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Best events this week: Ultra Music Festival, Jazz in the Gardens and Rihanna

7 SoFla events this week: @ultra 2016 w/ @the_prodigy, @Rihanna @AAArena, @Usher & @JanelleMonae @JazzGardens



Monday marks the holiest of mathematical holidays, Pi Day, and to celebrate, Funky Buddha Brewery will serve pie-flavored craft beer inside the taproom (1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park). The geeky afternoon kicks off with beer tappings at 3:14 p.m. (of course), and includes Blueberry Cobbler Ale, Carrot Cake Wheat, Lemon Meringue Berliner, Key Lime Berliner, Strawberry Shortcake Wheat Wine, Muy Bonita brown ale, German Chocolate Cake brown ale and Red Velvet English red ale. At 8 p.m., eight beer nerds will bury their faces in apples and blueberries for a pie-eating contest (a no-hands rule applies), with the top three finishers vying for Funky Buddha gift cards ($20-$100) and 22-ounce bottles of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and Last Snow. 954-440-0046 or



Although Rihanna's eighth album, "Anti," was released to little fanfare or promotion in January, its lead dancehall single, "Work," featuring rapper Drake, blasted into the public consciousness in February. Both the album and the single remain atop the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 Albums charts, respectively. The singer, who will be doing "Work" when she delivers her Anti World Tour to the AmericanAirlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, will likely showcase her other smash singles, "Umbrella", "Rude Boy" and "Bitch Better Have My Money." $31-$176 via 786-777-1000 or


The man picked to close out the 10th edition of Festival of the Arts Boca on Wednesday night, Joshua Bell, bears a musical instrument arguably more famous than he is: a 303-year-old Stradivarius violin. The Stradivarius, which will accompany Bell's 7 p.m. program at Mizner Park Amphitheater (590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton), carries a striking, cinematic history, involving thievery by the Nazis in the 1930s. Wednesday's performance with the Lynn Philharmonia will be highlighted by Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings in C Major" and Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons, Op. 8." $25-$225. 866-571-2787 or


"Spring Awakening," the rock musical spun around the German play written by Frank Wedekind, drew headlines in January for its new Broadway version, which featured a deaf actors among its cast. So we're eager to see what Slow Burn Theatre, on a roll with recent musicals "Big Fish" and "Violet," can do in its mounting of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's Tony-winning drama, opening 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Broward Center (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The cautionary tale involves adolescent students whose sexuality and passage into adulthood is being stifled by a repressive community. $45, through April 3, via 954-462-0222 or


As of March 10, a handful of $1,249 VIP passes remain ($349 general admission is sold out) for Ultra Music Festival 2016. So if you happen to keep the cost equivalent of a MacBook Air in your bank account, know that this Friday-Sunday smorgasbord of raver-friendly electronica boasts a strong lineup, with Friday DJ sets by Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Miike Snow, Carl Cox and John Digweed, all under the bandshell and colorful LED boards of Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). We're also digging '90s rap-rock electronica veterans the Prodigy, whose Saturday set should lean on their 2015 album "The Day Is My Enemy"; and David Guetta and Purity Ring on Sunday. People without tickets can stream the festival at 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday.


We don't know about you, but sizzling, heartburn-inducing pork puts us in the mood for blues. This is why we're thankful for the greased-up throwdown called the Delray Beach Bacon and Bourbon Festival, returning Saturday to Old School Square (51 N. Swinton Ave.) with smoky spirits and music by Jay Blues Band and Grace and the Victory Riders. A highlight of the festival, of course, is the Pappy Van Winkle tastings (8 p.m., and it's $300), but also the flood of seminars, pairings and chef demos that accompany the food vendors. This year brings a pork assault of bacon and bourbon burgers, bacon garlic fries, pork pot pie with a creamy béchamel and Dr. Pepper-and-bourbon-glazed pork belly with bok choy. Noon-11 p.m. $25 for general admission, $59-$150 for food pairing tickets. 561-279-0907 or


Arguably the strongest lineup the Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival has ever presented, Sunday's bill brings avant-garde singer Janelle Monáe, R&B artist Usher and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds to Sun Life Stadium (247 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens). (That's after Saturday's show, which includes no less than Aretha Franklin, Kool and the Gang and Michael McDonald). Usher, the eight-time Grammy winner , is the headliner, and he's coming off yet another Top 20 hit last year with "I Don't Mind," featuring Juicy J. $65-$90 via Find the full lineup at

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