Praisin' and roof-raisin'
Billed as the largest party of the year for grown folks, the Jubilee Groove Fest is a weekend-long celebration of comedy, music, fashion, poetry, and worship. Worship? Not in the hushed, monastery sense of the word but the fun, hands-in-the-air kind of worship. The party goes down at the Boca Raton Resort and Club (501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton) starting at 6 p.m. Friday with a kickoff concert. A comedy/poetry jam follows with former bad girl of comedy Chocolate and Bud Light comedy winner Tight Mike. Poets Butterfly Vaughn, Tonya Smart, and Da Real One join. After that, everyone heads to the yacht for a white linen party (yes, even after Labor Day) with drinks and dessert. Saturday's fashion show features couture and Worth Avenue designs, followed by an R&B concert with Vivian Green, Cruna, and Southern Relative. But the best is last as rapper, Beastie Boy buddy, and topnotch DJ Biz Markie hosts an old-school hip-hop beach party with members of the Miami Dolphins. The weekend concludes with a Sunday brunch. If Biz Markie in beachwear seals the deal, you can buy tickets at $200 for the entire weekend or separately for each event ranging from $15 to $50. Call 888-643-6410, or visit www.jubilee2005.com. -- Terra Sullivan
Catch a Fever
Rowe's hot new hardcover
Local author Sean Rowe has had a bit of literary bravado in him for a long time now -- even before his tenure as a staff writer for Miami New Times and New Times Broward-Palm Beach (1990-1999). In his latest novel, Fever, Rowe casts Matt "Loose Cannon" Shannon, a former FBI agent devoid of dignity, in a situation gone berserk, along with his brother and a woman whose existence is a conundrum (savior or sinner?). Like a lot of Floridians, Shannon is in a heap of debt and has a suspended driver's license and a phone number that fails to connect. His new job? He works as head of security for a cruise ship, mainly for the booze. That's one ship that's going down... or is it? Get some clues at 7 p.m. Wednesday as Rowe stops by Murder on the Beach Bookstore (273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach) for a book signing. Call 561-279-7790, or visit www.murderonthebeach.com. -- Riki Altman
21 artists, 801 Projects
Calle Ocho may be better-known for Cuban coffee and guayaberas than for modern art. But Angela Vallela and other resident artists at 801 Projects are changing a section of the famous strip with "First Call," a show of installations and performance pieces opening Saturday. "First Call" -- part of the experimental8 series -- uses the entire space in the 801 Projects building (801 SW Third Ave., Miami), from the stairwells to the lobby, to create a site-specific show of 21 artists, including Wendy Wischer and Jason Ferguson, whose light-box piece Migrations rests in the back stairwell. The show is as much about the space as the art itself. Get your installation on at 9 p.m. Call 305-324-0585. -- Ilona Solomon
Off the Leash
A group of international dancehall superstars is coming -- but not from Jamaica. Nope, it's Japan's Mighty Crown, and their appearance Friday at Sophia's Ballroom (3842 N. University Dr., Sunrise) is just part of the haps during Unleash, an all-night dance party hosted by Zeke Don and Lion. Formed in Yokohama, Japan, in 1991, Mighty Crown built its fan base the old-fashioned way -- by hocking its mix tapes and gigging like hell. Now the Crown is considered dancehall royalty in its native country. Hell, the group even has its own clothing line. Mighty Crown joins Renaissance, Black Chiney, and Ruckus at 11 p.m. Call 954-748-1260. -- Jason Budjinski
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