Calendar for the week

thursday
march 20
The Lipton Championships: Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi return to defend their championship titles against 30 challenging tennis stars at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park (7300 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne). Other players hitting the courts at the Lipton include Pete Sampras, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, and Michael Chang. Besides the court action, tennis fans can enjoy lessons and meet players at special events. Tickets range from $10 to $40. Day sessions begin at 11:00 a.m.; evening sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. (evening ticket holders can enter the grounds at 5:00 p.m. and enjoy food and entertainment). The championships run through March 30, with quarterfinals beginning on Wednesday. Call 446-2200. (GC)

Urbanism Explored: The Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) celebrates the city -- not just Miami, but every city -- with a monthlong series of lectures on comparative urban history, films that laud and condemn big-city life, and a public symposium that examines urban issues in South Florida. The series kicks off tonight at 6:30 p.m. as FIU history professor Alison Isenberg discusses the history of Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore from 1880s to the present. Tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. the series screens F.W. Murnau's 1924 milestone film The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann), about an elderly hotel doorman and his relationship with the city around him. On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., architects, planners, developers, geographers, historians, and preservationists unite for a full-day discussion of urban South Florida's volatile history and its future. And on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Colby College history professor Mark Stein discusses the lesbian and gay community in postwar Philly. Admission to all events is free. The series continues through April 18. See upcoming editions of "Calendar Listings," or call 531-1001 for a complete schedule of events. (GC)

friday
march 21
Made in USA: Music, exile, and (what else?) politics are the focus of films by Cuban directors aggregated in a weeklong festival that starts tonight at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Organized by Miami-based filmmaker Sergio Giral, "Made in USA: Forty Years of Cuban Filmmakers" opens with a reception at 6:30 p.m.; at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m., Nestor Almendros's rarely-seen gems Improper Conduct and Nadie Escuchó (Nobody Listened) will be screened. Tomorrow at noon the fest continues with a panel discussion about the history of independent Cuban film in Cuba and in exile, moderated by Leon Ichaso (Azucar Amarga (Bitter Sugar)); later the fest screens films by Orlando Jimenez-Leal, at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. On Sunday a noon forum focuses on filmmakers working in Cuba and in exile today. Two films are slated for Sunday night: El Super, directed by Ichaso and Jimenez-Leal and dealing with the triumphs and frustrations of a family of immigrants in New York, screens at 8:00 p.m.; and Crossover Dreams, Ichaso's critically acclaimed movie starring Ruben Blades, screens at 10:00 p.m. The festival continues through Thursday, March 27, and includes films by Giral, Miami Film Festival director Nat Chediak, Alex Anton, and Joe Cardona. All films are in English or in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission to each event is eight dollars. See "Calendar Listings" for a complete schedule, or call 538-8242. (JC)

Andrew Weil: The author of the best-selling book Spontaneous Healing has a simple theory: If you eat right and exercise, you'll maintain your health with little need for medical intervention. In this book Dr. Andrew Weil, a graduate of Harvard Medical School who since the late 1960s has been combining alternative therapies with conventional Western medical practices, propounded his theory that the body has the innate ability to heal itself, given the proper nutrition and exercise. Dr. Weil further relates his ideas in his latest book, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, which offers a week-by-week guide highlighting diet (with 50 recipes), exercise, stress reduction techniques, and vitamins and supplements, and recounts the experiences of patients who have adopted his health program. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Books & Books hosts an evening with Dr. Weil at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (GC)

My Sweet Charlie: The South Florida Theater for the Deaf presents a spoken English and American Sign Language production of David Westheimer's My Sweet Charlie at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center (1770 Monroe St., Hollywood). The play explores the racial tensions of the 1960s as an uneducated pregnant white teenager and an educated black man meet by chance and move past their initial hostility and resentment to understanding and tolerance. Tickets cost ten dollars. Performances run at 8:00 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, and March 28 and 29, with 2:00 p.m. matinee performances on Sunday and March 29. Call 954-924-8175 for tickets and information. (JO)

The Drag: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, might be the last place from which you would expect a spacy Brit-influenced rock band to hail, but the Drag has much more in common with lads from across the pond like Oasis and Blur than it does with the Hooties of its own back yard. The five-man band explores intergalactic themes through acoustic guitar strumfests, liquidy vintage synthesizers, and psychedelic splurges on its recent debut, Satellites Beaming Back at You (on Island Records), and has been celebrated for its hyperkinetic stage shows. Drag yourself down to Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight at 11:00 p.m., when the guys perform with local vocalist Amanda Green and her band. Admission is five dollars. Call 532-0228. (GC)

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