Friday, May 15
No Child: A classroom. A group of “troubled” students. And an innovative, dedicated teacher. The story has been told time and time again. Playwright Nilaja Sun decided to broaden the schoolroom drama’s focus. Her one-woman play brings into focus all the essential characters required to create a thriving educational environment: how the roles of teacher, student, parent, principal, security guard and even janitor are all interdependent. No Child is presented at the Gable Stage at Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Avenue in Coral Gables. The Friday, May 15 performance and the Saturday, May 16 performance start at 8 p.m. The Sunday, May 17 performance will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $37.50 to $42.50. For more information, please call 305-445-1119.
Christopher Baker – The Musical: When Christopher Baker was told to “follow his dreams,” he never knew his decision would put him on a path filled with adversity, humor and triumph. Christopher Baker – The Musical follows the story of a young boy who must decide between his passion for football and his growing love for dance. This funny and heartwarming play will be showcased at Florida Memorial University’s Lou Rawls Theater, 15800 N.W. 42nd Ave. in Miami Gardens. The Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 shows start at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, May 17 show begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, please call 305-625-7200.
Thea Vidale – Down and Dirty Tour: Thea Vidale, the much-loved wise and willful matriarch of her short-lived sitcom, “Thea,’’ is making the rounds on the comedic circuit again, and is currently appearing at the New York Comedy Club, 8221 Glades Road in Boca Raton. But this time, “Momma Thea” is ready to give some down home advice on everything from life, death to the birds and the bees. This show is definitely only for the grown and sexy. Ticket prices range from $15 to $22. On Friday, May 15, the show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 16 performances start at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. For more information, please call 561-470-6887.
Saturday, May 16
Miami Haitian Compas Festival: How can you say that you truly celebrated Haitian Heritage Month if you don't attend the annual Haitian Compas Festival? Back for its eleventh year, the Compas Festival will take place at Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. This year’s lineup includes Kreyol La, Djakout Mizik, Zenglen, Nu Look, Mizik Mizik, Gabel, and Back-up. The festival starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more information, please call 305-945-8814.
Thursday, May 21
African Diaspora Authors: The Historical Museum of South Florida, 101 W. Flagler in Miami, presents African Diaspora Authors. In this program, renowned novelists Tananarive Due, who grew up in Miami, and Edwidge Danticat, who lives here today, read from their best-selling works and discuss how living in South Florida has influenced their writing. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call 305-375-1492.
Friday, May 22
David Alan Grier: Now that Comedy Central has canceled his show, “Chocolate News,’’ you'll have to get your David Alan Grier fix by catching one of his live performances. Grier will appear at the Improv Paradise Club, 2700 Seminole Way near Hollywood from May 22 to May 24. The ticket price is $29. For more information and show times, please call 954-981-5653.
Mike Epps: Actor and comedian Mike Epps gives his only Miami performance. While starring in movies such as Next Friday, Friday After Next and All About the Benjamins introduced Epps to a wider audience, the man remained a stand-up comedian at heart. Epps brings his brash, confrontational routine focusing on urban cultural behaviors to the Fillmore Miami Beach Jackie Gleason Theatre, 1700 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. Ticket prices range from $36.50 to $56.50.The show starts at 7 p.m. For more information, please call 305-673-7300.
Photo: Nilaja Su