Acoustic Underground Concert Series: The South Florida Folk Club continues its ongoing Acoustic Underground Concert Series with an evening of Brazilian roots music tonight at 8:00 at the Seaview Hotel (9909 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour). Guitarist Angela Patua and percussionist Sean Dibble perform original songs that draw from the spiritual Brazilian tradition. Local vocalist-songwriter Valerie Caracappa opens the show. Admission is seven dollars. Call 279-8100. (GC)

Jamaica Independence Celebration: Celebrate Jamaica's 34th year of independence with a full day of fun from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at West Lake Park (751 Sheridan St., Hollywood). This festival features live reggae and Jamaican folk music by Creative Source of Nebula, Screwdriver, Samantha Rose, Michelle Gordon, the Beniah Band, Gilly's Haitian Band, Higher Ground, and others, plus dancing, dub poetry by Malachi Smith, authentic arts and crafts, dramatic and comedic skits, a dominos tournament, a youth soccer game, a treasure hunt, a Miss Broward Jamaican Independence pageant (open to lovelies between ages 16 and 21), and a bevy of Caribbean foods. Admission is two dollars. Call 926-2410. (GC)

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Miami Reggae Festival: Okay, there's a lot of great stuff lined up for the 12th annual version of the Miami Reggae Festival, being held today beginning at 2:00 at the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre (301 Biscayne Blvd.). It's a vet-heavy lineup that includes the Mighty Diamonds, Ken Boothe, Bob Andy, and other long-timers and newcomers. The reason you should be here and nowhere else, though, is the headliner: Toots and the Maytals. In case you don't know, Toots Hibbert is the greatest singer reggae has ever produced -- not the greatest living singer, the greatest period. Imagine a Jamaican-born Otis Redding, with the same husky voice and the same gospel-drenched phrasing, and you have half the picture; the rest you have to witness live. Toots hasn't made an album in more than eight years, but it doesn't matter: As the recently released compilation Time Tough attests, Toots has knocked out more than his share of classics, including "54-46, That's My Number," "Monkey Man," "Pressure Drop," "Sweet and Dandy," and "Do the Reggay," which gave the music its name, if not its proper spelling. Tickets for the festival cost ten dollars. Call Jamaica Awareness at 891-2944 for more information. (JF)

Dominican Youth Arts Festival: Allapatah celebrates the music, dance, crafts, and food of the Dominican Republic at a festival this afternoon at the Dominican American National Foundation Headquarters (1900 NW 36th St.). Local Dominican musicians will perform while artists Charo Oquet and Ruben Garcia lead an art workshop for children. Masks, paintings, and performance videos created by Allapatah public school students will also be on display. The festival starts at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call 538-2184. (JC)

Gipsy Kings: Almost a decade after it was released in the United States, the Gipsy Kings' first self-titled album is still being played in Ocean Drive cafes, where it's become the standard "Spanish" dinner music used to appeal to tourists seeking Latin culture in Miami. Never mind that the Gipsy Kings are from France. Maybe after stabbing pasta to the beat of "Bamboleo" for the thousandth time, you've had enough of the Kings' catchy, easy-listening flamenco pop for one lifetime. But if the recorded music has only whet your appetite for another round of "Djobi, Djoba," come to the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight, when the Reyes and Baliardo brothers perform live. The show starts at 8:00, and tickets range in price from $35 to $50. For a "Bem, Bem, Maria" good time, call 673-7300. (JC)

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Kate Kretz and Christine Tamblyn: The Art Museum at Florida International University (University Park campus, SW Eighth Street and 107th Avenue, PC rm. 110) concludes its season with an exhibition by two of the school's visual arts faculty members, Kate Kretz and Christine Tamblyn. Kretz offers nighttime images of women in a series of paintings titled Beauty Wrest. In these works, she seeks to unravel the fabricated facade of beauty that women are taught to offer while celebrating the power of that beauty to create tension and anxiety in the viewer. Tamblyn creates a site-specific installation called Multiple Personas, including her interactive CD-ROM "Mistaken Identities," which highlights ten famous women chosen for their status as role models. Through the use of photographs, film and video clips, and other media on computer, the viewer is invited to explore these women's lives and works. Kretz's and Tamblyn's works are on view through August 10. Admission is free. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, 10:00 to 5:00 from Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 4:00 on Saturday. Call 348-2890. (GC)

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Eighth National Art Exhibition by the Mentally Ill: The University of Miami's New Gallery (1300 Campo Sano Dr., AR 101, Coral Gables) hosts the Eighth National Art Exhibition by the Mentally Ill. The works chosen for the exhibition cover a wide spectrum of media and styles, and were compiled by a Florida-based volunteer organization whose goal is to fight the stigma associated with mental illness while providing a forum for talented artists who might otherwise experience discrimination. The exhibition is on view through August 30. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday, and 10:00 to 3:00 on Saturday. Call 284-2542. (GC)

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