Friday, Feb. 27
Josephine Baker Art Exhibit: In her time, Josephine Baker’s exciting dances, dazzlingly songs and sexy costumes earned her several pseudonyms, including the “Bronze Venus,” the “Black Pearl” and even “Creole Goddess.” Gathering together a collection of rare paintings, posters, photos, statues, as well as recordings and biographical tapes, the World Erotic Art Museum, 1205 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, presents the Josephine Baker Art Exhibit. Sorry, Baker’s famous “banana skirt’’ is not included in the exhibit! The Josephine Baker exhibit will run through March 1, and tickets are $15. For more information, please call 305-532-9336.
Live Your Life Tour: While Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. may be heading for a year in jail beginning in March, his alter ego, rapper T.I., is still determined to remain positive, hence the “Live Your Life” Tour. Headlined by T.I., the tour also features rappers Young Jeezy and Lloyd. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd in Miami. Ticket prices range from $39 to $350. For more information, please call 786-777-1000.
Saturday, Feb. 28
The Souls of Black Folks: Since it is the season, there have been various seminars and lectures throughout South Florida where discussions have taken place on various aspects of black culture. Yet the month would not be complete without a discussion of W.E.B. DuBois' The Souls of Black Folks. Written more than 106 years ago, the essays continue to have relevance to the modern era with topics ranging from the black middle class, to the importance of higher education, to critiques of how race affects our daily lives, and the common experiences of those who are affected by the global color line. To help explore the rich and comprehensive text, the Miramar Library, 2050 Civic Place Center, is hosting a free discussion session that begins at 1 p.m. Preregistration is required. For more information, please call 954-437-1806.
Steve Harvey's Tear Your Mouth Out Tour: We all know the cycle: a talented comedian tolls night after night in comedy clubs, builds a following, lands a comedy special, gets a movie deal, stars in a TV show, writes a book, etc…The end result is usually a pile of bad movies, a mediocre sitcom, and only the memory of their comedic genius remains. Fortunately, Steve Harvey remembers his roots and is making sure that the public never forgets his comedic talents as well. The “Kings of Comedy” host comes to the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave. in Miami, as part of his “Tear Your Mouth Out” Comedy Tour. The show starts at 7 p.m. and ticket prices are $40.50 and $47.50. For tickets, please call 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.Ticketmaster.com.
Black Discussion Group: Have you noticed that most Black History Month discussions seem to only highlight three, now four, topics – slavery, Dr. Martin Luther King, civil rights, and most recently President Barack Obama? If you’re desperate to share, discuss, or learn more about Black studies, then visit the Khepera Black Studies Discussion Group at the African-American Research Library at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. near Fort Lauderdale. The discussion group begins at 2 p.m. For more information, please call 954-625-2800.
Sunday, March 1
Harlem Globetrotters: Everyone has a favorite basketball moment – a jaw-dropping pass, a gravity-defying leap. But those moments occur fairly infrequently during the normal course of a basketball game, as professional basketball players seem not so intent on showing off their skills, but on, well, winning. Enter the Harlem Globetrotters, where the “game’’ is all about executing your best and greatest moves on the court. From simple dribbling, to amazing passing sequences, to truly dazzlingly dunks, the Harlem Globetrotters reveal how much farther most run-of-the-mill NBA stars have to go to hone their talents! The Globetrotters will perform at the BankAtlantic Center, 1 Panther Parkway in Sunrise, at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $19 to $145. For more information, please call 954-835-7825.
Thursday, March 5
Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami: The comprehensive exhibit, “Black Crossroads” opens today. The exhibit, showcased at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W. Flagler St. in Miami, highlights how black people from the American South, the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa have shaped Miami since 1896. The exhibit is scheduled to run until 2010. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $5 for children 6 to 12, and $3 for children 5 and under. For more information, please call 305-375-1492.
Photo: Josephine Baker