STAND-UP COMEDY: Wanda Sykes
Did you know Sykes once worked at the NSA? Yes, the National Security Agency. Before John Bolton. Sykes is slightly better known for her work in comedy. Over her 30-year career, the out lesbian (Sykes, not Bolton) has had success across many fields. She won an Emmy for her writing on The Chris Rock Show, hosted the 2009 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, has appeared in films from Pootie Tang to Bad Moms, and is currently on the small screen in both Blackish and Broad City. But Sykes’ stand-up work is where it all began.
Fri–Sat, May 11–12. Palm Beach Improv (550 S Rosemary Ave #250, WPB). For show times and tix ($35 + 2-drink min): palmbeachimprov.com.
DIVA LIVE: Patti LaBelle
The R&B diva began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer of the Bluebelles. A decade later the group changed its name to Labelle and broke through with “Lady Marmalade.” (Confidential to the children: That 2001 Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil’ Kim version of the song? It was a cover.) Patti went on to solo stardom in 1976 and has sold more than 50 million records with hits like “On My Own” and “New Attitude.” Hey sista, go sista, soul sista, go… to this show, sista!
Sun May 13, 7pm. James L Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave, Miami). Tix ($50–$305): jlkc.com.
GALA BENEFIT: DiversiSAFE
The second edition of this annual event raises funds for Latinos Salud and all the important work it does supporting Latinx LGBTers. Tatianna from Season 2 of RuPual’s Drag Race is your headliner, but our eyes will be glued to the hot DiversiSAFE dancers. Miami mainstay DJ AJ Reddy provides the tunes. This is a “Pick Your Pledge” benefit: Make a contribution that fits your budget. But be sure to register beforehand. Pre-registered guests enjoy valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and gift bags, bitches!
Sat May 12, 7pm. Gallery of Amazing Things (481 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach). To register: latinossalud.org.
SINGING VENTRILOQUIST: Terry Fator
In one of show business’ most memorable ascents, singer-comedian-celebrity impressionist Terry Fator, who won NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2007 after performing for decades at county fairs and kids’ parties, soared to No. 2 on Forbes’ list of top-earning comics just six years later. The celebrated ventriloquist is among Las Vegas’ most successful acts and sings everything from Nat King Cole and Garth Brooks to Elvis, Bruno Mars and more.
Sat, May 12, 7pm. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd, WPB). Tix (from $25): kravis.org.
FOUR-WOMAN QUINTET: Fifth Harmony
The multi-platinum girl group was formed during the second season of TV’s The X Factor. Following the late 2016 departure of original member Camila Cabello (who dropped a solo record this year; perhaps you have(ana, ooh-na-na) heard it? ), the “Work From Home” group has continued to tour but recently announced a hiatus to pursue solo projects. Catch ’em while you can!
Fri May 11, 8pm. Hard Rock Event Center (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tix ($50–$90): seminolehardrockhollywood.com.
BIG-ROOM STAND-UP SHOW: Dane Cook
The comic actor has released five popular comedy albums and developed a cult following for his adults-only material. From 2006 to 2008, Cook took a break from comedy to pursue a film career with Good Luck Chuck, My Best Friend’s Girl, Employee of the Month and… limited success. This Saturday night Cook will be back doing what he does best.
Sat May 12, 8pm. Hard Rock Event Center (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tix ($55–$125): seminolehardrockhollywood.com.
SOULFUL TRIBUTE: Ruben Studdard Sings Luther Vandross
During his memorable run on American Idol (second season winner!), Ruben Studdard was hailed as “the next Luther.” With his current show, Studdard gives Vandross fans the evening they’ve been longing for. Studdard, who snagged a Grammy nomination for his Idol performance of Vandross’ “Superstar,” sings the hits that made Luther a legend, including “Endless Love,” “Dance With My Father” and many more.
Sun May 13, 7:30pm. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd, WPB). Tix (from $15): kravis.org.
CELEBRATION: Kool & the Gang
There’s a party going on right here! Since 1964, the legendary R&B group has posted such hits as “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Ladies Night,” and our personal anthem, “Get Down On It.” How you gonna do it if you really don’t want to dance? They’ll be joined by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. And with that hip-shaking lineup, be ready to move.
Wed May 16, 7:30pm. Hard Rock Event Center (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tix ($50–$130): seminolehardrockhollywood.com.
ROCK UNDER THE STARS: Eddie Money + Blue Oyster + Foghat
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Money enjoyed breakout success in the 1970s and ’80s with down-home hits “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” At “It’s Going to the Dogs,” Money will be joined by Blue Oyster Cult (“Don’t Fear the Reaper”) and Foghat (“Slow Ride”). That’s one killer lineup — and a portion of net proceeds goes to local no-kill dog rescues.
Sat May 12, 6pm. Mizner Park Amphitheater (590 W Plaza Real, Boca Raton). Tix ($60–$150): eddiemoneyatmizner.com.
DYNAMIC DUO: James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt
James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar playing for more than 40 years. Bonnie Raitt is an institution in American music. The pair, friends for decades, played to sold-out crowds across the U.S. last summer, and they’re back for more. Not to be missed!
Fri May 11, 7:30pm. BB&T Center (2555 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise). Tix (from $50): thebbtcenter.com.