Operation Green Leaves Gala: Haiti is still facing a grievous environmental crisis: The island nation's forests are being depleted at an alarming rate. Operation Green Leaves is an effort to restore Haiti's forests, and the organization is hosting its fourth annual auction and fundraising dinner tonight at 6:00 at the Port of Miami's Pier Ten (1015 N. American Way). Hot Haitian band Top Vice headlines the evening; the Dance for Joy Caribbean dance troupe also performs. United Nations environmental specialist Dr. Noel Brown will be on hand to discuss Haiti's deforestation dilemma. Tickets cost $40. Call 858-7110. (GC)
Maria: It's not a girl, it's a local band. And a damn rockin' one at that, layering Seventies hard-rock riffs reminiscent of Journey and Cheap Trick, arty jazz arrangements, angry yet soulful vocals, and Doors-esque keyboard lines over a serious Nineties alterna-rock edge. Maria performs tracks from its new self-titled, self-produced disc tonight at the South Beach Pub (717 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). The evening opens at 11:00 with an acoustic set by Love Canal; after the show, members of Maria, the Underbellys, I Don't Know, Sixo, Manchild, Butterclub, the Derek Cintron Band, and others will congregate on-stage for an all-out musical jam. Admission is five dollars. Call 532-7821. (GC)
Kiss of the Spider Woman: See Thursday.
First Flamenco Festival of Miami: Feet stomp, fingers snap, skirts swirl, and castanets clap as Cafe Miro (448 Espanola Way, Miami Beach) hosts an outdoor flamenco festival, running concurrently with the world's biggest flamenco fest in Seville, Spain. Twenty-three dancers, guitarists, cantaores (singers), and palmeros (clappers) strut their stuff, performing soleas, alegrias, tientos, tarantos, and various other styles of this passionate Spanish art form. Admission is free. Call 532-6315. AOle! (GC)
Kiss of the Spider Woman: See Thursday.
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico: See Saturday.
M/Testament of Dr. Mabuse: See Saturday.
Alex Sanger: Planned Parenthood of Greater Miami hosts an evening with Alex Sanger, the CEO of New York City's Planned Parenthood and grandson of PP founder Margaret Sanger (who was indicted in 1915 for merely sending information about birth control through the mail), tonight at 6:00 at the Grand Bay Hotel (2699 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove). The fundraising cocktail reception will include the presentation of volunteer awards, plus a keynote speech by Sanger, who will discuss the importance of teen-pregnancy prevention efforts, as well as threats by the political and religious right to restrict reproductive choice. Among Sanger's efforts has been a clinical training initiative, which has already taught 55 OB/GYN residents to perform abortions. Admission is by donation ($35 minimum). Call 441-6677. (GC)
Jawbox: The mountain of records this D.C.-based foursome has released over the last seven years -- on revered indies such as Dischord, City Slang, and Simple Machines, as well as their major-label home at Atlantic -- hardly does justice to the sonic wallop of their ferocious, relentless live sound. Their taut, angular songs come alive on stage, where their frenzied punk-flavored rock combines sharp, tugging melodies with a relentless, darting rhythm section that weaves around prickly guitar patterns. On their new eponymous album, Jawbox flesh out the mix with flourishes of sax and acoustic guitar, which might finally get their stuff on the radio. Don't wait for that, though: Go hear 'em tonight at Cheers (2490 SW Seventeenth Ave.). The all-ages show starts at 8:00 and the cover charge is a paltry six dollars. Call 857-0041 for more information. (JF)
Robert Bork: Controversial and ultraconservative Supreme Court nominee, circuit court judge, lawyer, educator, and right-wing poster boy Robert Bork explores the deterioration of American society in his book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline. Bork maintains that twentieth-century liberalism has had a destructive effect on the nation's ideals of liberty and equality, bringing about economic disaster, social fragmentation, and a catastrophic decline in values, and offers the classical liberalism of the Nineteenth Century as a model for society. Oh yeah, and he also takes aim at the media, feminism, race relations, affirmative action, religion, and American pop culture. Gotta love him! Books & Books hosts an evening with Bork tonight at 8:00 at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd.). Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (GC)
The Grapes of Wrath: The University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theater (1380 Miller Dr., Coral Gables) presents Frank Galati's 1990 Tony Award-winning adaption of the John Steinbeck classic about the Great Depression. For those of you who never read the book or saw John Ford's legendary film version (for shame!), the story follows a family of impoverished migratory farm workers as they struggle to make their way to California. Performances run tonight through October 26, and October 29 through November 2 at 8:00, with 2:00 matinees on October 26 and November 2. Tickets cost $12 and $15. Call 284-3355. (GC)
Dan Quayle: Nova Southeastern University launches its 1996-97 series of Breakfast Forums with former vice president Dan Quayle. Quayle is considered to have been one of the most active VPs in history, having visited 47 nations and chaired several committees. He now serves on a number of corporate boards and political action committees and recently published his second book, The American Family: Discovering Values That Make Us Strong. Not bad for a guy who don't spell so good and who was depicted in Doonesbury as a feather. The breakfast takes place today at 7:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Design Center (1825 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $50. Call 954-475-7699 to reserve a seat. (