Everglades Music and Crafts Festival: Whatever your musical palette desires, it is guaranteed to be satiated at the 21st Annual Everglades Music & Crafts Festival (30 miles west of Miami on Tamiami Trail) today and tomorrow. Dancehall reggae originator Screwdriver tops a bill that includes Miccosukee rock band Tiger-Tiger, Latin sensation Grupo Chevere, country favorite Sundown, and rap trio Young Lyons. Fry bread, pumpkin bread, Greek gyros, and Italian ices are just a few of the tasty delights offered. A plethora of arts and crafts will be showcased, and a Miccosukee event would not be complete without the ever-popular alligator wrestling. Gates open each day at 9:30 a.m. Tickets cost seven dollars for adults and four for children. Call 223-8380. (MM)
Olympic Soccer: As Olympic fever sweeps the nation, South Florida gets a taste of the games with first-round and quarterfinal soccer matches running today through July 28 at the Orange Bowl (1501 NW Third St.). The series features six first-round men's and three first-round women's matches, as well as two men's quarterfinal games (semifinal and medal rounds will take place in Athens, Georgia), featuring teams from France, Australia, Sweden, China, Brazil, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Hungary, Nigeria, and the U.S. Today's opening ceremonies include live music by Gary King & the Dream and Carlos Oliva y Los Sobrinos del Juez, beginning at 4:00. Tickets range from $20 to $45. Matches begin today at 6:30 and continue tomorrow at 4:00, Monday at 7:00, Tuesday at 6:00, and Wednesday at 7:00. For a complete schedule, see our "Calendar Listings" or call 371-4600. (GC)
Pelican Party: Party by the bay as Y-100 (WHYI-FM 100.7) hosts the fifth annual Pelican Party at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant (3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne) to benefit the Buoniconti Fund of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Y-100 DJ Kenny Walker will spin Top 40 tunes, while local band Steve Minotti & Company perform live at 10:00 and midnight. Of course, no party would be complete without tasty food and beverages. The party gets under way tonight from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Tickets are $25. Call 284-3408. (GC)
Mideastern Dance Exchange: Professional dancers, instructors, and students from the Mideastern Dance Exchange shake, shimmy, and wriggle their middles at the third annual summer dance concert, taking place tonight at 7:00 at World Resources Cafe (719 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Mustafa provides live Arabic music, with singing by Kaaren Mils, Moki, and Virginia Mendez, while Exchange regulars Tamalyn Dallal, Amina, Amar, and others perform. Admission is free. Call 538-1608. (GC)
july 22 East Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra: Sixty-five of the finest young classical players from greater London and the areas surrounding East Hertfordshire, England, come together to perform as the East Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra, appearing tonight at 8:00 at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (5555 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale). Currently on its first tour, the orchestra, which was formed in 1993, will perform Handel's Music for Royal Fireworks and selections by, among others, Strauss, Sousa, Vaughan Williams, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and John Williams. Admission is free. Call 954-491-1103. (GC)
july 23 Seth Joel: National Geographic photographer Seth Joel took time between assignments to work on a series of intimate, somewhat surreal photographs, now on exhibit at the Photogroup Center (130 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables). Joel's panorama-format prints capture a scene from different perspectives in the same photograph. One picture shows a little girl sitting at the counter of a coffee shop. We see her twice -- once from inside and behind, looking out the window, and again from the outside looking in. The effect of the double images is intriguing, and slightly disconcerting, like looking at identical twins. "It's a storytelling device that adds hyperreality to a subject that might be lost in a single image," says the photographer. Joel's show "Long Frames" will be up through July 26. Admission is free. For more information, call 444-0198. (JC).
july 24 Randy Crawford and Bobby Caldwell: Smooth jazz is king when vocalist Randy Crawford and singer-songwriter Bobby Caldwell perform tonight at 8:00 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). After a two-year break, veteran R&B and jazz singer Crawford is back with Naked and True (on Bluemoon Recordings), featuring her Top 10 hit remake of George Benson's "Give Me the Night." Caldwell, who has penned songs for a laundry list of adult contemporary artists including Natalie Cole, Peabo Bryson, Dionne Warwick, Boz Skaggs, Chicago, Neil Diamond, Roberta Flack, and Al Jarreau, and who has recorded eight successful albums himself, is currently supporting his recent release Soul Survivor. Tickets cost $25, $29, and $35. Call 672-7300. (GC)
Tribute to Janis Joplin: After seven testosterone-filled tributes to such rock royalty as John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, the Sex Pistols, and KISS, Squeeze (2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale) finally deems it worthy to pay tribute to a woman rock artist. Appropriately enough, the club picked a woman who really had balls. Janis Joplin had a voice like gravel and a delivery style that tore through the body and soul; her gutsy blend of blues and rock took her from college dropout to superstar in a few short years. Local artists Diane Ward, Betty at the Station, Kathy Fleischmann, Gravetree, Leslie Daunt, Lisa "Noodles" Hayden, the Weeds, and Shandra Renee perform selections by Joplin. Showtime is 9:30. Take another little piece of her heart for five dollars if you're 21 and over, seven bucks for kiddies between 18 and 20. Call 954-522-2151. (GC)