abraham_lincoln_web.jpgFriday, October 23
Lincoln, Florida, and the Civil War:
Think whatever you will about his motives. The bottom line is that Abraham Lincoln was the president who signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Not to mention he is the commander-in-chief whom President Barack Obama truly admires. It’s time to learn a bit more about the six-foot-tall man from Kentucky, don’t you think? Celebrate Lincoln’s Bicentennial and enjoy the free art exhibit, “Lincoln, Florida and the Civil War” at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler Street in Miami. For more information, please call 305-375-1492.

IFé-ILé Afro-Cuban Dance and Music: Catch South Florida’s Afro-Cuban Dance troupe, Ife-Ile, performing at Festival Miami! The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Gusman Concert Hall of the University of Miami, 1314 Miller Dr. in Coral Gables. Tickets are $20 to $45. For more information, please call 305-284-4940 or visit www.festivalmiami.com.

Saturday, October 24
Economic Empowerment Expo:
The Broward County Commission on the Status of Women is holding a free Economic Empowerment Expo. Attendees will learn from experts on job searching, retraining, resume writing, interviewing skills and networking. The expo will also provide consultants who will offer advice on starting and growing small businesses and franchises, as well as gaining certification to do business with governmental agencies. The expo lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd. in Coconut Creek.  For more information, please call 954-357-7800.

Tuesday, October 27
The Color Purple:
With a joyous Grammy-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues music, The Color Purple tells the unforgettable story of a woman who triumphs over tremendous odds to find joy in life, and her true inner beauty. The premiere show starts at 8 p.m., and ticket prices range from $25 to $72. The show will run from Oct. 27 to Nov. 1. Tickets are selling fast. Don’t miss it! For best ticket availability, please call 305-949-6722 or log onto www.arshtcenter.org.

Sunday, November 1
Glynn Jackson’s Hairtopia:
Hairtopia isn’t the latest discount beauty mart opening. The event seeks to find the most influential African-American and Latino hair stylists and make-up artists in Florida with a cutting-edge hair competition. Watch these artists battle for $15,000 in cash and prizes. Tickets are $43. The show starts at 5 p.m. and will take place at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 West Flagler Street in Miami. For more information, please call 305-547-5414.

Friday, November 6
Networking Breakfast Meeting:
If nothing else, this recession should have taught you that you should always be looking for your next job. Finding a job depends on whom you know. The Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce offers you a chance to rub elbows with people who can help. The group’s monthly Networking Breakfast Meeting will take place at the Inverrary Hotel, 3501 Inverrary Blvd. in Lauderhill. Admission is $25 for non-members and $15 for members. The breakfast lasts from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. To RSVP, please call 954-318-6118.

Saturday, November 7
Seraphic Fire Chorus:
South Florida's professional choral ensemble, Seraphic Fire, presents a series of concerts. For a ticket price of $35, you can enjoy the acclaimed repertoire which features a variety of music from gospel to folk. The performance on Saturday, Nov. 7 will take place at the Miami Beach Community Church, 1620 Drexel Avenue in Miami Beach at 7 p.m. Another concert will take place on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 333 Tarpon Drive in Fort Lauderdale at 4 p.m.  There will be additional concerts throughout South Florida from Nov. 5 through 8. For more information, please call 1-888-544-3473 or visit www.seraphicfire.org.