ZETAFest '97: Markham Park (State Road 84 and Weston Road, Sunrise) is bound to become a giant musical mudbath today as South Florida's single, solitary commercial rock station ZETA-4 (WZTA-FM 94.9) hosts its second annual summer rock festival. The concert begins at 11:00 a.m. with continuous music on two stages. The main stage features groovin' New Orleans rockers Better than Ezra; alternative bands Cool for August, Naked, and Orbit; straight-ahead rockers the Nixons; and the return of psychedelic, rapping, heavy-metal surf-freaks Faith No More. But the real action is on the Florida stage, where former South Beach rock band Muse, Tampa's grungy Mighty Joe Plum, Gainesville alterna-rockers Subrosa (featuring the surviving members of For Squirrels), Miami's own percussion-crazy Al's Not Well, and one other lucky band will rock the park. And did we say mud? ZETA-4 has outfitted the park with 36 drinking fountains and a mist tent. Tickets cost $11 (that's a buck a band, and it includes parking). Call 654-9494. (GC)

Miccosukee Freedom Festival: Yeehaw! There's nothing more fun than the Everglades in July! Stop laughing. Armed with plenty of mosquito repellent, you can spend a great day at Miccosukee Indian Bingo & Gaming (500 SW 177th Ave.), watching the alligator wrestling and Indian dancers, taking airboat and pony rides, and sending your kids on the carnival rides. There's also a concert by Travis Tritt, who's a pretty darned big star in country music, with blues-rock band Tiger Tiger. All this fun and games is free (hey, some people pay good money to see Travis Tritt!) and runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 223-8380. (JO)

Museum of Discovery and Science Turtle Races: On your mark, get set, go! We said, "Go." Come on already, move those shells. Bring your own pet turtle (or borrow one from the museum) as turtle lovers test their turtles' terrestrial speed at the Museum of Discovery and Science's (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) nineteenth annual Turtle Races. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., with a pee-wee race for turtles less than three inches in diameter at 11:00 a.m. and the main race at 11:30 a.m. During race intermissions, museum staffers will discuss turtle-related habitat, conservation, breeding, and medical issues. Admission is free; museum admission is six dollars for adults, five for kids ages three to twelve. Call 954-467-6637. (GC)

Nicky Silver Play Festival: See Thursday.

july 6
Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera Superjam: Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera is considered one of the pioneers of the upright bass in Latin music; he has recorded on more than 500 albums with just about every great name in Latin music, and he broke ground with the use of the "baby bass" now so common in the genre. But it's a lamentable fact that musicians of every ilk, usually self-employed, are often devoid of health insurance. Hence the recurring phenomenon of the health-crisis benefit: Rivera recently had to undergo emergency surgery for a life-threatening illness, so tonight more than 30 local jazz artists will join forces to pay tribute to Rivera with a fundraising jam at MoJazz Cafe (928 71st St., Miami Beach). The lineup of performers includes Eric Allison, Pepe Aparicio, Johnny Conga, Joe Donato, Freddie León, Simon Salz, Maria Medina Serafin, Edwin Bonilla, and many others. Ain't it grand to have such pals? Admission is ten dollars, with all proceeds going to Rivera (there is also a two-drink minimum). Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; the music runs from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Call 865-2636. (GC)

Nicky Silver Play Festival: See Thursday.
Beethoven by the Beach: See Saturday.

july 7
Tananarive Due/Ana Veciana-Suarez: This week seems to be Miami Herald women's week at Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). Former Herald crime reporter Edna Buchanan reads from her latest on Wednesday (see below), but first, dating and singles columnist Tananarive Due (The Between) reads from and discusses her second novel, My Soul to Keep, a supernatural suspense drama about a woman who unwittingly marries an immortal man. Tomorrow at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables), family columnist Ana Veciana-Suarez reads from and discusses her debut novel, The Chin Kiss King, about what happens when tragedy strikes the lives of three generations of Cuban-American women. Both readings take place at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (GC)

Nicky Silver Play Festival: See Thursday.

july 8
Suicidal Tendencies: Seminal Los Angeles hardcore punks Suicidal Tendencies raged hard and strong for more than fifteen years until Mike Muir decided to pull the plug a couple of years back, saying he'd rather stop the music too soon than too late. Not generally one to eat his words, Muir is back but with an almost-all-new lineup: Mike Clarke is still on guitar, but he's joined by guitarist Dean Pleasants, drummer Brooks Wackerman (from Muir's Infectious Grooves side project), and bassist Josh Paul. And the new band crackles with the same feral energy as the old, as their reunion show at L.A.'s Whisky in March proved: Muir stalked the stage like a caged panther, bandanna over eyes, prize-fighter body poised to pounce, while the rest of the guys just whaled on their instruments. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Suicidal Tendencies tears up Chili Pepper (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) with loud locals Load and Radio Baghdad. Expect all the classic tunes -- "Institutionalized," "Fascist Pig," and the ever-charming "I Saw Your Mommy" -- plus a few new ones (and keep an ear out for the new greatest hits disc Prime Cuts, slated to be the band's last Epic release). Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 954-525-5996. (GC)

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