Calendar for the week

thursday
january 23
Classical Jazz Festival: The New World Symphony continues its celebration of classical music influenced by American jazz with a concert tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre (555 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas not only conducts but makes a rare appearance as pianist for Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Other works on the program: Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, Milhaud's The Creation of the World, Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto, and Antheil's A Jazz Symphony. Tonight's program will be repeated on Saturday at 8:00 p.m., followed by an outdoor swing dance. Tickets for tonight's and Saturday's concerts range from $10 to $45. The festival continues tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. with a free concert by NWS musicians. (GC)

Miami Modernism: Twentieth-century design is king as 65 dealers from across the nation and abroad offer their wares at the fourth annual "Miami Modernism" show at the Ramada Resort Deauville (6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). The show, which opens tonight with a gala preview from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., features everything functional and decorative from all major design and fine-art movements, 1900 to 1970. Festgoers can participate in architectural walking and trolley tours on Saturday and Sunday at noon and 2:00 p.m. Admission to the preview is $50 (a portion of which benefits the Miami Design Preservation League); regular admission is $10. Show hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Call 861-0108 for details. (GC)

Visionaries in Exile: The Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) goes cutting-edge with "Visionaries in Exile," an extensive, groundbreaking CD-ROM exhibition that centers on modern architecture. The program uses the latest technology to trace the development of Austrian and American modernism, offering a look at the lives of twenty Austrian architects who emigrated to the U.S. before 1941, including Richard Neutra, Josef Frank, Joseph Urban, and Rudolph Schindler. The show opens tonight with a lecture by curator Matthias Boeckl and a reception at 6:30 p.m. and runs through February 23. Admission is five dollars. Museum hours are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday (open with free admission from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday), and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Call 531-1001. (GC)

Loose Ends: The installations that Karen Rifas creates from tree leaves, thread, handmade paper, and other unorthodox materials convey a surprising emotional strength. For "Loose Ends," her show at the South Florida Art Center's Ground Level gallery (1035 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), she has strung tiny dried leaves on lengths of thread that crisscross the room, defining the space with geometric patterns. Rifas would like the viewer to reflect on the destructive relationship humans have with the environment. Her evocative, abstract works from natural fibers are indeed reason to reconsider all that useless beauty. The exhibit is on view through February 8. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. from Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 674-8278. (JC)

friday
january 24
Miami City Ballet: South Florida's premier classical ballet company opens its third season with George Balanchine's Jewels in its entirety tonight at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Jewels dazzles with three glittering acts: the romantic and reserved "Emeralds" (set to music by Faure), the coquettish "Rubies" (music by Stravinsky), and the immaculately classical and regal "Diamonds" (music by Tchaikovsky). Performances run tonight and Saturday at 8:00 and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Additional performances begin on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Bailey Concert Hall (3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie). Tickets range in price from $17 to $54. Call 532-7713. (GC)

Jimmy Ryce Center Benefit Concert: A bevy of local rockers unites for a good cause as Cheers (2490 SW Seventeenth Ave.) hosts a benefit for the Jimmy Ryce Center, dedicated to support victims (and their families) of abduction by sexual predators. On the bill are Orgasmic Bliss, Seventeen Bucks, Dr. Jekill with special guest Sarah Walker, the Goods, Purple Mustard, and Beyond Salvation. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to the center. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Call 857-0041. (GC)

New Edition: In 1983, when pop-funk outfit New Edition released its first album, the group was dismissed as a star-styling, money-making tool. By the decade's end, however, New Edition had produced some of the most successful young artists in R&B. Bobby Brown left the group in 1986 to establish a successful solo career; his replacement Johnny Gill and fellow member Ralph Tresvant also went on to release a string of solo hits each. The rest of New Edition -- Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, and Mike Bivins -- eventually formed the popular hip-hop trio Bell Biv DeVoe. It's been a couple of years since any of them has produced a real chart topper, and that may be the impetus behind their recent reunion album Home Again. New Edition makes itself at home tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Miami Arena (721 NW First Ave.). Tickets cost $35. Call 530-4444. (GC)

Classical Jazz Festival: See Thursday.
Miami Modernism: See Thursday.
Visionaries in Exile: See Thursday.
Loose Ends: See Thursday.

saturday
january 25
Classical Indian Dance Drama: The Indian Fine Arts Society presents Malati-Madhava, a dance based on a Sanskrit play by eighth-century dramatist Bhavabhuti, whose works were noted for their suspense and vivid characterizations. While the intricate dance, choreographed by local dancer Aparna Matange, conveys the main action of the story, the details are narrated by a sutradhar (male narrator) and nati (female narrator). The performance takes place tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater (17011 NE Nineteenth Ave., North Miami Beach). Tickets cost $10 and $25, $5 for kids age twelve and under. Call 861-3796. (GC)

