Celebrating Drug-Free Living: A Day of Family Dialogue: Gov. Lawton Chiles and HBO have organized a day of activities aimed at encouraging a family dialogue on drugs. Planned activities include screenings of the HBO series Faces of Addiction; discussion groups on topics such as family communication, controlling anger, resolving conflicts, and recognizing the signs of drug use; panels on drugs and gangs; four anti-drug plays presented by youth groups; motivational speaker M.K. Durand Farley; and music performances. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) and admission is free. Call 954-765-2000 for more information or directions. (JO)
Music in Film Series: We've all heard how dangerous it is to yell "Fire!" in a crowded movie house. Well, thanks to WDNA-FM (88.9), the Bill Cosford Cinema on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables is going to be smokin' every Saturday night for the next four weeks as the station kicks off its Music in Film Series. Tonight WDNA will show documentaries devoted to legendary blues and jazz singer Alberta Hunter and sax legend Sonny Rollins. Alberta Hunter: My Castle's Rockin' begins at 8:00, with Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus slated for 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost ten dollars per evening (not per film), with a two-buck discount for WDNA members and students. (Children under twelve get in free.) This outlay should be considered a donation, as all profits will be used to help keep community radio alive in Dade County. Upcoming films include El Tango Is Also a History, and Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy (August 2) and Art Blakey: The Jazz Messenger, and Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser (August 9). For more information or to reserve tickets in advance, call 662-8889. (SA)
july 27 Tom Sawyer: Having a hard time getting the kids to read some books this summer? Yeah, it was a lot easier to stick a book in front of a kid's face on rainy summer days before cable TV and Super NES. But Broward Community College's Children's Theatre Workshop can help. The Theatre Workshop presents Mark Twain's classic story about a daring young boy in the old American South, each Thursday and Friday at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., through August 3 at the BCC Fine Arts Theatre (3501 S. Davie Rd., bldg 6, Davie). Just imagine, the kid'll love the play, read the book, get turned on to Twain, and become a literary wunderkind! It's better than the plot of a Hollywood summer blockbuster. Tickets cost three bucks. Call 954-475-6884. (GC)
july 28 Florida Marlins: Deion Sanders is overexposed. He is a blatant, shameless pitchman for Pepsi, Pizza Hut, and Nike. But hate him though you may, Sanders deserves the attention. The Dallas Cowboys cornerback is the best player in the National Football League. A good argument can be made that he's also the most exciting player in baseball. His electric baserunning has helped the otherwise woeful Cincinnati Reds stay in contention in the National League Central. "I'm the type of player that people are going to appreciate more when I'm gone," Sanders has said. Appreciate him now as the Reds challenge the Marlins. He's in his prime time. The Marlins meet the Reds in a three-day series tonight through Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Pro Player Stadium (2269 NW 199th St.). Call 930-7800. (RAP)
Ken Navarro: Contemporary jazz guitarist Ken Navarro worked as a session guitarist and composer in Los Angeles with everyone from Doc Severinsen to Nell Carter, John Pattitucci to Dave Koz, before establishing his own musical identity with his 1990 debut album The River Flows. Known for his emotional guitar solos and charismatic on-stage energy, Navarro has cut a niche for himself in the contemporary jazz world and has shared bills with the likes of Alex Benoit and David Bugnon. Tonight catch Navarro's strummings and goings at two shows, at 8:00 and 10:30 p.m., at O'Hara's Pub and Jazz Cafe (722 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Navarro will perform selections from his new disc, Smooth Sensation. Tickets cost $12. Call 954-524-1764. (GC)
Ana Maria Mazzei: Caracas-based artist Ana Maria Mazzei made a splash with her work at the Sao Paolo Biennial in 1981 and 1994, when her work represented Venezuela in that international competition. More specifically, it revealed the most vulnerable aspects of her nation: Mazzei's work explores the humanity of the people of rural Venezuela and helped raise awareness of the endangered natural resources and indigenous peoples that make up and depend on a unique and fragile ecosystem. Mazzei presents her first U.S. solo exhibition at the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.), a site-specific installation combining video, photography, sculpture, and mixed media, on view through September 28. Admission is five dollars. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. (open until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday), and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Call 375-3000. (GC)
Florida Marlins: See Monday.
Fifty Years on the Mangrove Coast: Leading twentieth-century American photographer Walter Evans is best known for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, his Depression-era photography series that documented the plight of sharecroppers in Hale County, Alabama, as well as for his Farm Security Administration work with Ben Shahn, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks. But Evans also produced a lesser-known body of work, published in a 1942 book by Karl Bickel, The Mangrove Coast, that records the period between Florida's boom of the 1920s and the post-World War II 1940s. His black-and-white images of tourists, landscapes, architecture, and black life portray a Florida in transition. The Historical Museum of Southern Florida (101 W. Flagler St.) presents Evans's works alongside the contemporary color works of Boston-based photographer Rodder Kingston in the exhibition "Fifty Years on the Mangrove Coast: The Photographs of Walker Evans and Rodder Kingston," on view through September 28. In 1990 Kingston came across a copy of Bickel's book and was inspired to photograph some of the same places Evans shot 50 years earlier. The exhibition offers an amazing study in contrasts. Admission is four dollars. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. (open until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday), and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Call 375-1492. (GC)
Florida Marlins: See Monday.
Ana Maria Mazzei: See Tuesday.