Everglades Music and Crafts Festival: Take in a day of gator wrestling, live music, and artsy-crafty fun at the Miccosukee Indian Village (approximately 25 miles west of Miami on the Tamiami Trail). This 22nd annual festival, taking place today and tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., features performances by Jamaican reggae artist Monty Montgomery and his group Massive, Miccosukee rock group Tiger Tiger, country boys Chopper and the Lone Star Band, and Latin band Inmensidad, plus arts and crafts, traditional foods, airboat rides, and children's activities. Admission is seven dollars for adults, four for kids age twelve and under. Call 223-8380. (GC)

Zo's Summer Groove: See Thursday.
Beethoven by the Beach: See Thursday.
Angels in America: See Thursday.
Come Out Laughing: See Friday.
The Belle of Amherst: See Friday.

july 20
Mei Mei Luo and Friends: Florida Philharmonic first violinist and associate concert mistress Mei Mei Luo leads a benefit concert today at 2:30 p.m. at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (1650 Harrison St., Hollywood) to raise funds for the center's Sunday Concert Series. Philharmonic principal clarinetist Richard Hancock, concert pianist David Nagy, tenor William Carney, klezmer keyboardist Al Matos, and jazz pianist Billy Marcus join Luo to present a program of classical, jazz, and klezmer selections. Tickets cost $25. Call 954-921-3274. (GC)

The Tongass: Visit one of the rarest, most breathtaking ecosystems in the world with the exhibition "The Tongass: Alaska's Magnificent Rain Forest," on view at the Miami-Dade Main Public Library (101 W. Flagler St.) through August 17. This Smithsonian exhibition showcases 42 colorful views of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the U.S.'s largest national forest and part of the world's largest non-equatorial rain forest. The pictures, taken by well-known landscape photographers such as Art Wolfe, Chris Burkett, and exhibition curator Robert Glenn Ketchum, capture the pristine beauty of the land, its richly diverse wildlife, and its native people the Tlingit. Admission is free. Call 375-2665. (GC)

Angels in America: See Thursday.
The Belle of Amherst: See Friday.
Tropical Agriculture Fiesta: See Saturday.
Everglades Music and Crafts Festival: See Saturday.

july 21
Inside/Out: Miami-Dade Community College's InterAmerican Center Art Gallery (627 SW 27th Ave.) hosts Inside/Out, the ninth annual Art Exhibition by the Mentally Ill, a collection of 56 paintings, photographs, and collages created by artists from around the nation. Thanks to National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill, Inc., the Miami-based group that organized this show, artists diagnosed with mental illnesses have found more public outlets for their creative expressions; the group has also helped the public recognize the validity of these works and gain awareness of the diseases associated with mental illness. The show runs through August 15; gallery hours are 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Call 643-8893. (GC)

The Tongass: See Sunday.

july 22
Alina Fernandez: The estranged daughter of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro tells the story of her life with (and without) dear old Dad in her book Alina: Memorias de la Hija Rebelde de Fidel Castro (Alina: Memoirs of Fidel Castro's Rebel Daughter). Fernandez (who chose not to take her father's surname) relates her on-again, off-again relationship with a father who seemed oblivious to her existence, then on a whim would use his power to control her. She also writes about her mother Naty, who joined the revolution because she loved Castro, then remained faithful to him even after he abandoned her. Books & Books hosts an evening with Fernandez tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables). The program is presented in Spanish. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call 442-4408. (GC)

Alexandra Nechita: Eleven-year-old Romanian-born artist Alexandra Nechita's life story is as dramatic as her paintings. Her father fled communist Romania for a new life in the U.S. when her mother was six months' pregnant. About two years later, they were reunited in Los Angeles, where toddler Nechita met her father for the first time. Shortly thereafter, her parents noticed she was quite talented with her crayons; her abstract, Picassoesque paintings were first exhibited when she was only eight years old. She has sold more than two million dollars in works and has been praised by collectors and art-loving celebs like Whoopie Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. Nechita's works will be on view at the Bal Harbour Gallery (9700 Collins Ave., level two, Bal Harbour) today through July 30. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, till 7:00 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7:00 p.m. Sunday. Call 864-5800. (GC)

Inside/Out: See Monday.
The Tongass: See Sunday.

july 23
The Atoms Family: We'll spare you that infernal theme song (snap, snap). This family is composed of classic movie monsters hosting interactive displays about elementary (yeah, right) energy concepts, such as the power of the sun, electricity, and fossil fuels. Set to run until next spring at the Miami Museum of Science & Space Transit Planetarium (3280 S. Miami Ave.), "The Atoms Family" consists of 25 computerized stations, including Frankenstein's Lightning Lab, the Wolfman's Ghostly Graveyard, Dracula's Library, the Phantom of the Opera's Portrait Parlor, and the Mummy's Tomb, the last of which demonstrates energy-saving concepts. Admission is nine dollars for adults, $5.50 kids age twelve and under. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Call 854-4247 for more information. (JO)

Inside/Out: See Monday.
The Tongass: See Sunday.
Alexandra Nechita: See Tuesday.

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