maya a.jpgWednesday, Jan. 21

Maya Azucena: Junkyard Jewel: Tonight at 8 p.m. in the Improv Comedy Club, 3390 Mary St. in Coconut Grove, Maya Azucena, will perform songs from her latest album, Junkyard Jewel. Her soothing voice and poetic lyrics have earned her the title of "Best Alternative Artist of the Year" from Tickets are $15. For more information, please call 305-441-8200.

Chicago Style Steppin'
: The best dances are relatively simple, so nearly everyone can participate, fast enough to get the heart pumping, slow enough so that you can sustain the moves for more than one song, and, oh, yeah, always, always, always lets you look cool and smooth while you dance. For all those reasons, Chicago-style Steppin' remains one of the top 10 dances of all time. So come out, dance with others as they step Chicago style at 7 p.m. at the Fred Lippman Multipurpose Center, 2030 Polk Street in Hollywood. Tickets are $10. For more information, please call 954-921-3408.
How To Manage Your Finances:
With continuing news reports of economic disaster, it is tempting to hang your head and just hope that your family will be able to weather this economic storm. The Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, however, believes individuals have other options. Tonight, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., they are sponsoring a roundtable discussion about relevant topics such as how to prevent foreclosure, small business and personal credit card management and even how to receive local government affordable housing grants. Tickets are $5 and $7. The seminar will take place at 3720 W. Oakland Park Blvd. in Lauderdale Lakes. For more information, please call 954-730-8885. 

Thursday, Jan. 22

Zo's King Pin Classic: Celebrities, the latest fashions and…bowling? The combination might have seemed odd four years ago, but now Alonzo Mourning's Fourth Annual King Pin Classic has become one of the hottest events of the year in South Florida. And, as usual, Zo is partying with a purpose, as all proceeds benefit the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, which is designed to empower young girls. Even in this recession, the event is expected to raise needed proceeds. Ticket prices range from $100 to $500. The lanes will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Lucky Strike is located on 1692 Michigan Avenue on Miami Beach. For more information, please call 305-532-0307.

Friday, Jan. 23

Scratch DJ Academy: In this sluggish economy, it pays to have additional skills. The Scratch DJ Academy will always make you in demand at parties! Founded by the late Jam Master Jay, the Scratch DJ Academy offers a number of courses dedicated to teaching you the true art of the DJ. The classes are often taught by celebrity DJs such as DJ Craze, DJ Immortal, GrandWizard Theodore and more. The Academy is located on the first floor of 642 6th St. in Miami Beach. For additional information, please visit or call 305-535-2599.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Asili Press Spoken Word Poetry Showcase: Asili Press, Inc., the local publisher of the e-zine named Asili: The Journal of Multicultural Heart-speak, will host a spoken word showcase at the Miami Wallflower Gallery, 10 N.E. 3rd Street in Miami. The showcase will feature the publisher of Asili, Press, Joseph D. McNair, and friends. The event starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. For more information, please call 305-579-0069.
Saturday, Jan. 31

Mary McLeod Bethune: Come see the reenactment of the legendary founder of Bethune-Cookman University by her granddaughter, Ersula Knox Odom. Odom, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in  theatre, is also the author of At Sula's Feet, a collection of her memoirs about growing up with her grandmother. The performance will be held at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 N.W. Sistrunk Blvd. near Fort Lauderdale, and lasts from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, please call 954-357-7514.