Friday, October 9
DWNTWN Concert Series: The DWNTWN (nope, that isn’t a typo) Concert Series opens its second season with Miami’s musical favorites – Suenalo, a local Afro-Cuban band that blends sounds of Latin, R&B, Rock, and Hip-Hop, as well as Jahfe, one of Miami’s hottest roots reggae bands. The concert, free and open to the public, will last from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tina Hills Pavilion at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. For more information, please call 305-579-6675 or visit www.dwntwn.com.
Sunday, October 11
Miami Carnival: Forget hitting up the clubs, instead you and your friends get your hottest outfits and hit the city streets because the Miami Carnival Parade and Festival has returned! This time, celebrating their 25th year, the Miami Carnival has pulled out all the stops with the best steel bands, lively costumes, great Caribbean food and authentic arts and crafts. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. at Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Tickets are $20 in advance. For a complete listing of Miami Carnival events, please visit www.miamicarnival.net or call 305-653-1877.
Friday, October 16
Sheryl Underwood: Comedian Sheryl Underwood, the first female host of BET’s “Comic View,’’ is coming to the Seminole Hard Rock Improv, 5700 Seminole Way near Hollywood, for two nights only! Tickets are $28.50. For exact show times and additional information, please call 954-981-5653.
Saturday, October 17
Brazilian Voices: Enjoy 50 voices blending skillful vocal arrangements to Brazilian funky jazz beats, Bossa Nova, Samba, and Pop rhythms, with Diogo Brown and Band. And you really don’t want to miss the Braziliam Voices singing a special tribute to Michael Jackson with their own funky twist. Tickets are $25 to $30. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, please call 954-522-5334.
Sunday, October 18
Free Gospel Sunday: The Free Gospel Sunday Concert returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Cece Winans will perform with the Free Gospel Sundays Mass Choir and the Miami Gardens-based choir from Cooper Temple Church of God in Christ, which will release a new album, “The Upper Room,” on Oct. 18. The show starts at 4 p.m., but because this is a free and first-come, first-served event, please get there extra early to make sure you have a seat! For more information, please call 305-949-6722.
Saturday, October 24
The Forgotten Father Film Premiere: The independent film, The Forgotten Father, follows the generational plight of fathers and sons. Witnessing firsthand the hopelessness of incarceration and dealing with the recent death of his estranged father, Kwame, is compelled to form a bond with his own son. But past hurts, wrongs and misunderstandings all become modern-day obstacles. The Forgotten Father ponders the question: How far should a father be willing to go in order to be with his child? The film will be screened at the North Miami Beach Performing Arts Center, 17011 Northeast 19th Avenue in Miami. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information, please call 754-368-9748 or visit www.theforgottenfatherthemovie.com.
Saturday, October 31
Reggae Bash 2009: Reggae Bash 2009 is coming to the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Avenue, downtown Miami. This year’s Reggae Bash features a stellar line-up including Grammy-Award winner Beenie Man, Red Rat, Buju Banton and Wayne Wonder. The show starts at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $27 to $87. For more information, please call 305-416-5970.