Workout for Hope: Move your body and sweat with the best fitness instructors in the area as they lead the ninth annual Workout for Hope today at the University of Miami Wellness Center (1 Hurricane Dr., Coral Gables). Contributions benefit HIV/AIDS and related cancer research at the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute in Los Angeles; last year's event raised more than ten million dollars nationwide. You can participate even if you aren't a hardbody: People of all ages and fitness levels are invited to work out at their own pace; a minimum of $50 in pledges is required. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Call 535-8666. (GC)

Corrosion of Conformity: Back in the mid-Eighties, C.O.C. was one of a million generic hardcore bands with an admirably leftist political stance and the usual buzzsaw riffs and rat-a-tat rhythms. Since 1991's Blind, however, this foursome from Raleigh, North Carolina, has evolved into one of the greatest heavy-metal bands on the planet, with a molten style that fuses the righteous roar of the MC5 with Black Sabbath's raunch and the groove of vintage Southern rock. The band is currently on tour with Metallica, whose frontman James Hetfield cameos on C.O.C.'s new album Wiseblood. Anyone who thinks Metallica is the only band that matters should definitely get to the Miami Arena (721 NW First Ave.) early; both groups are performing there tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $29 and $39. Call 530-4400. (JF)

Arturo Sandoval/FIU Jazz Festival: See Thursday.
Bonnet House JazzFest on the Green: See Friday.
Unstrung: See Friday.

april 20
Willie Nelson: No one seemed to notice them, but Willie Nelson knocked out two of his greatest albums last year at a time when pundits and profiteers were claiming country music was heading quickly toward the dumper. Since Nelson no longer sells truckloads of records, it was probably easy for Nashville to overlook Spirit and How Great Thou Art, but both rival anything in Nelson's estimable canon of good stuff. The former is a dark, atmospheric set of broken-hearted ballads and soul-searching weepers, performed with only piano (compliments of sister Bobbie) and fiddle accompanying Nelson's aching vocals and breathtaking acoustic-guitar work. The latter takes a similar musical approach, but the set is composed of gospel standards such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Farther Along," and the title cut. In a word, amazing. Nelson is performing today at the Swap Shop (3501 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Cover charge is ten dollars; show starts at 4:30 p.m. Call 954-791-7927 for more information. (JF)

Desert Cliche: The Bass Museum of Art (2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach) tries to separate fact from fiction regarding contemporary Israeli life with the exhibition "Desert Cliche: Israel Now -- Local Images." The exhibition, which opens today and runs through June 30, is a collection of works by eighteen prominent Israeli artists who seek to challenge the myths about political and social issues in their native land by questioning the stereotypical images overused by the media, highly charged national symbols, and other popular visual cliches. (One work, Ariane Littman-Cohen's Holy Land for Sale, is made up of 150 signed and numbered bags of earth, held together with wood, linen string, and wax.) The exhibition opens today at 10:00 a.m. with a family-day program featuring a gallery talk with curators Tami Katz-Freiman and Amy Cappellazzo at 1:00 p.m. (free with museum admission); children's art projects with Israeli artist Noa Holzshtein at 1:30 p.m. (five-dollar materials fee); and "Silver Moon Tapestry: Jerusalem 3000 Tears," a benefit concert featuring jazz pianist Liz Magnes at 3:00 p.m. ($25). The exhibition runs through June 30. Museum hours are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (open till 9:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month). Museum admission is seven dollars. Call 673-7530. (GC)

april 21
Duncan Sheik: Love hurts. Just ask Duncan Sheik. His self-titled debut album, a collection of gentle rockers and melancholy ballads, plumbs the aches and pains of romantic entanglements through melodic arrangements that recall the subtle pop stylings House of Love, Talk Talk, and the Smiths. But don't expect the mope of Morrissey: Sheik is optimistically reflective and doesn't seem to get mired down in self-pity. The South Carolina-born Sheik handled vocals, guitars, keyboards, and accordion duties when he recorded the lush organic album in a 150-year-old French chateau. Tonight he is backed by a full band as he takes the stage at Marsbar (8505 Mills Dr.) Neo-folkie pop singer Jill Sobule opens the show. Admission is ten dollars. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Call 271-6909. (GC)

april 22
Art 3 Ways: Three artists present their individual artistic visions in a comparative exhibition at art1037 (1037 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Cuban-born, HIV-positive painter and sculptor Cesar Augusto offers his "magical landscapes," which depict fields and mountains inhabited by peaceful animals as black tribal angels and other figures float above in the heavens. (Augusto's best-known work, the mural Hope for All, adorns Camillus House.) Photographer Kate Rudin juxtaposes frank images of gay life with religious icons and found objects in humorous and ironic contrasts that make for biting social commentary on homophobia. South Florida Art Center artist Beatricia Sagar's handmade prints involve innovative papers, paints, and other materials to demonstrate the endless possibilities for variety within repetition. The exhibition will be on view through May 5. Admission is free. Gallery hours are noon to 10:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday. Call 534-3339. (GC)

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