Latin Dance Party: Miami Light Project opens its ninth annual Contemporary Performance series with a Latin dance party at the Albion Hotel (1650 James Ave., Miami Beach) featuring salsa music by Orquesta Inmensidad. The eleven-piece group, led by bandleader Raul Gallimore, boasts musicians from Colombia, Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, and New York; it has released more than twenty salsa CDs and backed salsa queen Celia Cruz in a recent South Florida performance. The dance party starts at 10:00 p.m., with free beginner, intermediate, and advanced salsa lessons by Salsa Casino instructor Ramani A. Nicola starting at 9:00. Admission is $20. Call 531-3747. (GC)

The Poe Project: Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson campus (300 NE Second Ave.) kicks off its 1997-98 season of Cultura del Lobo with a unique interpretation of the stories of Edgar Allen Poe tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Working with a libretto by acclaimed American writer Susan Sontag, renowned Japanese dancer-choreographer Min Tanaka takes elements of the avant-garde Butoh tradition of contemporary Japanese dance theater -- disjointed movements, simple rice-paper sets, a sense of tormented emotion -- and puts them in a nineteenth-century Western context, juxtaposing elaborate costumes with simple scenery and bold movement to convey the emotional intensity of Poe's work. Tickets cost $20. Call 237-3010. (GC)

Antonio Canales and His Ballet Flamenco: See Thursday.

september 14
Points of Entry: Wave upon wave of immigrants has arrived in the U.S. for centuries; in the past 40 years South Florida has been one of the prime gateways for new arrivals. Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.) explores issues surrounding immigration in the extensive photographic exhibition "Points of Entry," which, through more than 370 photographs and installations, looks at the promise and reality of the American dream as experienced by immigrants. The exhibition consists of three subsections: "A Nation of Strangers" examines the history of immigration from 1840 to the present; "Reframing America" reveals the artistic and social perspectives of seven European emigre photographers between the 1930s and the 1950s; and "Tracing Cultures" offers emerging views of multiculturalism through recent works. The exhibition runs through November 30. Admission is five dollars (by donation on Tuesday; free after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday). Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday); and noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 375-3000. (GC)

Antonio Canales and His Ballet Flamenco: See Thursday.
Festival Miami: See Saturday.

september 15
Florida Marine Aquarium Show: There is a world beyond goldfish -- stop thinking of fish tanks as mere homes for moribund guppies and algae more alive than your pet. Saltwater tank enthusiasts know that a whole universe of astonishing beauty and vivid color can be had for just a little more care and, let's admit it, a few more bucks (you're not going to get colorful clown or butterfly fish for a few tosses of the ring at ye olde amusement park). In its fourth decade, this marine show at the Miami Museum of Science (3280 S. Miami Ave.) shows beginners the essentials for setting up their own saltwater tanks, while experienced enthusiasts can see the latest in filtration, design, lighting, even underwater photography. Also planned are exhibits of tanks (fish included, of course), lectures, demonstrations, and commercial booths. The show runs today from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is on through September 21. Admission is $9 for adults, $5.50 for children under twelve. Bonus: The price also includes the museum's "Atoms Family" exhibit and a selection of planetarium shows. Call 854-4247 for more information and daily times. (JO)

september 16
Sediments of Occasion: Arts conglomerate Space Cadette (7339 SW 45th St., suite A) hosts a multimedia evening steeped in music and art tonight beginning at 9:00 p.m. Arlington, Virginia-based art-punk band Tsunami headlines, along with Louisville, Kentucky's somber-dreamy soundscape artists the Sonora Pine. Space Cadette's own lush acoustic rock band A Kite Is a Victim and Miami-based rock band Machete will also perform. In the studio's newly expanded gallery, an exhibition of paintings offers works by Xavier Cortes, Carl Ferrari, Naomi Fisher, Alfredo and Rafael Galvez, Allyson Kapin, Myles Kaplan, Beatriz Monteavaro, Manny Preires, Jose Reyes, and Leyden Rodriguez. Throughout the night the air will be filled with "Ambient Dwellings," experimental music by Frank Albergaria and Juan Montoya. Admission to this all-ages show is five dollars. Call 261-7585. (GC)

Points of Entry: See Sunday.
Florida Marine Aquarium Show: See Monday.

september 17
The Passionate Cole Porter: The Gold Coast Jazz Society opens a new season tonight at 7:45 p.m. with a move to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) and an evening of Cole Porter's music. Cabaret singer Susannah McCorkle interprets favorite and familiar songs like "Love for Sale," "Just One of Those Things," and "Night and Day." She also uncovers some rarely heard tunes, such as "Why Don't We Try Staying at Home?" and "Weren't We Fools?" in this tribute to one of the most beloved songwriters of the Twentieth Century. McCorkle performs many of the same tunes on her recent CD, Easy to Love: The Songs of Cole Porter. Tickets cost $25. Call 954-462-0222. (GC)

Festival Miami: See Saturday.
Points of Entry: See Sunday.
Florida Marine Aquarium Show: See Monday.

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