Wild Strawberries/The Magician: The Cinema Vortex film series pays tribute this weekend to Swedish director Ingmar Bergman with two of his finest films. Wild Strawberries (1957) screens today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach); considered Bergman's landmark film, it stars legendary Swedish director-actor Victor Sjsstrsm as an old professor taking stock of his life while on a trip to receive an honorary degree. Tomorrow at the same time and place, Vortex screens The Magician (1959), a richly atmospheric, spine-tingling drama in which a magician and his troupe are detained in a small Swedish community when their magical powers are doubted. Admission to each film is four dollars. Call 531-8504.
Dance Sampler: Community Concerts continues its 40th anniversary season with an evening of modern dance at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Dancers from the American Dance Theater of Miami, Bambi Anderson, Carrington and Dancers, Gary Lund, Karen Peterson and Dancers, Leslie Neal Dance Company, Momentum Dance Company, and the People's Dance Theatre, among others, take the stage to perform original choreographies tonight at 8:00 and tomorrow at 5:00. Tickets cost $10 and $15. Call 538-2121.
Sunset Boulevard: The Broadway Series begins its new season with a big bang as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning current Broadway hit comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale). Based on Billy Wilder's 1950 noir classic, this ultraglamorous mega-production of Sunset Boulevard tells the tale of fading silent-film star Norma Desmond, her obsessive love for young screenwriter Joe Gillis, and her fight to make a comeback. Performances take place every night at 8:00; matinees are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 through November 9. Tickets range in price from $56.50 to $66.50. Call 954-462-0222.
American Heart Walk: Heart disease and stroke have been the nation's two leading killers since 1900, taking the lives of more than 42 percent of the two million Americans who die each year (that's more than AIDS, cancer, and all other causes of death combined). Keep that in mind when you strap on your sneakers and walk to benefit the American Heart Association in any of five American Heart Walks taking place this and next week in South Florida. Today's walk steps off at 8:00 a.m. at 73rd Street and Collins Avenue on Miami Beach; other walks happen next week in Miami Lakes, West Dade, Coconut Grove, and Aventura (see our "Calendar Listings" for details). A minimum pledge of $25 is required for participation. Call 477-1192.
Brazilian Art in Miami: The influx of Brazilian people, sights, and sounds into Miami is more evident than ever, so get a taste of that nation's art as three local galleries feature works by prominent and up-and-coming artists this month. Miami-Dade Community College's Gallery North (11380 NW 27th Ave., Collins Campus Center, rm. 4207-1) will host a multimedia exhibition through October 30 examining the plight of Brazil's street children titled "Quarta Ciranda," by artist and children's rights activist Josely Carvalho. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 to 4:00. Admission is free. Call 237-1532. The works of Brazilian surrealist painter Orlando Teruz will be on view through October 31 in "The Brazilian Soul," an exhibition at Enzo Gallo Fine Art (388 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 to 4:00. Admission is free. Call 461-1115. Finally, Lucio Rodrigues Gallery (4100 NE Second Ave.) devotes its space through October 31 to works by seven artists from the northeast region of Brazil, including expressionist painter Felix Farfan, mythic symbolist painter Jairo Arcoverde, and sculptor Gilvan Samico. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 to 5:30, and Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00. Admission is free. Call 576-3666.
Johnny Dread: Local reggae artist Johnny Dread has forged an interesting path for himself: A Rastaman of Cuban heritage, Dread declined a basketball scholarship to Florida International University to pursue a musical career, forming the group Copacetic with Bob Marley's stepbrother Anthony Booker, Ras Bagga, and other musicians and recording a Top 10 reggae album. He embarked on a solo career in 1991, becoming perhaps the only local reggae act to pack both rock and dance clubs; Dread's crossover potential is obvious in his infusion of Latin and rock influences into pure Jamaican "soul music." Dread performs tonight at 9:00 at Bash (655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) to celebrate the release of his debut disc Scarecrow (on Sam's Family Records), which he recorded in Kingston with the collaboration of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers drummer Squidly Cole, guitarist Chinna Smith, and Shabba Ranks producer Paul Hamilton. Admission is ten dollars. Call 538-2274.
Butterfly Lightning Series: Poets and fiction writers from the faculties and student bodies of the University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami-Dade Community College, and writers from all over Dade and Broward counties offer a taste of their original works with readings each Tuesday night at 8:00 at Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.). Tonight's program features poet Ricardo Pau-Llosa; future readings will feature Tananarive Due, Geoffrey Philp, Ran Henry, Lun McDaniel, Alex Litton, and many others. The series runs through December 3. Admission is free. Call 826-8596.
Sunset Boulevard: See Sunday.
Hate in America: The University of Miami School of Law, the Urban League of Greater Miami, and the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith presents "Hate in America: Burning Questions for Law, Faith, and Freedom," the first in a series of panel discussions about law and public policy issues. Miami Herald publisher and chairman David Lawrence, Jr., Dade County State Attorney Kathy Fernandez Rundle, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Rosemary Barkett, and FBI special agent Paul R. Philip are among the panelists; UM law professor Terence J. Anderson moderates. The event takes place tonight at 7:00 at the UM Law School (1311 Miller Dr., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 284-4762.
Miami City Ballet: See Friday.