thursday
may 29
Subtropics 9: The Subtropics 9 New Music Festival wraps up this week with three performances at Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson campus (300 NE Second Ave., Breezeway Room). Tonight at 8:00 p.m. LaDonna Smith and Davey Williams offer the surrealist performance Transduo. Tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. the Shaking Ray Levins Duo performs avant-garde music with a twang. Admission to each event is ten dollars. On Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m., the festival comes to a close with the Subtropics Marathon, a four-hour musical free-for-all featuring Robert Constable, Luis Gomez-Imbert, JB Floyd, Alfredo Triff, and many others. Admission is five dollars. Call 758-6676. (GC)

The Junior Wells Blues Band: This legendary blues harp whiz was born in Memphis, but his reputation is based on the fine work he did in Chicago back in the Fifties and Sixties -- in the white-hot combo led by Muddy Waters, as a solo artist, and as a long-time partner of Buddy Guy. Although the 62-year-old Wells continues to make fine albums, the jewel in his South Side crown is the 1966 set Hoodoo Man Blues, which helped set the tone for the modern blues era as much as his former boss Muddy Waters established the foundation of the music during the postwar years. Wells will be playing tonight at Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.). Cover charge is $12; showtimes are 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. Call 374-1198. (JF)

Lawyers Against Hunger: Q: How can you tell when a lawyer is lying? A: His lips are moving. Sure, lawyer jokes are funny, but there are perfectly decent and generous attorneys out there. Really. And some of them are sponsoring tonight's Lawyers Against Hunger event at 5:30 p.m. at Planet Hollywood (3390 Mary St., Coconut Grove) to benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank. In addition to lots of food and drink, there will be a silent auction of autographed sports memorabilia (including a basketball signed by Pat Riley and an autographed Florida Panthers hockey puck), trips to Key West and Orlando, dinner at the China Grill, and lots of other good stuff. Tickets cost $40. Call 673-4022. (JO)

friday
may 30
Brazilian Film Festival: The Brazilian film industry suffered a near-fatal blow in the late Eighties when the government withdrew its financial support, but thanks to private investors, the industry has grown from two or three productions a year in the early Nineties to more than 40 films last year. Beginning tonight and running through June 8 at the Bill Cosford Cinema (University of Miami, off Campo Sano Drive, Coral Gables), the first Brazilian Film Festival of Miami will screen some of the best accomplishments in Brazilian filmmaking of the past three years, starting with Walter Salles, Jr., and Daniela Thomas's Terra Estrangeira (Foreign Land) at 8:00 p.m. Screenings continue tomorrow and Sunday at 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00, and through the week at 8:00 p.m. Following this weekend's screenings, industry professionals will participate in roundtable discussions. Admission to each screening is five dollars (three for students). See our "Calendar Listings" for a complete schedule, or call 860-2940. (GC)

Houlihan & Dancers: Artistic director Gerri Houlihan joins her five-member modern dance troupe on-stage for the first time in six years to present original works tonight through Sunday at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The program features the abstract Once, based on a text by Rilke and set to music from Estonia; the tender and romantic duet In Your Dreams; the lighthearted Mercy, set to music by Roy Orbison; and excerpts from the stream-of-consciousness piece Change of Heart. A discussion with Houlihan and the company follows the performances. Admission is $12. Performances take place tonight and tomorrow at 8:00, with a 3:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Call 531-3260. (GC)

Juba Gospel Ensemble: The greatest gospel music transcends any mere belief in higher powers, almighty entities, or afterlife sanctuaries. That's the kind of music made by the Juba Gospel Ensemble, a mass choir of more than 30 students from Miami-Dade Community College's Kendall campus. They've recently documented their majestic music on Red Velvet Cake, an excellent CD/cassette produced through a partnership with JAG Records. You can sample said majestic music live tonight at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church (14440 Lincoln Blvd., Richmond Heights), where Juba will perform a concert to be broadcast at a later date on WLRN-FM (91.3). The one-hour performance is free. Call 237-3372. (JF)

Here & Now Festival: Twenty-two local performing and visual artists showcase their talents this weekend as part of the third annual, three-day Here & Now Festival, presented by the Miami Light Project and ArtCenter-South Florida. The festival opens tonight and runs through Sunday with live performances and presentations at 8:00 p.m. at the Women's Club of Miami Beach (2401 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach), including choreographer Roxana Barba, theater artists Teo Castellanos and Rafael Roig, filmmaker Hayley Downs, and spoken-word artist Lebo. Admission is ten dollars each night. The ArtCenter's Art1035 gallery (1035 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) will be open from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. nightly, showing an exhibition of works by sculptors Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow and Lazaro Amaral, painters Diane Baez and Elizabeth Knowles, conceptual artist Frank Garaitonandia, photographer Julie Kahn, and many others. Admission to the exhibition is free. Call 531-3747. (GC)

Miccosukee Indian Gaming Professional Boxing: The card staged in March under a huge striped tent at Miccosukee Indian Gaming (Krome Avenue and Tamiami Trail) proved a smash, so Hialeah promoter/politician Julio Martinez is teaming up again with the Miccosukee marketing folks. Tonight's main event will be a fight for the FECARBOX 130-pound championship between popular local Nicaraguan-born boxer Jose "El Cacique" Rodriguez and Dennis "Mongoose" Roberts of Chicago. Also appearing will be three members of Team Freedom, the vaunted group of recently arrived Cuban fighters. About eight months ago Martinez included women's matches in his shows, and the reception has encouraged him this time to schedule not one but two female bouts -- highlighted by the third Miami appearance of the undefeated eighteen-year-old Puerto Rican prodigy Belinda Laracuente. The action starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and $25. Call 222-4600. (KG)

