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The podcast Worst Place on Earth has proved pretty popular with listeners. Each week, hosts Jessica Farr and Caleb Scott scour some of the wildest and weirdest true-crime-esque stories from across the globe and share them in a captivating fashion. This Tuesday, the local band Afrobeta will join the hosts at the Olympia Theater for a special recording of the podcast, complete with a live score from the accompanying act. The forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of at least one "Florida Man" story. 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, at Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-374-2444; olympiatheater.org. Admission is free.
Do you think you know Ted, Robin, Lily, and Barney better than anyone else? If so, hit Growler USA in Wynwood this Wednesday for How I Met Your Mother Slapsgiving Trivia. Grab your fellow sitcom enthusiasts and gear up for five rounds of HIMYM goodness, two of which will be dedicated to the wonderful tradition of Slapsgiving. But don't actually slap your friends — unless they totally deserve it. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, at Growler USA, 337 NW 25th St., Miami; growlerusa.com. Admission is free.
Merengue and salsa are as quintessentially Miami as midafternoon gridlock on I-95. As part of the Miami Design District's Performance Series, the legendary Johnny Ventura will perform a musical tribute to the beloved genres Friday evening in Palm Court Plaza. The Dominican singer is known as the "Elvis of Merengue" and has released more than 100 albums dating to the 1960s. 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 22, in Palm Court Plaza, 140 NE 39th St., Miami; miamidesigndistrict.net. Admission is free.vezasur.com. Admission is free.
To get in the holiday spirit, head to CityPlace Doral this Saturday for its Tree Lighting Ceremony. In addition to illuminating a huge tree and offering a special "snowfall," the event will offer plenty to make you jolly. The traditional Cuban group Cortadito will serenade guests, and South Florida Dance Group will perform a special rendition of The Nutcracker. 6 p.m. Saturday, November 23, at CityPlace Doral, 8300 NW 36th St., Doral; cityplacedoral.com. Admission is free.
Your weekend doesn't have to end on a boring note. Every last Sunday of the month (meaning this Sunday!), the picturesque Mayfair at Coconut Grove hosts the Miami Latin Rooftop Pool Party. Arrive at noon for a special bachata class by Bloo. From there, DJs Mike Caledron, Alfredo Rodriguez, and Artie Bronx will drive the festive vibe. Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at the Mayfair at Coconut Grove, 3000 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove; mayfairhotelandspa.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.