Calendar for the week

thursday
january 9
Festival of Chefs: Lick your lips and indulge your appetite when twenty chefs from some of South Florida's finest restaurants cross spatulas tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Sky Lobby of International Place (100 SE Second St.) to benefit the Easter Seal Society. A media-celebrity panel -- including Channel 6's Jackie Nespral and Channel 10's Kristi Krueger -- will judge the dishes created by chefs from Tutti's in the Gables, Monty's Stone Crab Seafood House, Mayfair Grill, Cafe Beethoven, and Two Sisters, among others. There will be an open bar and a silent auction of luxury items donated by American Airlines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and artwork by Priester Glockner. Tickets cost $65. Call 325-0470.

Guttermouth: The Theatre (3339 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale) trembles tonight with pile-driving, jack-hammering, warp-speed melodi-core of Southern California prank-punks Guttermouth. The band's scatologically focused lyrics and gale-force music whip their fans into a frenzy; their shows get all the more inventive when their lead vocalist Mark Adkins gets beat up on-stage, as the band continues. Guttermouth plays tunes from their third album Teri Yakimoto (on Nitro Records), while the Crumbs, Assorted Jelly Beans, and Discount open. Admission to this all-ages show is eight dollars. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Call 954-565-1117.

friday
january 10
School's Out: The Naming Project: The Miami Light Project continues its performance series tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) with a look at growing up gay. Under the direction of New York video artist Mary Ellen Strom, twelve young performers -- six from New York and six from Miami -- share their personal stories through compelling theatrical monologues and intimate video documentaries. The works present a portrait of youthful courage, as well as a chronicle of young queer culture. Tickets cost $18. Call 531-3747.

Stars of the Shanghai Acrobatic Theatre: Witness breathtaking acrobatic feats, outrageous stunts, and delightful magic tricks when this eighteen-member troupe transforms the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale) into a traditional Chinese harvest festival tonight at 7:00 p.m. These acrobats will perform such stunts as balancing pyramids of wine glasses and lit candles on the bridges of their noses, juggling glass jars and large porcelain urns, and spinning fragile plates on the ends of long bamboo sticks (please, kids, don't try this at home unless your parents have lots of insurance). The Shanghai acrobats will also perform traditional dragon and lion dances and contort themselves into astounding shapes. Tickets cost $10, $15, and $23. Call 954-462-0222.

Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair: As an alternative to recent overly commercial art megashows, Gramercy International hosts an innovative show at the Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). More than 35 galleries from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and throughout the rest of the world will participate, presenting works by younger emerging artists with prices beginning at $100. Admission is five dollars. The festival runs from noon to 8:00 p.m. today through Sunday, with a reception tonight at 8:00 p.m. (admission to the reception and fair is $15). Call 534-6300.

saturday
january 11
South Florida Folk Festival: Listen to some folk music under a canopy of 200-year-old cypress trees at the sixth-annual South Florida Folk Festival this weekend at Easterlin Park (1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park). Performers include edgy and decidedly non-nostalgic singer Andrew Calhoun, impressive guitar plucker Sam Pacetti, and Boston's humorous, ragtime-blues folksters Cheap Champagne, plus Seminole Chief James Billie, singer-songwriter Rod McDonald, Canadian folk legend Penny Lang, Chicago's Small Potatoes, and Washington, D.C.'s Tom Prasada-Rao. The fest also includes a national songwriters' competition, folk dancing, local performers on two side stages, a children's stage, and a fire-ring song swap. Admission is eight dollars today, six dollars tomorrow (teens get in for five bucks, while kids under age thirteen get in free). The fest runs today from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call 954-938-0610.

Marvin Hamlisch: "I consider my bit as if the audience came over to my living room," Marvin Hamlisch has said, "and they're gonna get a taste of me." Let's hope they serve wine and crackers with Hamlisch when he performs today at 2:00 p.m. at Bailey Concert Hall (3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie). The composer of more than 30 film scores (including The Way We Were, Ice Castles, and Ordinary People) and two Broadway hits (A Chorus Line and They're Playing Our Song), he's known for his witty on-stage repartee. Tickets cost $40. Call 888-475-6884. Hamlisch will also perform tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center (20400 NE 30th Ave., Aventura) in memory of his friend Maurice "Sonny" Goldsmith. Tickets cost $25, $50, and $100. Call 935-0666.

Redland Natural Arts Festival: Celebrate the arts while communing with nature at the twentieth-annual Redland Natural Arts Festival, taking place this weekend at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead). Handmade arts and crafts from around the world and exotic tropical plants will be available for purchase, and festgoers can also enjoy live Irish and American folk music and ethnic dancing, wildlife displays, fencing, tai chi, archery, kite flying, ultralight aircraft, canoeing, and sea kayaking. You say you want more? Okay, the Southern Cross Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for solar flare viewings, and kids can ride ponies. The festival runs today and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is one dollar. Call 247-5727.

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