Calendar for the week

thursday
july 25
Fito Paez: The music of classic rocker Fito Paez, like that of his mentor Charly Garcia, embodies the quintessential sound of rock argentino: a mix of emotional melodic vocals, literary lyrics, tango rhythms, Beatles-esque psychedelia, and the occasional funk beat. The 33-year-old singer, songwriter, and occasional actor has recorded seven albums; the latest, Circo Beat, was produced by Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera. After touring in Europe and Latin America, Paez plays for the first time in Miami tonight at the James L. Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave.) The show starts at 8:00. Tickets range in price from $26 to $41. For more information, call 859-8997. (JC)

Manuel Barrueco: Cuban-born guitarist Manuel Barrueco's playing style has been described as elegant, even aristocratic. His repertoire reflects a remarkable versatility, encompassing Bach and Mozart and the Spanish Romantic masters, as well as works by Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett and living classical composers Toru Takemitsu and Roberto Sierra. Tonight at 8:00, Barrueco performs an all-Spanish music program at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables). Tickets cost $15. Call 448-7421. (GC)

Coyote Shivers: While his guitar playing is straight-ahead rock and roll, Coyote Shiver's swaggering brat-titude is pure punk: One part Joey Ramone, one part Lou Reed, and one part Richard Hell, with a little Keith Richards thrown in for class. His atonal sing-talking (very reminiscent of writer Jim Carroll when he did his rock stint) delivers a steady stream of bad-boyisms over driving three-piece arrangements. Shivers also happens to be the young husband of former super-groupie Bebe Buell and stepdad of film vixen Liv Tyler. Shivers takes the stage tonight at 11:00 at Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Call 532-0228 for price. (GC)

Miami Philharmonic Steel and Percussion Orchestra: One of South Florida's most tropical performing groups has its first concert hall appearance tonight at 8:00 at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center (1770 Monroe St., Hollywood). The Miami Philharmonic Steel and Percussion Orchestra, directed by Richard Bradshaw Watson II, performs a wide variety of instrumental styles, including ragtime xylophone, Mexican marimba, Caribbean steel drums, jazz vibraphone, African drums, and Latin percussion. The eclectic orchestra has performed most recently at Lincoln Road's Arts à la Carte and Coconut Grove's Bahamian Goombay Festival in June. The MPSPO performs again tomorrow at 8:00 at the North Miami Beach Performing Arts Center (17001 NE Nineteenth Ave., North Miami Beach), and August 3 at 2:00 and 8:00 at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $10 and $20. Call OK1-BEAT for more information. (GC)

friday
july 26
intimacies ... more intimacies: Local performance troupe Imazari Theatrical Works presents actor-writer-director Michael Kearns's play intimacies ... more intimacies at Art-Act (10 NE 39th St.). Shelbrick Fuller directs the play, which traces the lives of twelve characters from many walks of life who all have full-blown AIDS; the message is that, in the words of performance artist Diamanda Galas, we are all infected. The twelve protagonists are portrayed by just three actors: Barbara Austrich-Rivero, Daniel Barr, and Scott Buckley. The play opens with two "Death by Chocolate" banquets taking place tonight and tomorrow at 6:30. Tickets cost $25. Regular performances begin Sunday and run Thursday through Sunday at 8:00 through August 25. Tickets to regular performances cost ten dollars. Call 446-4905 to reserve seats. (GC)

Robin Greenspan and Rob Nash: The Miami Light Project's Come Out Laughing gay and lesbian stand-up comedy series continues tonight and tomorrow at 8:00 at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) with Robin Greenspan and Rob Nash. Greenspan is a self-proclaimed lesbian Valley Girl who spins humor out of stories of her Southern California background. Houston-based comic Nash explores family dysfunction, twelve-step programs, and life's little oddities through keen observations and witty social commentary. Tickets cost $15. Call 531-3747. (GC)

Sloppy Seconds: The self-proclaimed kings of "junk rock" slobber the stage at Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight in an all-ages early show. The Indianapolis-based Sloppy Seconds blends pop, punk, and speed core with gleeful abandon, adrenaline and guitars racing like so much joyful muck in a blender. And if you like what you see tonight, their 1995 self-released live disc, No Time for Tuning, was just reissued on Los Angeles indie Triple X Records. Load and Garland's Room open the show. Admission is six dollars. Showtime is 7:00. Call 532-0228. (GC)

saturday
july 27
Noche en la Playa: Penrod's Beach Club (1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach) hosts the first-ever Noche en la Playa fundraiser for Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit agency for runaway, homeless, abused, and neglected kids and teens. Eclectic local popsters 325 Meridian perform their Latin and jazz-flavored originals; additional performers include singers Martha Alvarez and Lily Blanco. The evening kicks off at 8:00. Tickets cost $40. Call 636-3511. (GC)

South Florida Ska Festival: Ska is the word tonight at the Edge (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) as a bevy of skanking Florida and New York bands performs. Local skasters Jive Step Bunch perform what is being touted as the band's last show before they break up; Tampa bands Ska Hum Bug and Magadog follow with their big lineups (ska bands are notorious for their overflowing tour buses). Headlining the evening are the District of Columbia's the Pietasters, performing the capital's favorite skanks (outside of Congress, that is). Tickets to this all-ages show cost eight dollars. Showtime is 7:00. Call 954-525-9333. (GC)

sunday
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)

monday
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)

tuesday
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)

wednesday
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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