Florida International University's School of Journalism and Mass Communications presents a lecture by John Hockenberry, "Dateline NBC" correspondent, as part of the Hearst Distinguished Lecture Series. He will discuss the role of media and propaganda in current world events. 7 p.m. at Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center Ballroom, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami. Details: www.fiu.edu.
The Coconut Grove Home Design and Remodeling Show features 750 home-related products and services. Displays include furniture and accessories, kitchens and baths, lighting, wall treatments and interior design. Also, a free feng shui seminar and a seminar by Norma Vally, the Toolbelt Diva. Through Feb. 16 at the Coconut Grove Convention Center, 2700 S Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove. $1 children under 11; $8 others. Details: (305) 667-9299 or www.homeshowspecials.com.
BLACK HISTORY TOURS
Miami-Dade Transit presents the 12th annual Black History tours. The narrated three-hour tour aboard MDT's Metrobus features visits to several historical landmarks within Miami's African-American community. Areas include Coconut Grove, Overtown, Liberty City, Brownsville and Allapattah. 9 a.m. Saturdays at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NE First St., downtown Miami. RSVP required. Free. Details: (305) 654-6545 or www.miamidade.gov/transit.
Travel to the 16th century at the Florida Renaissance Festival. Festival includes performances by minstrels, street performers, live jousting tournaments, hearty food from the Middle Ages and rides and games for children. Featuring more than 120 artisan booths. 10 a.m. to sunset Saturdays and Sundays through March 13 at Quiet Waters Park, 6601 N Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach. Free for children under 5; $6 for children 5-12; $17.50 others. Details: (800) 3-RENFEST or (954) 776-1642.
Gablestage hosts a champagne reception followed by a reading of "Love Letters," by A.R. Gurney. The performance will include well-known South Florida personalities. All proceeds benefit Gablestage educational programming. 6:30 p.m. at the Biltmore Gablestage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. RSVP required. $50. Details: (305) 445-1119.
ROMANCING THE STONE
The Deering Estate at Cutler host a Valentine's Day concert featuring jazz soloist Nicole Henry. Visitors are welcome bring blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy music and stargazing courtesy of Southern Cross Astronomical Society. 8 p.m. at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave. $15. Details: (305) 235-1668, ext. 233 or www.deeringestate.org.
JAM AT MAM
Every third Thursday Miami Art Museum presents happy hour with an artful twist. This event provides art lovers an opportunity to meet and socialize. Includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music. 5-8:30 p.m. at Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Free for members; $5 others. Details: www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The 64th annual Miami International Boat Show features more than 2,200 exhibitors presenting powerboats, engines, electronics, marine gear and accessories. Also, educational boating seminars and a resource center for new boaters. Visitors can test drive powerboats at the Sealine Marina and Yachting Center. Through Feb.21 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. $4 for children 6-12; $15 others. Details: (954) 441-3220 or www.miamiboatshow.com.
THERE'S CAKE ON OUR FACE
Tigertail Productions hosts its 25th anniversary celebration featuring comedian Bill Santiago, songs by Sidney Brien and a performance by Charles Recher. George Neary will be master of ceremonies. 8-11 p.m. at Dorsch Gallery, 151 NW 24th St., Miami. $25 or a cake; $50 patron. Details: (305) 545-8546 or www.tigertail.org.