So you wanna be a rock and roll star? If anyone can help you out it's the hipsters at Songwriters in the Round. The monthly musical event, which consists of an open-mike hour and then a handful of established singers doing their thing in the round, is a bit different this evening. Before the open-mike component, they're presenting a panel discussion titled "Music Publishing 101," featuring Ellen Moraksie of Warner/Chappell Music's Latin division and entertainment lawyer John Bradley. Afterward, you can listen to artists crooning the blues, or sign up to sing yourself. Slated to appear: Michael Locke with Stan "One Night Stan's" Waldman; Jamie "King" Colton; and Sheba Israel and Ken "The Snowman" Minahan of Sheba and the Rhythm Kings. (First rule before you become a blues artist: Adopt a cool nickname!) Showtime is 6:00 p.m. at Power Studios, 3701 NE Second Ave. Admission costs ten dollars. Call 305-899-7346.
Conspiracies, murder, witches, war, all-consuming lust for power, and bloodshed! An average day in our nation's capitol? No, just a few of the elements found in Florida Grand Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth, based on Shakespeare's play of the same name. The story of the Scottish nobleman who thinks he'd make a great king but learns otherwise is one of the Italian composer's most challenging works. Baritone Justino Diaz and soprano Deborah Voight sing the roles of Macbeth and his social climbing wife, who has a thing for clean laundry. The show goes on tonight at 8:00 at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2701 W. Flagler St.). Other performances take place next Saturday, Tuesday, and Friday at 8:00 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets range from $19-$133. Call 305-854-7890.