Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band: Never much of a singer or a songwriter but always an amazing drummer, ex-Beatle Ringo Starr has for the past seven years sidestepped his artistic shortcomings by assembling fellow wayward musicians into what he calls an All-Starr Band. Other lineups have included everyone from Levon Helm and Nils Lofgren to Todd Rundgren and Dr. John. This year's caravan -- making a stop tonight at the Sunrise Musical Theatre (5555 NW 95th Ave.) -- includes Peter Frampton, ex-Cream bassist Jack Bruce, Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, and former Procol Harum pianist Gary Brooker, among others. Expect their set to carry you all the way down memory lane. Tickets for this time-traveling affair are $28 and $36. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Call 954-741-7300 for more information. (JF)

Subtropics 9: See Friday.
When Cuba Opens Up: See Friday.
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may 18
Coconut Grove Bed Race: Leave your favorite jammies on, but don't bother getting out of bed this morning -- just wheel it over to South Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove as the Muscular Dystrophy Association hosts the nineteenth annual Coconut Grove Bed Race (bunny slippers optional). Festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. with the Parade of Beds (designed by local businesses, clubs, and other organizations to benefit MDA's fight against neuromuscular diseases), then the race kicks off at noon. Peacock Park (2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove) rocks with the sounds of Cracker and Mighty Joe Plum at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 624-3714. (GC)

Roots and Culture Festival: Celebrate Haitian Flag Day at this huge street festival, covering North Miami Avenue from 54th to 62nd streets. More than 40 acts, including Boukman Eksperyans, Tabou Combo, Screwdriver, 2 Live Crew, Papa Jube, Topaz, Leslie Dalencour, Top Feeling, Loray Mistik, and Jah Roots, will perform on three stages, and DJs will be spinning the hottest soca, dancehall, hip-hop, reggae, and rasin music. More than 200 vendors will offer Caribbean arts and crafts and traditional foods. Admission is free. The party runs from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Call 751-2302. (GC)

Maya Angelou: Renowned poet, actress, and playwright Maya Angelou presents a reading today at Sunrise Musical Theater (5555 NW 95th Ave.) to benefit the Church of the Open Door. Angelou, an imposing figure with one of the strongest voices (both literally and figuratively) on the literary scene, was the first poet to recite at a presidential inauguration -- Clinton's 1993 festivities -- since Robert Frost at JFK's swearing-in. Angelou speaks of respect for strong black women like herself, her grandmother, aunts, and friends (including buddy Oprah Winfrey); of humanity, decency, and beauty in people of all races; and of the strength that comes from our similarities, not the weakness of our differences. Today's performance, with additional guests the Omega Singers, starts at 4:00 p.m. Tickets cost $22 and $24. Call 954-741-7300. (JO)

Florida AIDS Ride 2: Today at 4:00 p.m. more than 1200 riders taking part in the nation's largest AIDS/HIV fundraiser will roll into Flamingo Park (Meridian Avenue and Eleventh Street, Miami Beach). Covering a route of 275 miles from Orlando to Miami Beach, cyclists raise a minimum of $1500 each. After training for a total of more than 300,000 hours, the riders, 250 volunteers, 400 crew, 12 doctors and nurses, 6 chiropractors (along with 3900 bandages and 2000 aspirin) take three days to make the trip, and they are sure to be in the mood to party when it's over. Unlike most AIDS fundraisers, which use the money raised for research, money raised from the AIDS Rides -- five are held across the country every year -- goes to agencies that provide care and support to improve the lives of those with AIDS/HIV. Florida's beneficiaries are Center One, the AIDS Resource Alliance, Action for AIDS, Community Research Initiative, Comprehensive AIDS Program, and the Tampa AIDS Network. Call 800-825-1000. (JO)

Subtropics 9: See Friday.
When Cuba Opens Up: See Friday.

may 19
Ko Papatuanuku: Seven artists evoke the spiritual connection to the land in the Maori culture of New Zealand in a show at Miami-Dade Community College's Gallery North (11380 NW 27th Ave., LeRoy Collins Campus Center). Whalebone sculpture, musical instruments, tattooed animal skins, paintings, and ceramic pots used for the burial of human umbilical cords are among the works included in "Ko Papatuanuku: A Celebration of Mother Earth." Today at 10:30 a.m. in the M.J. Taylor Lounge, exhibition curator Robyn Kahukiwa and filmmaker Toby Mills, who live in New Zealand, present a lecture on Maori identity in art and culture. MDCC's exhibition is part of a citywide festival of Maori art that also includes shows at FIU's Graham Center Student Art Gallery and the Espanola Way Art Center. For more information about these shows and related lectures and film screenings call 237-1532. (JC)

may 20
For the Record: Courtroom artists work in the underbelly of Miami's artworld. They are largely unknown to museumgoers, but their contributions to our local culture are great, considering that they bring to life much of what defines our city: murder! drugs! corruption! An exhibition at the Miami-Dade Main Public Library (101 W. Flagler St.), on view through June 20, pays homage to three of the best local courtroom artists with their sketches of many who have passed through South Florida's courts. Drawings in the show by veteran Shirley Henderson date back eighteen years and include scenes from Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez's bribery and conspiracy trial. Work by Jeanne Boggs, a portrait painter for CNN, features drawings of Manuel Noriega. And Noland Anderson, who works for WPLG-TV (Channel 10), captures Burt Reynolds during bankruptcy proceedings. Admission is free. Call 375-5047. (JC)

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