1997 World Gold Gymnastics Tour: The Olympics are now a not-so-distant summer memory, but the fever (or the hype) lives on. Gold medalist Kerri Strug and silver medalist Jair Lynch, along with veteran Olympians Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner, are among the elastic gymnastics stars descending on the Miami Arena (721 NW First Ave.) tonight for the World Gold Gymnastics Tour. Six-medal Russian sensation Alexei Nemov, ten-time Olympic medalist Vitaly Scherbo, Belorussian Olympic gold medalist Svetlana Boguinskaia, and a bevy of Russian and Eastern European gymnasts will also be on hand to present their award-winning routines (in total, the tour features 19 gymnasts with 26 Olympic gold medals between them). Tickets range in price from $15 to $23. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Call 530-4444.
New World Symphony: Violinist and conductor Pinchas Zuckerman, hailed internationally as one of the world's contemporary musical masters, returns to South Florida to perform three concerts with the New World Symphony at the Lincoln Theatre (555 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The program features Bruckner's Adagio from String Quintet, Mozart's Violin Concerto no. 5, and Mendelssohn's Symphony no. 4 (Italian). Performances run tonight and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets range in price from $17 to $44. A special open rehearsal will also take place today at 10:00 a.m.; admission is $10. Call 673-3331.
Christo at the Lowe: In 1983 internationally recognized artist Christo wrapped several islands in Biscayne Bay in pink plastic. Today the works of Christo return to South Florida as the recently renovated and expanded Lowe Art Museum (University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables) reopens with "Twenty-One Golden Years with Christo and Jeanne-Claude," featuring works from the Tom Golden Collection, the largest assembled collection of the artist's works in the U.S. The exhibition, which runs through January 26, comprises more than 90 drawings, collages, wrapped objects, lithographs, and photographs. Admission is five dollars. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; noon to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday; and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tomorrow night at 7:00 Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be discussing their artwork at Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables). Tickets cost $12. Call 284-3536 for more information.
Can Can: Oo-la-la, Cole Porter. Who in this century has written more passionately romantic, understatedly intelligent, and universally witty love songs than Porter? Today at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Bailey Concert Hall (3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie) presents his Can Can, a musical comedy about love, honor, and the arts that shocked the French upon its debut in 1953. Set in Montmartre in the gay 1890s, Can Can follows the romantic misadventures of high-kicking dance-hall girls, bohemian artists, and a conservative judge outraged by the suggestive dance; it also features Porter classics such as "I Love Paris" and "C'est Magnifique." Tickets cost $30. Call 888-475-6884.
Orange Bowl International Junior Tennis Championships: The most prestigious junior tennis championship in the world celebrates its 50th anniversary this year at the Flamingo Tennis Center (Jefferson Avenue and Eleventh Street, Miami Beach). The tourney helped launch the careers of tennis stars such as Chris Evert, Ivan Lendl, Gabriela Sabatini, Bjsrn Borg, Mary Joe Fernandez, John McEnroe, and Jim Courier. Qualifying matches kick off today and run through Saturday; the tourney begins Sunday and ends on December 22. Play begins each day at 8:00 a.m. Admission is free. Call 673-7761.
XS Music Fest '96: The local scene looks alive and well as more than a hundred musical acts perform at ten venues in downtown Fort Lauderdale tonight. Among the rock, jazz, blues, ska, punk, country, folk, and percussion bands performing are Diane Ward, Sixo, the Holy Terrors, the miles, Subliminal Criminal, Midnight Johnny & Smokestack Lightning, Ed Matus' Struggle, Al's Not Well, King 7 and the Soul Sonics, Brian Franklin, the Goods, Love Canal, Rudy, Egg, Lounge Act, the Weeds, Sense, Quit, Piano Bob and the Snowman, Amanda Green, and Motel Mel and the Innkeepers. Venues include the Edge (200 W. Broward Blvd.), Squeeze (2 S. New River Dr.), the Poorhouse (110 SW Third Ave.), and the Downtowner Saloon (10 S. New River Dr.). Admission to this all-ages event is five dollars and covers all venues. See "Clubs," page 97, for a complete schedule, or call 954-537-3612.
Hot and Spicy: Momentum Dance Company performs what is becoming a local holiday classic tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Central Performing Art Center (1770 Monroe St.). Hot and Spicy, Duke Ellington's jazzed-up version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, becomes an Art Deco fantasy (choreographed by artistic director Delma Iles) in which a secretary ventures into a fluorescent underwater dreamland and takes a stroll down sunny Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road. Tickets cost $15 and $20 for adults; $10 for kids. Call 954-924-8175.
Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues: The Bridge Theater presents Los Angeles-based playwright/poet Caridad Svich's haunting and passionate story of two young lovers who cannot be separated by war or death, running at the Miami Beach Woman's Club (2401 Pinetree Dr., Miami Beach). Inspired by the death of a friend's brother, Alchemy explores love, loss, and madness as a young woman, isolated in a swampy marsh, grieves over the wartime death of her husband (see review in "Theater," page 69). Tickets cost $18. Performances run tonight at 8:00, Saturday at 5:00 and 9:00, and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. through December 22. Call 886-3908.