muhammad-ali_web.jpgFriday, Dec. 26

Muhammad Ali: Greatest of All Time Art Exhibit: The clock is counting down to the new year, and people are rushing to complete any unfinished business (the less baggage you have to carry with you into the new year, the better). Well, here’s one more thing you need to do. Come see the Greatest of All Time: Muhammad Ali art exhibit at Icon Art Images Gallery (147 NW 36th St., Miami) before it ends on Saturday, Dec. 27. The exhibit features a range of styles from sculptures, to paintings to photography. For more information, please call 305-606-5157.
A Touch of Jazz: What are your plans for the last Friday night of 2008? If the only response to that question is the sound of crickets chirping, then check out the Literary Café and Poetry Lounge’s A Touch of Jazz. This event is the perfect opportunity to discover the beautiful union of live jazz music and poetry.  Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. The lounge is located at 933 NE 125 Street in Miami. For more information, please call 786-234-7638.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Black Cinderella: Ashella, a play about an African Cinderella, will be performed at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 5400 NW 22 Ave., Miami. Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is $10. For groups of five or more, tickets are $6 each. The play is supported by the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, the Miami-Dade County Commission and The Children’s Trust. For more information, call 786-337-0552. To purchase tickets, call the Joseph Caleb Auditorium at 305-636-2350.

Café Tobago's Pre-New Year's Eve Party: So, you’ve just celebrated Christmas, you’re starting to get into the groove of Kwanzaa celebrations, and you can't wait for the New Year's Eve Party. But does your social calendar still feel not quite full enough? Well, that's why someone, Princess PM Productions to be exact, created Buck Up Saturdays! Come out and enjoy a full Caribbean buffet and free drink (with your $10 paid admission).  Just consider this your Pre-New Year's Eve Party. The event is located at Café Tobago, 4801 S. University Drive (inside the Atrium Centre) in Davie. Festivities will last from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. For more information, please call 954-382-4345.

Monday, Dec. 29

Fatherhood Discussion Group: After the maddening rush and euphoria of Christmas have faded, and before the all-night New Year's Eve bash, many people take the ensuing lull in festivities to reflect upon various topics – from life in general, to love, to careers, etc. Well, Dr. Percy Ricketts, LMHC, NCC wants us to also reflect upon fatherhood. His Fatherhood Discussion Group will consider a wide range of issues pertaining to fatherhood from the effect of absent fathers to the barriers of fatherhood involvement, and finally how to overcome those same barriers. The discussion will take place at 10031 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, in the second-floor conference room. Spacing is limited, so pre-registration and a $20 admission fee is required. For more information, please call 954-438-5661.  

Wednesday, Dec. 31

DJ Khaled and Friends: Do you love good music? Do you love to rub elbows with the rich and famous? Do you have money to burn on a single night? Do you love surprises? If you answered yes to all these questions, then consider spending your New Year's Eve at the Opium Garden at 136 Collins Ave in Miami. Once there, you get to party with party to the sounds of DJ Khaled and any of the "secret surprise" musical guests he decides to bring. The festivities begin at 9 p.m., and ticket prices begin at $100. For more information, please call 305-531-5535.
P. Diddy's New Year's Eve Party: For those who prefer to know who’s coming to the party, come to the New Year's Eve Bash hosted by P. Diddy with DJ Ruckus and DJ Vanjee. Of course, this knowledge will cost you. Ticket prices here start at $225. Thank goodness, you only have to ring in the New Year once every 12 months. The party gets started at 9 p.m. at the Liv at 4441 Collins Ave on Miami Beach.  For more information, please call 866-944-4511.