Calendar for the week

NewLife Expo '96: Delve into the world of the spiritual and supernatural as the Broward County Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) hosts the fifth annual NewLife Expo. The event features more than 100 exhibits on alternative medicine, metaphysics, the environment, and UFO and extraterrestrial discoveries, plus lectures by experts on aging, holistic healing, motivation, and other new-age topics. Admission is $12 daily, $20 for a weekend pass. Expo hours are 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. today, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. tomorrow, and 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. Call 800-928-6208.

Orange Bowl International Junior Tennis Championships: See Thursday.
Christo at the Lowe: See Thursday.

saturday
december 14
The Velveteen Rabbit: Theatreworks/USA presents its original version of Margery Williams's 1922 tender story about a child and his favorite toy today at 10:30 a.m. at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). In this updated musical adaption, a little boy bonds with his toy rabbit after his big brother rejects his company; as the Velveteen Rabbit learns about "toy magic" -- the process of becoming real -- both he and his owner find inner strength. Tickets cost seven dollars. Call 673-7300.

Family SLAM: The arts organization artsfusion resumes its series of spoken word SLAMS tonight at 9:00 at the Haitian restaurant Tap-Tap (819 Fifth St., Miami Beach). Presented in the Miami area since 1993, this event features a friendly competition among literary artists who offer a few short spoken-word pieces, which are judged by the audience. The winners return to face off in Grand SLAM in June. Admission is five dollars. Call 531-7267.

New World Symphony: See Thursday.
Orange Bowl International Junior Tennis Championships: See Thursday.
Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues: See Friday.
NewLife Expo '96: See Friday.

sunday
december 15
Public Enemy: The Cinema Vortex film series continues with one of the screen's seminal gangster flicks of the early Thirties. William Wegman's 1931 crime drama Public Enemy, screening today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), shoots up the screen with legendary images of James Cagney popping off bad guys and shoving grapefruit in the face of a beautiful woman. The film was meant to deglamourize mobsters, but Cagney looks like he's having such fun (although the irrepressible Irishman did say that same year, "I'm sick of carrying guns and beating up women"). Admission is four dollars. Call 531-8504.

New World Symphony: See Thursday.
Orange Bowl International Junior Tennis Championships: See Thursday.
Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues: See Friday.
NewLife Expo '96: See Friday.

monday
december 16
Oblivion: West Point Academy cadet Richard Cox disappeared without a trace on January 14, 1950. For the next seven years, military and civilian investigations were conducted but were closed without resolution. Then in 1985 retired history teacher Marshal Jacobs decided to pursue the mystery as a research project. After more than seven years, Jacobs found a witness that enabled him to crack the case. Tonight at 8:00 Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) hosts an evening with Jacobs and author Harry Maihafer as they discuss Oblivion, the book based on Jacobs's investigation. Admission is free. Call 442-4408.

Orange Bowl International Junior Tennis Championships: See Thursday.

tuesday
december 17
Florida Philharmonic: Celebrated composer Keith Pruitt takes his place behind the keyboard and joins the orchestra to perform the world premiere of his latest piano concerto tonight and tomorrow night at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Soprano Camellia Johnson will also be on hand with Pruitt and the orchestra to perform Copland's El Salon Mexico, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Bernstein's Symphony no. 1 (Jeremiah). Performances continue Thursday at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.) and Friday at the FAU Auditorium (off Glades Road, Boca Raton). All performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Call 930-1812.

Orange Bowl International Junior Tennis Championships: See Thursday.

wednesday
december 18
Miami City Ballet's The Nutcracker: See this holiday classic presented in grand style as Miami City Ballet offers its million-dollar production of George Balanchine's celebrated version of the holiday classic at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). This lavish production boasts spectacular sets, exotic costumes, breath-taking special effects, and of course the talents of MCB's critically acclaimed dancers. Tickets range in price from $19 to $62. Performances run tonight through Monday, December 23, at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:00 matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Call 532-7713 for tickets.

New Punims: The Broward Stage Door Theater (8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs) welcomes a new year with a rollicking musical parody filled with colorful characters that celebrates the humor in Jewish life. New Punims (punim is the Yiddish word for face) was created by Stage Door and Dartmouth Management, who last year produced the comedy Too Jewish?; the new piece gently plays off stereotypes while lovingly honoring Jewish culture through vignettes and musical numbers featuring those renowned film critics "Kishkel" and "Liebert" in Movie Kibbutz, cable-access television star Lady Leah Rosenthal-Smythe, and the Queen of Jewish Country Music, Ms. Deli Pearlman. Tickets cost $16 ($20 after January 1). Performances run Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., with a 2:00 matinee every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday through February 9 (there will be no performance on December 25, but there is a special 7:00 p.m. performance on December 29). Call 954-344-7765.

Orange Bowl International Junior Tennis Championships: See Thursday.
Florida Philharmonic: See Tuesday.

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