Imperfect Seed: Each year, suicide claims more teenage lives than leukemia and all other forms of cancer combined; research shows that approximately 90 percent of teenagers who commit suicide have psychiatric disorders. The American Suicide Foundation explores this national tragedy with the wrenching story of a mother's struggle with her son's emotional disorder and eventual suicide, written by Carrol Mendelson and Manny Diez, directed by Joseph Adler, and based on the true story of co-writer and producer Mendelson. Imperfect Seed makes its world premiere tonight at 8:00 at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center (1770 Monroe St.), with an additional performance tomorrow at 2:00. Tickets range from $30 to $50; proceeds benefit the ASF/University of Miami Lifesavers "Teen Screen" Program. Call 954-924-8175. (GC)

Oktoberfest: See Friday.
Ghoul Town: See Friday.

october 13
Beast and Baker Squeeze the Weeze: Now that they've recovered from their monthlong Miami Rock Festival extravaganza, those lovable radio wackos from WAXY-AM (790) head north to Squeeze (2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale) for another riotous evening of local rock. Eighteen performers and bands, including Sense, Second Son, Stephan Mikes, Y, Rene Alvarez, Black Janet, Jolynn Daniel, Brian Franklin, the Underbellys, Endo, Robbie Gennet, and the Livid Kittens, will perform on three stages. Admission to this eighteen-and-over show is six dollars. Doors open at 7:00; the first band takes the stage at 8:00. Call 954-522-2151. (GC)

Yojimbo: The Cinema Vortex film series takes viewers back to the turning point of American Westerns with the 1961 Japanese samurai film that revolutionized the genre. Akira Kurosawa's darkly comic Yojimbo (1961), starring Toshiro Mifune as a mercenary who wields a sword instead of a six-shooter, was styled after the Western films of the Forties and Fifties; in turn, the film inspired spaghetti Western director Sergio Leone to film 1964's Fistful of Dollars, which made Clint Eastwood an international star. Yojimbo screens today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (GC)

Discovery of America Day: Celebrate the European encounter with America as the Hispanic Heritage Festival explodes with a day of Latin American culture, kicking off at noon today at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.). At 2:30, the replica of a fifteenth-century tall ship Heritage of Miami docks, with Christopher Columbus (played by Miami commissioner J.L. Plummer) presenting his discoveries to Queen Isabela (played by Miss Hispanidad USA 1996 Katherine Gonzalez). Following the re-enactment, Latin musicians Johnny Ventura, Andy Montanez, Los Silver Stars, La Gran Union, and Azucar Moreno perform on three stages, along with folkloric music and dance troupes from Panama, Colombia, Spain, and Bolivia. Festgoers can also enjoy traditional foods and arts and crafts from throughout the Americas, plus a children's area with rides and a petting zoo, and a laser and fireworks display at 9:00. Admission is free. Call 358-7550. (GC)

Oktoberfest: See Friday.
Santana: See Saturday.
Rocks and Minerals, Gems and Fossils: See Saturday.

october 14
Fishbone: I saw this group of black Los Angeles kids open for the Beastie Boys way back in 1986 (or was it 1987?) and was just stunned -- floored, really. I knew nothing about their handful of releases on Columbia, but their amalgam of crunching hard rock, bulldozing hip-hop, and groove-locked funk rumbled the small Memphis auditorium with an unshakable force. To this day, they've never captured that rumble on tape -- at least not enough for my funk-battered ears -- but a recently released two-disc retrospective, Fishbone 101: Nuttasaurusmeg, Fossil Fuelin' the Fonkay, pulls together the best moments of their oeuvre. Meanwhile, the new Chim Chim's Badass Revenge finds the band on a new label -- Rowdy/Arista -- but still struggling to harness the whomp and wallop of their live sound. They'll be throwing down tonight along with the brilliant rap trio De La Soul and the Goodie Mob at the Cameo Theatre (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $20. Doors open at 10:00. Call 532-0922 to find out more. (JF)

october 15
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Blue Ribbon Paintings: Eleven large-scale paintings created by the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1984 will be on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami) through December 8. "The Blue Ribbon Paintings," as they are called, capture Basquiat's energy in a dynamic combination of abstract expressionism and pop art, as well as his desire to celebrate African-American figures and icons within pop culture. This series of silk-screened and direct-painting pieces, kept together by collectors Lenore and Herbert Schorr, stands out as representative of the work that marked Basquiat's contribution to American art of the Eighties. Museum admission is four dollars. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5:00 on Sunday. Call 893-6211. (GC)

october 16
Patrick Moore: Iowa, Patrick Moore's gripping second novel, is a coming-of-age story of a young gay man who leaves his small-town life for sexual freedom in New York City. After his lover dies of AIDS, he makes the difficult journey home. Moore's hard-edged prose depicts an emotional tale of American contemporary life. Author of the critically acclaimed novel This Every Night, Moore -- like his protagonist, Wayne -- was born in Iowa and lives in Los Angeles. Tonight at 8:00, meet the man whom performance artist Karen Finley calls "the Tennessee Williams of the Nineties" when Moore reads from Iowa at Books & Books (933 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is free. For details, call 532-3222. (

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