International Hispanic Theatre Festival: Theater troupes from Latin America, Spain, and the U.S. converge at Teatro Avante (235 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables) for the twelfth annual International Hispanic Theatre Festival, beginning tonight and running through June 15. The festival kicks off with Teatro Avante's production of Gilberto Pinto's Los Fantasmas de Tulemon (in Spanish with projected English translations) tonight and tomorrow at 8:30, with a 3:00 p.m matinee tomorrow. On Sunday at 5:00 and 8:30 p.m., Brazil's Compania Teatral Avatar presents Paulo Atto's dance-theater ritual Kao. On Monday and Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Chile's Grupo El Bufon Negro offers Benjamin Galemiri's El Seductor. And Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Paraguay's Centro de Investigacion y Divulgacion Teatral performs Agustin Nunez's nonverbal piece Amar Go. Admission to each performance is $15. Discussions will follow the first performance by each troupe. Also on Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30 p.m., local troupe Prometeo will perform Robert Arlt's Fiesta de Mascaras at Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson campus auditorium (300 NE Second Ave.). Admission is free. See our "Calendar Listings" for more information, or call 445-8877. (GC)

Subtropics 9: See Thursday.

saturday
may 31
Stephen J. Cannell: Everybody makes such a big deal about Aaron Spelling, but few people seem to know about the influence of Stephen J. Cannell, who has been behind (either producing or writing) such quality television programming as Baretta, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Silk Stalkings, and that Lorenzo Llamas vehicle, Renegade. His latest novel, King Con, about a con artist and an assistant attorney general who need to pull the ultimate con on a Jersey mobster, is already slated to become a movie starring John Travolta. Cannell reads from King Con tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (JO)

Subtropics 9: See Thursday.
Brazilian Film Festival: See Friday.
Houlihan & Dancers: See Friday.
Here & Now Festival: See Friday.
International Hispanic Theatre Festival: See Friday.

sunday
june 1
National Children's Film Festival: The Miami Youth Museum (Miracle Center, 3301 Coral Way) has been selected as one of nine children's museums nationwide to sponsor and showcase films written, directed, and produced by children and teens ages nine to eighteen. The museum has worked for the past seven months with the film industry to establish a local filmmaking program for kids and now has 22 public and private elementary, middle, and high schools participating in the program. Today from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. the resulting productions will be screened at Miracle Center's General Cinemas 10, with an awards presentation to follow at the museum. Admission is free. The six winning films will be submitted for judging on the national level to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, which will host the final competition in September. Call 446-4386. (GC)

Brazilian Film Festival: See Friday.
Houlihan & Dancers: See Friday.
Here & Now Festival: See Friday.
International Hispanic Theatre Festival: See Friday.

monday
june 2
Florida Marlins: The prediction for San Francisco in spring training was that they'd be mediocre, maybe. That they'd definitely not be able to compete in the National League West against the powerhouse Dodgers, Rockies, and Padres. Not! The Giants have surprised everybody by assembling a solid and productive team that leads the West division. And what was the prediction for the Marlins? That their off-season spending spree would finally enable them to compete with the game's elite teams -- including the Atlanta Braves. Well, some predictions come true. The white-hot fish own the second-best record in all baseball and are looking like a lock for a spot in the playoffs. The Marlins and Giants meet tonight at 7:05 and tomorrow at 1:35 p.m. at Pro Player Stadium (2269 NW 199th St.). Tickets range from $2-$25. Call 930-7800. (RAP)

Brazilian Film Festival: See Friday.
International Hispanic Theatre Festival: See Friday.

tuesday
june 3
Epar: The New Theater (65 Almeria Ave., Coral Gables) presents its second annual New Plays Project, beginning with Akropolis Acting Company's world premiere production of Ricky J. Martinez's .Epar. With dialogue of broken poetry and a barrage of multimedia imagery, the play is described as "the culmination of an epoch of intense manifestations for three women sharing the same thorn," which pretty much means they are going crazy over the same man. Tickets cost $10 and $15. Performances run tonight through Thursday, June 5, at 7:30 and Friday, June 6, through Sunday, June 8, at 8:00 p.m. Call 445-5300. (GC)

Brazilian Film Festival: See Friday.
International Hispanic Theatre Festival: See Friday.
Florida Marlins: See Monday.

wednesday
june 4
Lina Binkele: The work of self-taught Colombian artist Lina Binkele exudes a passion for horses that goes beyond that of even the most fervent equestrian. The horses she depicts in sculpture, oil paintings, and drawings evoke real horses in suspended animation. Drawing on a background in anthropology and a vast knowledge of equine breeds, Binkele imbues her work with a realism that allows her to convey through art the impact of horses on human history. An exhibition of Binkele's works entitled "Sketches, Fragments, and Games" is on view at Santander Gallery (1401 Brickell Ave.) through July 15. Admission is free. The gallery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 446-5578. (GC)

Brazilian Film Festival: See Friday.
International Hispanic Theatre Festival: See Friday.
Epar: See Tuesday.

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