Friday, Nov. 28
Joe Turner's Come and Gone: As modern African Americans continue to make history, the M Ensemble Company offers audiences a chance to reflect on the past with their production of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Set in 1911, the play follows African Americans of the South migrating North. Along the way, the play explores themes such as the unseen scars of slavery, the differences between religion and spirituality, and the struggles of beginning a new life. The play will be performed during the following dates and times: Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.; and Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. The M Ensemble Actor's Studio is located on 12320 W. Dixie Hwy. in North Miami. For ticket prices and additional dates and times, please call 305-895-0335 or visit http://www.themensemble.com.
Step in the Name of Life Dance Class: Did you over-indulge yourself with this year's Thanksgiving feast? Before those calories permanently settle on your hips, get moving at Carol Park's Step in the Name of Life Dance Class. Every Friday, Thursday, and Wednesday, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., follow the lead of Carol City Optimists and the R.E.A.L. Steppers as they teach you various steppin' routines. The classes are free at Carol Park on 4230 NW 178th St. in Opa-locka. For more information, please call 305-502-3535.
Monday, Dec. 1
Caribbean Crossroads Fest: Artists Lee Joo-youn and Mary Valverde explore space and time with their work in the exhibit, “Primary Colors.’’ The exhibit will be on display at the Diaspora Vibe Gallery, 3938 N. Miami Ave. in Miami. The gallery is open all week, Dec. 1 – 5, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, please call 305-573-4046 or visit http://diasporavibe.net.
Wednesday, Dec. 3
Speak Your Soul Wednesdays: Afro-In Books hosts their weekly spoken word cafe, Speak Your Soul Wednesdays from 8:30 p.m. 'til 10 p.m. Come hear legendary local spoken word talent Rebecca 'Butterfly' Vaughns as she hosts an evening filled with great insight, pure poetry and cool company. Afro-In Books and Cafe is located on 5575 NW Seventh Ave in Miami. Admission is $5. For more information, please call 305-754-5757.
Saturday, Dec. 6
Urban League Prayer Breakfast: The Urban League of Broward County is hosting their third annual Prayer Breakfast, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at First Church of the Open Bible, 4767 NW 24th Court, Lauderdale Lakes.
Alonzo Mourning Book Signing: Alonzo Mourning details his life's story of triumph and perseverance within his memoir, Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph. Come meet the basketball legend as he signs copies of his work at Books and Books at 265 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables. The book signing begins at 3 p.m. For more information, please call 305-442-4408 or visit http://www.booksandbooks.com.
Friday, Dec. 12
Charles Mills Opening Reception: The Broward County Main Library hosts the opening reception of the retrospective exhibit of Charles Mills – “With A Very Wide View of History : Charles Mills and the Twentieth Century.” Mills’ work focused upon past and present contemporaries from Zora Neale Hurston to Miles Davis to Harriet Tubman. The more than 50 pieces in the exhibit show how Mills showcased the African-American experience since its inception and highlighted the literary and artistic contributions of black people. The reception begins at 6 p.m. in Gallery 6 of the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. The exhibit runs through Jan. 2, 2009 and can be viewed during regular library hours. The library’s hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, please call 954-357-7478 or visit us at www.broward.org/library.