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saturday
november 30
A Night of Innovative Acoustic Music: ART-ACT (10 NE 39th St.) hosts a concert featuring two unusual performers. Philip Gelb, founder and director of the polycultural New World Music Ensemble, is an acclaimed shakuhachi (an ancient Japanese bamboo flute traditionally used by Buddhists as a meditation tool) player whose repertoire includes music by John Coltrane and John Cage. Yarko Antonevych is one of only three professional bandura (an instrument that sounds something like a harpsichord and is similar to a Paraguayan harp) players in North America, having studied for twenty years with virtuoso bandurists in Canada and the former Soviet Union. Admission is ten dollars; showtime is 8:00 p.m. Call 573-7272. (GC)

Winternational Parade and Festival: See Thursday.
Little by Little: See Friday.

sunday
december 1
Santa's Parade of the Elves: Hear the tromping of tiny feet as this fourteenth annual holiday event commences at 2:00 at South Dixie Highway and Sunset Drive in South Miami. Toddlers and children through grade six are invited to dress like elves and meet Santa at 1:30 at South Miami City Hall (6130 Sunset Dr.), where the lead elf will get everyone into formation and direct this promenade of marching bands, cheerleaders, floats, baton twirlers, antique cars, clowns, and the South Miami Police honor guard. Admission is free. Call 663-6338. (GC)

Winternational Parade and Festival: See Thursday.
Little by Little: See Friday.

monday
december 2
Bruce Springsteen: Right about now Bruce must be wondering just what the hell's happened to his career. Following the success of 1984's Born in the U.S.A., which made him a megastar, he released four superb albums that took his music into new and interesting areas, from the complexities of love and marriage to the plight of so-called illegal aliens. Nevertheless, the audience that rallied round "Born in the U.S.A." and "Glory Days" has avoided these albums like an MC Hammer comeback. His latest tour, though, is a don't-miss: In support of last year's The Ghost of Tom Joad, Springsteen is doing solo acoustic shows that feature reinterpreted versions of old standbys as well as newer stuff. He's settling into Broward's Sunrise Musical Theatre (5555 NW 95th Ave) for two shows, tonight and tomorrow. Showtime for both nights is 8:00; tickets cost $37. Call 954-741-7300. (JF)

tuesday
december 3
A Piece of My Heart: The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre at the University of Miami (1380 Miller Dr., Coral Gables) continues its Second Stage series with Shirley Lauro's heart-wrenching look at the women who served in the Vietnam War. A Piece of My Heart follows the harrowing experiences of six young women -- five nurses and a country-and-western singer sent to entertain troops -- through each woman's tour of duty, and ends with each leaving a personal token at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Performances run tonight through Saturday at 8:00 with a 2:00 matinee on Saturday. Tickets cost six dollars. Call 284-3355. (GC)

Little by Little: See Friday.
Bruce Springsteen: See Monday.

wednesday
december 4
Heart and Home: Hobnob with the rich and famous while biding on luxurious home furnishings and artworks at this inaugural gala event at DACRA's Moore Building atrium (NE Second Avenue and 40th Street) to benefit the United Foundation for AIDS's Community Program at South Shore Hospital. The auction, which promises to feature surprise celebrity auctioneers as well as more than 200 high-fashion home items, begins at 7:30, with a preview reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Call 531-1711. (GC)

Dr. Mae Jemison: Nova Southeastern University continues its Breakfast Forum series with a lecture by astronaut and educator Mae Jemison, the first black woman to go into space, today at 7:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Design Center (1825 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale). Jemison made history when she flew on the space shuttle Endeavour in 1992; she is also a professor of environmental studies and head of the Jemison Institute for Advancing Technology in Developing Countries at Dartmouth College, and researches and develops advanced technologies for everyday life through her company, the Jemison Group. Tickets cost $50. Call 954-475-7699 to reserve a seat. (GC)

The Underbellys: Live from Nash Vegas via the Viper Room in Los Angeles come the Underbellys, a local foursome that blends big, big, BIG rock-and-roll with retro rockabilly bop. The band has been writing songs with the Smithereens' Pat DiNizio, and expects to enter the studio early next year. Tonight at 10:00 the Underbellys shake up the stage at Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Admission is free. Call 532-0228. (GC)

Junior Orange Bowl Caroling Competition: Carolers from 29 public, private, and parochial schools in Dade compete for $20,000 in cash and prizes in this tenth annual Junior Orange Bowl event at the 550 Building (550 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables). Students from the Sacred Heart School, Miami Palmetto Senior High, Arvida Middle School, Florida Christian School, Ransom Everglades Senior High School, Miami Lakes Senior High, Lourdes Academy, Hialeah Senior High, and many other schools offer traditional and modern holiday classics to ring in the season. The competition runs tonight through Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Call 662-1210. (GC)

Little by Little: See Friday.
A Piece of My Heart: See Tuesday.

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