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thursday
october 10
Dream Supreme: Two American icons meet in the realm of the imagination as ART-ACT Productions (10 NE 39th St.) presents the touching comedy-love fantasy Dream Supreme. Saxman Leo Casino portrays jazz legend John Coltrane, who in the play idolizes Marilyn Monroe and purchases at auction the famous billowing white dress she wore in The Seven Year Itch. When he takes the dress home to his Monroe shrine, the actress, portrayed by Marilyn impressionist Jasmin Akash, appears before him to reclaim her possessions. Tickets cost $12. Showtime is 8:00. An additional performance takes place on October 25. Call 573-7272. (GC)

friday
october 11
Oktoberfest: Oom-pah-pah your way over to Bubier Park (Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale) for the annual German-themed Oktoberfest. The festival features two full weekends of live entertainment, including the Austrian Trio Grande, Alpine Festival Dancers, John Stanky and the Coalminers, the Medieval Theatre, the Alpen Echos, and the Cincinnati Schnapps, plus games and races and tasty German foods (can you say "schnitzel?"). The fest runs through Sunday and October 18 through 20; festival hours are 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is two dollars for adults; kids under age twelve get in free. Call 954-761-5813. (GC)

Junior Brown: Alan Jackson is the headliner, but the reason you need to head out tonight to the Coral Sky Amphitheatre (601 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach) is for the opening act, Junior Brown, the hottest new honky-tonk guitar sensation to come along in many, many a silvery moon. He plays a tricked-up contraption of his own design he calls a "guit-steel" -- a combination six-string/steel guitar that enables him to switch in midsong from white-hot finger-picked lines a la James Burton to slippery, darting pedal-steel lines lifted right out of the hard-core honky-tonk canon. He's got a bodacious voice, too, that's a dead ringer for Ernest Tubb's, and a passel of old-style, slightly cornball songs along the lines of "My Wife Thinks You're Dead," his first hit. Brown's albums are fine, but you really have to experience him live to understand all the critical hubbub surrounding this hotdogging guitarslinger. General admission lawn tickets are still available for $18.75. The show starts at 8:00. Call 561-795-8883. (JF)

Expressionist Exploits and Surreal Sensations: The Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) and the Florida International University School of Design team up to screen a series of milestone avant-garde art films from the Twenties. The series opens tonight with two 1924 films by French director Rene Clair -- the landmark Dada film Entr'acte (featuring artists Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp in a chaotic chase through Paris) and the prototypical mad-scientist comedy The Crazy Ray (Paris Qui Dort). The films screen at 7:00 p.m. Admission is three dollars. Call 535-2634 for details. (GC)

Ghoul Town: Celebrate All Hallow's Eve as the Art 800 gallery (800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) becomes a kind of artsy haunted neighborhood called "Ghoul Town," beginning tonight with a 7:00 reception and running through November 2. Artist Lazaro Amaral incorporates large, creepy puppets, ghost trains, frightening murals, and other spooky ooky elements, drawn from classic comics and black-and-white horror films, to transform the gallery from bright showplace to dark fantasy world. Admission is free. The gallery is open from Thursday through Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Call 674-8278. (GC)

Cute Boys in Their Underpants: Bad conceptual gay theater gets it below the belt when the EDGE/Theatre (405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach) presents Robert Cole's satirical play-within-a-play. Directed by Miami native Peter Zaragoza, Cute Boys centers around rehearsals for what seems to be the most horrid, torrid piece of flesh-parading, gay-xploitation theater ever attempted. Incidentally, the original Cute Boys, first performed at the off-off-Broadway Vortex Theatre, produced a number of spinoffs, including Cute Boys in Their Underpants Fight the Evil Trolls. Tickets for tonight's benefit cost $20, with all proceeds going to the Shelbourne House, a home for people with AIDS. The play runs through November 3, with performances Friday through Sunday at 8:00. Tickets cost $12. Call 531-6083. (GC)

saturday
october 12
Santana: Like fellow guitar gods Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana has been fumbling for years in the recording studio, lost somewhere in a fog between momentary inspiration (1987's fine Blues for Salvador) and wretched spiritual mumbo jumbo (practically everything else he's released since 1977's Moonflower). So why bother with his pair of dates tonight and Saturday at the Sunrise Musical Theatre (5555 NW 95th Ave.)? Pick up a copy of 1993's Sacred Fire -- Live in South America, a career-defining testament to Santana's genius that does the job better than either of the coffee-table vanity boxes out there that supposedly round up his best moments. Throughout Sacred Fire, Santana is a man possessed, burning through old landmarks like "Oye Como Va" and turning even his more recent clunkers into things of shimmering, pulsating beauty. Despite his lackluster studio efforts, Sacred Fire proves the man can still do it live. Tickets are $25.75 and $34.75; shows start at 8:00. Opening act for both nights is Ottmar Liebert. Call 954-741-7300 for more information. (JF)

Rocks and Minerals, Gems and Fossils: All that glitters is not gold: It could also be a diamond in the rough, a quartz crystal, a bead of fossilized amber, or a hunk of lapis lazuli. Set your sights on rocks, minerals, gemstones, and fossils of all types from all around the world as the Miami Museum of Science (3280 S. Miami Ave.) hosts its annual two-day rock show. Expert jewelers and lapidaries will conduct lectures on bead making, stone cutting, faceting, silversmithing, and other specialties, and eventgoers can buy lapidary supplies, stones, and fossils. Admission is six dollars for adults, four for kids age twelve and under. The show runs today from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and tomorrow from 10:00 to 4:00. Call 895-1055. (GC)

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