thursday
july 10
Franco-Hispanic Film Festival: Celebrate French independence with a four-day festival of recent films co-produced by French- and Spanish-speaking nations, at CocoWalk 16 Theatres (3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove). Tonight's opening gala features the Florida premiere of Raul Ruiz's Franco-Chilean 1996 film Genealogies d'un Crime (Genealogy of a Crime), a Hitchcockian thriller starring Catherine Deneuve. The festival continues tomorrow through Sunday with nine additional films; see our "Calendar Listings" for a complete schedule. Tickets cost $50 for the opening film; $8 for each additional screening (see "Film," page 51). Call 858-7749. (GC)

Beethoven by the Beach: The Florida Philharmonic continues its all-Beethoven summer festival with a bevy of Beethoven-related activities. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. conductor James Judd leads the Triple Concerto and Symphony no. 3 (Eroica), preceded by a preconcert discussion at 6:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Other events include a performance of Symphonies no. 4 and 5 at the Broward Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and two piano sonata-thons: Sunday at 1:00 p.m. pianist Li Jian performs at the Museum of Art (1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. pianist Walter Ponce performs at the Broward Center. Tickets cost $20. Beethoven by the Beach runs through July 20 with events at various locations in the Fort Lauderdale area. Times and ticket prices vary. See our "Calendar Listings" each week or call the Philharmonic at 930-1812 for a complete schedule. (GC)

friday
july 11
Tribute to Pete Moss: Local rock musician Pete Moss passed away on May 20. Moss had been active on the scene for several years, performing in the Essentials, the Chant, Roosterhead, the Spanish Dogs, Johnny Tonite, Charlie Pickett and the Eggs, Larry Joe Miller and the Rockabilly Rockets, Gay Cowboys in Bondage, the Bobs, and many others. This weekend many of Moss's friends come together to pay tribute with two shows at Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE Second Ave.). Tonight's show features Charlie Pickett, the Goods, Diane Ward, Johnny Tonite, D.T. Martyrs, SC, Larry Joe Miller, and Faberge Dildo; tomorrow night's roster includes the Eat, Jim Wurster, the Holy Terrors, the Spanish Dogs, Gay Cowboys in Bondage, Stan Still Dance Band, Boise and the Moss Band, and the Funyons. Admission is by three-dollar donation; proceeds will benefit an instrument fund for the Stranahan High School band. Both shows begin at 9:30 p.m. Call 757-1807. (GC)

Bastille Day Celebrations: Oui, oui, eet eez Bastille Day again. Les Français among us celebrate their independence day, and instead of hot dogs and beer, you get Brie and Bordeaux. Tres classy. Joanna's Marketplace (8247 S. Dixie Hwy.) kicks off the festivities today at 5:00 p.m. with a celebration featuring a selection of French pastries, wine, pate, and cheeses. Tomorrow Epicure Market (1656 Alton Rd., Miami Beach) salutes the revolution from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a grand tasting reception, which means more free food. For more information, call 954-963-5540. And at CocoWalk (3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove), managed by a French company, you can attend a variety of events including fashion shows today and tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. and a sidewalk sale (seeing as shopping is a patriotic activity in France) all weekend long. Admission to all events is free. Also planned for the holiday is the Franco-Hispanic Film Festival (see earlier item). Call 444-0777. (JO)

Franco-Hispanic Film Festival: See Thursday.

saturday
july 12
Mango Madness: It comes over you in a completely unexpected way: You're standing in the produce section at your local supermarket, reaching for those nice, safe apples, when all of a sudden your hand shoots out and grabs a funky, orange-red-yellow-green fruit with a sweet aroma and fleshy pulp. Who cares that finding a really good mango is a difficult and often haphazard affair? When you do find that perfect fruit, it's all worthwhile. And this weekend at Fairchild Tropical Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd.), your chances of finding some extraordinary specimens are very, very good. Fairchild's annual Mango Madness kicks off this morning at 9:30 a.m. with a selection of over 150 varieties of the fruit. You can buy trees, consult with local experts, even sample the offerings. Go early because those hit by the mango fever are a ruthless bunch. From 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., attend one of the mango workshops to learn how to prune your tree, cook with mangos, and explore new varieties and cultivars. And finally, the culmination of Mango Madness comes tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. with a mango auction. Who would have thought people would go so crazy over one little tropical fruit? Admission is eight dollars. Call 667-1651. (JO)

Carnabeach: The cultural melting pot of the Miami area gets a bit spicier this weekend as the first Carnabeach festival comes to Ocean Drive (between Fifth and Fifteenth streets, Miami Beach). Carnabeach is a version of the Micareta, Brazil's off-season mini-Carnaval. Popular Brazilian Carnaval bands Timbalada (a 22-piece samba-, soul-, and reggae-influenced percussion group) and Chiclete Com Banana (a five-piece reggae, salsa, samba, and world-beat group that has achieved top-banana status with ten of its sixteen albums going gold) perform nonstop from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. on two trios-eletrios, specially designed and decorated trucks imported from Brazil. Costumed and body-painted festgoers are a given, but it's not the flamboyant scene we're used to seeing in Rio; it's more of a six-hour moving concert. Carnabeach is free, but $15 gets you a bleacher seat between Tenth and Thirteenth streets for both days. If you really want to dive into the mix, costumes and a spot on a float are available for $100 to $150. Call 534-2090. (LB)

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.

sunday
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.

monday
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.

tuesday
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.

wednesday
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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