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Weekend preview: Hail Freedonia, Frida and Tig!

If he knew then what we know now, Rufus T. Firefly would still go to war with Sylvania. No flipping. No flopping. Because amid all the misinformation, personal enmity and alpha-male posturing, this war was about money. And Margaret Dumont’s abundant natural resources.

Memorial Day weekend is a time for reflection on the service and sacrifice of the military and its role in safeguarding all that we take for granted. It’s a noble calling, with reasons for participation more nuanced than soldiers get credit for, as I have learned from two young U.S. Army members who will be staying in my house this weekend.

Recent graduates of West Point, each is honorable, highly educated and ambitious. They are this country’s most valuable natural resource. Which makes any attempt to use them worthy of examination from all sides.

Films can take audiences where dithering politicians fear to tread, with recent examples including the Oscar-nominated “American Sniper” and the new Ethan Hawke drama “Good Kill,”...

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Madonna's Miami concerts postponed

The last time a Madonna tour stopped in South Florida, she kept fans waiting nearly two hours before finally taking the stage. This time it'll be nearly five months. 

The singer on Thursday announced that the Miami concerts scheduled to open her 35-city Rebel Heart tour Aug. 29-30 will be postponed. Saying she needs more time to prepare, the tour will now open Sept. 9 in Montreal.

The Miami shows have been moved to the back of the tour, Jan. 23-24. Concerts in Atlanta and San Juan also will now take place in January. 

Tour promoter Live Nation said tickets in each city will be honored for new dates. Get more information on Miami tickets ($40-$355) via Ticketmaster.

“As my fans already know, the show has to be perfect," Madonna said in a press statement. "Assembling all the elements will require more time than we realized.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my fans.  I can promise you this show will be worth the wait."

Her South Florida fans are used to waiting.

On the opening...

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Nick Jonas sets fall tour stop in Miami Beach

As Nick Jonas on Monday announced his fall tour, with a stop at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Sept. 27, his appropriately popular single “Jealous” is still the song he’s best known for. It’s what he performed on the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.

But, also on Monday, he released another single, the soulful Sage the Gemini collaboration “Good Thing,” which could become one of the summer’s big hits. Which means you should get your tickets sooner than later.

General-admission tickets for Nick Jonas’ Fillmore show go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, May 22, at, at 800-745-3000 and at the Fillmore box office (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach).

Prices are $29.50 advance, $32 day of show. LiveNation app presales begin 10 a.m. Thursday. A limited number of reserved-seat tickets are also available for $47.50.

Jonas will be joined by opening act BeBe Rexha ("Take Me Home").

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Weekend preview: Where to get happy, hoppy, bubbly

You don’t have to be Jewish to love what musical headliners Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson are selling at IsraelFest on Sunday at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheater. It is faith, but a faith in man’s inherent goodness and ability to overcome the divisiveness and uncertainty of contemporary life everywhere.

There is an infectious optimism in Carlebach, who has a regular gig singing with an African-American choir in the Bronx, when she says a healing change is coming.

“Jewish unity is very important to Josh and I, but it’s the one of humanity that really speaks to us,” says Carlebach, daughter of Shlomo Carlebach, the legendary songwriter who wrote evocatively of spirituality and social justice. “It’s not about the Jewish people. It’s about the world. It’s about our children, on a whole. ... It’s about healing, about oneness.”

Carlebach and Nelson, partners onstage and off, would each be a headlining solo pop act in Israel (they're heard comparisons to “Brangelina”), and having them...

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iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina coming to Miami

iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, which made its first star-studded splash in 2014 in Los Angeles, is moving to Miami for performances at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Nov. 7.

The inaugural concert, sponsored by the radio and TV company iHeartMedia, included appearances by Ricky Martin, Pitbull, J. Balvin, Becky G, Roberto Tapia, Alejandra Guzmán, Prince Royce, La Original Banda El Limón, Voz A Voz, Daddy Yankee and Jesse & Joy.

No performers have been announced for the Miami show (and no tickets are on sale yet), but is it going too far out on a limb to bet that Ricky Martin and Pitbull will be along for the ride?

The concert will be broadcast live on Telemundo, with a video streaming on Yahoo Live and radio broadcasts on iHeartMedia’s Spanish-language radio stations.

“We’re thrilled to move the celebration to Miami this year and excited to share what promises to be one of Latin music’s biggest nights with Telemundo viewers,” said John Sykes, president of entertainment enterprises for iHeartMedia,...

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Zac Brown Band coming to West Palm Beach

Still riding the high of a memorable set at the Tortuga Music Festival, fans of the Zac Brown Band will be happy to know the evolving country act is circling back to South Florida on its fall tour with a stop at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach on Nov. 15.

Tickets for the concert, the final performance scheduled on the band’s North American tour, go on sale to the public 10 a.m. Friday, May 15 (presales begin noon Wednesday) at and all Ticketmaster outlets. Prices are $27.50-$75.50.

The ZBB's wildly diverse album “Jekyll and Hyde,” released April 28, is at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, confirmation that Brown's fans are willing to go wherever his inspiration leads, including dalliances with rock, jazz and, yikes, EDM.

The album’s first single, the easy-going "Homegrown," was No. 1 on the country chart, and the follow-up, "Heavy Is the Head,” with guest vocals by Soundgarden-Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell, was a hit on the mainstream rock charts.


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