paint_web.jpgSaturday, April 3
Quiet Reflections of a Haitian Painter
:  Have you ever seen a piece of art and wanted a chance to ask the artist, “What were you thinking?” Well, The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard near Fort Lauderdale, provides you with an opportunity to do just that when they hold an opening reception of artist Yolène Legrand’s Quiet Reflections of a Haitian Painter. Come meet Legrand herself while you enjoy more than 40 of her works, some of which captured and documented Haiti’s history as the country slowly began to modernize.  The reception is free and open to the public and lasts from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information please call 954-625-2800.


Wednesday, April 7
A Conversation with the cast of The Color Purple
: One of the coolest things about theater is that you have far more opportunities to hobnob with theatrical luminaries than you do with film stars. Your latest chance will be at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. near Fort Lauderdale, where you can meet the cast of the Broadway sensation, The Color Purple (appearing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts).  From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., local jazz vocalist and Florida Memorial University professor Nicole Yarling will moderate a panel discussion with cast members followed by a Q & A session where audience members will have the unique opportunity to ask the actors about their experiences on and off stage.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 954-625-2810.

Thursday, April 8
Erykah Badu Live in Concert
: The multi-platinum selling, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-producer-actress will perform live at the Waterfront Theatre at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd. in  Miami to celebrate her anticipated fifth studio album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh released on March 30. The show begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $58.50 to $125 and may be purchased
at the box office or ticketmaster.com. For more information please call 786-777-1000.

Friday, April 9
Annual Thurston AAA Invitational Baseball Tournament
:  State Rep. Perry Thurston (D-Fort Lauderdale) hosts his second annual Thurston AAA Invitational Baseball Tournament for boys ages 9-10 and 11-12.  The tournament will begin with a kick-off rally on Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will feature local dignitaries and band performances at Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. More games will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11. For more information please call 954-762-3746.

Saturday, April 10
2010 Broward Walk to Cure Diabetes
: As much as I hope you’ve been reaching into your wallets to support other fundraiser drives, especially for Haiti, I hope you will decide to reach once more.  The 2010 Broward Walk to Cure Diabetes  is a 3-mile fundraising walk  designed to raise funds for research to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, a disease most often diagnosed in childhood that strikes suddenly, lasts a lifetime, and carries the constant threat of deadly complications, including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and amputation.  The walk will be held at Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Place in Lauderhill at 9 a.m.  The event is free to enter, but preregistration is required.  For more information please visit walk.jdrf.org or call 954-565-4775.

Omar Sosa Afreecanos Quartet: Come enjoy the music of Omar Sosa, a three-time Grammy-nominated composer and pianist, as he continues to explore the African roots of music throughout the Diaspora. Omar Sosa and his Afreecanos Quartet will play at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero  Jr. Blvd. in Davie.  The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $35. For more information please call 954-462-0222 or email Miniaci@Nova.edu.

Sunday, April 11
Jazz Picnic in the Park
: Lauderhill’s Mayor Kaplan presents his Jazz Picnic in the Park, a free concert featuring the performance of the Carlos Abantos Trio in the Amphitheatre at the Ilene Lieberman Botanical Gardens, 3801 Inverrary Blvd. in Lauderhill, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Bring your chairs, blankets, picnic baskets (no cooking allowed) and shade umbrellas!  For more information call
954-730-3000.

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