Art Deco Weekend: The Miami Design Preservation League hosts the twentieth-annual Art Deco Weekend, running today through Monday at Lummus Park (between Fifth and Fifteenth streets on Ocean Drive, Miami Beach). This year's theme is "Art Deco at Sea," with a salute to the glamorous ocean liners of the Thirties. The festival features live performances by Lew Willie and the Snapdragons, Dana Paul, Wendy Pedersen, and Nicole Yarling beginning tonight at 6:00 p.m. Tomorrow the music begins at noon with performances by the New Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Tom Tomaya, and Sylvia Bennett; continues Sunday at noon with the Eric Allison-Turk Mauro Quintet, the Melton Mustafa Orchestra, Billy Ross, and the Allan Harris Quartet; and wraps up on Monday with Maryel Epps, Linda Novit, and the Gene Krupa Big Band, beginning at noon. Kids can enjoy live entertainment and hands-on activities at the park. Admission to all events is free (unless otherwise noted). Festival hours are noon to 11:00 p.m. tonight, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday. There is also a film and lecture series; see our "Calendar Listings" for details or call 672-2014 for a complete schedule.
Taste of the Grove: Stuff your face and shake your booty at the fourteenth annual Taste of the Grove food and music festival, today through Sunday at Peacock Park (2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove). The wingding kicks off tonight at 5:30 with performances by Brazilian jazz acts the Rainforest, Nando Lauria, and headliner Manfredo Fest. Tomorrow the music continues with rock and alternative artists Duncan Sheik, the Hazies, Linda Perry, and Paula Cole. On Sunday the festival gets jazzy with Larry Coryell, Sha-Shaty, and Brian Culbertson. Festgoers can sample tasty dishes from a wide variety of local restaurants and take in a chefs' demonstration, with kitchen wizards from Mayfair Grill, Two Chefs, Red Fish Grille, and Mark's Place sharing their culinary secrets. The feeding frenzy continues tomorrow and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 444-7270.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor: Actors' Playhouse presents Neil Simon's autobiographical and nostalgic look at the golden age of television, opening tonight at 8:15 at the Miracle Theatre (280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables). The play chronicles the years Simon worked as a comedy writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows alongside fellow talents Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks; the mostly male cast (TV was a mostly male world back then) features Gary Marachek as the wall-punching show host Max Prince, James Puig as the hypochondriac writer Ira Stone, and Kim Cozort as the team's lone woman Carol. Tickets cost $50 for tonight's opening, $27 and $30 for all other shows. Performances run Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. through February 9. Call 444-9293.
Larry Dossey: In a world of new-age gurus expounding crackpot ideas, Dr. Larry Dossey stands out for having worked hard to legitimize his claims. A practicing physician of internal medicine, Dossey is a leading proponent of the notion that prayer can heal the body, and has spent years researching and documenting what he considers a connection between spirituality and physical health. Dossey has written six books on mind-body healing, including the best-selling Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine, as well as numerous articles published in major medical journals. He discusses his ideas about prayer tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the James L. Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave.). Tickets cost $25 and $35, with proceeds benefiting the Palm Beach Center for Living, a counseling, support, and alternative health organization. Call 372-0929.
Jack and Jill: See Thursday.
Ray Charles: Legendary singer-songwriter-pianoman Ray Charles takes the stage with Grammy Award-winning Philharmonic Pops director Peter Nero and the Florida Philharmonic tonight at 8:30 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale). A twelve-time Grammy Award winner who has penned and performed some of the most popular songs in R&B history, Charles has left his imprint on every facet of popular music. Tickets range from $20 to $75. For the concert and the Fort Lauderdale Philharmonic Society's Glitterati Gala to benefit the Philharmonic, tickets range from $175 to $1000. Call 930-1812.
Beaux Arts Festival: More than 250 artists and craftspersons from across the nation display their works at the 46th annual Beaux Arts Festival, taking place today and tomorrow on the grounds of the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables). Besides all the art, the fest features live music, children's art classes, and international foods. Admission is free; proceeds from art sales benefit the Lowe Art Museum. Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. Call 284-3535.