trumpet_web.jpg Friday, December 4
Florida Memorial University Annual Musical Weekend:
Florida Memorial University will celebrate its annual Musical Weekend featuring the talents of the Ambassador Chorale, South Florida Community Chorale, and the Florida Memorial University Steel Ensemble, Concert and Jazz Band. Performances will take place on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. All performances are free and will take place at Florida Memorial University, 15800 N.W. 42nd Ave. in Miami Gardens. For more information, please call 954-937-0012.

Caribbean Crossroads Fest:
The Diaspora Vibe Gallery, 3938 North Miami Avenue in Miami, presents its Caribbean Crossroads Fest. The event celebrates the Caribbean Crossroads Series and exhibitions, including When Black is Clear, which opens Dec. 3. Diaspora Vibe Gallery is a local arts organization that offers support and exhibition opportunities to emerging artists from Latin America and the Caribbean Diaspora. For more information, please call 305-573-4046.

Saturday, December 5
MDC Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Gala:
The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce will host its 4th Annual Holiday Gala, “Progress: The New Currency,” at the Hyatt Regency, 400 S.E. Second Avenue in downtown Miami. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner and an award ceremony following at 7:30 p.m. Among the festivities, the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce will honor famed attorney and community activist Larry R. Handfield; the president of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bill Talbert; and former Dade Community Foundation president Ruth Shack. Entertainment will be provided by the Leesa Richards band, a nine-piece, top-40 musical ensemble led by popular chanteuse Leesa Richards. Tickets are $150 each. For tickets and additional information, please call 305-751-8648 or visit

The Chocolate Nutcracker: The Ashanti Cultural Arts Inc. presents The Chocolate Nutcracker at the Broward County Main Library, 100 South Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. This adaptation of the holiday classic is set in the home of a black family, where Lea takes a magical journey to her spectacular roots in Africa. The performances highlight the Kwanzaa celebration, African dancers and drummers, the Chinese Dragon, belly dancers and much, much more. The show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. For more information, please call 954-792-3700 or visit

Caribbean Canvas Exhibit Grand Opening: A special reception for the opening of the Caribbean Canvas Exhibit: Identity in an Era of Globalization will take place at the Multitudes Contemporary Art Center, 5570 NE 4th Ave. in Miami, at 6 p.m. The exhibit features Caribbean artists such as Edouard Duval Carrie, Maritou, Alejandro Mendoza, Turgo Bastien, Genevieve Lahens, Philippe Dodard, Franklin Sinanan, Guy Syllien, and Fancesca Lalanne. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, please call 305-206-5454.

Friday, December 11
Young Professionals Network Holiday Celebration:
The Urban League of Broward County’s Young Professionals Network will host its holiday party at the Plantation Golf Reserve, 7050 W. Broward Blvd in Plantation. Dress in your best cocktail attire and network while enjoying drinks, a buffet-style dinner and live music. The celebration will last from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $45 to $55 in advance and $55 to $65 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 954-260-0181.

Sean Paul and Shaggy in concert: Sean Paul and Shaggy are performing in concert together at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way near Hollywood. The show starts at 8 p.m., and ticket prices range from $29 to $67. For more information, please call 954-797-5531.

Sunday, December 13
Lionel Richie:
Grammy-winning superstar Lionel Richie will bring 30 years of his most enduring hits and chart-topping favorites to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way near Hollywood, on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $64 to $154. For more information, call 954-327-ROCK, 1-800-937-0010, or log onto