Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki Museum Opening: No, it's not some new dance craze or sushi roll. The Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki ("a place to learn," for those who don't speak Seminole) is the first museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Florida Seminoles. Although even they can't claim to be Florida natives (they are descended from the Creek Indians of Georgia and Alabama), the Seminoles do have more than 200 years of fascinating and often tragic history in this state. After coming perilously close to extinction in the mid-1800s owing mainly to a couple of wars with the hostile American government, the tribe has rebounded to about 2000 members; several hundred of them live on the Big Cypress Reservation west of Miami. The museum is located on 60 acres at the edge of the Everglades and includes exhibits, more than a mile of nature trails, and a living Seminole village and ceremonial grounds. The grand opening, scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. today and tomorrow, features stomp dancers (rarely seen apart from sacred ceremonies usually closed to outsiders), storytellers, and Seminole singers. Admission is six dollars. To get to the museum, take I-75 (Alligator Alley) west toward Naples, get off at exit fourteen, and head north about seventeen miles. Call 954-792-0745. (JO)
Coast for Kids Summer Show: Meet Sesame Street's Elmo, encounter a land shark, drive a car or truck, surf the Web, and play with wild animals at the third annual Coast for Kids Show at the Broward County Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Coast radio station (WFLC-FM 97.3) hosts this giant indoor (read: air-conditioned) playground and educational event for kids and parents, featuring a minicar track from the Florida Department of Transportation, a petting zoo, local children's entertainer Mr. Mike Raffone (get it?), a video arcade, a Florida Marlins interactive road show, a baby diaper derby, and a safety obstacle course done by the Broward Safe Kids Coalition. Admission is five dollars for adults, one dollar for kids age twelve and under. Show hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. today and tomorrow. Call 954-522-9808. (GC)
H.O.R.D.E. Tour: Lollapalooza was pretty cool, Warped totally rocked, but the sixth annual H.O.R.D.E. might just be your best bet for variety on the giant multiband summer rock-festival circuit. Where else can you get the Godfather of Grunge, big-horned pop-skankers, and bango-strumming, swing-time nostalgists on one stage? And you are just in time to catch the festival's final date today at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre (601 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach). Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Taj Mahal and his band, Soul Coughing, the Fool, Spiritualized, Leftover Salmon, To the Moon Alice, and Breedlove are among the many bands performing at this tour stop. The show starts at 3:00 p.m.; plan on getting there early to see Young jam with other musicians on the workshop stage. Check out the "Music" story on page 87 for more on the tour. Tickets cost $28. Call 561-795-8883. (GC)
Take the Desert by Storm!: The Bass Museum (2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach) celebrates contemporary Israeli culture with a family day of dance, music, and art from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. today. Enjoy Israeli folk dance by the Hora Dancers at 1:15 and 2:30 p.m., an interactive musical performance by storytelling singer-songwriter Hagi at 1:30 p.m., and Sephardic, Yemenite, and Middle Eastern music by the Shalom Band at 3:00 p.m. And don't forget to view the exhibition Desert Cliche: Israel Now -- Local Images before it closes down to begin its U.S. tour. But do leave your camel at home. Admission is free. Call 673-7530. (GC)
Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki Museum Opening: See Saturday.
Coast for Kids Summer Show: See Saturday.
Will to Be Well: Explore the mind-body-spirit connection at this panel discussion tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Coral Gables Youth Center (405 University Dr., Coral Gables). WPBT-TV (Channel 2) public affairs host Carlos Pagan moderates the panel, which features Dr. Pedro Jose Greer, medical director of Camillus Health Concern and head of gastroenterology at Mercy Hospital; author and London Sunday Times medical and science correspondent Neville Hodgkinson; and spiritual educator and Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization president and United Nations representative B.K. Mohini. A staff member from the Courtelis Center, a local institution dedicated to holistic healing, will also be on hand. Admission is free. Call 442-2252. (GC)
Bobby Slayton: One man, two personas, a unifying sense of humor. Bobby Slayton the actor is a versatile chap who has appeared in the films Get Shorty, Ed Wood, and Wayne's World 2, plus three pilots for CBS. Bobby Slayton the comedian, the subject of his own HBO One Night Stand comedy special, is known as the "pit bull of comedy," thanks to his vicious, biting wit and his kill-or-be-killed attitude. Slayton appears at the Improv Comedy Club at the Streets of Mayfair (2911 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove) tonight through Sunday. Showtimes are Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday at 8:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.; and Saturday at 7:45, 10:00, and midnight. Admission is $10 on weekdays and Sunday; $12 on Saturday. Call 441-8200. (GC)