Wanda Sykes is everywhere. Perhaps you caught her in Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia With Hate last year? Or, maybe you’ve seen her on Black-ish and Broad City in recent years. She’s also starred in a few stand-up specials including the always-hilarious I’ma Be from 2010 and the 2016 special What Happened... Ms. Sykes? She’s kept it fresh and honest for 30-plus years and Thursday’s gig at Hard Rock Live will certainly be no exception. 8 p.m. Thursday at Hard Rock Live at the Event Center, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $35 to $65.
It’s not every day you get to stroll the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens after 5 p.m. Well, you can this Friday evening during a special Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk. In addition to enjoying the gardens’ picturesque grounds, the taiko drumming group Fushu Daiko will perform, sake and beer will be available for sale, and Cornell Café and food trucks will serve up yummy pan-Asian cuisine. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach; morikami.org. Admission costs $8 for adults at the door with various discounts available.
Calling all comic book fans! The first-ever AARLCC-CON: Comic & SciFi Convention is this Saturday in Fort Lauderdale. AARLCC stands for the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and, among the activities, there will be opportunities aplenty for African-American writers and illustrators, including workshops and networking opportunities. For the average comic books fan, there will be grub, autograph signings and, yes, a cosplay contest, so get all dressed up! 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
Haven’t bought mom that Mother’s Day card yet? This is your last chance. And, why buy one, when you can make one? On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Story section at Macy’s in Boca Raton will host a Melt Hearts workshop. You’ll get to create a DIY crayon Mother’s Day card, which involves melting Crayola crayons. Your Mom’s heart will totally... melt when she receives the final product. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Macy’s, 5700 Glades Rd., Boca Raton; macys.com. Admission is free with RSVP.
Midsummers in Florida are miserable and muggy. But we can all get behind A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by the Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. If you’ve steered clear of Shakespeare’s work, this play is a wonderful intro loaded with enchantment, a bit of a rivalry, and some love along the way. 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach; ccpompano.org. Tickets cost $15 to $25.
Take mom to Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Pembroke Pines for an extravagant Mother’s Day meal. The restaurant's holiday menu will feature a seafood sampler, parmesan-crusted filet with porcini risotto, lobster gnocchi, and chocolate fondue. Mothers will also get a free rose and you can toast Mom with $50 bottles of Moet Rosé. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at Brimstone Woodfire Grill, 14575 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines; brimstonewoodfiregrill.com.
To all the Moms out there: You deserve a nice brunch. And you can get one at Moms, Mermaids, and Mimosas on Sunday at the always-picturesque B Ocean Resort on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The brunch menu will include oysters, snow crab claws, shrimp, an omelet station, a carving station, and much more. Moms also get a welcome rose, a glass of rosé, and a homemade bottle of infused olive oil to take home. Plus, B’s mermaids will be swimming in a tank nearby. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at B Ocean Resort, 1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; bhotelsandresorts.com. Admission costs $65 for adults and $24 for children 12 and under.
All of your favorite childhood dreams are coming true. There is a Double Dare Live! show and it’s coming to the Broward Center. That’s right: You can be called on stage by host Marc Summers to answer crazy trivia questions, run the legendary obstacle course, and get completely messy. Can this become a regular thing, please? Maybe once a week? 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; browardcenter.org. Tickets cost $35 to $69.50.
In a world with too much damn noise, let’s listen to some timeless music. On Monday, the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches will perform Rhapsody in Red, White, and Blue. The experience will evoke American pride with songs including “Victory at Sea”, “Lead Me Home” and “POW/MIA March”. You won’t want to miss piano virtuoso David Crohan either – he usually tears the house down. 7:30 p.m. Monday at Duncan Theatre, 4200 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach; symphonicband.org. Tickets cost $20.
Anxiety sucks and unfortunately, a lot of people out there have to deal with it. Enter Angst. It’s a documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety, and it’s being shown at Lauderdale’s Savor Cinema on Wednesday. The flick interviews teens, kids, parents, and experts in an effort to encourage folks to identify symptoms and reach out for help, if needed. 7 p.m. Wednesday at Savor Cinema, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; showclix.com. Admission is free.
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