alicia-keys_web.jpgSaturday, March 27
Alicia Keys:  Twelve-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys will bring “The Freedom Tour” to the American Airlines Arena on Saturday, March 27th at 8 p.m. in support of her fourth studio album, with special guest Anthony Hamilton. Due to the Ultra fest event just north of the arena, all guests are encouraged to arrive to the arena via the south. Tickets are from $46.50 to $125 and may be purchased at the box office or at Ticketmaster. For more information, please call 786-777-1000.

Club Kipling Color Jam: Kipling, in partnership with The Scratch DJ Academy, is touring Macy’s stores featuring activities such as live DJ performances, interactive Scratch & Burn Sessions to teach participants how to spin on turntables, mini manicures and makeovers. The event starts at 2 p.m. at the Macy’s in Dadeland Mall, 7303 S.W. 88th St. in Miami.  For more information, please call 305-662-3400 or 305-577-6791.

You’re Worth the Wait Seminar: A seminar for all girls between the ages of 12  and 21, “You’re Worth the Wait” teaches abstinence through education. From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. near Fort Lauderdale, girls will hear presentations about healthy versus unhealthy relationships, self-esteem issues and self worth. They will also hear about sexually transmitted diseases.  Parents with girls from the ages of 12-17 will be required to sign a permission slip to allow them to view the PowerPoint presentation on STDs.  While the seminar is free, please RSVP.  For more information, please call 954-600-9782.

Thursday, April 1 – Saturday, April 3
Mike Epps:
Success changes people. For comedians, that usually means the stand up routines that made them famous become more and more watered down. Eventually, successful comedians leave the lone mic on stage forever for their new careers in Hollywood.  Fortunately, despite his fame, Mike Epps isn’t ready to walk away from the stage just yet. Enjoy his funny, edgy stand up routines at the Miami Improv, 3390 Mary St #182 in Coconut Grove. Epps’ first performance on Thursday, April 1st will be at 8:30 p.m. On Friday, April 2nd, and Saturday, April 3rd, Epps does two shows, one at 8:30 p.m. and a later set at 10:45 p.m.  Tickets are $34.50. For more information, please call 305-441-8200.

Tuesday, April 6
The Color Purple:
From a Pulitzer-prize winning book, to an academy award winning movie, to a successful gospel musical, the journey of The Color Purple is almost as interesting as the story’s main protagonist, Celie, but not quite. Here’s your last chance to see the play in South Florida, as the play will be housed at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. 5th Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale, from April 6th to April 18th only. Ticket prices range from $23 to $67. The premiere performance will begin at 8 p.m. For additional information and show times, please call 954-462-0222.

Thursday, April 8
Erykah Badu Live in Concert:
  The multi-platinum selling, Grammy-winning-singer-songwriter-producer-actress will perform live at the Water Front Theatre at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami , to celebrate her anticipated fifth studio album, New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh.  The concert starts at 8 p.m. and ticket prices range from $58 to $125. For more information, please call 786-777-1000.

Friday, April 9
Miami Dance Festival:
The annual Miami Dance Festival kicks off with performances at the Byron Carlyle Theater, 500 Seventy-First Street in Miami Beach. Come enjoy Ori, a contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance performed by the Brazz Dance Theater featuring their signature afro-fusion style. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets purchased at the door will cost you $23, but if you buy now, general tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. A second performance of Ori will be held the next day at the Byron Carlyle Theater at 8:30 p.m. as well. For more information, please call 305-858-7002.

Saturday, April 10
Fighting for Haiti: Well, we’ve had events where people sing for Haiti, dance for Haiti, and simply look at artwork for Haiti, so what’s so strange about watching two men punch each other out for Haiti? The Bank Atlantic Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise, is hosting “Fighting for Haiti,” a boxing match that includes local bantam, feather and middle weight fighters including Antwone Smith, Andre Berto and Ibaheim King.  The match starts at 7 p.m. and ticket prices range from $38 to $275. For more information, please call 954-835-7825.

Photo: Alicia Keys