Calendar for the week

Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Theatre: Choreographer Lula Washington leads her Los Angeles-based contemporary dance troupe in a program that combines the energy of street dance with the impact of personal histories today at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale). The company, which was founded in 1980 as a creative outlet in South L.A. and has become one of the premier black arts institutions on the West Coast, blends modern, jazz, African, and Afro-Caribbean dance. Today's program includes Reflections in Black, Lift Every Voice, the Harriet Tubman-inspired This Little Light, and Pearls of Obsidian. Tickets cost ten dollars. Performances take place at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Call 954-462-0222.

Design World Cares -- Art for AIDS Auction: Paintings, sculpture, travel packages, and unbelievable luxury items will be up for bid at this second annual art auction to benefit CenterOne, Broward County's largest nonprofit AIDS service agency, at the Design Center of the Americas (1855 Griffin Rd., Dania). The event begins with a silent auction at 7:30, followed by a live auction at 9:00 p.m. Partygoers can also enjoy live music, an open bar, and fab food. Last year's first-ever auction raised $45,000 for CenterOne; 100 percent of each winning bid goes to the charity. Tickets cost $25 and $75. Call 954-537-4111.

Jack and Jill: See Thursday.
Taste of the Grove: See Friday.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor: See Friday.
Art Deco Weekend: See Friday.

january 19
The Florida Extravaganza -- A Unique Wine, Spirits, and Culinary Celebration: Southern Wine and Spirits distributor and Wine Spectator magazine host what promises to be South Florida's largest wine-tasting and culinary event to date. More than 100 of the world's finest vintners and liquor producers and top chefs from many of the region's best restaurants --including Blue Door, Chef Allen's, the Forge, Giacosa, Lure, Mark's Place, Norman's, Pacific Time, Victor's Cafe, and Yuca -- will convene to tantalize the palate with samples of their wares at this inaugural event today at 4:00 p.m. at the Roz and Cal Kovens Conference Center at Florida International University's North Campus (NE 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami). Tickets cost $50, with proceeds benefiting FIU's School of Hospitality Management. Call 919-4538.

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang: Cinema Vortex screens one of the cinema's earliest and strongest social protest films today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Mervyn LeRoy's 1932 film stars Paul Muni as a down-on-his-luck World War I hero who inadvertently becomes involved in an armed robbery. The film is also notable for its unusual depiction of sex (before the infamous morality code took effect) and its shockingly depressing ending. Admission is four dollars. Call 531-8504.

Classical Jazz Festival: The New World Symphony celebrates the works of classical composers influenced by American jazz with a series of concerts at the Lincoln Theatre (555 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The festival begins tonight at 5:00 with a chamber concert featuring Naidoo's The Night of the Dancing Armies, Stravinsky's Piano Rag Music and Ragtime for Eleven Instruments, Babbitt's All Set, Kolb's Homage to Keith Jarrett and Gary Burton, and NWS artistic director and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas's Street Song. Tickets cost ten dollars. The festival continues with concerts on January 23 (chamber orchestra) and January 25 (symphony orchestra) at 8:00 featuring rare piano performances by Tilson Thomas (who will also be conducting). Tickets range from $19 to $45. See next week's "Calendar Listings," or call 673-3331 for a complete schedule.

Jack and Jill: See Thursday.
Art Deco Weekend: See Friday.
Taste of the Grove: See Friday.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor: See Friday.
Beaux Arts Festival: See Saturday.

january 20
The Dream Comes Home: The Jubilate (pronounced "yoo-bee-LA-tay") vocal ensemble celebrates the life and achievements of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (536 Coral Way, Coral Gables). The Miami Community Mass Choir joins Jubilate, members of church and synagogue choirs from across the county, and a full orchestra to perform Howard Roberts's The Spiritual Heritage Suite. Admission is free (donations are appreciated). Call 995-1942.

John Dufresne: In his first novel, Louisiana Power & Light, Miami author and FIU professor John Dufresne demonstrated his remarkable ability to balance the comic and the tragic, to make poignant and delightful details stand out without overshadowing the humor or sadness of a particular scene. This balance is once again at work in his latest novel, Love Warps the Mind a Little, in which his hero Lafayette Proulx contemplates love and loss when his wife leaves him after learning of his affair with a psychotherapist. Tonight at 8:00 Dufresne reads from and discusses the novel at Books & Books (933 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is free. Call 532-3222.

Art Deco Weekend: See Friday.

january 21
American Art Today -- The Garden: The Art Museum at Florida International University (University Park Campus, SW 107th Avenue and Eighth Street, PC-110) hosts the thirteenth installment in its annual "American Art Today" series, which explores the way contemporary American artists interpret traditional themes. The theme of this year's exhibition, on view through February 15, is the garden, with works by 29 artists, including David Hockney, Roberto Juarez, Ross Bleckner, Milo Reice, Joan Snyder, Portia Munson, and James Valerio, ranging in style from conceptualism to realism. Admission is free. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays (open till 9:00 p.m. on Monday), and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Call 348-2890.

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