thursday
september 4
Invitation to the Arts: It's a sampler platter of culture! Instead of a couple of fried mozzarella sticks here or an oily potato skin there, you get short little bitefuls of delectable ballet, theater, dance, and other arty offerings. A showcase for the upcoming season at Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), this preview starts with a VIP cocktail reception and art displays from local organizations including the Wolfsonian and the South Florida Art Center, followed by a fashion show, Act Two of Miami City Ballet's production of Swan Lake, and a performance by jazz guitarist Al Di Meola. Also planned are vignettes from the theatrical circus production Artistique and production numbers from the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago. Tickets range from $15 to $40 and all proceeds benefit the theater's performing arts scholarship fund for Dade County students. Call 673-7300. (JO)

Drummin' Open Rehearsal: The Miami Light Project welcomes the public to an open rehearsal of Drummin', an original musical composition by Tania Leon, scheduled for a November 7 world premiere. The rehearsal takes place tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre (605 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). In this project Leon, the composer in residence at the New York Philharmonic, explores the inherent rhythms of Miami's multiple cultures, concentrating on black American, Brazilian, Cuban, Haitian, Native American, and pan-Asian communities. Leon is collaborating with choreographer Bebe Miller, who will be conducting a two-week workshop with her own dance company and dancers from Miami-Dade Community College later this month (Miller will host an open rehearsal on September 26 at 7:00 p.m. at MDCC's Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave.). Admission to tonight's performance is ten dollars (includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with the artists). Call 531-3747. (GC)

friday
september 5
Control Machete/Enemigo Sol: Mexico's top hip-hop group Control Machete might be the Latin American answer to Cypress Hill, House of Pain, or even the Beastie Boys. Hailing from the city of Monterrey, the three-man group tackles the problems of illegal immigration, drugs, urban violence, and other universal social issues in a Mexican context on its debut album Mucho Barato, which was produced by Cypress Hill producer Jason Roberts. Control Machete rocks the house tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Also on the bill are Enemigo Sol, a rock en espanol collaboration by members of Miami-based bands A Kite Is a Victim, Ed Matus' Struggle, Honeysticks, and Floor; the band's melodic, Velvet Underground/ Echobelly-influenced experimental pop tunes explode on-stage in an energetic set. Admission to this eighteen-and-over show is ten dollars. Call 532-0228. (GC)

IMAX Movie Madness: Sail the Atlantic, cross the searing Serengeti plain and the frozen tundra of Antarctica, plunge into the Grand Canyon, dive into the ocean depths, even venture into deep space. And do it all from the comfort of the IMAX 3-D Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale). Beginning today and running through October 16, catch three IMAX films and get into the museum for free. The festival program includes the 3-D films Across the Sea of Time, Into the Deep, and L5: First City in Space, as well as The Living Sea (narrated by Meryl Streep, with music by Sting) and To the Limit, an adventure into extreme sports (there are eight films in all). Movie Madness passes cost $21 for adults, $15 for kids. Call 954-463-IMAX for showtimes. (GC)

Schubertiade: The Murray Dranoff Foundation, the hosts of the annual Dranoff Two Piano Competition, presents a three-night festival celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Schubert, running tonight through Sunday at Florida International University's Wertheim Center for the Performing Arts (SW Eighth Street and 107th Avenue). The festival also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Johannes Brahms. Each of the three concerts offers works by both composers, with performances by past Dranoff winners Goldina and Loumbrozo, Marton and Batzner, Laich and Bergman, and the van Veen brothers. Highlights include Schubert's Piano Quintet in A major (The Trout), Andante Varie, and Shepherd on the Rock, and Brahms's Hungarian Dances and Liebeslieder Waltzes. Tickets cost $20 for each concert ($45 for all three). Performances take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Call 758-8700. (GC)

saturday
september 6
Toledo: Imagine that Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker had a child who was raised by Tom Waits and who later stumbled onto acid jazz. Toledo is that type of musical cat. He has a penchant for songs about the glories of life on the hustle, in the fast lane, part of the underground, as heard to good effect on his debut CD, Fishnets and Cigarettes. On the disc the former dancer, choreographer, and junkie's whiskey tenor blares out lyrical songs about violent Cuban women, drugs, decadent sex, and death. Toledo rolls into Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight with his band and a troupe of sultry flapperish dancers who could make even the most circumspect hustler blush. If the vocals, music, or dancers don't put color in your cheeks, perhaps the open bar from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. will. Showtime is 11:00 p.m. Admission is five dollars. Call 532-0228. (LB)

International Ballet Festival of Miami: Miami Hispanic Ballet, under the artistic direction of Pedro Pablo Pena, hosts the second annual International Ballet Festival of Miami tonight at 8:00 p.m. and tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). The festival will feature performances by dancers from twenty world-renowned dance companies, such as the English National Ballet, the Grand Moscow Classical Ballet, Mexico's Compania Nacional de Danza, Montreal's Ballets Jazz, and Miami's Ballet Concerto and Momentum Dance companies, among many others. Tickets cost $22, $32, and $42. Call 673-7300. (GC)