Key Biscayne Art Festival: More than 130 artists and craftspersons from around the nation display their paintings, sculpture, photographs, jewelry, and other works at the 33rd annual Key Biscayne Art Festival, taking place today and tomorrow on Crandon Boulevard, just north of the Cape Florida park. The festival also features international foods and live entertainment. Admission is free; proceeds from art and food sales benefit the humanitarian services of Key Biscayne's Rotary Club. Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. Call 361-6347. (GC)

Classical Jazz Festival: See Thursday.
Miami Modernism: See Thursday.
Visionaries in Exile: See Thursday.
Loose Ends: See Thursday.
Miami City Ballet: See Friday.

sunday
january 26
Musical Whodunit: Close Encounters with Music presents a musical mystery today at 2:00 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables). Based on a painting by Titian, the concert program is part narration, part visual exploration, and part investigative exercise that unfolds like a detective story. Bassoonist Kim Walker, flutist Pamina Blum, violinist Peter Zazofsky, and pianist Michele Levin join cellist and artistic director Yehuda Hanani to perform works by Debussy, Villa-Lobos, and Brahms. Tickets cost $20. Call 843-0778. (GC)

Citizen Kane: Cinema Vortex screens what is widely considered the best American film in cinema history at noon today at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Orson Welles also stars in his 1941 directorial debut, a universally acclaimed celluloid masterpiece that dazzles with every inventive frame (as Welles himself said of his career: "Istarted at the top and worked down"). As you know, it's not-so-loosely based on the tumultuous personal and professional life of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst ("I run a couple of newspapers. What do you do?"). Admission is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (GC)

Miami Modernism: See Thursday.
Visionaries in Exile: See Thursday.
Loose Ends: See Thursday.
Miami City Ballet: See Friday.
Key Biscayne Art Festival: See Saturday.

monday
january 27
University of Miami Jazz Festival: Faculty and student musicians and ensembles from the University of Miami School of Music jazz department take the stage at the Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables) for four concert events in the inaugural UM Jazz Festival. Tonight the festival opens as jazz vocal ensembles perform a benefit concert for the Dade County Guardian Ad Litem program. Admission is by donation. Tomorrow the piano-guitar duo of Vince Maggio and Randall Dollahon performs; also on the bill are composer-pianist Ron Miller and his ensemble. Admission is free. The fest continues on Wednesday with original works composed and performed by faculty members and students. Again, admission is free. And the festival closes on Thursday with performances by the Grammy in the Schools Jazz Band and the UM Concert Jazz Band, with guest artist trombonist John Fedchock. Admission is five dollars. All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Call 284-5813. (GC)

Royal Caribbean Senior PGA Classic: Defending champion Bob Murphy and challengers Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Raymond Floyd, and many others compete for $850,000 in cash in the first full-field event of the Senior PGA Tour season, running today through February 2 at the Crandon Park Golf Course (4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne). The Royal Caribbean Classic begins with a pro-am tourney today at 9:00 a.m. and continues with a nine-hole elimination tourney tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., another pro-am on Wednesday and Thursday at 6:50 a.m., and a 54-hole tournament from Friday through Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Daily tickets cost $10; weekly passes cost $20. Proceeds benefit the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Project Newborn, and several other local charities. Call 365-0365 for tickets and information. (GC)

tuesday
january 28
Bobby McFerrin and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra: Bobby McFerrin is a musical conduit, a human beat box, a vocalist of unique and extraordinary natural ability. His improvisations hit the mark again and again, and his a cappella solos mesmerize. He conducts and performs with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra during two performances, tonight at the Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.) and Friday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale). McFerrin conducts the orchestra in Prokofiev's Symphony no. 1 and Beethoven's Symphony no. 4, then steps out from behind the podium to perform works for orchestra and voice. Tickets range in price from $20 to $70. Both concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Preceding the concert, at 7:15, WTMI-FM (93.1) music host Lyn Farmer delivers a lecture about McFerrin's unique talents. Call 532-3491. (GC)

Visionaries in Exile: See Thursday.
University of Miami Jazz Festival: See Monday.
Royal Caribbean Senior PGA Classic: See Monday.

wednesday
january 29
Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre National de France: Conductor Charles Dutoit leads violinist Cho Liang Lin and one of the world's foremost orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, for two performances, tonight at the Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.) and tomorrow at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale). The Dade program features Berlioz's Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D minor, and Stravinsky's Petrouchka. The Broward program includes Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D minor and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Tickets range in price from $20 to $70. Both concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Call 532-3491. (GC)

Visionaries in Exile: See Thursday.
Loose Ends: See Thursday.
Miami City Ballet: See Friday.
University of Miami Jazz Festival: See Monday.
Royal Caribbean Senior PGA Classic: See Monday.

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