Carmen: Miami City Ballet celebrates the premiere of resident choreographer Jimmy Gamonet De Los Heros's lavish ballet version of Georges Bizet's Carmen with a gala evening, also featuring a concert by Cuban diva Albita, tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Carmen will also be performed as part of Program IV of the company's 1996-97 season, which includes George Balanchine's highly influential Agon and Gamonet De Los Heros's modernistic Reus. Program IV runs tomorrow and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for tonight's gala range from $25 to $60; tickets for Program IV range from $17 to $54. Call 532-5517. (GC)
Urbanism Explored: The Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) continues its monthlong series of lectures and films examining urban issues tonight at 6:30 p.m. as Florida Atlantic University history professor Mark Rose discusses the introduction of gas and electricity to cities from the 1880s to the 1940s. Tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. the series screens David Butler's Depression-era science-fiction musical Just Imagine, which presents a bright, optimistic vision of New York City in the 1980s. On Monday at 12:30 p.m. at FIU's University Park Campus (SW Eighth Street and 107th Avenue, DM-370), University of Alabama-Birmingham history professor Colin Davis discusses dockworkers in New York City and London after World War II. 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)
The Lipton Championships: The champs continue battling it out at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park (7300 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne), with men's quarterfinals continuing and women's semifinals beginning today at 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The court action continues tomorrow with men's semifinals at 1:00 and 7:30 p.m. sessions. Women's doubles semifinals begin Saturday at 11:00 a.m.; women's singles finals and men's doubles finals take place at 1:00 p.m. And the Lipton comes to its smashing conclusion on Sunday with men's singles finals and women's doubles finals beginning at 1:00 p.m. Fans can also meet players at autographing sessions and enjoy lessons and other special events. Tickets range from $10 to $40. Call 446-2200. (GC)
Taylor Dayne: Boasting a larger-than-life voice and an ability to belt with the best of them, Taylor Dayne (born Leslie Wunderman on Long Island) busted out of the Russian-American clubs of Brooklyn and onto the pop music charts in the late Eighties with a string of hits from her 1988 debut album Tell It to My Heart. She followed that disc with two more albums, 1989's Can't Fight Fate and 1993's Soul Dancing, and became one of the few dance-music artists to tour clubs with a live band (rather than a music track). Dayne has been exploring other arenas of entertainment, with a starring role in a recent movie and a project with Elton John and Tim Rice to take Verdi's Aida to Broadway. Tonight Dayne makes her first South Florida appearance in more than three years at Splash (5922 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami) in a benefit for the Arol F. Hunter Hannistien Memorial AIDS Fund. Tickets cost $15. Showtime is midnight. Call 661-0917. (GC)
The Battle of Algiers: Gillo Pontecorvo's 1967 astonishingly realistic film documenting the Algerian revolt against France from 1954 to 1962 screens this weekend at the Bill Cosford Cinema (University of Miami, off Campo Sano Avenue, Coral Gables). Shot in black and white, The Battle of Algiers contains no actual newsreel footage, but Pontecorvo manages to impart it with a gut-wrenching documentary feel, while sympathetically portraying both sides of this agonizing political struggle. The film was released before the U.S. involvement in Vietnam reached its peak, but the parallels between the two wars are obvious. Admission is five dollars. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. For upcoming films, call 284-4861. (GC)
Carmen: See Thursday.
Urbanism Explored: See Thursday.
DIFFA Pink Umbrellas: When Miami Beach wakes up this morning, it will find the beach at Thirteenth Street covered with 500 pink umbrellas. The return of Christo? No, an art installation created by the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) in memory of all whose lives have been lost to AIDS. Many of the umbrellas were decorated by artists, including Romero Britto, Leonardo Hidalgo, Vladimir Pronin, Carlos Alves, and Tom Seghi. The event opens at 10:00 a.m. with a memorial service, followed by a beachside benefit brunch at Island Trading (1332 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach) at 11:00 a.m. Tickets to the brunch cost $40. At 7:30 p.m. on the roof of the Sony Building (605 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), party in the pink at a gala benefit cocktail event. Tickets cost $50. The umbrellas will remain on view till tomorrow night, as will another pink art installation on Lincoln Road. Call 573-6333 for further information. (GC)
Miss National FFI Pageant: Who cares if the Miss Universe pageant comes to town? All the women look the same and they all answer the "interview questions" with inane platitudes about kindness to others, world peace, caring for children because they are our future, yadda, yadda, yadda. It's hopelessly boring. So head over to the Four Ambassadors Hotel (905 S. Bayshore Dr.) and check out the "ladies" at the Miss National For Female Impersonators pageant. In its fourth year, the contest features female impersonators from around the nation who compete in creative costume, evening gown, and talent categories. Tickets cost $20 for the preliminaries, $60 for the VIP package. Call 535-1400. (JO)