Friday, February 26
Called to Dance Mini Conference: The McIntyre Institute presents the Called 2 Dance Mini Conference, March 19-20, at the Don Shula Hotel in Miami Lakes for ages 12 to adults. Groups and dance ministries are welcome for a wonderful weekend of instruction in modern, lyrical jazz, choreography, step for the men and youth and a panel discussion by instructors. Registration is $50 and the deadline to apply is March 10. For more information, please visit called2dance.com or call 954-345-3949. Watch Your Choices: You haven’t missed all the festivities for the Tiger Tail Festival this year. Catch the thought-provoking and enlightening play, Watch Your Choices at the E. Pat Larkins Center at 520 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Pompano Beach. Tickets are $10, and include the price of a pre-show reception at 6 p.m. The actual production begins at 7 p.m. For more information, please call 954-973-3038 or visit tigertailfestival.org.
Saturday, February 27
Save the Babies: The Belafonte Tacolcy Center at 6161 NW 9th Avenue in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood will transform into a cultural village, complete with an eight-foot Zulu warrior, thatch huts and African drumming. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The third Save the Babies awards benefit is themed, “A Tribute to Africa… It Takes A Village.” The mistress of ceremonies is Glenna Milberg of ABC-TV Channel 10, and desserts are prepared by Top Chef Ron Duprat. Along with scrumptious food, sensational entertainment and jubilant fun, participants will have an opportunity to bid in a silent auction featuring African artifacts, hotel/resort stays, and other items. Donations are $100 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Tacolcy/Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School Program. For more information, contact Chantell King at 305-751-1295 ext. 139.
Comedian Rayzor: The Friends of The African-American Research Library present Caribbean-American comedian Rayzor. This South Florida-based jokester has appeared on “The Bad Boys Of Comedy” and “BET Comic View.” Catch him live at the African-American Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard near Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, please call 954-625-6800.
Jasmine Zemouli-Schofill: The African World Artist Collective of South Florida presents visual artist Jasmine Zemouli-Schofill. Born in Algeria and raised in Paris, Zemouli-Schofill’s paintings focus almost exclusively on people in an effort to portray their emotions, soul and inner beauty. Give yourself a chance to see Zemouli-Schofill explain her work at a special lecture at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard near Fort Lauderdale. The lecture is free and open to the public, and starts at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please call 954-625-2829.
Thursday, March 4
Veteran Benefits: More than 9.2 million U.S. military veterans are over the age of 65, and many are not aware of the benefits for which they and their spouses may qualify. Veteran benefits can include everything from prescription coverage to payment for assisted living care. The key is finding out whether you or your spouse qualifies. Learn more about veteran benefits at 2 p.m. at Covenant Village of Florida, 9215 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation. For more information, please call 954-752-6872 or 954-472-3007.
Friday, March 5
Angelique Kidjo: The electrifying and Grammy-Award winning West African vocalist who mixes African traditions with American R&B, Angelique Kidjo is coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, for one performance only! Tickets range from $30 to $60, and the concert starts at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 305-949-6722.
Friday, March 12
Aries Spears: Fans of “Mad TV,” “A Different World” and “Def Comedy Jam” should rejoice! Comedian Aries Spears, who has made appearances in all of the above shows plus a whole lot more, will perform at the Miami Improv, 3390 Mary Street Suite 182 in Miami, for three days, from March 12 to 14. Show times are at 8:30 and 10:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There will also be a single performance at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20. For more information, please call 305- 441-8200.