When 25,000 people came to last year's inaugural Broward Carnival, it was clear the county's Caribbean community had grown large enough to support its own annual fete, away from Miami's Carnival in Homestead. This year, 23 bands (clubs whose members wear matching costumes and march together in the parade) have signed on for the long weekend of soca partying. Some bands include upward of 100 people, with names like "Fun Generation," "Major Players," and "Coucou Connection." Most Broward Carnival events begin in the area around Lockhart Stadium (301 NW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Soca Legends (with Black Stalin, Mac Fingall, and Lord Nelson, among others) begin playing at 9 p.m. Friday and keep going until the early morning's predawn "Jouvert" costume parade and steel band competition on Saturday. At noon Sunday, the main masquerade parade heads out from 56th and 12th streets, moves down 12th to West Cypress Creek Road, and then loops around and back up. The beach bash happens Monday, near the Yankee Clipper Hotel (1140 Seabreeze Blvd./A1A, Fort Lauderdale). Hey, try to fit some sleep in there somewhere. Visit www.browardcarnival.org, or call 754-368-7231. -- Dave Amber
Cut scratch fever
Let's face it. There are typical DJs, and there are genuine turntablists. The former can entertain at your cousin's bar mitzvah or provide the backing track for any half-assed rapper. The latter take the wheels of steel, elevating vinyl performance to a serious art form, creating mesmerizing, beat-juggling performances with theatrics always included. Local outfit Mafia Promotions brings the inspiration of the DMC and old sound system battles to Sunrise with tonight's We a Kill From event at Hibiscus (6289 W. Sunrise Blvd.). Emcees and DJs from hip-hop, reggae, and dub backgrounds collide when acts Poison Dart with Kirky C and Shotta, Sound Trooper, and Black Kat with Yuncie and Panther grace the stage. 8 Mile references aside, this clash of Technics titans and mic-spitters is a unique, engaging offering for a time when real wars aren't amusing at all. Call 954-585-8653. -- Kiran Aditham
Artists and Outlaws and DJs, Oh My!
Urban decay gets us going
Dance party is to art gallery as bull is to china shop. Unless the gallery is Objex Art Space (203 NW 36th St., Miami), where "a decidedly off-beat 'no rules' mentality exists" and the featured artwork is "influenced by urban decay, political expression, outlaws, skateboarding, graffiti, graphic design, and the corruption of modern-day society," according to the owners. At tonight's event -- called "Resinated" -- the gallery is converted into a chill-out room where bartenders proffer liquor and energy drinks. In the adjacent warehouse, 20 local DJs spark up their Dynacords while the smart crowd grooves to electro and drum 'n' bass. Stop by between 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Cost: $8. Call 786-251-0957, or visit www.onesceneunited.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon
No Haoles Here
Many a Hawaiian-born local has been anticipating the annual Hawaii Calls Florida Ho'olaule'a like a mainlander would look forward to a trip to Oahu. But it's not the usual assortment of music, food, and beach activities that so excites them -- Hawaiian hula master Chinky Mahoe is flying in for a dance or two. Say aloha at 10 a.m. at Carlin Park (400 S. A1A, Jupiter). Call 561-262-0696. -- Jason Budjinski