Around Town: Laura Bush, Afrika Bambaataa, Fetish Parties, Rick Ross, Diddy, and Busta Rhymes

Masuimi Max, Belle of the Fetish Ball
We're guessing most of you already know about the shower of hip-hop events hitting Miami this long weekend, but allow us to point out some other events worthy of your time and cash. There's a saucy Fetish party happening all weekend in Broward. If you're willing to sport a gag ball, we think you might also be willing to endure the drive up.

  • Laura and Jenna Bush make an appearance at Books & Books. The former first lady has written a memoir that bags on Dubya's bad decisions.
  • Tucked away in a resort in Doral this weekend is DocMiami, a documentary film festival.
  • The Godfather of Hip-Hop, Afrika Bambaataa, plays Revolution tonight.
  • French rockers Crusaders of Love swoop through Miami for So Raw's Let's Make Memories show at Bar.
  • The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a Korean homage to Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. See why it scored a foreign film nomination at this year's Oscars. It screens at the Miami Beach Cinematheque all weekend.

  • Broward is kinkier than Dade, at least it is this weekend. Celebrate the 15th anniversary (that's crystal, right?) of the Fetish Factory parties. On Saturday, head to the decked-out, skin-flashing Fetish Ball.
  • Musicians, celebrities, and party people will flock to Bicentennial Park on Sunday for 2010's Best of the Best, a dancehall and hip-hop day-long concert. This year, the lineup includes Rick Ross, Diddy (and friends), Gucci Mane, and oh, just read the write-up here.
  • Recently-released jailbird T.I. plays Klutch just in time for the Urban Beach Week events. Now he knows why the caged bird sings.
  • Seven comedians will tickle your funnybone at Sunday's Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival.Our pick? Mark Curry. Give that man his own show. See his bit on crackheads here.
  • Cafeina, a Wynwood lounge/gallery, will host Los Angeles DJ duo Classixx, last seen in Miami during the Winter Music Conference.
  • Sports stars and rap celebs like Carmelo Anthony, Cam'ron, Jim Jones, and Fabolous will be at Klucth on Monday to celebrate Busta Rhymes' b-day. We gon' sip Bacardi like it's his birthday...cause it is.

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