Short Play Festival: See Thursday.
South Florida Cultural Consortium Media and Visual Artists Fellowship Exhibition: See Thursday.

august 16
Music in Film Series: WDNA-FM (88.9) concludes its series of documentaries devoted to jazz, blues, Afro-Cuban, Latin American, and world music tonight at the Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables. First up is Pedro Rivera and Susan Zeig's 1989 look at Puerto Rican folk music, Plena Is Work: Plena Is Song at 8:00 p.m., followed at 8:45 p.m. by Catherine Calderón's 1988 film AA Bailar!: The Journey of a Latin Dance Company, which documents Eddie Torres's labors in establishing a Latin dance company on the scale of what Alvin Ailey did with African dance. Wrapping up the evening at 9:30 p.m. is actor Andy Garcia's 1993 film Cachao: Like His Rhythm There Is No Other (Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos), a loving tribute to Israel "Cachao" Lopez, the legendary Cuban bassist and father of mambo. Associate producer George Hernandez will be on hand for the screening. Admission is ten dollars for both films (all proceeds benefit WDNA). Call 662-8889. (GC)

Carlos Averhoff: MoJazz Cafe (928 71st St., Miami Beach) presents an evening with celebrated saxophonist and recent Cuban defector Carlos Averhoff, performing three sets, from 9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Cofounder of seminal Cuban bands Irakere and NG La Banda, Averhoff is credited (by the likes of fellow musicians such as Paquito D'Rivera) with keeping classical and jazz saxophone alive in Cuba during the mean years of Castro's revolution, when "imperialist" forms of music were forbidden as politically incorrect. Joining Averhoff on stage are drummer Roberto Rodriguez and his two sons, pianist Robert and trumpeter Michael, plus bassist Don Coffman, percussionist Oscar Salas, and vocalist-saxman Mo Morgen. Admission is three, six, or ten dollars (depending on seat location), and there is a two-drink minimum. Call 865-2636. (GC)

Short Play Festival: See Thursday.
Come Out Laughing: See Friday.
Slow Dance on the Killer Ground: See Friday.

august 17
Festival del Merengue: The rhythm is so fast your hips become a blur and you think your feet are on fire from all the friction. That is, if you do it right. Dancing the merengue is a passionate thing, and you'll get lots of practice today as the Bayfront Park Amphitheater (301 Biscayne Blvd.) hosts the 21st annual Festival del Merengue. Fernando Villalona, La Banda Gorda, Oro Sólido, Freddy "El Pollito" Gerardo, Grupo Karis, and La Gran Union round out the bill at this all-day festival, which begins at 1:00 p.m. Tickets cost $12; kids under age ten get in free. Call 594-3093. (GC)

Slow Dance on the Killer Ground: See Friday.

august 18
Overcast: Hardcore band Overcast doesn't believe in throwing together a few tunes on the spur of the moment. On the contrary, the band's members admit they sometimes put too much time and effort into one song, spending up to six months perfecting a particular tune. But their logic is understandable -- they don't want to compromise their vision; they want to play what feels right. And it has led the band to look at other groups, too: Besides adulating the Cro-Mags, Slayer, Neurosis, Bad Brains, and Deicide, among others, Overcast has dipped into the musical pools of punk, metallic hardcore, thrash, grind, and death metal for inspiration. Check out this amalgamation of sounds tonight at 9:00 p.m. at Blue Note Records (16401 NE Fifteenth Ave., Aventura). Admission is a donation of one canned food item. Call 940-3394. (GC)

august 19
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca: Murder, poetry, mystery, passion, and Andy Garcia. How much more Miami can you get? All these elements are fused when Puerto Rican director Marcos Zurinaga's feature film The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca premieres nationally tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the CocoWalk 16 Theatre (3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove). The film explores the enigmatic death of Spanish poet and writer Federico Garcia Lorca, whose outspoken liberal ideas and support of the Spanish Republic threatened Franco's fascist rebels; he was killed in 1936 at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Andy Garcia (him again), who stars as Garcia Lorca, will be at the debut, as will Zurinaga and producers Moctesuma Esparza and Robert Katz. A reception follows at 10:00 p.m. at the Blue Door in the Delano Hotel (1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $20 for the movie only and $100 for the film and reception. All funds raised will benefit the Film Society of Miami. Call 377-3456, ext. 103. (MI)

South Florida Cultural Consortium Media and Visual Artists Fellowship Exhibition: See Thursday.

august 20
A Feathered Spectacle: Panthers, and alligators, and snakes, oh my! While the Everglades is full of these amazing, intimidating creatures (well, not as full as it used to be), it boasts an even more amazing array of birds. As part of the 100 events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Everglades National Park, environmental group Echoes of South Florida and the Mary Brickell Statue Project present a lecture by Tropical Audubon Society bird expert Robert Kelley tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Simpson Park Clubhouse (55 SW Seventeenth Rd.). Admission is ten dollars (with a portion benefiting the statue project). Call 444-1932. (GC)

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