patti_austin_web.jpgFriday, Feb. 20
Jazz Roots:
A Tribute to Ella and Basie: Continuing their performance arts series, Jazz Roots, the Adrienne Arts Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, is hosting a “Tribute to Ella and Basie.’’ Tonight's  8 p.m. performance pays homage to two of the jazz world’s most prolific stars, and features Grammy Award-winning vocalist Patti Austin. Ticket prices range from $25 to $125. For more information, please call 305-949-6722 or log onto
Eddie Griffin: The star of the hit comedy, “Malcolm and Eddie,’’ comedian Eddie Griffin will perform at the Improv Paradise Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5700 Seminole Way near Hollywood, Friday night, on Saturday and on Sunday. Tickets are $26.50. For show times and additional information, please call 954-981-5653.

Saturday, Feb. 21
Kijiji Moja:
Kijiji Moja, or “one village” in Swahili, is an event that allows the entire community to come together and hear great storytelling, learn new arts and crafts, and watch spectacular live performances. Among the featured performers are Mocko Jumbie Stilt Dancers, Ballet Brika, and poetry by Sista Vanya. The free event will also showcase the talents of many local schools and neighborhood performers. Kijiji Moja will take place at Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 954- 828-5411.

Sunday, Feb. 22
Overtown Walking Tour:
The Historical Museum of South Florida will celebrate Black History Month by combining local history, exercise and great food. The Overtown Walking Tour and People’s Bar-B-Que include a tour of South Florida on the Metromover, where participants will see the Lyric Theater, the site of several famous clubs, hotels, a replica of the historic home of Dana A. Dorsey, who was the first African-American millionaire in Miami, and a soda bottling plant. The tour ends with a serving of delicious food from the People’s Bar-B-Que, which provides appetizing cuisines such as ribs, chicken, cornbread, conch salad and collard greens. The Walking Tour begins at noon at the historical museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Tickets are priced at $20 for Historic Museum of South Florida members; $25 for non-members. Meals cost about $10. To RSVP, please call 305-375-1621.

Monday, Feb. 23
Pilates Aerobics:
Okay, let’s assume that you are pretty satisfied with the body you have right now. You see no need to sweat ‘til you drop in a stuffy gym, or run for miles around your local park. But you do wish the body with which you are perfectly satisfied wouldn’t jiggle quite so much whenever you move. So try a Pilates aerobics class at the Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd. in Tamarac. The class takes place Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Practice an exercise designed to focus on exact motions to increase abdominal strength (and hopefully decrease abdominal flab). Classes are $5 each for residents, and $6 each for non-residents. For more information, please call 954-597-3620.

Tuesday, Feb. 24
Reggae Night:
Don’t wait until the weekend to start jammin’ to a reggae beat. Come check out Jahfe, a talented local band, perform every Tuesday night at Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern, 7221 SW 58th Avenue in South Miami. For more information, please call 305-669-8577.

Saturday, Feb. 28
Tales from the Continent:
Oral history continues to be one of the most vibrant and interesting ways to pass down stories and lessons learned from the past. Come out and hear African stories from renowned storyteller Baba Adekemi Lyons at the Allapattah Branch Museum, 5799 NW 35th St. in Miami. The story session will last from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 305-638-6086.
Annual Caribbean Festival: The 16th Annual Caribbean Festival returns to South Florida! Come to Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, and enjoy musical performances by The Marley Boys, Stephen, Damian, Julian and Kymani, among others! Sponsored by Bob Marley Movement of Jah People, 103.5 The Beat and Rum Bum, the festival also seeks to fight hunger. Every ticket holder must either donate canned goods or $5. Ticket prices are $38, and can be purchased online or at select retail locations. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 28! For more information, please visit

Photo: Patti Austin