, Sept. 12
JOIN IN THE FUN
CHILDREN’S TRUST FAMILY EXPO
More than 20,000 visitors are expected at this event at which parents can get important information on health, social services and educational opportunities while their kids have a blast with activities and attractions including clowns, magicians, face painting, rock-climbing walls, bounce houses, storytime, music, dancing and much more.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Fair & Expo Center, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami; www.thechildrenstrust.org; free.
AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION WITH DAVE BARRY
Adam Mansbach, beloved by exhausted parents all over the world for his hilarious book “Go the F* to Sleep,” and Alan Zweibel, longtime writer for “Saturday Night Live,” have teamed up to write their debut middle-grade book “Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My …!” (Hyperion, $12.99). In an afternoon of hilarious banter, they discuss books, writing for kids and anything else that might cross their gleefully off-kilter minds.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com; free.
BRAZILIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
DOWNTOWN BOCA BRAZILIAN BEAT
Joyous, family-friendly celebration of Brazil’s freedom features live performances by Alma Tropicalia (fronted by singer Elin Melgarejo, who has performed with Thievery Corporation) and Batuke Samba Funk, plus street entertainment including a Zumba showcase, capoeira and carnival dancers, samba drummers, authentic Brazilian food and much more.
Details: 6 p.m. Saturday at Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton; www.downtownboca.org; free.
OLGA TANON AND GILBERTO SANTA ROSA
A duo of Puerto Rican superstars features the Grammy-winning merengue and Latin pop singer Tanon, plus Santa Rosa, “El Caballero de la Salsa.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $55-$200.
JUAN LUIS GUERRA
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who has sold more than 30 million records brings his merengue, salsa, bachata, tropical, Latin pop and rock sound to the AAA.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $56.50-$176.50.
Belgian-born singer and fashion icon whose sound is an eclectic mix of ’90s Eurodance, African rhythms, French disco, house and rap performs in support of his second album, “Racine Carree.” Opening is Freedom Fry.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; Ticketmaster; $38 and $48.
LOVE IS LEADING HER BACK
Pop and freestyle queen of the ’80s performs hits including “Tell It to My Heart,” “Prove Your Love,” “Don’t Rush Me,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and her cover of Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,” with Coro opening.
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday at Magic City Casino, Stage 305, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-460-6579 or www.magiccitycasino.com; $20, VIP table for four $200 (includes bottle of champagne).
Sunday, Sept. 13
INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI
CLOSING GALA OF THE STARS
Program V: Principal dance stars representing 20 companies from around the world perform a different program of classical and neo-classical works.
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; Ticketmaster; $35-$62.
ROCK OUT WITH YOUR SOCKS OUT TOUR
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
Australian pop-punk quartet that got its start as a YouTube sensation takes the stage in support of its chart-topping, self-titled debut album, featuring the singles “She Looks So Perfect,” “Don’t Stop,” “Amnesia” and “Good Girls.” L.A. pop-rock band Hey Violet opens.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre (formerly Coral Sky Amphitheatre), 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $25-$69.50.
STILL RUNNIN’ WITH THE DEVIL
Singer David Lee Roth and crazy-fingered guitarist Eddie Van Halen still make a compelling team as the faces of the legendary hard-rock band, which will churn out iconic hits including “Jamie’s Cryin,’” “You Really Got Me,” “Dance the Night Away,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” “Beautiful Girls,” “Jump,” “I’ll Wait,” “Hot For Teacher,” “Panama” and more.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre (formerly Coral Sky Amphitheatre), 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $18-$143.
PIECE BY PIECE TOUR
The “Original American Idol” brings her powerhouse vocals to support her seventh studio album, featuring the hits “Heartbeat Song” and “Invincible.” You’ll also hear classics including “Miss Independent,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Breakaway,” “Because of You,” “Mr. Know It All” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” Opening is a capella group and “The Sing Off” winner Pentatonix.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Perfect Vodka
Amphitheatre (formerly Coral Sky Amphitheatre), 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $15-$99.50.