Calendar for the week

thursday
may 8
Celebrity Golf Challenge: A bevy of celebrities, including Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Dawnn Lewis, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Drew Bledsoe, and Barry Sanders, will take a swing at sickle cell anemia at this weekend's Celebrity Golf Challenge. Among the events taking place this weekend are a celebrity bash at Amnesia (136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) tonight at 10:00 p.m.; two rounds of golf tomorrow and Saturday -- look for a guest appearance by O.J. Simpson -- beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Crandon Golf (off Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne); a black-tie dinner at the Sheraton Bal Harbour Resort (9701 Collins Ave.) tomorrow at 8:00 p.m.; and a poolside Bahamian Funfest at the Sheraton on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Call 891-3039 for details. (GC)

Words & Images: Four visual artists create one work each, then four local writers create works inspired by the art. That's the idea behind "Words & Images," on view through June 29 at the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.) as part of the museum's site-specific New Work series. The installation comprises works by visual artists Magdalena Abakanowicz, Leonardo Drew, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Doris Salcedo; poems and writings by Adrian Castro, Fred D'Aguiar, Tananarive Due, and Alexander Stuart appear alongside the pieces that inspired them. A 7:00 p.m. "Artists Speak" series of lectures begins today with Stuart discussing his work based on the art by Abakanowicz; lectures continue with Due on June 5, D'Aguiar on June 19, and Castro on June 26. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (open to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday), and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is five dollars. Call 375-3000. (GC)

Arts a la Carte: The Arts & Business Council of Miami (a nonprofit organization that offers business consulting for arts organizations)offers a sampler of local arts tonight at the Lincoln Theatre (555 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with a tropical street party featuring music by the Florida Memorial College Steel Band, then move indoors at 7:30 for performances by the Miami Philharmonic Steel & Percussion Orchestra, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Laughing Gas Comedy Improv, the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, and Freddick Bratcher & Co. Contemporary Dance. Maryel Epps hosts the evening. Tickets cost $30. Call 372-2444 for more information. (GC)

friday
may 9
Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival: Instead of crying in your beer because you couldn't make it to New Orleans this year for Jazz Fest, head over to Mills' Pond Park (2201 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale) for the fifth annual Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival, which kicks off today and runs through Sunday. Granted, it ain't no Jazz Fest, but there's some incredible music lined up for all three nights. Tonight it's Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, without doubt the hardest-rocking zydeco unit in the country; Saturday you've got the groundbreaking rock-and-Cajun fusion of Steve Riley's Mamou Playboys; and Sunday there's Beausoleil and the mighty fine Mamou Prairie Band. Other groups performing include File, Terrance Simien, Chubby Carrier, and many more. Tickets cost eight dollars daily; three-day passes cost twenty. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. tonight, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and noon Sunday. And there's a mess of other stuff going on besides music, from crawfish-eating competitions to something called the "Crazee T-shirt Contest." Call 954-761-5934. (JF)

L'Isola Disabitata: The Florida Grand Opera presents its premiere of Franz Joseph Haydn's rarely seen L'Isola Disabitata (The Deserted Island) as its thirteenth annual Young Artist and Technical Apprentice Production. Juliana Anderson, Kevin Murray, John C. Pierce, and Karen Driscoll star in this intimate chamber opera about two sisters who are shipwrecked for thirteen years; when they are rescued, one sister falls in love with the first man she meets, while the other is reunited with the husband she mistakenly believed had abandoned her. (The production is in Italian with projected English subtitles.) Performances run tonight at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) and on May 22 at 8:00 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 854-7890. (GC)

Rose's Ska Weekend: Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) jumps on the beaucoup-bucks ska bandwagon with two shows this weekend. Tonight ska gets the Latin treatment with New York City's King Change, a band that has taken that city's underground scene by storm by adding ska to the rock en espanol mix; also on the bill are locals Skif Dank and Chalk. Admission is six dollars. Tomorrow night hyperactive Southern California skankers Reel Big Fish take the stage, with national acts the Blue Meanies and 22 Jacks in tow. Admission is seven dollars. Both shows kick off at 7:00 p.m. Call 532-0228. (GC)

Karen Peterson & Dancers: Oregon's Joint Forces Dance Company and Miami's Karen Peterson & Dancers unite for a full evening of mixed-ability dance works, performed by disabled and nondisabled dancers, tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. at the New World School of the Arts Dance Theater (25 NE Second Ave.). Peterson and her troupe will perform updated versions of company repertory works Common Demoninators, Beyond Words, and Primitive Essence. Joint Forces artistic director Alito Alessi and partner Emery Blackwell will present Wheels of Fortune, Tango Tangle, and From There and Back Again. Tickets cost eight and ten dollars. Call 378-6626. (GC)

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