With Passover and Easter falling on the same weekend, most everyone will have some sort of family-obligated eating in the next three days. See if you can take private family awkwardness into the public sphere with this Passover Seder round-up and this Easter Brunch list.
Using whatever 'you-time' is left over, hit up concerts featuring elder rappers, former Wu-Tang members, and Canadian award-winning dance groups. Or catch live poetry as part of O, Miami and dance with wenches at a bona fide medieval fair.
Soul Fest 2012
Friday, 7 p.m.
The highlight of this year's Soul Fest is undoubtedly Blowfly, AKA Clarence Reid, the septuagenarian rapper with a penchant for profane rhymes. Reid, who once was a songwriter for Betty Wright, Gwen McCrae, and KC & the Sunshine Band, will be joined by Ralph "Soul" Jackson, Friday Funk Machine with Jaylon "Thunder" Ballard, and Radioboxer.
O Miami: Melissa Broder
The Betsey Hotel
Friday, 8 p.m.
In town for O, Miami's reading series, Melissa Broder is the author of two collections of poems, "When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother," and most recently "Meat Heart." Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Guernica, Redivider, The Missouri Review online, Court Green, Drunken Boat, Barrelhouse, The Awl, among others.
Friday, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $21 and up
Raekwon, formerly of the Wu-Tang Clan, performs at Revolution with Freddie Gibbs for his Unexpected Victory Tour.
Friday, 11 p.m.
Dragonette, an electro group comprised of singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, bassist and producer Dan Kurtz, and drummer Joel Stouffer, just beat out Deadmau5 at the 2012 Juno Awards for Dance Recording of the Year. Here's their new single:
The Juan Maclean
Saturday, 10 p.m.
Tickets: $15 to $20
One-time post-hardcore musician and former James Murphy bandmate, The Juan Maclean mixes post-punk and '70s experimental electronics with early Euro-disco, electro, Detroit techno, and Chicago house. See him at Bardot.
Florida Renaissance Festival
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.
Tickets: $6 to $17
Get your fill of historical reenactments, jousting, sword fights, magical illusions, "Washing Wenches,” and plenty of mead and legs of meat at the annual Florida Renaissance Festival.