Independent Music World Series: Six unsigned bands from South Florida take the stage tonight at the Button South (100 Ansin Blvd., Hallandale) in Disc Maker's first Florida Independent Music World Series. Local groups Baloney Sandwich, Big, Gunburner, Salsa Gorda, Soul Puppets, and Suzy Creamcheese were selected from 550 entries and will compete for more than $25,000 in prizes before a panel of industry reps from the region. Admission is free. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Call 954-454-3301. (GC)
Miss Alternative Universe Pageant: The glitz, the glamour, and the silicone come to the EDGE/Theatre (405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach) tonight as skit-comedy troupe Punch 59 hosts the Miss Alternative Universe Pageant at 9:00 p.m. The evening promises to be full of elegant beauties (actually, cheap floozies in wigs) marching confidently in fashionable evening gowns (more like squeezing themselves into tight, strapless slut gear) with messages of peace (a piece, maybe?) for all alternative universes. Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 954-583-4577. (GC)
Wolfson Center Film and Video Awards: WFOR-TV (Channel 4) news anchor Khambrel Marshall hosts the Louis Wolfson II Media Center's ninth annual ceremony to honor the best documentaries, news coverage, and artistic film and video productions made in or about Florida tonight at 7:15 p.m. at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The evening will be less about speeches and more about the winners and honorable mentions, with excerpts from outstanding works screened throughout the ceremony. Award presenters include Barry Sherman, director of the Peabody Institute at the University of Georgia, and NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 375-1505. (GC)
Subtropics 9: The Subtropics 9 New Music Festival continues this week with daily events throughout Dade County. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. New York's Meridian Arts Ensemble performs new works by Gergardo Gandini, Ana Lara, Tania Leon, Gustavo Matamoros, Hermeto Pascoal, and Juan Francisco Sans in a Latin American Premieres concert at Florida International University's Wertheim Performing Arts Center (1700 SW 107th Ave.). Tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. Argentine composer-pianist Gandini performs "Postangos," a program of improvisations based on the tangos of Astor Piazzolla, at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables). Admission to each event is $15. The festival loosens up on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. at Cheers (2490 SW Seventeenth Ave.) as members of the Meridian Arts Ensemble perform works by Frank Zappa and other experimental artists. Admission is six dollars. On Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at the Euclid oval on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, the Meridian Arts Ensemble offers a free concert of original works, featuring a special appearance by the Mary Street Dance Theater. Composer-pianist Sans and bassist Luis Gomez-Imbert perform works by emerging Venezuelan composers at Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave., Breezeway Room) on Monday at 8:00 p.m. On Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Ambrosino Gallery (3095 SW 39th Ave.) presents an interactive music/video program entitled "Coffee Chocolate Take the Pain Out of Art." Finally, on Wednesday percussionist-poet-composer-teacher Abbey Rader and saxophonist Noah Brandmark perform in MDCC's Wolfson Campus Breezeway Room at 8:00 p.m. Admission for Monday through Wednesday is ten dollars. Call 758-6676 for tickets and information. (GC)
Funny Money: Actors' Playhouse (280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables) brings you another British farce by Ray Cooney, the playwright who brought you Run for Your Wife and Out of Order. Opening tonight at 8:15 p.m., Funny Money follows Henry Perkins, a mild-mannered accountant who accidentally picks up a suitcase full of money; assuming the dough is illicit, Perkins decides to leave the country with his wife. Mayhem ensues, of course, as our inept hero finds himself unable to abscond with the cash. Tickets for tonight's opening cost $50; tickets for all other performances cost $27 and $30. Performances take place through June 15 at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Call 444-9293. (GC)
Subtropics 9: See Thursday.
Great Sunrise Balloon Race: Thirty-five big, bright, beautiful balloons fill the dawn sky over the Homestead Air Reserve Station (SW 127th Avenue and 268th Street) this weekend as the Great Sunrise Balloon Race lifts off to benefit Sunrise Community, Inc. The event opens today at 6:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, followed by the balloon launch at 6:30 and a Walk-N-Roll-a-Thon and the Lighter Than Air Showcase of Performers at 7:30 a.m. The event temporarily closes at noon, with afternoon activities -- including the showcase, a kite-flying contest, and another balloon launch -- resuming at 4:00 p.m. Tomorrow's activities open at 6:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast preceding the 6:30 balloon launch. The event wraps at 10:00 a.m. Sunrise Community, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that assists people with disabilities. Admission is free. Call 275-3317. (GC)