friday
november 22
The Beth Hart Band: As one of the only acts on this year's Lollapalooza roster that didn't ooze testosterone, the Beth Hart Band captured the crowd with well-written, genre-defying rock tunes and emotionally and aurally powerful vocals. While the songs are amiable, what really gets to you is that voice: Her delivery cuts to the core of the matter, in the style of Ani DiFranco and Tracy Chapman, while her volume could put Melissa Etheridge to shame. Hart and her band make a tour stop tonight, backing her debut CD Immortal (on 143/Lava/Atlantic Records), at the Edge (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) with local bands Love Canal and Sixo opening the show. Tickets cost $5.94. Doors open at 8:00. Call 954-525-9333. (GC)

Miami Book Fair International: See Thursday.
Star Trek Fundraiser: See Thursday.
Broward County Fair: See Thursday.

saturday
november 23
Paul Winter Consort: Community Concerts continues its 40th anniversary season with a concert that spans the world's myriad musical traditions and natural sounds tonight at 8:00 at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.). Soprano saxman Paul Winter has long drawn from diverse cultural sources and has also used the sounds of wolves, eagles, whales, and other wild animals to create what he calls "the greater symphony of the Earth." On his latest album Prayer for the Wild Things, Winter and his Earth Band incorporate the voices of 27 birds and mammals in an aural celebration of the Rocky Mountains. Tickets cost $15, $25, and $30. Call 538-2121. (GC)

Miami Book Fair International: See Thursday.
Broward County Fair: See Thursday.

sunday
november 24
Alphaville: The Cinema Vortex film series continues with French director Jean Luc Godard's notoriously unconventional 1965 science-fiction film Alphaville. Screening today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), the film follows intergalactic hero Lemmy Caution (played by B-movie actor Eddie Constantine) on a mission to whack the inventor of the fascist computer Alpha 60; Godard irreverently blends sci-fi with pulp characters and surrealist poetry for a low brow-high art cinematic cocktail. Admission is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (GC)

Miami Hispanic Ballet: American Ballet Theater principal dancer Paloma Herrera makes her Miami debut with partner Damian Woetzel of the New York City Ballet and principal dancers from Argentina's Ballet Teatro Colón as they join Miami Hispanic Ballet artistic director Pedro Pablo Pena and the company for the Grand Gala '96 Pro-Festival today at 3:00 at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.). Among the works on the program are La Fille Mal Garde, Diana and Acteon, A Buenos Aires, and the third act from Don Quixote. This gala fundraiser benefits the Second International Ballet Festival of Miami, hosted locally each fall by Miami Hispanic Ballet. Tickets cost $22, $32, and $42. Call 372-0925. (GC)

Holiday Fantasy of Lights: The turkey's not even dead yet, but the folks at Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek) are already set to unveil the annual Holiday Fantasy of Lights display. Visitors drive through a 1.8-mile course featuring 50 larger-than-life illuminated and animated holiday scenes and characters (made of 750,000 lights!), including a juggling snowman, leaping deer, giant toys and teddy bears, a tunnel of lights, sports scenes, a 50-foot rainbow tree, and of course, Santa and his reindeer. The display is open nightly from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. through January 3. Admission is five dollars per vehicle Monday through Thursday, eight dollars Friday through Sunday. Call 954-968-3885. (GC)

Miami Book Fair International: See Thursday.

monday
november 25
University of Miami Symphony Orchestra: Conductor Thomas M. Sleeper leads the UMSO in four U.S. premiere works tonight at 8:00 at the Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables). On the bill are the overture from Cleophas R.E. Adderly's Bahamian opera Our Boys, plus Miami Sound Machine cofounder Raul Murciano's First Symphony; Alfredo Triff's tribute to the world of Miami Beach nightclubbing, The Night of Phantasmatic Purities; and John Van der Slice's Nautilus. Admission is ten dollars. Call 284-5813. (GC)

Broward County Fair: See Thursday.
Holiday Fantasy of Lights: See Sunday.

tuesday
november 26
Il Barbiere di Siviglia: The Florida Grand Opera opens its 51st season and celebrates the 400th anniversary of opera with one of the art form's longest-standing favorites, by Gioachino Rossini. Spanish opera star Manuel Lanza makes his company debut in the title role in the comic masterpiece Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (performed in Italian with English projections), a romantic farce in which the barber Figaro helps the lovely Rosina find true love with Count Almaviva. Performances run tonight and Friday (November 29) at 8:00 and Sunday (December 1) at 2:00 at the Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.), then the opera moves to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) for performances December 5 and 7 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $100. Call 854-7890. (GC)

Broward County Fair: See Thursday.
Holiday Fantasy of Lights: See Sunday.

wednesday
november 27
Let Them Eat Turkey: Ever-generous Squeeze (2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale) celebrates Thanksgiving with an evening of music and giving. Local bands Black Janet and the Bellefires take the stage at 10:00, and a turkey will be sacrificed for a fundraising raffle (don't worry, kids, it's already dead). Bring a can of food and get a dollar off the five-dollar cover charge (the food goes to the homeless, so you can feel good about yourself while partying your buns off). Call 954-522-2151. (GC)

Broward County Fair: See Thursday.
Holiday Fantasy of Lights: See Sunday.

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