Calendar for the week

thursday
april 3
Madcap Martini Party: Join the heppest cats in town for the grooviest martini party since Sammy, Dino, and Frank ruled the roost. Tara "Queen of the Night" Solomon and Micky Wolfson host this fundraiser for the exhibitions fund of the Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), complete with bona fide lounge music and, of course, plenty of gin and olives). You can also check out the museum's "Culinary Culture" exhibit, with a display of cocktail paraphernalia. It'll cost you $75 to swing tonight. Call 531-1001 for more information. (JO)

In the Fiddler's House: Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman shows his love of klezmer -- that soulful, energetic form of Eastern European folk music -- in his spectacular concert program (recently aired on PBS) at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach) tonight at 8:00 p.m. With Perlman are some of the world's leading klezmer ensembles, including postmodern Yiddish music masters the Klezmatics, the jazz-influenced Brave Old World, the traditionalist Klezmer Conservatory Band, and klezmer revival pioneer Andy Statman and his Klezmer Orchestra. Tickets range from $35 to $100. Call 532-3491. (GC)

The Dirty Dozen Jazz Band: The greatest Crescent City brass band brings its swinging, jazz-based boogie to Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.) tonight for two shows, at 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. Although they've knocked out a few great albums since their 1984 debut My Feet Can't Fail Me Now and dueted with the likes of Elvis Costello, Dizzy Gillespie, Dr. John, and Branford Marsalis, to be really appreciated the Dozen need to be heard live, with those horns washing over you like a blast of bayou humidity. Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 374-1198. (JF)

Taste of the Nation: Don't feel guilty if you indulge tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Grove Isle Club and Resort (4 Grove Isle Dr., Coconut Grove). Share Our Strength is hosting its annual fundraising event, which benefits the Daily Bread Food Bank, Camillus House, and other hunger-relief organizations. Chefs Allen Susser (Chef Allen's) and Mark Militello (Mark's Place) preside over the event, along with the Food Network's Chilling & Grilling hosts Bobby Flay and Jack McDavid, while chefs from more than 25 local restaurants cook up their specialties for you to sample. Tickets cost $75 (or $150 for admission to a VIP reception). Call 633-9861, ext. 123. (GC)

friday
april 4
New World Symphony Baroque Festival: If it ain't baroque, the New World Symphony ain't fixing to play it this weekend. The orchestra presents three concerts devoted to this seventeenth- and eighteenth-century musical form, beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m., with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra conductor and harpsichordist Nicholas McGegan, flutist Paula Robinson, soprano Dana Hanchard, and baroque ensemble Apollo's Fire joining the NWS to perform selections by German composers Bach and Telemann. Tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. the fest continues as the symphony, along with McGegan, Hanchard, Apollo's Fire, and dancers Catherine Turocy and Carlos Frittante, explores the sounds of the French and English baroque via works by Handel, Boyce, Arne, Chilcott, and Rameau. Tickets range from $18 to $43. On Sunday at 5:00 p.m., flutist Robinson joins the orch for a twilight chamber concert of works by Italian baroquists Gabrieli and Vivaldi. Tickets for that concert cost ten dollars. All performances take place at the Lincoln Theatre (555 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The festival will also include four free lectures; see "Calendar Listings." Call 673-3331. (GC)

Dade Heritage Days: The Dade Heritage Trust celebrates the county's rich history with a six-week festival that begins today and runs through May 18. Dade Heritage Days features a variety of events, including walking tours, day trips, readings, film screenings, and lectures. The fest opens tonight at 7:00 p.m. with the premiere screening of the documentary Coming Out of the Dark, about the Cape Florida lighthouse's history and restoration, at the Ocean Club (750 Ocean Dr., Key Biscayne). Admission is free (call DHT for invitation). See "Calendar Listings" for more events. Call 358-9572. (GC)

South Beach Film Festival: Last year's Best Film Festival in New Times's "Best of Miami" issue rolls around once again beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. The South Beach Film Festival opens with Miami native Julie Davis's feature film I Love You, Don't Touch Me! (screened at Sundance 1997 and purchased for distribution by MGM), about a lovelorn 25-year-old virgin. Tomorrow the fest continues with the feature Milk and Money at 8:00 p.m. and a program of shorts, including Covenant and Jimmy Walks Away (also screened at Sundance) at 10:00 p.m. The film fest continues through April 10; see "Calendar Listings" for a complete schedule. All screenings take place at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Tickets cost ten dollars for opening and closing nights, and six bucks for all others. Call 532-1233. (GC)

saturday
april 5
American Ballet Theatre: One of America's national treasures graces two South Florida stages with four performances, tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale), and Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Each ABT show features a different program; among the works to be performed are George Balanchine's Apollo and Tchaikovosky Pas de Deux, Marius Petipa's White Swan Pas de Deux and Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, Agnes de Mille's Rodeo, and artistic director Kevin McKenzie's Transcendental Etudes. Tickets range from $30 to $60. Call 532-3491 or 954-523-6116. (GC)

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