The World Goes 'Round: The songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb has produced some of the greatest hits of American musical theater of the past four decades, including Cabaret, Funny Lady, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. The University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theatre (1380 Miller Dr., Coral Gables) pays tribute to the tuneful duo by opening its new Second Stage Series with the musical revue The World Goes 'Round, conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman, and David Thompson. Unlike the typical revue, World tells a story by incorporating well-known songs like "New York, New York" and "All That Jazz" into a loose narrative. Performances continue through Sunday at 8:00, with a 2:00 matinee on Sunday. Tickets cost eight dollars. Call 284-3355.
Festival Miami: Classical music rules as the University of Miami School of Music continues Festival Miami tonight at 8:00 with pianists Roberta Rust and Ivan Davis, performing a Brazilian-theme concert featuring Brazilian pianist Guiomar Novaes's Jardim da Infancia, plus Heitor Villa-Lobos's Alma Brasileira and Rudepoema, and Louis Moreau Gottschalk's Grand Triumphal Fantasy on the Brazilian National Anthem. Admission is ten dollars. On Saturday at 8:00, pianist Arnaldo Cohen joins guest conductor Roberto Tibirica and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for the centenary celebration of the birth of Novaes, featuring Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras no. 4, Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 (Emperor). Admission is free. And Sunday at 4:00, the festival celebrates Miami's centennial and the University of Miami's 70th anniversary with works by Strauss, Wolf, the Gershwins, Kern, Weill, and Berlin, performed by soprano Barbara Martin and pianist Paul Posnak. Admission is eight dollars. The festival runs through October 26. All concerts take place at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables), unless otherwise noted. Call 284-4940.
Miami City Ballet: After a summer that included a performance at the Olympic Art Festival in Atlanta, Miami's stellar classical dance company launches its second decade with a season full of sparkling-new works and old favorites. The season kicks off tonight at 8:00 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) with George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, Jose Limon's The Moor's Pavane, resident choreographer Jimmy Gamonet De Los Heros's Purple Bend #2, and the company's premiere performance of Paul Taylor's Esplanade. Performances are tomorrow at 8:00 and Sunday at 2:00 at the Jackie Gleason Theater; additional performances begin on Wednesday at 3:00 at Bailey Hall (3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie). Tickets range from $17 to $46. Call 930-32623.
Roberto Perera: Uruguayan contemporary jazz harpist Roberto Perera takes his ancient instrument into the 21st Century on his latest disc, Harp and Soul. The enhanced CD is a multimedia CD-ROM package that includes not only an hour of music, but also two music videos, concert footage, and an interview with the artist. Musically speaking, though, Perera is paring down, using a traditional, unmodified Paraguayan folk harp almost exclusively. Listeners can still expect Perera's blend of jazz, Latin, and pop elements when he performs a free concert tonight at 8:00 at Borders Book Shop (9205 S. Dixie Hwy., 665-8800), a preview of his concert tomorrow at 8:00 at Rezurrection Hall at Club Nu (245 22nd St., Miami Beach). Tickets to the Club Nu concert cost ten dollars. Call 535-9016.
Strange Snow: The Florida Shakespeare Theatre finds a new home at the Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables) and unveils its new Americas Theatre Group in the inaugural production of Stephen Metcalfe's dramatic comedy Strange Snow. The play focuses on a Vietnam vet and his sister, a high school teacher, who are forced to examine their pasts when an army buddy shows up. The troupe's old digs were destroyed by Hurricane Andrew four years ago; after a peripatetic spell, they have a base in this state-of-the-art facility. Preceding the play tonight is a gala reception at 7:00; performances take place every Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 and every Sunday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. through October 20. Tickets cost $22 and $26. Call 446-1116.
The World Goes 'Round: See Thursday.
Acoustic Alchemy/Bob James and Kirk Whalum: The Love 94 (WLVE-FM 93.9) Smooth Jazz Series opens with a two-act evening of liquidy sounds tonight at 8:00 at the James L. Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave.). The British guitar duo of Nick Webb and Greg Carmichael, known as Acoustic Alchemy, perform delicate, moving arrangements from their ninth album arcan'um. Grammy Award-winning keyboardist-composer Bob James (who wrote the theme for the Seventies hit television series Taxi) and saxman Kirk Whalum join forces to perform selections from their Warner Bros. collaboration, Joined at the Hip, as well as tunes off their recent solo albums. Tickets cost $25.75, $29.75, and $35.75. Call 372-0929.
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.