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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.

Gospel truths

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.

Political fever

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.

Flo rid­ing

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.

Blue Sun­day

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.

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