Best things to do this week in South Florida: Aug. 8-Aug. 12

On his new album, “Higher,” dashing crooner Michael Bublé makes a daring attempt to cover Barry White’s iconic disco-era hit “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything,” and in his own way pulls it off nicely. It’s not easy, as you may discover for yourself at the W Fort Lauderdale’s new Rockstar Karaoke night, where “My Everything” is on the list of songs available to perform in front of a live band on Thursday night.

You may want to start less ambitiously with, say, the easy-flowing Bublé hit “Home,” which he has been performing on the tour he’s bringing to FLA Live Arena on Friday. Also on the Rockstar Karaoke menu is “Mia” by Bad Bunny, who is performing two near-sellout shows at Hard Rock Stadium this week. Not sure if it’s harder to karaoke to Barry White or Bad Bunny, but each has its challenges. Maybe we just go with “Don’t Stop Believin’” …

8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale; $21.50+ at

This family friendly, multimedia concert showcases stilt-masquerade traditions through the work of African and Caribbean stilt-guild artists and regional, national and international drummers, dancers, folklorists and actors.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, Savor Cinema, Fort Lauderdale; $20 for general admission, $10 for FLIFF members at

Small Wine Shop in Flagler Village hosts this wine tasting paired with a screening of the documentary, “Living Wine,” which follows the journey of natural winemakers in Northern California during the most difficult wildfire season on record. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. tasting reception before the 7 p.m. screening. A post-film tasting and discussion will be led by Tim Graham, co-owner of Small Wine Shop, and Hayley Green of Orlando-based, low-intervention wine distributor Alchemy of the Spirit.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, through Aug. 28, Carnival Studio Theater, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami; $32+ at

This all-ages Area Stage Co. production tells the timeless love story in an immersive setting that re-creates the Beast’s enchanted castle (designed by Broadway set designer Frank Oliva and lighting designer Joe Naftal), with ticket-buyers seated on benches throughout the Carnival Studio Theater.

2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, Pompano Beach Cultural Center; free (donations accepted) at

Produced by Hollywood-based nonprofit Crime History Inc., “The Poison Garden” is a three-act play that chronicles three real-life cases of racial terrorism that occurred during the so-called “Dirty Thirties” in South Florida. With most of its contents taken from court documents and transcripts, “The Poison Garden” is written and produced by Evellyn Santos and Chris Mancini, a former federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in Miami and now a civil rights attorney.


8-11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, Living Room at the W Fort Lauderdale; free;

The luxe cocktail lounge at the beachfront hotel lets its hair down during this new Thursday-night series that encourages amateur Bonos and Beyoncés to perform in front of a live band. You know who you are.

Thursday, Aug. 11, through Aug. 21, Savor Cinema, Fort Lauderdale; O Cinema South Beach; free and ticketed;

The terrifying summer cinema staple returns for 11 days and nights of fiendish bloodletting and paranormal thrills, kicking off at 8 p.m. Thursday at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale with a world-premiere screening of “Tiny Cinema,” with director Tyler Cornack on hand to introduce the film and participate in a post-screening Q&A session.

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton; free;

The City of Boca Raton’s free Summer in the City concert series closes out the season with a battle for the ages in two categories, each winner receiving a $2,500 cash prize. Finalists in the under-20 category include Maximum Friction, Harmonious Rage and the School of Rock Boca Raton House Band. In the older-than-20 category, you’ll hear bands including The Honey Project, Audio Crisis, Crush Company and Stumble Steady.

7-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, Holiday Park, Fort Lauderdale; free;

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s popular downtown musical picnic series in Holiday Park hosts its final concert of the season with the versatile party rock of the Shane Duncan Band.

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7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 12-13, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens; $275+ at

The ubiquitous Puerto Rican rap star, who packed FTX Arena in Miami for three concerts in April, continues the Year of Bunny with two shows at Hard Rock Stadium that are nearly sold out. Scattered platinum seats remain, with cheaper seats depending on the whims of the resale market.

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 12-14, Dania Improv, Dania Beach; $30+ at

Comedian Deon Cole, coming to South Florida on his Coleology Tour, is among the all-star cast of the western, “The Harder They Fall,” but may always be associated with the quirkily original role of Charlie Telphy on the hit ABC sitcom, “Black-ish.”

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, FLA Live Arena, Sunrise; $65+ at

The charismatic crooner is touring in support of his new album, “Higher,” a collection of originals and covers, including Sam Cooke’s “Bring It on Home to Me” and Willie Nelson’s “Crazy.” Again, the most daring track on the album is his energetic cover of Barry White’s “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything,” which he included in sets on recent European dates. Fingers crossed.

Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at [email protected]. Follow IG: @BenCrandell and TW: @BenCrandell.

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