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thursday
november 28
White Party Week: If you haven't already bought those $125 tix to Sunday's big White Party at Villa Vizcaya (3251 S. Miami Ave.), you're outta luck. But don't despair: A bevy of social events has been structured around the bash, turning it into a five-day party extravaganza. Tonight from 4:00 to 8:00, get loose at the South Beach Turkey Trot bar crawl (admission is ten dollars). Among the weekend's highlights are the Mr. South Beach pageant finals at the Lincoln Theatre (555 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. (tickets cost $25; call 531-7867); the Muscle Beach Party at the Twelfth Street Beach on Saturday from noon to 5:00; the Noche Blanca alternative White Party at Amnesia (136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 531-5535) on Sunday at 6:00; and the Swan Song closing party at 9:00 on Monday at Twist (1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 538-9478). All proceeds benefit Health Crisis Network, which provides support to people with AIDS. Call 800-628-5268 for more information. (GC)

Winternational Parade and Festival: What's Thanksgiving without a parade? The City of North Miami hosts this 22nd annual event, stepping off today at 10:00 a.m. at NE 125th Street and 4th Avenue, featuring the unlikely pairing of legendary soulstress Betty Wright (guest of honor) and WSVN-TV (Channel 7) anchor Rick Sanchez (grand marshal). The international-theme parade boasts Chinese dragons, a Mexican mariachi band, a Scottish pipe band, marching bands, floats, the Body Nation Jamaican dancers, unicyclists, clowns, and many other entertainers. Admission is free. On Saturday and Sunday at Griffing Park (NE 123rd Street and West Dixie Highway), the Winternational Festival takes place, with live entertainment, games, carnival rides, and international foods. The fest runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days; admission is free. For more information, call 893-6511. (GC)

friday
november 29
Dick Dale: In 1967 Jimi Hendrix dissed the musical creation of surf-guitar genius Dick Dale in a grinding, wigged-out psych-rock floater called "Third Stone from the Sun," with a slurred "May you never hear surf music again." Now in 1996 Dale's ready for a payback: His latest release Calling Up Spirits features a blazing cover of "Third Stone," with Dale intoning "Jimi, I'm still here. Wish you were." It's a great moment in a career that recently has been full of them. Following the underground boom of revivalist surf rock -- ushered in a few years back by groups such as Man Or Astro-Man?, the Phantom Surfers, and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet -- Dale has been playing to a new legion of fans (charmingly referred to as Dickheads) and making some of his best music. He'll be performing tonight at Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE Second Ave.), with local surf combo Category 5 opening. Tickets are $15; showtime is 9:00. And if you're going, go early; last time Dale played Churchill's, you couldn't slide a razor blade between the bodies. Call 757-1807 for more info. (JF)

Arranca: Cincinnati seems an unlikely place for a Latin rock band to spring up, but that's exactly from where this Cuban-American rock band hails. Led by vocalist/guitarist/tres player (and former Miamian) Victor Garcia-Rivera, Arranca takes three-chord power punk to new extremes, blending it with 1920s Cuban son and traditional guajira and penning both Spanish- and English-language lyrics. The band that describes itself as "the I Love Lucy of punk rock" performs tunes off its independent-label debut album Exile on Pain Street (Exilio Doloroso), tonight at South Beach Pub (717 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Admission is five dollars. Showtime is midnight. Call 532-7821. (GC)

Little by Little: Childhood friends grow up and deal with the pains of love and loss in this musical, which makes its southeastern U.S. premiere at the Encore Room Theater of the Coconut Grove Playhouse (3500 Main Hwy.) this month. Written by Brad Ross and lyricists Ellen Greenfield and Hal Hackady, with story and direction by Annette Jolles, the musical stars local actors Irene Adjan, Paul Louis, and Maribeth Graham in a chronicle of the complications that arise when a man and two women who've grown up together find themselves deeply entrenched in a love triangle. Tickets cost $27 on Friday and Saturday nights and $22 at all other times. Performances run Friday, Saturday, and selected Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8:30, with 2:15 matinees on Sunday and selected Saturday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons through January 19. Call 442-4000 for scheduling. (GC)

Lumpy Sue Acoustic Musicfest: Celebrate "el Cinco de Lumpy" at this fifth annual mother of all mellow music festivals at Greynolds Park (17530 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach). From 11:00 a.m. till sunset, Magda Hiller, Diane Ward, Alex Diaz, Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra, Two Watt Bulb, Iko-Iko, Exit, Romo, Gig DeNisco, Shana, Laura Sue "Silver Nightingale" Wilansky and Colin Kenny, Bionix, Outta Da Blues, and Nada will take the stage; meanwhile, festgoers can partake in a raffle to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. Admission is free. Call 933-1974. (GC)

The Black Crowes: If you gotta revive the Seventies, I say let the Black Crowes provide the soundtrack. On four uniformly fine albums -- the most recent of which is Three Snakes and One Charm -- the Atlanta fivesome has established itself as the greatest rock band to never have an original idea. Literally everything they do has been done before. The Southern-fried boogie, the screeching, reefer-baked vocals, the raunch-and-roll riffs -- if you've ever heard Humble Pie, the Stones, and the Faces, you've heard the Black Crowes. And so what? Good AOR is hard to find these days, especially in the wake of Bush, Blur, Sponge, and the millions of other sub-Nirvana fake-punks currently clogging the airwaves. The Crowes will be at the Sunrise Musical Theatre (5555 NW 95th Ave.) in Broward tonight, for an 8:00 show. Tickets cost $25. Call 954-741-7300 for more information. (JF)

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