Best Bets for June 8-14, 2011: Out in the Tropics, Katy Perry, Joel McHale

Thursday 09-June 19: Out in the Tropics
Only at Out in the Tropics could such a whimsical and talented group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender artists come together. The festival kicks off 7 p.m. Thursday at the Shore Club with the “Words and Power” discussion with Miami author Andrea Askowitz, performance artists Octavio Campos and Keith Hennessy, and Bitch, a violin-playing indie-rock performer featured on The L Word. Bitch also will play 8 p.m. Friday at the Colony Theater. The schedule continues with Dirty Little Secrets, a show by Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Jai Rodriguez (pictured). It has multiple dates at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The festival also includes a film screening and many other moving performances, including Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud, 8 p.m. June 18. Produced by the wildly talented local duo of Askowitz and Esther Martinez — both City Link contributing editors — the Lip Service readings are bound to include some laugh-out-loud moments.
Location: The Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach and several other locations (see Web site)
Time: Festival begins 7 p.m.; other times vary
Cost: The Thursday kickoff party is free; additional events cost $15 to $35
Contact: 305-910-7898 or Fundarte.us

Thursday 09-Sunday 12: Hukilau
Hukilau’s co-creator, Tiki Kiliki, admits on Thehukilau.com she didn’t think the event would still be around a decade its founding, but here we are still celebrating the tiki phenomenon. The weekend will be packed with Polynesianpop music by bands such as the Intoxicators!; poolside bartender challenges with Mai-Kai’s notorious rum barrels; tiki art vendors; mermaids, including a fire-eating one who could kick Ariel’s ass; and even a meet and greet with legendary surf guitarist Dick Dale. So put on your shades, hep cats and Daddy-0s, and get freaky with some tiki.
Location: Bahia Mar, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; Bahia Cabana, 3001 Harbor Drive, Fort Lauderdale and Mai Kai, 3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale (see Web site for full schedule and additional locations)
Time: Kickoff party begins 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Hukilau continues with events through Sunday.
Cost: $12-$40 for individual events; $110 for a four-day pass
Contact: Thehukilau.com

Friday 10-Saturday 11: Jazid 15th Anniversary
A nightclub supporting 15 years of live music deserves a major anniversary bash and big-time appreciation from local music lovers. Jazid does not throw mainstream cover bands down your throat. And for that, we thank it. Thank you, Jazid, for providing us with a venue where jazz, funk and cumbia can dominate a set. On Friday, rock out with Locos por Juana and reggae act Jahfé. On Saturday, get down with the funky, Afro-Cuban grooves of DJ Le Spam and the Spam Allstars and Suénalo.
Location: Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Time: 10 each night
Cost: $10 each night
Contact: 305-673-9372 or Jazid.net

Saturday 11: Joel McHale
It’s good to be Joel McHale (pictured). Not only does he host The Soup and star in Community, but in August, he’ll hit the big screen as Jessica Alba’s hubby in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. Unlike many comedians who peddle boring black-and-white tour T-shirts, McHale has a cool line of designs printed on American Apparel shirts, such as his homage to Spencer Pratt’s invisibeard, a.k.a. the “Creepy Flesh Colored Beard,” and “Spaghetti Cat,” a carb-crazy feline who randomly appears on The Soup. McHale will bring his relentless wit — and, we hope, a truckload of Ryan Seacrest jokes — to Hard Rock Live.
Location: Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $55-$90
Contact: 954-797-5531 or Hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

Saturday 11: Katy Perry
Katy Perry tweeted May 31 that she’s “Werking on bringing Tour.0 (2.0)California Dreams Tour to USA. It’s Bigger, better & w/more balls!” While Perry (pictured) may want to work on using spell check, we’re glad she’s back from her European dates. Perry’s set list for the tour is bursting with all her candy-coated, addicting singles: “Firework,” “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Waking Up in Vegas,” “I Kissed a Girl,” “Hot N Cold” and many more. She throws some covers into the mix, including renditions of Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’ ” andWhitney Houston’s 1987 hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).” Soulful Swedish pop singer Robyn will open the show. DJ Skeet Skeet, who will play his own gig 11 p.m. Wednesday at Liv, also will perform.
Location: Bank Atlantic Center, 2555 N.W. 136th Ave., Sunrise
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $41.25-$48.75
Contact: 954-523-3309 or Bankatlanticcenter.com

Contact Joanie Cox at jcox@citylinkmagazine.com.