mary j blige_web.jpgFriday, October 10
LOVE SOUL TOUR: Mary J. Blige on her Love Soul Tour hits Sunrise on Oct. 10 (tonight). Together with R&B singer Robin Thicke, the hip hop/rapper/blues singer will rock onstage for a one-night -only show. Tickets $59.75-$275.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert begins at 7:30 p.m. BankAtlantic Center, One Panther Pkwy., Sunrise. 954-835-7000 or More on Blige at

Saturday, October 11
BLACK TIE AFFAIR: The Miami Dade branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), under the leadership of Bishop Victor T. Curry, will have their annual Freedom Fund Gala on Saturday, Oct. 11. The NAACP,  "Celebrating 20 Years of Protecting Rights and Empowering Communities,” claims to be the oldest and the most influential civil rights organization in the nation. The reception starts at 6 p.m., the dinner begins at 7:15 p.m.  And include live entertainment. With keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami.  For more information, 305-685-8694. 

ART: Open since last week, the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum at the St. Thomas University Library launched the new archive, museum and research center at the Archdiocesan university. The institution is devoted to collecting, exhibiting and making accessible documents and artifacts related to the history of Catholicism in South Florida, in which immigrants and the Cuban exodus played a crucial part. The collection is made of more than 200,000 photographs, 2,000 video recordings, historical documents and publications such as the Archdiocesan newspapers The Voice/La Voz.  In addition to hosting exhibitions, the Archive and Museum will soon launch a web portal to provide public access to selected materials in digital format. St. Thomas University Library, 16401 NW 37th Ave., Miami Gardens; 305-628-6701 or 305-474-6861. Free admission. The website will be running later this month:

CRAFT SHOW: 10 a.m-5 p.m. Oct. 11-12:  Howard Alan Craft Festival, Delray Beach.  At this show, one-of-a-kind craft works at price ranges to suit every budget. At Pineapple Grove Arts District.  At the intersection of Second Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, a historic area with cafés, galleries, boutiques and art;  954-472-3755.

Sunday, October 12
Broward Caribbean Carnival: Sunday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., parade starts at noon. Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th Place (corner of Sunrise Boulevard and State Road 7), Lauderhill., 1-800-954-7866.

Wednesday, October 15
LECTURE: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15.: John Zogby discusses and signs his book:  The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream.  According to super pollster John Zogby, the conventional wisdom about the United States–that we’re isolated from the world, politically fragmented, and inclined toward material pleasure–isn’t just flawed; it may be 180 degrees from the truth. In this far-reaching and illuminating look at contemporary American life, Zogby reveals nothing less than The Way We’ll Be. Drawing on thousands of in-depth surveys conducted especially for the book, Zogby points out where we’re headed–politically, culturally, and spiritually. Presented by Books & Books. At the Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd. (Across the street from the Biltmore Hotel); Coral Gables; free admission, open seating.

Thursday, October 16
THEATER: My Fair Lady, presented by the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater. The classic George Bernard Shaw play is here adapted in a musical show for all ages. At the Susan B. Katz Theater of the Performing Arts. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 for under 18. Schedule: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-18; 2 p.m. Oct. 18-19. River of Grass Arts Park, 17195 Sheridan St., building U, Pembroke Pines; 954-763-6701.

Friday, October 17
MUSIC: 8 p.m. Oct. 17: Arabic pop star Ramy Ayach embarks on his first USA concert tour along with his elite band from Lebanon. After winning awards for his first single Just for Her, Ayach has become one of the few young Arab artists to have achieved continued award winning success. From his first album, Ra’ea (Amazing) to his current one, Habyatak Ana (I Loved You), every released song has either been nominated or won  for ‘Best Song’, ‘Best Album’, and ‘Best Artist’ all across the Middle East and Europe. Parker Playhouse: 707 NE 8th St. , Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222. Tickets $60-$120.

Photo: Mary J. Blige