Calendar for the week

Sixo: Singer-songwriter Rene Alvarez offers up a piece of blackened broken heart on his second Sixo disc Rescue. The six-song collection, which features the talents of drummer Derek Murphy and bassist Matt Sabatella backing Alvarez's aggressive acoustic guitars and raspy, emotion-drenched tenor, tackles the politics of love and the wayward ways of the heart. Tonight Alvarez and his band Sixo celebrate the disc's release at Cheers (2490 SW Seventeenth Ave.), with openers the Avenging Lawnmowers of Justice and Tampa band the Doses. Admission is five dollars; showtime is 10:00. Call 857-0041. (GC)

Peace Concert with Sri Chinmoy: Enjoy an evening of music and meditation with instrumentalist, composer, author, poet, multievent athlete, artist, and humanitarian (yeah, but can he dance?) Sri Chinmoy at the first-ever Miami Peace Concert. Since he came to the U.S. in 1964, Chinmoy's musical mission has been to inspire audiences to seek inner peace, and to promote harmony among all nations, religions, and ethnic groups. The man Leonard Bernstein called "incredible" takes the stage tonight at 8:00 at the James L. Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave.). Admission is free (tickets required). Call 891-9933 for tickets and information. (GC)

Tobacco Road 84th Anniversary Festival: The oldest bar in Miami (626 S. Miami Ave.) turns a year older and celebrates tonight with a rock and blues fest featuring seven bands on two stages. New Orleans blues rockers the Radiators headline, along with Koko Taylor and her Chicago Blues Band. Rounding out the bill are Iko-Iko, Manchild, Taska-Marakatu, the Tallboys Blues Band, and Raw B Jae and the Liquid Funk. Admission is $15. Gates open at 7:30. Call 374-1198. (GC)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.
Heritage Festival: See Thursday.
New Vision Florida/Brazil: See Friday.
ENATOWAP: See Friday.
Dance Alloy/Ann Carlson: See Friday.

sunday
november 10
Hot Pursuit '96: Challenge your tastebuds to some of the hottest and tastiest chili dishes in town at the fourth annual Planned Parenthood Chili Cook-Off, taking place today at the Kampong, which is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (4013 Douglas Rd., Coconut Grove). Surrounding the former home of legendary botanist David Fairchild, these private gardens can be difficult to tour otherwise. Now's your chance: Chefs from several local restaurants, including Chef Allen's, Nemo, Lucky Cheng's, Thai Silk, Pacific Heights, and Natural Food Market, will prepare a variety of chilis (like Thai and Caribbean recipes) designed for this event. And singer-songwriters Mary Karlzen and Amanda Green will serve up original rock, with DJ Mark Leventhal spinning discs later. The event starts cooking at 4:00. Admission is $35 (proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood's teen pregnancy prevention programs). Call 441-6677. (GC)

The Secret Life of James Thurber: New York theater company Symphony Space and the Miami Book Fair International team up once again to present a program of dramatic readings of short stories -- this time, the brutally funny works of James Thurber -- tonight at 8:00 at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Actors Jonathan Hadary and Tandy Cronyn (daughter of Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn) and director Isaiah Sheffer tackle the war between the sexes and other themes in "The Catbird Seat," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "The Macbeth Murder Mystery," "A Box to Hide In," "If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox," and "The Unicorn in the Garden." Admission is free. Call 237-3258. (GC)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.
Heritage Festival: See Thursday.
Three by Oshima: See Saturday.
New Vision Florida/Brazil: See Friday.

monday
november 11
Kareem Abdul-Jabar: Since retiring from the NBA in 1989, basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabar has not only appeared in several films and television programs and worked for numerous charities; he also penned two best-selling books, Giant Steps and Kareem. Tonight at 8:00 Books & Books hosts an evening with Abdul-Jabar as he discusses his latest book, Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement, at Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd.). The book looks at the lives of extraordinary men and women who typify the virtues of integrity, discipline, and self-respect, including orator and writer Frederick Douglass, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, scientist Lewis Latimer, and Bunker Hill soldier Peter Salem. Admission is free (tickets are required). Call 442-4408. (GC)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.

tuesday
november 12
Barrymore: Tony Award-winning actor Christopher Plummer provides a tour de force performance in William Luce's play about screen and stage legend John Barrymore, opening tonight at 8:00 at Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale). Directed by three-time Tony winner Gene Saks, the play is set in 1942, with Barrymore recalling the triumphs of his four-decade career, as well as the tribulations of his deeply troubled life. Tickets range in price from $38 to $41. Performances run through December 1; the curtain goes up Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00, with 2:00 matinees Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday (except November 24, when the performance takes place at 7:00). Call 954-763-2444. (GC)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.

wednesday
november 13
The Tokyo Forum: Florida International University's School of Design celebrates the architectural beauty of Miami Beach with its new Rubell Series of lectures and exhibitions highlighting the works of local and national architects and designers at the Sony Music Building rooftop terrace (605 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The series kicks off tonight at 6:00 with "The Tokyo Forum," a lecture by and reception with internationally acclaimed architect Rafael Vinoly; Vinoly's exhibition will remain on view through December 1. Admission is free. Call 348-2765. (GC)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.
Barrymore: See Tuesday.

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