Eyes wide open
Many of Ani DiFranco’s incisive contributions to the debate over the past two decades seem to grow only sharper with time. In “Subdivision,” a 2001 song about the grim future created by gentrification and institutionalized racism, she offered a simple solution: “What will it take for my country to rise? First we admit our mistakes, then we open our eyes.” DiFranco performs 8 p.m. Saturday at Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room. Tickets: $25. Info: CultureRoom.net.
Diane and Magda
A couple of other righteous babes will perform Saturday night, when the Diane Ward Band will be joined by special guest Magda Hiller at the Luna Star Café (775 NE 125th St., North Miami). Hiller will go on about 9 p.m., followed by Hollywood resident Ward and her band (Jack Shawde, Debbie Duke, Bob Taylor and Jeff Renza). Cover is $10 (Luna Star is cash only). Info: Facebook.com/DianeWardMusic.
The thoughtful and talented (and twice Grammy-nominated) young choral ensemble Seraphic Fire will offer “Amazing Grace,” “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit” during a performance of “The American Spiritual: An Expression of Pure Joy” at 8 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church (333 Tarpon Drive, Fort Lauderdale). Tickets: $40. Info: SeraphicFire.org.
It’s been nearly 10 years since Wanda Sykes’ first HBO special, “Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired,” which gave voice to the topical humor that is right at home now in her recurring role on Gary Trudeau’s Amazon Prime show “Alpha House.” Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Sykes’ April 17 performance at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. Tickets cost $64, $49 and $34 at MyHRL.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster. com and 800-745-3000. More info: WandaSykes.com.
Did we mention that tickets for Florence and the Machine’s upcoming Miami concert go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday? The May13 concert at AmericanAirlines Arena will open the North American run of their How Beautiful tour, because we’re cool like that. Tickets cost $27.50-$77.50 at all Ticketmaster outlets. Not a minor detail: Opening acts are Grimes and Of Monsters and Men. Info: MyHRL.com, FlorenceAndTheMachine.net.
Orange you glad …
You may feel obligated, as a Floridian, to attend Friday’s release party for Due South Brewing’s Hopicana Rye IPA, a newly canned beer touted for its local sourcing of Florida oranges and honey from an apiary minutes from the brewery. It really is your civic responsibility. The event begins at noon and includes food from Munchie’s Snack Shack from 5 to 10 p.m. Info: Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing.
Beer, it’s what’s for breakfast. At least it is on Sunday at Riverside Market (608 SW 12th Ave, Fort Lauderdale), where the Blue Waffle Brunch will pair the fluffy, blueberry-spiked planks with a side of Wild Blue, the sweet lager from Blue Dog Brewing (ahem, Anheuser-Busch). You got a better way to start your Sunday? Proprietor Julian Siegel, who will be serving from noon to 1 p.m., promises you “won’t be able to unsee” this event. Info: Facebook.com/ RiversideMarket.