Friday, Sept. 4
CELEBRATING 80 YEARS
BALL & CHAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Whether you’ve loved this Little Havana bar and lounge for years or have yet to discover it, the Ball & Chain is the place to be this weekend, as it celebrates 80 years with three days of music and merriment, featuring performances by local mainstays including Electric Piquete, Conjunto Progreso, The Baboons, Suenalo, Spam Allstars, Nick Tannura Trio, ArtOfficial, Elastic Bond and many more.
Details: Noon-3 a.m. Friday-Sunday at Ball & Chain, 1513 Calle Ocho, Little Havana; www.ballandchainmiami.com; free.
MIAMI HOME DESIGN AND REMODELING SHOW
You can find anything you need to repair, improve or enhance your home at this five-day show, with vendors offering superior products, plus cooking demonstrations by favorite South Florida chefs, seminars and speakers such as interior design and TV personality Nina Magon, and the At Home with Art showcase, featuring works by more than 20 local artists, including Latin folk-art painter and street artist Nicole Salgar.
Details: 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon-7:30 p.m. Monday, and 6-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach; www.homeshows.net; $10, $1 kids 10 and under.
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STAR WARS NIGHT
May the Force be with you Friday night as the Fish take on the New York Mets during the fifth-annual Star Wars Night, benefiting Stand Up to Cancer. Join in the fun and dress up as Luke Skywalker, a Jedi Master, Darth Vader, C-3PO, Princess Leia or Han Solo, receive a Marlins Star Wars T-shirt, and enjoy post-game fireworks.
Details: 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com/entertainment; tickets start at $16.
NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED
Controversial Honduran comedian is best-known for being one of the Three Amigos along with Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco, plus his Comedy Central smash show “Mind of Mencia.”
Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday; at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way; www.improvftl.com; $20.
British psychedelic electronic dance duo helped create the genre of ambient house music and is known for downtempo tracks such as “Little Fluffy Clouds,” which samples a Rickie Lee Jones interview, and “A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld,” based on Minnie Riperton’s famous vocal line from “Lovin’ You.” The Orb takes the stage in support of its 13th studio album, “Moonbuilding 2703 AD.”
Details: 10 p.m. Friday at Bardot Miami, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; www.bardotmiami.com; $15-$20.
R&B pop king who dances like a cross between Michael Jackson and Usher performs his falsetto-driven hits including “Whatcha Say,” “Talk dirty,” “Wiggle” and “Want to Want Me” in a special Labor Day Weekend show.
Details: 11 p.m. Friday at LIV Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.flavorus.com; $50.
MANSION CLOSING WEEKEND
Dutch superstar DJ currently ranked No. 8 in the world by DJ Mag bids fond farewell to this beloved SoBe megaclub.
Details: 11 p.m. Friday at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $30.
Saturday, Sept. 5
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPS
The main event is two-time former heavyweight champion of the world Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs versus Mike Marrone, but it’ll be just as much fun watching the boxing legends line up ringside: Confirmed to attend are Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, stars of the infamous Bite Fight in 1997, plus Riddick Bowe, James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Wladimir Klitschko, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, Larry Holmes, Roy Jones Jr. and many more.
Details: 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $54-$154.
Sunday, Sept. 6
DREAM CAR CLASSIC
Gearheads and other motor vehicle enthusiasts can show off their pride-and-joy rides, with classic and custom cars, trucks and hot rods on display at this family-friendly event.
Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Hollywood Boulevard between 19th and 20th avenues, Downtown Hollywood; www.cobrajoeproductions.com; $20 to register a vehicle; attendance is free.
INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL
Cutting-edge performance features the Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Uruguay’s Ballet Nacional del Sodre and sensational soloist Klever Viera from Ecuador.
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com; $25-$35, $20-$25 students and seniors.
WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR
Nashville country trio powered by the bittersweet vocal play between Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, with Dave Haywood adding harmonies and multi-instrumental balance, performs hits including “American Honey,” “Need You Now,” “Just a Kiss,” “I Run to You,” “Downtown,” and the latest, “Bartender.”
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre (formerly Coral Sky Amphitheatre), 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $25.50-$55.25.
British singer-songwriter who has been all over the pop airwaves with his bluesy, romantic smash hit “Thinking Out Loud” and the new “Bloodstream” and “Photograph” takes the stage in support of his second album, “x” (read: “multiply”). You’ll also hear faves including “The A Team,” “Lego House,” “Drunk,” “I See Fire,” “Sing” and “Don’t.” Christina Perri (“Jar of Hearts”) opens.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $56.50-$66.50.
AN EVENING WITH …
ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA
The late, great Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil continues his ongoing tribute to the relentlessly creative, avant-garde rock repertoire of his father by performing 1975’s “One Size Fits All,” the Mothers of Invention’s final album, in its entirety, plus 75 minutes of other Zappa classics.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; www.cultureroom.net; $28.
The only two-time winner of the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship performs his hugely influential and instantly recognizable style that borrows from folk, blues, jazz and classical music. As veteran guitarist Bruce Cockburn wrote, “Nobody does what Don Ross does with an acoustic guitar.”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $45-$50.