june 19 Fred D'Aguiar: University of Miami creative writing teacher and local author Fred D'Aguiar explores history, place, and the resonance of a single image in his works. After winning the Whitbread Award for his first novel, The Longest Memory, D'Aguiar received critical praise for his latest work, Dear Future, and cut a niche for himself as one of South Florida's most compelling literary voices. D'Aguiar reads from and discusses his prose based on the art of Doris Salcedo and screens his videos Rain (from a BBC series about Rwanda) and Sweet Thames tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.) as part of "Words & Images," an installation featuring works by D'Aguiar and fellow writers Adrian Castro, Tananarive Due, and Alexander Stuart, and visual artists Magdalena Abakanowicz, Leonardo Drew, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Doris Salcedo. Admission is free. Call 375-3000.
Raul Di Blasio: If it worked for pop princess Tiffany in the Eighties, why can't it work for a Latin easy-listening pianist in the Nineties? Shopping audiences get a taste of sophistication as Raul Di Blasio performs selections from his latest disc, Solo, tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Westland Mall (Palmetto Expressway at NW 103rd Street in Hialeah). The Argentine Di Blasio, credited with single-handedly (or using both hands, as the case may be) popularizing Latin-flavored piano instrumentals, recently set up house in Miami, where he recorded the album (which we think is better shopping music than Muzak). Admission is free. Call 445-4923.
Come Out Laughing: The Miami Light Project presents its fifth annual Come Out Laughing gay and lesbian stand-up comedy series, beginning with two hot San Francisco-based comics tonight and tomorrow night at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The remarkably deadpan comic Karen Ripley returns to South Florida for the first time since her 1993 Come Out Laughing debut ; making his own local debut, Mike Uryga takes audiences on a fast-paced romp through his native blue-collar Ohio. The series continues with Maine-native Julie Dano and Boston boy Bob Gautreau on July 18 and 19, and L.A.'s Georgia Ragsdale and Chicago's John McGivern on August 15 and 16. Tickets cost $15. All shows take place at 9:00 p.m. Call 531-3747 .
Ansel Adams: It's very likely that you or someone you know has an Ansel Adams print or calendar. The American photographer's techniques for creating his sharp, breathtaking black-and-white landscapes revolutionized twentieth-century art photography, and the popularity of his work is inarguable (hence the prints and calendars). The Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables) is currently running the exhibition "Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured Earth's Beauty," a collection of 24 photos taken between 1930 and 1960 that explore the grandeur of the American West. The exhibition is up through July 27. Admission is five dollars. Museum hours are noon to 7:00 p.m. Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Call 284-3536.
Festival Rep '97: The play's the thing this month at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) as the Florida Atlantic University theater department presents a summer repertory theater festival, beginning with the Shakespearean comedy of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night, tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 and 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. The fest continues next week with Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer's Yentl. The plays will be presented in rotating repertory, with a total of 25 performances scheduled for Wednesday through Sunday (except this Sunday and Wednesday) through July 20. Tickets cost $17. Performances take place at 2:00 or 8:00 p.m.; call 954-462-0222 for times and tickets.
Pathways to Pride: S.A.V.E. (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone) hosts the fourth annual Lambda Conference today from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Way, Miami Beach). Four-time Olympic gold-medal diving champion Greg Louganis will be the keynote speaker at the conference, which will also feature Miami Herald columnist Liz Balmaseda and Dade County Judge Victoria Sigler, one of only two openly gay judges in South Florida. The conference offers about 25 different workshops on a variety of personal and social issues, plus a business expo and an evening concert by jazz singer Suede. Tickets cost $15. Call 751-SAVE.
Tomata's Lush Life: New Orleans-based artist Tomata du Plenty returns to his former home base of Miami Beach to unveil a series of jazz portraits tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Ted's Hideaway (124 Second St., Miami Beach). An homage to the musical icons that put him "in the groove," du Plenty portrays Charlie Parker, Etta James, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and a bevy of jazz cats and queens in colorful, quirky canvases as only he can. Admission is free. Call 532-9869.