Things to do this week: Hannah Gadsby, Maluma, Cinco de Mayo and more

South Florida Sun Sentinel
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With all the humility we can muster, can we agree that South Florida is the most fun, dynamic place in this fun, dynamic state? Just look at the week ahead and the opportunities to say things like Maluma and Deadmau5 and kerfuffle and pamplemousse. And Hannah Gadsby might even say “gay.” So much fun. Here are some of the main events in the week that will be:

Hannah Gadsby

The Parker, Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Tickets start at $37.75,

If you saw Hannah Gadsby’s remarkable Netflix specials “Nanette” and “Douglas” (or followed the Netflix-Dave Chappelle kerfuffle), you know that calling her a comedian is, shall we say, insufficient? An incisive observer of the passing parade from her position on the autism spectrum, Gadsby is an evocative storyteller and solver of the she/her, he/him, they/them quandary. As the native of Tasmania, Australia, noted in “Douglas”: “I’m taking ‘y’all.’ I love y’all. Because y’all is the best, most-inclusive second person pronoun in the English-speaking world. Thank you The South! What an ally!” Her new show is called “Body of Work.”

Star Wars Day

Kapow! Noodle Bar, Boca Raton, 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. Admission free. .

When did May the Fourth (be with you) become Star Wars Day? No one around here knows (even Wikipedia). No one cares. Nerds are just witty like that, OK? You can celebrate anywhere, but Kapow! feels appropriate, with its Studio Ghibli-meets-Batman otherness. The restaurant/lounge will celebrate with “Star Wars” cosplay (with prizes), “Star Wars”-themed cocktails and the original trilogy playing on a loop all night.

Cinco de Mayo

Beach House Pompano, 5 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Admission free. .

When did May the Fifth become Cinco de Mayo? No one around here knows. No one cares. We’re just looking for another day to par-tay, OK? You can celebrate anywhere, but if you’re looking for something different, Beach House Pompano is hosting a sneak-peek pop-up with a new sister property, Baresco Taqueria & Bar , coming to Pompano Beach in the fall. Among the offerings will be a cocktail called Bonita en Rosa ($12), made with tequila, mezcal, Pama pomegranate liqueur, Giffard Pamplemousse liqueur, orgeat and lime juice. As you may know, one theory as to what inspired the Mexicans to defeat the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, is that they were tired of calling grapefruit “pamplemousse.”


Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Tickets start at $105, .

Colombian pop star Maluma is the latest arena/stadium act to perform in the intimate confines of Hard Rock Live, fresh from a sold-out concert on Saturday at Atanasio Girardot soccer stadium in his hometown of Medellin — a show that aired live on Amazon Prime and Amazon Music’s Twitch channel and featured a cameo by Madonna.

An MTT Celebration featuring Gil Shaham

New World Center, Miami Beach, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Tickets start at $90, Wallcast free. .

More than 25 years after its founding, New World Symphony icon Michael Tilson Thomas, stepping down as artistic director to deal with the effects of brain cancer, will conduct the orchestra for the final time in that role in a program that includes Mahler’s panoramic, life-affirming Fifth Symphony. Tickets are scarce, but Saturday’s concert will be screened as a free Wallcast, outside New World Center in Soundscape Park.


DAER at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Friday-Sunday. Tickets vary. .

The Miami Grand Prix, a Formula One race on Sunday, May 8, at the Miami International Autodrome (sometimes known as the parking lot at Hard Rock Stadium), is the Art Basel of auto racing. Meaning its effects pop up in ways that have nothing to do with racing and everything to do with destination. Under the “race weekend takeover” umbrella, DJ stars lined up to perform this weekend at DAER dayclub/nightclub at the Hard Rock include the Chainsmokers (10 p.m. Friday; $75), Zedd (noon Saturday; $75), Tiësto (10 p.m. Saturday; $100) and Deadmau5 (noon Sunday; $60).

Tim McGraw

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Tickets start at $29.50. .

One of the stars of the cult-y “Yellowstone” prequel “1883″ (on Paramount+), Tim McGraw recently kicked off a summer tour supporting his summer 2020 album “Here on Earth.” Russell Dickerson will be the opening act.

Sweet Dillard Jazz — The Finale

Dillard Center for the Arts Main Stage Theatre, Fort Lauderdale, 5 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Tickets start at $25. .

This annual fundraising concert of big-band music is the culmination of a weekend honoring the career of Christopher Dorsey, retiring as band director of the nationally acclaimed Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble after 36 years in education. A reception and jam session also will take place 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $25.

Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at .

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