patti-labelle-web.jpgFriday, Feb. 13
A Woman Called Truth:
In celebration of Black History Month, Miami’s oldest black theater company, the M Ensemble, is producing “A Woman Called Truth.” The play focuses on the life of former slave Sojourner Truth. Not content to merely recount her infamous speech, “Ain't I A Woman,” the play focuses on the period of time from 1797 to 1851 and brings to life the circumstances and the people who molded Truth into becoming the famed abolitionist and women’s rights activist. The M Ensemble Actor’s Studio is at 12320 West Dixie Highway in North Miami. General admission is $30; $25 for seniors and students. The Feb. 13 performance (this evening) begins at 8 p.m. For more information and additional show times, please call 305-895-0335.
Monday, Feb. 16
Many people think of Patti LaBelle as the sassy older woman who hosts a family-friendly lifestyle show on cable TV. But there was a time when “Miss Patti” wore some of the most cutting-edge fashions, with the music to match. For one night, Patti Labelle reunites with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash, as the trio transforms themselves into the psychedelic funk group known as LaBelle. The performance will take place at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, and the show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Ticket prices begin at $46.50. For more information, please call 305-673-7300.
Wednesday, Feb. 18
Liberty City:
Proving that often the best stories are based on personal experiences, Miami native April Yvette Thompson culled her childhood memories of growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s to create the award-winning, one-woman show, “Liberty City.’’ The play explores race, activism, family, politics and the legacies of the ‘60s, all in the familiar setting of Liberty City in Miami. The play runs from Feb. 18 to March 1 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Tickets are $40 to $45 with evening performances Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30 P.M., matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. To help put the play into better context, local historian and activist Dorothy Jenkins-Fields will provide a free lecture, “Free at Last – Liberty City, a Promise Land,” which explains the mix of immigrants of color who settled in Liberty City, Allapattah and Overtown. The lecture will take place on Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. at the Arsht Center. 
“Middle Passage and Beyond:” Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie, celebrates the opening of its World Artists Collective Exhibit titled, “Middle Passage and Beyond.’’ The celebration will feature theatrical, musical and spoken-word performances on the second floor of the University Center, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, please call 954-262-7611.
The Temptations and The Four Tops: Black History Month is a time to reflect upon significant events of the past, and nothing can help evoke nostalgia more quickly or better than good music. Listening to the modern incarnation of The Temptations and The Four Tops will help you relive some of the highlights of the ‘60s and ‘70s with hits such as “My Girl,’’ “Papa was a Rolling Stone,” “Baby I Need Your Loving,” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I Got).” For one night only, The Temptations and The Four Tops will perform at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Ticket prices ranges from $20 to $105. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 561-832-7469.
Friday, Feb. 20
D.L. Hughley:
One of the three remaining “Kings of Comedy” and the host of CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News,’’ will unleash his trademark wit and barbs upon the audience at the Improv Comedy Club of Miami, 3390 Mary St. in Coconut Grove. The show starts Feb. 20 at 8:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.; on Feb. 21 at  7:45 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11:59 p.m; and on Feb. 22 at 8:30 p.m. All tickets are $32.10. For more information, please call 305-441-8200.