Calendar for the week

Gladys Knight: She began her musical career in Atlanta as a gospel shouter at the age of four. While in her teens, she founded one of Motown's most successful vocal groups. Now she celebrates her 45th year in show business. After dabbling in acting, Gladys Knight returns to the music charts with her second and latest solo album Just for You (the followup to 1991's Good Woman), which features the songwriting and producing chops of Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, among others. The album includes covers of some of Knight's favorite songs, such as Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes' "If You Don't Know Me By Now," the Spinners' "Love Don't Love Nobody," and the recent Boys II Men hit "End of the Road." Knight takes the stage tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets range in price from $28 to $39. Call 954-462-0222.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus: See Friday.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: See Friday.
Gulfstream Horse Racing: See Friday.

monday
january 6
Guarneri String Quartet: It's a bit of a drive, but if you are up to the trip, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) hosts an evening with one of the world's most celebrated string quartets, their second South Florida appearance in a month. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. the world-renowned Guarneri -- violinists Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley, violist Michael Tree, and cellist Davis Soyer -- perform Mendelssohn's Quartet in D major, Faure's Quartet in E minor, and Schubert's Death and the Maiden. Tickets range in price from $15 to $55. Call 800-KRAVIS-1.

Cesar Pelli: The School of Design at Florida International University inaugurates its lecture series this semester with the Cooperativa Ceramica d'Imola lecture by well-known architect Cesar Pelli at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd.) tonight at 7:30. Pelli will conduct a lecture entitled "Architecture: An Art of Response," and will discuss his current projects in South Florida and around the world. Admission is free. Call 348-3178.

Gulfstream Horse Racing: See Friday.

tuesday
january 7
Jackie Mason: Get out your flak jackets! The barbs fly tonight as acerbic comedian Jackie Mason performs his latest show, "Direct from Broadway," at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). A former cantor and rabbi, Mason has been honored for his strong commitment to the Jewish people. In 1990 Oxford University established a postgraduate lectureship in contemporary Judaic and Hebraic studies in his name, and in 1991 Mason was honored by then-Israeli deputy foreign minister (and current Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu for his support of the Israeli people during the Persian Gulf War. Mason has also been called an "equal-opportunity offender," since no one is spared his lampoons. Tickets cost $29 and $43. Performances run through Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Call 673-7300.

ARTS Week '97: More than 120 young actors, musicians, dancers, vocalists, photographers, visual artists, and writers from across the nation convene in Miami for a week of performances, exhibitions, classes, readings, and workshops this week. ARTS Week is the final phase of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts's annual ARTS (Arts Recognition and Talent Search) program, which provides scholarship opportunities for talented high school seniors. Highlights include an art exhibition opening today (a reception will be held tomorrow at 5:30) and running through January 10 at the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.); an evening of theatrical monologues and musical theater selections at the University of Miami's Ring Theatre (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables) Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; and a lecture by actress-dancer Cyd Charisse on Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the Ring Theatre. All events are free and open to the public. Call 377-1140 for a complete schedule.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus: See Friday.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: See Friday.
Contemporary Abstractions: See Saturday.

wednesday
january 8
Art Miami 1997: What better way to keep last month's rampant commercialism going than with a huge art shop-o-rama disguised as a serious art show? The seventh annual Art Miami expo descends upon the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach) with representatives from hundreds of local, national, and international galleries and featuring works by Keith Haring, Nam June Paik, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fernando Botero, Wifredo Lam, Christo, Niki de Saint Phalle, Rebecca Horn, Louise Nevelson, Karel Appel, Guillermo Kuitca, Robert Rauschenberg, and many others. Admission is ten dollars. The show opens with a private reception tonight and continues tomorrow and Saturday from noon to 9:00 p.m., Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m., and Monday from noon to 6:00 p.m. Call 539-3000.

Cyber Painting/Digital Conception: Technology and art come together in the works of local artist David Kudzma, on view through January 26 at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (1650 Harrison St., Hollywood). To create the twenty pieces in the exhibition "Cyber Painting/Digital Conception," Kudzma used a video camera to transfer magazine photographs, original drawings, and paintings by other artists onto his computer screen. He then combined and manipulated the images, made laser printouts that he mounted onto canvas, and painted over the prints with acrylics. The resulting works look computerized but have an organic feel. Admission is free. Center hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Call 954-921-3274.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus: See Friday.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: See Friday.
Gulfstream Horse Racing: See Friday.
Contemporary Abstractions: See Saturday.
ARTS Week '97: See Tuesday.

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