Anti-Film Festival: See Thursday.
Miami International Boat Show: See Thursday.

saturday
february 15
Miami Latin Jazz Festival: Judging from this year's lineup, the second annual Miami Latin Jazz Festival, taking place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.), could be one of the city's finest annual events. A benefit for the Friends of Gusman Center, the fest offers an excellent overview of Cuban music's past and future. The roster includes former Irakere trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, ace pianist Danilo Perez, reedman Justo Almario, and bata drum legend Francisco Aguabella (the subject of the must-see documentary Sworn to the Drum). The Miami High Jazz Band, recently returned from a performance at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, is also on the bill. Tickets range in price from $22.50 to $37.50 (see "Reverb," page 93). Call 372-0925. (JF)

Sex and the Animals: Now that the mushy romantic stuff is out of the way, things get hot and heavy at Metrozoo (12400 SW 152nd St.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. as zoo communications director Ron Magill presents his acclaimed program "Sex and the Animals." Through a variety of -- ahem -- graphic slides, Magill shares the fascinating facts about the courtship and breeding behaviors of animals from frogs to elephants. And he draws parallels to human sexuality, illustrating the differences and similarities between people and animals when they do the wild thing. Admission to this adults-only event is $15. All proceeds benefit the Harpy Eagle Conservation Project of Panama. Call 251-0403. (GC)

The Coronation of Poppea: Opera gets sexy tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.) as the Florida Grand Opera presents the South Florida premiere of Claudio Monteverdi's raw and provocative The Coronation of Poppea. Countertenor David Daniels makes his FGO debut as the insane Roman emperor Nero. Soprano Mary Mills stars as his mistress Poppea, who uses the full force of her sexual powers to scheme her way from bed to the Roman throne (performed in Italian with projected English translations). The 1643 work is suprisingly modern, comparable to the dramas of Edward Albee and Eugene O'Neill. Performances continue February 18 and 21 at 8:00 and February 23 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $100. Call 854-7890. (GC)

Coconut Grove Arts Festival: More than 325 artists from across the nation display their works at this 34th annual juried art show, running today through Monday along McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive. The Coconut Grove Arts Festival was recently ranked first in the nation by Sunshine Artist, the leading arts festival publication. Besides the artwork, the more-than-one-million festgoers can enjoy live musical performances on two stages, including a concert by five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz artist David Sanborn on Monday at 3:00 p.m. The festival also features a walking tour of the Grove with historian Paul George on Monday at 10:00 a.m. (ten dollars), plus kids' activities and a wide variety of international foods. Admission is free. Fest hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Call 447-0401. And ride Metrorail! (GC)

Anti-Film Festival: See Thursday.
Miami International Boat Show: See Thursday.
Everglades Bluegrass Convention: See Friday.
Irish Fest '97: See Friday.

sunday
february 16
Groovin' in the Grove: The Coconut Grove Playhouse (3500 Main Hwy.) becomes a steamy jazz joint as the African American Cultural Preservation Society hosts a series of concerts by national jazz artists, beginning tonight and running for eight weeks. The series opens with two shows by legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, featuring bassist James Cammack and drummer Idris Muhammad, at 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 (see "Reverb," page 93). The series continues with the Vincent Herring Quartet, performing February 20 through 22 at 10:30 p.m. and February 23 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Call 442-4000. (GC)

Anti-Film Festival: See Thursday.
Miami International Boat Show: See Thursday.
Everglades Bluegrass Convention: See Friday.
Irish Fest '97: See Friday.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival: See Saturday.

monday
february 17
Mystical Arts of Tibet: Venture into the mystical world of Tibetan Buddhism at the exhibition "Mystical Arts of Tibet," running through March 7 at Miami-Dade Community College's Gallery North (11380 NW 27th Ave., Collins Campus Center, rm 4207-1). The show features personal and sacred objects of the Dalai Lamas, including art and religious artifacts from the collection of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, Tibet's largest monastery and the home of the early Dalai Lamas. On February 28 at 7:30 p.m., monks from Drepung Loseling will construct a six-foot sand mandala in the gallery. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Call 237-1532. (GC)

Miami International Boat Show: See Thursday.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival: See Saturday.

tuesday
february 18
Tom Jones: Welsh singer and performer Tom Jones is still considered a hunk, even as he approaches age 60. He's also still a pop star, recording and successfully releasing not only his own material, but also covers of Top 40 hits. And most recently Jones helped save the world from little green aliens in Tim Burton's Mars Attacks. Now that's star power. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Jones struts on-stage at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets range from $30 to $48. Call 673-7300. (GC)

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