Caribbean Percussion Festival: Feel the rhythms of the Caribbean as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida (101 W. Flagler St.) hosts a full day of percussion in conjunction with the "Caribbean Percussion Traditions in Miami" exhibition. The festival features hands-on workshops and demonstrations by master percussionists specializing in Indo-Caribbean, Bahamian junkanoo, Puerto Rican bomba and plena, Trinidadian steel pan, Cuban rumba, and Haitian drumming, plus children's activities, traditional Caribbean foods, performances by Trinidadian tassa drum band Romeo and the Boys, Cuban rumba and bata drummers Grupo Ogordo, and Haitian drum troupe Rankont Sanba. The festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 375-1492. (GC)

Franco-Hispanic Film Festival: See Thursday.
Beethoven by the Beach: See Thursday.
Tribute to Pete Moss: See Friday.
Bastille Day Celebrations: See Friday.

july 13
Symphony of the Americas Summerfest: Artistic director James Brooks-Bruzzese and the Symphony of the Americas host the critically lauded Budapest Chamber String Quartet as artists in residence for the annual Summerfest, tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Broward Main Library Auditorium (100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The prolific members of the quartet are the principal musicians of the Budapest Chamber Orchestra, plus members of the Hungarian State Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, and Hungarian Radio and Television Orchestra. Tonight's program features Beethoven's String Quartets op. 18 and op. 59 and String Trio op. 92, plus works by Hungarian composers Leo Weiner and Peter Heinrich. Tickets cost $17.50. Call 954-561-5882. (GC)

Slammie Showcase: The 1997 Slammie Awards, honoring South Florida's best punk, alternative, hardcore, and metal bands, take place on August 29, but you don't have to wait that long to check out some of the nominated bands. Squeeze (2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale) hosts three Slammie showcases, the first of which gets into gear tonight with performances by Nation of Fear, the Groovenics, Al's Not Well, the Vacant Andys, and Best of Cucchiara. On August 3 revisit Slammies past with hardcore bands L.U.N.G.S., Brutal Mastication, Tension, and Nonpoint. Finally, celebrate the impending Slammies at a preparty on August 24. Admission to the all-ages Slammie preview shows is five dollars for those age 21 and older, seven for those under 21. Call 954-525-5996. (GC)

Franco-Hispanic Film Festival: See Thursday.
Beethoven by the Beach: See Thursday.
Bastille Day Celebrations: See Friday.
Mango Madness: See Saturday.

july 14
The Wizard of Oz: Okay, so you can't play Dark Side of the Moon along with this production, but who wants to sit in front of a TV while listening to Pink Floyd all day? (Oh, come on, you must have heard about this one by now. You start the video after the lion roars, then ....) Get the kids out of the house, down the yellow brick road, and over to Coral Gables Senior High School (450 Bird Rd., Coral Gables) and enjoy the Actors' Playhouse original adaption of L. Frank Baum's literary classic about a girl who gets swept away by a twister into a fantastic world. Tickets cost seven dollars. Performances run Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. through August 8. Call 444-9293 for reservations. (GC)

Beethoven by the Beach: See Thursday.

july 15
Toast Toward a Cure: Raise a glass tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) to benefit the Community Research Initiative (CRI) and the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA). This tasting event offers fine wines, microbrewed beers, cordials, spirits, a light buffet of foods from fifteen restaurants and caterers (including Lily's Kitchen, Spiga, La Renaissance Catering, El Tropico, Greenstreet Cafe, the Raleigh, Le Basque Caterers, Jeffrey's, and Capital Grille), a silent auction, live jazz, and tunes spun by Love 94 (WLVE-FM 93.9) DJ Stu Grant. Tickets cost $35 and $75. Call 667-9296, ext. 23. (GC)

Beethoven by the Beach: See Thursday.

july 16
Lucky Dube: Johannesburg, South Africa, reggae artist Lucky Dube is one of the most popular artists in his genre since Bob Marley. In the past fifteen years Dube has risen to become his nation's top musical export, beginning his career as a mbaqanga singer (his first hit was the Zulu song "Dear Mother"), then making a precarious leap to his real love. His first reggae album, 1984's Rastas Never Die, failed miserably, but Dube was redeemed when his second effort, 1985's Slave, sold more than a half-million copies, making it the all-time best-selling record in South Africa and Dube the biggest star in Africa. His recent release, Taxman (which features a smoking rendition of the Foreigner hit "I Want to Know What Love Is"), explores life in postapartheid South Africa and the world. (By the way, Lucky is his real name -- his mother had pined for a child and considered herself truly fortunate when he made his appearance.) Dube brings his message to South Florida when he performs tonight at the Cameo Theatre (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $15. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. Call 259-0030.(GC)

FIU Summer Theater Season: Florida International University's theater department presents its first-ever Summer Season at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center (University Park campus, 11200 SW Eighth St.). The season includes three shows: First up is A.M. Collins and Chad Henry's Angry Housewives, about four pissed-off hausfraus who form a rock band and enter a talent contest, opening tonight and running through Sunday. Next up is Jose Rivera's Marisol, an apocalyptic fantasy that follows a young Puerto Rican woman living in New York, which runs July 23 through 27. Rounding out the season is A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, about a talking dog that helps a man through his midlife crisis, July 30 through August 3. Showtimes are Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for each performance; $25 for a season ticket. Call 348-3789. (GC)

Beethoven by the Beach: See Thursday.

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