thursday
may 22
KRS-One: In a little more than ten years, Lawrence Krsna Parker has risen out of utter poverty to become one of the most respected and prolific rap artists around. His ninth album in eleven years, I Got Next, was released a couple of days ago, the latest in a series of hard-hitting, socially relevant recordings (both solo and with legendary hip-hop outfit Boogie Down Productions). Outspoken not just in his music, KRS-One also gives about 50 lectures each year at college campuses nationwide, discussing Afrocentrism, religion, violence, and American history. Tonight KRS-One brings his Temple of Hip-Hop tour, featuring an entourage of twelve break dancers and graffiti artists, to the Cameo Theatre (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $20. Doors open at 10:00 p.m. Call 532-0922. (GC)

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)

friday
may 23
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.

saturday
may 24
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)

Miami Cat Fanciers' Association Show: Here's your opportunity to learn the difference between a Himalayan and a Siamese, between an Abyssinian and a Somali. Featuring 450 or so cats and kittens from more than 26 different breeds, this annual show hosts dozens of exhibitors who will happily wax poetic for hours on the superiority of their particular breeds. In addition to competitions, the show includes a "Meet the Vet" forum, tips on grooming and care of your little Fluffy, and a selection of felines available for adoption. The show runs today and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Dade County Fair Exhibition Hall (10901 Coral Way). Admission is six dollars for adults, three for kids. Call 223-7060 for more information. (JO)

Miami International Home and Garden Show: Born near the end of World War II (like so many of its attendees), the 53rd annual Home and Garden Show is a dreamland of products and services that could make your house into the home of tomorrow (ooh, ahh). The show fills the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Way, Miami Beach) with a wide variety of home appliances, electronics, services, a pet expo, learning centers, decorating and design demonstrations, and a pet look-alike contest with Coach's Jerry Van Dyke on May 30. In addition, Florida Power and Light will build a half-million-dollar, 3700-square-foot, fully decorated dream house right there in the convention center, in a round-the-clock marathon during the course of the show. Admission is seven dollars. The show runs today through Monday and on May 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Tuesday through May 30 from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m., and June 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Call 666-5944. (GC)

Subtropics 9: See Thursday.
Funny Money: See Friday.

sunday
may 25
Poetry Palooza '97: Free expression has free rein today at Wild Oats Market (2501 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) as the first Poetry Palooza kicks off at noon. This ten-hour poetry/spoken-word extravaganza features a mix of creative folks -- from street poets to published writers -- hailing from West Palm Beach to Miami Beach, and all points in between. Among the 25 people performing are acclaimed author John Dufresne (Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little), Afro-Cuban wordmeister Adrian Castro, Big 106 (WBGG-FM 105.9) radio host Diane Ray, spoken word/percussion group the Weeds (fronted by event founder Adam Matza), members of the Mary Street Dance Theatre, and spoken-word artists Lebo, Dominic Traverzo, and Jeanne Sutton. The event will also devote a quarter of each hour to open-mike readings by the audience. In the Wild Oats cafe, Borders Books & Music will host "What's My Rhyme?" the ultimate poetry trivia "game show," featuring host Percy Quillfeather, at 2:00 p.m. Admission is two dollars; proceeds benefit Kids in Distress, a nonprofit organization that treats and assists victims of child abuse and their families. Call 954-566-9333. (GC)

Tour of World Figure Skating Champions: It's not likely there will be any bench-clearing today at the Miami Arena (721 NW First Ave.) when the Tour of World Figure Skating Champions hits the ice at 1:00 p.m. Oksana Baiul, Surya Bonaly, Brian Boitano, Michelle Kwan, Viktor Petrenko, Elvis Stojko, Marina Klimova, and Sergei Ponomarenko are among the bevy of Olympic and World gold, silver, and bronze medalists set to perform their award-winning routines. Tickets cost $31 and $46. Call 530-4400. (GC)

Subtropics 9: See Thursday.
Funny Money: See Friday.
Great Sunrise Balloon Race: See Saturday.
Miami Cat Fanciers' Association Show: See Saturday.
Miami International Home and Garden Show: See Saturday.

monday
may 26
Paulo Coelho: Now that Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho has moved into the big leagues of literature (his current novel, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, has sold more than 3.3 million copies worldwide; his previous work, The Alchemist, was a number-one best seller in sixteen countries and is Madonna's favorite book), he's being compared to everybody from Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Coelho, who is also a playwright, theater director, and songwriter, informs his books with the spirituality and symbolism of Latin American magic realism. Tonight Coelho reads from By the River Piedra at 8:00 p.m. at Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave.). Admission is free. Call 442-4408 for more information. (JO)

Subtropics 9: See Thursday.
Miami International Home and Garden Show: See Saturday.

tuesday
may 27
Adolf Benca: The works of Czechoslovakian-born painter Adolf Benca reach back into the dark mysteries of mythology for a muse. A Fulbright grant winner whose works hang in New York's Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., Benca creates haunting canvases inhabited by blurred, almost evaporating figures. Earlier drawings feature frightening charcoal creatures covered with bloody red trails. Benca's works are on view at Inkubus (3197 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove) through June 1. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 688-4684. (GC)

Subtropics 9: See Thursday.
Miami International Home and Garden Show: See Saturday.

wednesday
may 28
Barbara Ehrenreich: Best-selling author and Time essayist Barbara Ehrenreich (The Worst Years of Our Lives) explores one of the most disturbing aspects of human existence in her latest book, Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War. Ehrenreich attempts to explain the human attraction to violence, proposing that it is not rooted in the male "killer instinct" or in ancient hunting traditions but in the early human experience of being pursued by carnivorous predators. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Ehrenreich discusses Blood Rites at Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (GC)

Subtropics 9: See Thursday.
Funny Money: See Friday.
Miami International Home and Garden Show: See Saturday.
Adolf Benca: See Tuesday.

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