Close Encounters with Music: Soprano Jennifer Aylmer, violist Kyung Sun Lee, and pianist Brian Suits join artistic director and cellist-conductor Yehuda Hanani for "From C to Shining C," a celebration of American classical music and popular song. The program features music by George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, and Lukas Foss. Performances take place tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (1650 Harrison St., Hollywood) and tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables). Tickets cost $20. Call 800-843-0778. (GC)

New World Symphony: Conductor Leif Bjaland leads the New World Symphony in a romantic, all-Tchaikovsky concert by the sea tonight at 6:00 p.m. at South Pointe Park (1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach). NWS violinist Tara Noval will perform the Russian composer's Violin Concerto in D major; also on the program are Polonaise from Suite no. 3, Barcarolle (June) from the Seasons, and Symphony no. 4, as well as selections from Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. The evening concludes with a smashing fireworks display. Admission is free. Call 538-0313. (GC)

RAM: Visitors to Port-au-Prince can often see RAM perform at the Grand Hotel Oloffson, which is managed by the band's American leader, Richard Morse. Stateside, the group's Vodou-pop music is probably most familiar from Jonathan Demme's movie Philadelphia -- RAM's "Ibo Lele" was featured on the soundtrack. The Princeton-educated Morse, his Haitian wife Lunise, and about a dozen musicians and dancers are in town to celebrate the release of their new album, Puritan Vodou, on Margaritaville Records. Tonight at 9:00 p.m., RAM plays at Spirit (7250 NW Eleventh St.) Admission is $14. For more information call 262-9500. (JC)

Dade County Fair and Exposition: See Thursday.
National Swing Dance Festival: See Thursday.
Italian Renaissance Festival: See Thursday.
Visiting Mr. Green: See Friday.
Molissa Fenley/Peter Boal: See Friday.

march 16
Art Against AIDS: The lengthy list of formidable artists from Miami and beyond whose works will be up for sale at Community Research Initiative's sixth annual auction to benefit AIDS research promises a much-improved event over past years, when the art was uneven and the turnout unremarkable. Hosted by Spanish TV's Oprah Winfrey, Cristina Saralegui, the festivities start at the historic Douglas Entrance (800 Douglas Rd.) at 4:30 p.m., with a preview of the art and a chance to hobnob with the artists. Subtly put in your bid for works during the silent auction from 5:30 to 7:00 or show your face at 7:30 at the live auction, with Cristina as auctioneer. Admission to all the events costs $30, which includes dinner, an open bar, and parking. (You'll never find a deal like that on South Beach.) In addition to much merriment, there'll be works for every budget here, so don't forget your checkbook. For more information call 667-9296, ext. 17. (JC)

Lost Horizon: A group of Western refugees escapes an outbreak of war in China only to find themselves kidnapped and transported to a remote Tibetan civilization: Shangri-La. The years since Frank Capra made this fascinating film in 1937 took their toll, and various scenes fell by the wayside. Not long before Capra's death in 1991, a restoration was undertaken. The results are rewarding despite several visual gaps that are filled in with dialogue and stills. Not your stereotypical Capra fare (It Happened One Night, It's a Wonderful Life), but there's plenty going on, and the marvelous blur between fantasy and reality will tell you a little something about where a certain Senor Spielberg got a creative jolt. Ronald Colman is dashingly heroic in the lead, Jane Wyatt is a vision of loveliness in the days before Father knew best, and Edward Everett Horton is as richly comic as ever -- even if he does keep making you think of those "Fractured Fairy Tales" he narrated on The Bullwinkle Show in his dotage. Lost Horizon screens today at noon as part of the Cinema Vortex series at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (TF)

Dade County Fair and Exposition: See Thursday.
National Swing Dance Festival: See Thursday.
Italian Renaissance Festival:: See Thursday.
El Bolerista: See Saturday.
Close Encounters with Music: See Saturday.

march 17
Guido Llinas: In the Fifties a group of Cuban artists found freedom of expression in abstract painting. Influenced by the style of the vanguard New York School, Guido Llinas and other members of Los Once (The Eleven) painted geometric figures on vibrant fields of color and called it "international" art. Most of the artists associated with the group, which had been politically active in pre-Castro Cuba, left the island in the Sixties. Llinas, one of the artists' leaders, went to Paris, where he began employing Afro-Cuban religious symbols in his work. Paintings by Llinas and other members of this historic Cuban art movement are featured in "Guido Llinas and Los Once After Cuba," on exhibit at the Art Museum at Florida International University (SW 8th Street and 107th Avenue) through April 2. Admission is free. The museum is open every day except Sunday; for hours call 348-2890 (see "Art," page 69). (JC)

Butterfly Lightning Series: Spend St. Paddy's Day listening to poetry in a bar, as poets and fiction writers from the University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami-Dade Community College, and all over Dade and Broward counties read their works aloud at Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.); tonight's 8:00 program features Maidel Barrett and Lydia Webster. Admission is free. Call 826-8596. (GC)

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