Calendar for the week

FIU Festival of the Performing Arts: Florida International University celebrates the opening of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (SW 8th Street and 107th Avenue) with a weeklong musical festival. Tonight's inaugural concert, beginning at 7:00, features Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and renowned flutist Nestor Torres, plus the Miami String Quartet, the FIU Symphony Orchestra, wind ensemble, choruses, the Walt Disney World Future Corps, and a huge fireworks display. Admission is free. Tomorrow at 8:00, violinist Robert Davidovich, cellist Mark Drobinsky, and pianist Susan Starr join conductor Carlos Piantini and the FIU Symphony Orchestra to perform works by Beethoven, Ravel, Copeland, and George Gershwin. Admission is free (black-tie attire suggested). Additional concerts feature the Continuum music troupe, salutes to George Gershwin and Fredrick Kaufman, and a concert by Sandoval and his all-star band; see "Calendar Listings" for more information. For tickets and a complete schedule, call 348-6570. (GC)

saturday
november 2
Pickpocket/The Exterminating Angel: The Cinema Vortex film series screens two classic existential dramas of the late Fifties-early Sixties. Robert Bresson's 1959 minimalist study Pickpocket, screening today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), explores the detrimental effects of tormented self-awareness when an average man drifts into a life of crime. Tomorrow at the same time the Vortex offers Luis Bunuel's 1962 surreal black comedy The Exterminating Angel, an allegorical examination of the social and psychological disintegration of a group of middle-class neurotics. Admission to each screening is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (GC)

Coconut Grove Bar Crawl: Spend a leisurely afternoon partying to help the homeless at the first annual Coconut Grove Bar Crawl. First, make a stop at the Hungry Sailor (3426 Main Hwy.) or the Taurus (3540 Main Hwy.) and pick up a sixteen-ounce mug, a bracelet, and a raffle ticket. Then crawl from bar to bar and enjoy drinks and prizes at Hooters, Fat Tuesday's, the Tavern, Murphy's Law, the Crazy Flamingo, and Cafe Med. Admission is five dollars plus two cans of food, or eight dollars. The Crawl runs from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (with an after-Crawl party at the Taurus). Call 448-0633. (GC)

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Florida Dance Festival: Community Concerts, Miami Dance Futures, and New World School of the Arts team up for an evening of diverse performances by four top Florida dance companies. Segovia Ballet Espanol, Houlihan and Dancers, Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble, and Freddick Bratcher and Company provide a wide spectrum of dance styles, including flamenco, modern, and neoclassical, as they take the stage at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.) tonight at 8:00 and tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $25. Call 374-8762. (GC)

Riverwalk Blues Festival: See Friday.
Italian Heritage Festival: See Friday.
Pat Graney Company: See Friday.
QueeRoots/QueerSpace: See Friday.
Miami City Ballet: See Friday.
FIU Festival of the Performing Arts: See Friday.

sunday
november 3
Jewish Book Fair: The sixteenth annual Jewish Book Fair at the Dave & Mary Alper Jewish Community Center (11155 SW 112th Ave.) continues with an all-day family book fest. "All the Write Stuff" begins at 11:00 a.m. with a reading by Lev Raphael, author of Journeys & Arrivals on Being Gay and Jewish. At 1:00 Laura Shapiro Kramer discusses her book, Uncommon Voyage: Parenting a Special Needs Child in the World of Alternative Medicine. At 1:30 Marlene Adler Marks reads from Nice Jewish Girls Growing Up in America; at the same time, award-winning author and illustrator Michael J. Rosen leads a young authors' workshop. Finally, at 2:30 author Sydney Lewis discusses A Totally Alien Life-Form: Teenagers. Admission is five dollars for each event. The Book Fair continues on Wednesday at 7:30, when Henry Green discusses the life of Rabbi Leon Kronish. Admission is five dollars. The Jewish Book Fair concludes on November 21, with clinical psychologist and author Dr. Anthony Wolf discussing his guide to parenting. See future editions of "Calendar Listings" for more information, or call 271-9000, ext. 268, for a complete schedule. (GC)

monday
november 4
Architecture Lecture Series: The University of Miami School of Architecture concludes its series of architectural lectures with Smithsonian Institute counselor to the Secretary of Latino Affairs Miguel Britos tonight at 6:00 at UM's Wilder Auditorium (Knight Physics Building, Miller Drive, Coral Gables). Britos will discuss sacred spaces in the Yucatan. Admission is free. Call 284-5002. (GC)

tuesday
november 5
Indiscretions: Jean Cocteau's boulevard farce about lust and love within an unusual extended family opens the 1996-97 season of the Coconut Grove Playhouse (3500 Main Hwy.). Indiscretions (Les Parents Terribles) chronicles the complications that result when two sisters, Leonie and Yvonne, fall in love with the same man. He marries one sister (while the other continues to hold a torch for him), then vies for the attentions of a younger woman, who happens to be seeing his son. Performances run Tuesday through Saturday at 8:15 p.m., with select matinee performances Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 through November 19. Tickets range from $10 to $35. Call 442-4000 for scheduling and reservations. (GC)

wednesday
november 6
Cracker: Take a bite out of this: Twangy guitars, craggy, plaintive vocals, gospel flavors, and raucous rock rhythms are blended into a chunky musical concoction on Cracker's latest album The Golden Age. The follow-up to the band's straightforward debut Kerosene Hat (which sold more than a million copies), Cracker's sophomore effort offers more tang, more substance, and more variety -- check out the quiet country heartbreaker "Big Dipper" and the singeing guitars and evocative vocal wails (by vocalist David Lowry and friend Joan Osborne) on the single "Something to Believe In." Cracker rocks the Edge (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) with funky-techno-grungesters Self. Tickets cost $12 dollars; doors open at 7:00. Call 954-525-9333.

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