Weekend Ticket - 07/16 through 07/18

 

Here's a few ideas of what you could be doing this weekend.

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By Michael Hamersly

 

FRIDAY, JULY 16


CRACKING UP

GROOVE COMEDY JAM

As part of Alonzo Mourning's and Dwyane Wade's Summer Groove weekend festivities, check out comedians Rickey Smiley, George Willborn, Damon Williams, Gary Owen, Red Grant and many more.

Details: 7 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster.com; $45-$100.

 

A HEAVY FAREWELL

SCORPIONS

Pioneering German heavy metal band says goodbye in style on its three-year farewell tour, performing hits including "Rock You Like a Hurricane," "Wind of Change" and "No One Like You," plus tracks from its new album "Sting in the Tail." L.A. glam-metal group Ratt ("Round and Round," "Back For More") opens.

Details: 7:30 p.m. at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; LiveNation.com; $35 and $68.50.

 

IN GOOD FAITH

BUENA FE

Cuban pop duo that formed in Guantanamo in 1999 has five albums ranging in style from son, reggae, flamenco fusion and ballads.

Details: 8 p.m. at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-667-7987 or www.gusmancenter.org/ ; $35-$95.

 

THEY'RE CLOSE TO GOD

CAMILA

Mexican soft-rock trio led by frontman Mario Domm, who produced hits for Paulina Rubio and Thalia, performs in support of its second album, "Dejarte de Amar."

Details: 8 p.m. at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-416-5977 or www.jlkc.com ; $56-$116.

 

BUST A GUT

THEO VON

He's not too far off looking like golden-boy quarterback Tom Brady, so why not milk it? Theo Von (short for Vonkurnatowski - shrewd use of name-shortening there), got his start on "Last Comic Standing in 2006, then hit up Comedy Central's "Reality Bites Back" before creating his hilarious video "Almost Tom Brady," in which he portrays his alter-ego, Tom Brotty.

Details: 8:30 and 10:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Miami Improv, 3390 Mary St #182, Coconut Grove; 305-441-8200; $16.05-$18.19.

 

CLUB OPENING

OSCAR G

Help celebrate the grand opening of the Green Room, the newest nightlife excursion by the minds who brought you Revolution Live and America's Backyard, with the intense tribal and progressive house sounds of beloved local DJ Oscar G.

Details: 11 p.m. at Green Room, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025 or LiveNation.com; $10.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 17


LOL!

RON WHITE

The Grammy-nominated, cigar-smoking, scotch-swilling Blue Collar Comedy vet aka "Tater Salad" performs as part of his Behavioral Problems Tour.

Details: 7 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org ; $35-$55.


SUPER SATURDAYS

FLORIDA MARLINS

Following the Fish's destruction of the Washington Nationals (no, rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to pitch Friday night), stick around for a concert by Hector Acosta, who lost out to Aventura this year for the Tropical Album of the Year Billboard Latin Music Award for "Simplemente ... El Torito."

Details: Game time is 7:10 p.m.; Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens; 877-MARLINS or www.marlins.com ; tickets start at $14.

 

JUST PUSH PLAY

PARTY WITH NBA STARS

Young superstar and NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder highlights a night of basketball royalty (who knows who else might show up), with DJ SNS spinning.

Details: 9 p.m. at Play Nightclub, 1045 5th St. (at Lenox Avenue), Miami Beach; for table reservations call 305-532-4340; cover starts at $20.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 20


INDEPENDENCE DAY

COLOMBIAN FESTIVAL

Celebrate 200 years of Colombia's freedom with Latin bands performing the best in salsa, merengue, reggaeton, vallenato and basically every beat that makes your hips shake like Shakira.

Details: 1-11 p.m. at the Fair Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Southwest Miami-Dade; 305-223-7060 or www.fairexpo.com ; $25, $20 in advance.

 

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