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july 28
Miami Centennial Birthday Extravaganza: Happy hundredth birthday, Miami! Celebrate the city's centennial today as Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) hosts the Birthday Extravaganza. The event kicks off at noon, and organizers hope to break the Guinness Book's record for the world's largest birthday party, complete with an 850-pound birthday cake. The day continues with live music on four stages, featuring Harry Connick, Jr., the Miami Blues Authority, Sister Sledge, the Emotions, Rose Royce, the Gap Band, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Willy Chirino, Marc Anthony, Wilfrido Vargas, Hamsely Raul, los Hermanos Rosario, and El Grupo Niche. The party wraps up at 11:00 with a laser and fireworks display. Admission is free. Call 358-7550. (GC)

Nada Surf/Superdrag: Elektra/Atlantic Records showcases two of their up-and-coming bands at Squeeze (2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale). New York City's Nada Surf just keeps getting more popular, thanks to their MTV hit of that name, "Popular" (duh); their crunchy, power-punk chords, as heard on their debut release high/low (produced by ex-Cars frontman Ric Ocasek), are bound to keep 'em that way. Knoxville natives Superdrag tap into Sixties pop sensibilities on their enthusiastic debut, Regretfully Yours. The Gravel Pit opens the show. Tickets to this sixteen-and-over show cost $2.94. Showtime is 10:00. Call 522-2151. (GC)

Strike/Enthusiasm: Russian director Sergei Eisenstein used techniques way ahead of their time to create Strike, his 1924 feature debut; the silent, documentarylike film, considered a powerful masterpiece, still rings fresh. The story focuses on a 1912 factory workers' strike in czarist Russia -- prompted by the suicide of a fired worker -- and its violent suppression. Also playing is Dziga Vertov's Enthusiasm (1931) (in Russian with English subtitles). Both films screen today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) as part of the Cinema Vortex series. Admission to each film is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (GC)

july 29
A Century of Architecture and Fashion in Miami: After partying hard to celebrate the city's centennial, take a little time to reflect on the history of our town at the Main Library (101 W. Flagler St.). "A Century of Architecture in Miami," and "A Century of Fashion in Miami" look at two of the city's most distinctive indicators of style. The architecture section focuses on now torn-down buildings, as well as well-known, still-standing landmarks like the Cape Florida lighthouse, the Barnacle, the Biltmore, and the Freedom Tower. The fashion portion explores what Miamians have been wearing for the past 100 years, highlighting the quirky style of this city's residents. Both exhibitions are on view through September 15. Admission is free. Call 375-2665. (GC)

july 30
Blanks 77: Superstar punk band and recent Lollapaloozers Rancid's favorite punk band storms the stage tonight at 8:00 at Cheers (2490 SW Seventeenth Ave.). Blanks 77 is punk rawk in its purest form, direct descendants of the Descendents, music to pogo by. And how cool is it that their super-catchy tunes -- which can be heard to good effect on their latest disc, Killer Blanks (on the NYC indie label Radical Records) -- are written by the band's woman guitarist Renee? The Beltones and United for Change open the show. Admission is five dollars. Call 857-0041. (GC)

Metro-Dade Mayoral Candidate Forums: Meet the candidates for mayor of Dade County in two forums this week. Tonight at 7:30 in the auditorium of the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium (3280 S. Miami Ave.), candidates Maurice Ferre, Alex Penelas, Xavier Suarez, and Arthur Teele have agreed to participate in a forum, hosted by the Dade Cultural Alliance and moderated by Miami Herald political editor Tom Fiedler. Admission is free. Call 954-434-6021. On Wednesday, the Downtown Bay Forum hosts a luncheon featuring the aforementioned candidates, plus Manny Gonzalez-Goenaga, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Biscayne Bay (495 Brickell Ave.). Admission is $20. Call 757-3633. (GC)

july 31
Allan Maxwell: Photographer Allan Maxwell juxtaposes street shooting with studio images to comment on the current state of photography as well as to make observations about the relationships between men, women, children, and families in his latest works. Candid shots of fathers and babies are overlayed with studio still lifes of baby dolls and Maxwell's drawings; the intended effect is to conjure up viewers' feelings and recollections about their own relationships. "Manipulated Image" is on view through August 3 at the South Florida Art Center's Ground Level gallery (1035 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Gallery hours are 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday. Call 674-8278. (

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