AIDS and Drug Cocktails: Mercy Hospital (3663 S. Miami Ave.) hosts a workshop about the use of the new drug "cocktails" for people living with HIV, tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital's sixth-floor conference room. Pharmacologist Kathleen Graham, an assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University, discusses the proper methods of taking these medications, as well as potential negative interactions with other medications and street drugs. Harvard Medical School clinical instructor Dr. Cal Cohen looks at the need for early and continuous primary health care in HIV patients. Admission is free. Call 285-2994. (GC)
Olodum: One of the hottest Brazilian bands to tour the world takes the stage tonight at 9:00 p.m. at Grand Slam (1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 672-2770). Fresh off a recent tour of Europe and Brazil, the eighteen-year-old drum ensemble Olodum goes all out with horns and orchestral arrangements on its eleventh and latest release, Roma Negra. Tickets cost $16. The group will also perform on Saturday at 11:00 p.m. at Millennium (4301 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach; 954-782-4010). (GC)
David Helfgott: Internationally known pianist David Helfgott, whose life was celebrated in the multiple award-winning film Shine, performs tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). As those who've seen the film know, Helfgott was a teenage piano prodigy who had a problematic relationship with his strict father; after accepting a scholarship to London's Royal College of Music, he later collapsed and spent the next fifteen years confined to psychiatric institutions. Eventually, with the help of loved ones, he was able to resume his musical career. After tonight's performance Helfgott jets off to Munich for the Echo Klassik music awards; he has been nominated for his recording David Helfgott Plays Rachmaninov. Tickets cost $42, $52, and $62. Call 545-3395. (GC)
Alliance Fundraiser: If you have a fondness for movies and nightclubs, the fundraiser for the Alliance Cinema Co-op at KGB (637 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) beckons you tonight at 9:00 p.m. The party is part of a campaign to raise $30,000 in 30 days for the independent movie house and its media arts programs. To encourage the opening of wallets, the Alliance has recruited some of its creative friends: techno opera duo Men Smash Atoms from New York, Miami Beach drag artist Adora, a stilt-walking fire-eater, and spoken-word artists, all performing to the backdrop of short films created through the Co-op. Admission is ten dollars. Call 534-7171. (LB)
Antonio Canales and His Ballet Flamenco: See Thursday.
Festival Miami: The University of Miami's fourteenth annual monthlong classical music series opens tonight at 8:00 p.m. with a concert by the University of Miami Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Thomas Sleeper leads Brazilian pianist Luiz Fernando Benedini in a performance of Van der Slice's Absence Affirmed, Mussorgsky/Ravel's Pictures at an Exhibition, and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 2. Tickets cost $18 ($35 for the concert and an opening-night reception). Tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. the festival continues as soprano Helen Donath and her husband, pianist Klaus Donath, perform songs by Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, and Strauss. And Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider joins music director James Judd and the Florida Philharmonic to perform Bruch's Violin Concerto no. 1. Tickets cost $18. All concerts take place at the Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables). Festival Miami runs through October 18. Call 284-4940 for a complete schedule. (GC)
South Florida Slammie Awards: The sixth annual South Florida Slammie Awards unleash their fury tonight at Squeeze (2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale) with one of the most diverse lineups in the awards' head-banging history. Straight-edge hardcore band Strongarm headlines the show, which honors South Florida's best underground alternative, punk, hardcore, and metal bands. The roster also features old-fashioned ska by King 7 and the Soulsonics, churning sludgecore by Cavity, death metal courtesy of Brutal Mastication, new-school hardcore by Shai Hulud, and funky industrial hip-hop by the Groovenics. All six bands are nominated in various categories. Admission to this all-ages show is eight dollars. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Call 954-522-2151. (GC)
Historic Pursuit Limo Rally: Ah, the fond memories of youthful scavenger hunts! Running around town swiping petty yet valuable items like the towels at the Holiday Inn, begging Mom to give up that treasured souvenir snow globe from Niagara Falls, rummaging through old junk in the storage closet (there had to be a pair of Oshkosh overalls in there somewhere). Relive it all for a good cause (educational and community programs) at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida's Limo Rally, a scavenger hunt with a twist of Trivial Pursuit and a grand party to cap it all off. The hunt starts at Groove Jet (323 23rd St., Miami Beach) at 7:00 p.m. and winds through the streets of Miami Beach. It ends up back at the club for a post-hunt party. The cost is $100; if you just want to go to the party, it'll only set you back $30. Call 375-1492. (JO)