May 29

Shades of Beauty:
Fashionistas can join local bloggers to shop till you drop at this monthly event presented by Fashion Happy Hour. DJs JukeBox Heroes and Telescope Thieves will spin tunes while you find the perfect outfit and take a moment to have your nails done at the beauty bar or enjoy complimentary canned sangria by Friends Wine. A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to Concerned African Women Inc., 6 to 10 p.m. at Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave., Miami. Tickets are $10 at

May 30

Classical and Romantic Gala: The Florida Classical Ballet presents an evening of enchantment as principal dancers from Joffrey, Boston and San Jose ballet companies, perform work under the direction of Magaly Suarez, FCB artistic director. Performances include scenes from Giselle, Carnival in Venice, and Don Quixote beginning at 8 p.m. at the Amaturo Theatre at the Broward Center for Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $30-$50, call 954-462-0222 or visit

Jazz @ MOCA:  Enjoy the smooth sounds of Jean Caze, the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition. The Haitian-born trumpeter, composer and arranger has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Najee and Roberta Flack. The music starts at 8 p.m. at MOCA, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Admission is free. Call 305-893-6211 or visit

May 31

Citizenship Legal Workshop: The New Americans Campaign paired with a team of legal service providers are here to help legal permanent residents (LPRs) with the application to become a U.S. citizen. The services are free, but there is a $680 USCIS application fee, which may be waived if applicants receive food stamps, Medicaid or SSI. Begin the process 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, Building 3, 245 NE Fourth St., Miami. Volunteers and applicants may register online at, call 1-888-541-2826 or text “citizenship” to 23559.

Gospel Concert: Join Commissioner Jean Monestime (Miami-Dade County District 2) as he celebrates Haitian Heritage Cultural Month with this soul-stirring event. Performers include B2S (Born to Serve), Milk & Honey, Hands at Work for Christ and more at 6:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Park, 690 NE 159th St., Miami. Admission is free, call 305-694-2779 or visit

Connecting the Block: Join the city of Fort Lauderdale and Cecilia Lueza at the painting of the intersections of East Las Olas Boulevard and Southeast First Avenue, to connect the block from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Details at

June 1

Sun Trust Jazz Brunch: Enjoy the beautiful sounds of local jazz artists on one of three stages all while taking in the splendor and beauty of Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk from Esplande Park to the Riverfront from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the first Sunday of each month. This month’s performers include: Noreena Downey Jazz Band, Ike & Vall Woods, and East West Fusion. Call the 24-hour event hotline at 954-828-5363.

June 3

Black Magic Screening:  The Miami Jazz & Film Society presents this 2008 documentary narrated by Wynton Marsalis and Samuel L. Jackson that focuses on the civil rights movement as experienced by basketball players and coaches at Historical Black Colleges and Universities.  Commentators include Fred Whitted, Sonny Hill and Ben Job. The screening starts at 6 p.m., with a pre-screening reception with food and drinks at 5 p.m. at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami. Call 305-684-4564 or 305-638-6771

June 5

The Purge: Breakout: Do you have what it takes to break free from a demented psychopath? It’s the night of The Purge: Anarchy, a horror-thriller movie where all crime is legal for 12 hours and a small group must fight to survive. During this interactive horror escape game you and a team have 30 minutes to break free from the psychopath’s house by working together to solve mind-bending puzzles and clues to survive The Purge!  Experience the thrills and horrors of the film in real-time on a set built using four semi-trucks. The horror begins 5 to 11:30 p.m. through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami. Tickets are $20, go to

Rock Docs – The Tanning of America: Miami Film Month kicks off with a screening of Billy Corben’s documentary about hip-hop’s push into the mainstream. The doc traces hip-hop back to its earliest days in the 1970s to the present and includes commentary by Mariah Carey, Reverend Run, Nas and more. Corben, the docs’ director, will host a Q & A following the screening. Presented by the Black Archives and Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the evening includes a reception with catering by Jackson’s Soul Food. The proceeds from the night benefit the Lyric Theater. Start time is 5:30 p.m. at the Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second Ave., Miami. Tickets are $25, call 305-539-3000.

June 6

Wreck-it Ralph: The family is sure to enjoy this screening of the 2013 animated film at ArtsPark Movie Night. This feature film follows the adventures of Ralph, the bad guy in an arcade game who unwittingly unleashes a deadly enemy when he tries to be a hero. Bring your blanket or a lawn chair and don’t forget the popcorn. Show starts at 8 p.m., ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard at U.S. 1, Hollywood. Admission is free. Call 954-921-3500.

June 7

Build a Game in a Day w/Beta: Girls ages 7-17 can learn the tools needed to build a game from the ground up with Black Girls CODE. The workshop will focus on Beta, an arcade puzzle platform designed to make learning code fun. The event starts at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration at 9 a.m., at Miami Dade College Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, Room 1101, 6300 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Visit