Speech Acts: Arias in a White Box: Aural artists Thomas Pepper and Alfredo Triff explore and expand the boundaries of sound as they present a dynamic performance piece tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Ambrosino Gallery (3095 SW 39th Ave.). Speech Acts meets, but is not restricted to, the following description: A human voice and an electric violin interact as the violin player attempts to emulate the texture and timbre of other instruments, both percussive and polyphonic, while the voice delivers texts (on a multitude of subjects) that play on vocal and nonvocal sounds. Sound confusing? The resulting cacophony promises to call forth disjointed visual images. Admission is free. Call 445-2211. (GC)

Carmen: See Thursday.
The Battle of Algiers: See Friday.

march 30
MoJazz Cafe Fourth Anniversary Bash: MoJazz Cafe (928 71st St., Miami Beach) celebrates four years of live music with an evening of superjams. Jazz legend Ira Sullivan hosts the festivities, with performances by (drum roll, please) Eric Allison, Beverly Barkley, Lew Berryman, Dolph Castellano, Mike Gerber, Duffy Jackson, Billy Marcus, Turk Mauro, Mo Morgen, Melton Mustafa, Nicole Yarling, and many, many other local jazz cats. Eight bucks gets you a place at the bar; twelve lands you a table (and get ready to imbibe -- there's a two-drink minimum per set). Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the improvising continues till 1:00 a.m. Call 856-2636. (GC)

The Ketubah: Celebrate a practical yet romantic part of Jewish culture as the Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum (301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) hosts the exhibition "The Ketubah: The Jewish Marriage Contract as an Art Form," on view through May 2. The tradition of the ketubah goes back to 586 B.C. and originally spelled out the personal and financial obligations of the groom to his wife. During the Tenth Century in Egypt, the ketubah was illuminated with illustrations that depict the families' social and economic history. This exhibition features 74 ketubot from eighteen countries, with the oldest dating to 1744 from Siena, Italy; the works on view reflect a wide range of traditional and contemporary art trends. Admission is five dollars. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call 672-5044. (GC)

Carmen: See Thursday.
The Battle of Algiers: See Friday.
DIFFA Pink Umbrellas: See Saturday.

march 31
Wade in the Water: The Smithsonian Institution traces the development of black American sacred music and gospel traditions in a traveling exhibition currently on view at the Main Public Library (101 W. Flagler St.) through April 20. "Wade in the Water," an exhibition adapted from the 1994 National Public Radio series of the same name, uses audio stations and archival video footage, historical photographs, early record albums, maps, and sheet music to examine how the spirituals sung by slaves influenced the worship services in black American churches. The spirituals also led to gospel music and eventually to jazz, rock, classical, and pop music by black composers and performers. Admission is free. Call 375-2665. (GC)

Urbanism Explored: See Thursday.

april 1
FIU Spring Concert Season: Florida International University kicks off its spring concert season with a performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons by the school's chamber orchestra, lead by conductor Carlos Piantini, tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center (SW Eighth Street and 107th Avenue). Tickets cost ten dollars. Upcoming concerts include "Wade in the Water," featuring vocalist Allan Harris and the FIU Jazz Band (April 5); "Chant and Beyond III," with the FIU concert choir (April 10); a performance by FIU artists-in-residence the Miami String Quartet, with pianist Susan Starr (April 11); a benefit for the Friendship House featuring horn man Arturo Sandoval and the FIU Jazz Band (April 17); and the FIU Jazz Festival (April 18 and 19). Call 348-1805 for tickets and information. (GC)

Florida Marlins: Perhaps it would have made more sense, as far as the home team is concerned, had the major league baseball campaign begun the day before yesterday. After all, the Good Lord's ascension didn't make as many headlines as the off-season signing of Jim Leyland and the assembling of his imposing array of apostles for 1997. Like Bobby Cox said when asked about what chance his lowly (perennial National League cham-peen) Braves had against this year's Fishes: "Think we ought to just quit now and save time?" This afternoon at the unlikely hour of 4:05 p.m., all the hype and hope are history as the Marlins take on the Chicago Cubs at Underpants -- er, Pro Player -- Stadium (2269 NW 199th St.) Ticket prices start at six dollars (with a praiseworthy steep discount for kids). And in complete, devotional seriousness: Pitcher Kevin Brown is the Second Coming of Bob Gibson. Call 930-7800. (TF)

The Ketubah: See Sunday.
Wade in the Water: See Monday.

april 2
Spring Break Rocks: Four of the local music scene's top bands take aim at the younger crowd with two all-ages shows this week. Loopy and loud space-rockers Al's Not Well, heavy-core thrashers Endo, moody and melodic rock band Maria, and edgy alternative band Supper En Orange take the stage tonight at Squeeze (2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-522-2151) and Saturday, April 5, at Cheers (2490 SW Seventeenth Ave.; 857-0041). Admission to each show is five dollars. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Call the clubs for details. (GC)

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