Calendar for the week

thursday
october 17
Kiss of the Spider Woman: Argentine actress Sandra Guida steamed up the stage when she took on the role of Aurora/Spider Woman in the original Buenos Aires production of this Tony Award-winning musical. Tonight at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.), Guida grinds to the torrid Latin American-inspired melodies of John Kander and Fred Ebb's score as she reprises the role in this touring production. Up-and-coming stage actors Brian Barefoot and Ross Stoner costar as Molina" and "Valentin, respectively. Performances run through Sunday at 8:00, with 2:00 matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range in price from $21 to $41. Call 372-0925. (GC)

Walt Disney's World on Ice: Mice, not rats, overrun the Miami Arena (721 NW First Ave.) tonight as Mickey, Minnie, and a wide assembly of Disney characters, including Cinderella, Mowgli, Ariel, and 101 Dalmations, hit the ice in an all-new production. The characters will present favorite scenes from Disney flicks such as The Little Mermaid, The Jungle Book, and Fantasia. Tickets range in price from $9 to $28. Performances run today at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon, 3:30 (bilingual performance), and 7:30 p.m. Call 530-4444. (GC)

ComedySportz's Gilda's Club Benefit: ComedySportz (1432 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale), an improvisational comedy show in which two teams battle for laughs and points in a head-to-head competition based on audience suggestions, presents a benefit performance for Gilda's Club, a support organization for people with cancer and their families. The "Gilda" in Gilda's Club was the celebrated comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner, whose life was claimed by ovarian cancer; the organization was established last year by her widower, actor Gene Wilder. Showtime is 8:30. Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 954-565-1369. (GC)

Witness to History: Cuban Missile Crisis: The Louis Wolfson II Media History Center offers a four-part seminar series focusing on the Cuban Missile Crisis today at the Main Public Library (101 W. Flagler St). The lectures will include screenings of local television coverage of the events leading up to the crisis (much of which has not been seen since it aired originally in November 1962), as well as excerpts of Fifties- and Sixties-era documentaries reflecting the Cold War atmosphere, and recent productions featuring archival footage. Media Center director Steven Davidson, veteran news correspondent Tom Glennon, and local historian Dr. Paul George will discuss the events and the footage. The sessions begin at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. and at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 375-4527. (GC)

friday
october 18
Hunk-A-Mania: We at "Calendar" do not advocate exploitation of any sort, especially not that of strapping, half-naked young men. That said, we still feel obligated to inform you that the American Dream Team Male Revue, one of the top male burlesque troupes, is performing tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale). Why aren't these guys performing at Les Bares or Goldfellas, you might ask (not that you'd know the names of those strip clubs right off the top of your head)? Because they aren't strippers! They are a dynamic, exotic, sexy entertainment concept for the Nineties. And they are really, really buff. Tickets cost $20 and $25. Call 954-764-0700. (GC)

Kiss of the Spider Woman: See Thursday.

saturday
october 19
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico: A kaleidoscope of colors and a flurry of sounds flood the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight at 8:00 as Mexico's preeminent dance company performs. Under the leadership of founder and artistic director Amalia Hernandez, the company has showcased Mexico's richly mixed ethnic traditions -- a combination of native, European, African, Middle Eastern, and Asian influences -- throughout the world for 44 years. During this tour, the Ballet presents the U.S. premiere of Hernandez's Chihuahua, a poetic dance celebrating the Tarahumaras, an indigenous people from the state of Chihuahua whose songs and dances are inspired by the springtime rituals of birds and animals. Tickets range in price from $25 to $45. Additional performances take place tomorrow at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Call 673-7300. (GC)

Gregory Isaacs: They call him the Cool Ruler, and for the better part of the last twenty years Gregory Isaacs has lived up to the handle, with a smooth brand of reggae that combines the fire of Rastafarian protest with the supple, smoochy slink of lovers' rock. He's recorded about a jillion albums since his mid-Seventies debut, nearly all of which have produced hits, from "Black and White" and "Mr. Know It All" to "Love Is Overdue," "Rumours," and "Big All Around." The Cool One will be performing tonight with DJ Waggy-Tee at the Cameo Theatre (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Showtime is 10:00, and tickets cost $20 (VIP tickets in the upstairs section go for $25). Call 532-0922. (JF)

M/Testament of Dr. Mabuse: The Cinema Vortex film series pays tribute to legendary German director Fritz Lang with two of his darkest, most disturbing films. Prototypical creepy guy Peter Lorre makes his screen debut in 1931's M, playing today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Lang's first sound film, M is a suspenseful, psychological crime drama about a child killer on the loose in Berlin. Tomorrow at the same time, Lang continues his obsession with the dark side of human nature in 1933's Testament of Dr. Mabuse, one of a series of films chronicling the attempts of a mad doctor (a parable version of Adolf Hitler, said Lang) to dominate the world through criminal endeavors. Admission to each screening is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (GC)

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