Putt-Modernism: Kitschiness is chic, don't you know? Whether it's Seventies television, superhero lunch boxes (not to mention underwear), or that ultimate childhood pastime -- putt-putt golf -- you're nobody if you aren't reveling in the things you made fun of years ago. And revel is exactly what you can do at this two-location exhibition by the Bass Museum of Art (2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach; 673-7530) and the ArtCenter-South Florida (1035-1037 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 534-3339). The exhibition consists of two fully functioning and playable eight-hole miniature golf courses designed by some of today's best-known contemporary artists and designers, including Michael Graves (responsible for the Swan and Dolphin hotels at Disneyworld), Cindy Sherman, Sandy Skoglund, Elizabeth Murray, Mel Chin, Alison Saar, Pat Oleszko, and Ward Shelly. You can be sure you won't miss the giant elephants and oversize gingerbread houses of the putt-putt of your youth. Admission is five dollars (kids under six get in free). Bass hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; and 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. ACSF hours are 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday; 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; and 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The exhibition runs through November 1. (JO)

IMAX Movie Madness: See Friday.
Schubertiade: See Friday.

sunday
september 7
Arturo Sandoval WDNA Fundraiser: Celebrated trumpet player Arturo Sandoval performs to benefit WDNA-FM (88.9) tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables). Both Sandoval and WDNA are vital fixtures of South Florida's jazz community -- the Grammy Award-winning Sandoval has become a highly respected jazz player and educator in the community since his political exile from Cuba in 1990; and the station provides hours of jazz, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban music, and world music daily. Come to think of it, so is Coral Gables Congregational. Sandoval will be joined by saxman Charles MacNeill, bassist Dennis Marks, percussionist Manuel "Egui" Castrillo, drummer Willie Jones III, and pianist/keyboardist John "Chip" Stephens. Tickets cost $25. Call 448-7421. (GC)

Bazaar-Bizarre: Big Fish Mayaimi and the Junk Yard Gypsies present this eclectic Caribbean-style open-air market on the banks of the Miami River at SE Fifth Street (just look for Big Fish's black-and-white fence). The market, which will be open from 1:00 p.m. until sunset, will offer all sorts of vintage stuff, collectors' items, plentiful junk, and loads of organic harvest (e.g., fruits and veggies). If you get hungry while shopping, there will be plenty of paella available. At 8:00 p.m. Afro-Brazilian musician Angela Patua performs with her band. Admission is free. Call 531-3964. (GC)

IMAX Movie Madness: See Friday.
Schubertiade: See Friday.
International Ballet Festival of Miami: See Saturday.
Putt-Modernism: See Saturday.

monday
september 8
MIDEM Concert Program: It's a marathon of the music we love in Miami! Today through Wednesday several venues on Miami Beach host the MIDEM Latin America and Caribbean Music Market. This three-day extravaganza of live performances offers more than 130 performers from more than 20 nations (controversially excluding Cuba), including Colombian heartthrob Carlos Vives, Jamaica's bombastic Shaggy, Brazil's Os Paralamos do Sucesso, Hungary's Hip-Hip Boyz, and the U.S.'s own War, Michel Camilo, and Tito Puente, Jr. See "Calendar Listings," page 35, and "Clubs," page 84, for a complete schedule. (GC)

IMAX Movie Madness: See Friday.

tuesday
september 9
INXS: It's been almost twenty years since these Aussie dance-rockers started kicking up some dust, and a whole decade since the six guys hit it big stateside with their Top 3 album (their biggest to date) Kick. Kinda makes you feel old, don't it? Admit it, back in 1985, you used to dance around your bedroom in your stonewashed Levi's while listening to "What You Need," didn't you? And you know you gals still make a face when you see a picture of Helena Christiensen, even though she and Michael Hutchence broke up ages ago. Relive your salad days of Eighties decadence tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Sunrise Musical Theatre (5555 95th Ave.) as INXS performs songs from its tenth and latest disc, Elegantly Wasted. Tickets cost $27.75 and $29.75. Call 954-761-7300. (GC)

IMAX Movie Madness: See Friday.
Putt-Modernism: See Saturday.
MIDEM Concert Program: See Monday.

wednesday
september 10
Djavan: He's been called the Brazilian Stevie Wonder; his mastery of melody has allowed him to fuse a number of styles to create a highly personal music. Djavan, who began making music professionally more than two decades ago, bases his unique blend of jazz, pop, and R&B on Brazilian and African rhythms. His fourteenth and latest release, Malasia (on Sony Music), is a poetic compilation of songs that range from a Mexican bolero to Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" (translated as "Sorri"). At the tail end of a tour through Canada and several European nations, Djavan performs tonight at 9:00 p.m. at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.). Tickets cost $25, $35, and $45. Call 372-0925. (GC)

IMAX Movie Madness: See Friday.
Putt-Modernism: See Saturday.
MIDEM Concert Program: See Monday.

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