thursday
september 11
Antonio Canales and His Ballet Flamenco: Choreographer Antonio Canales, considered to be among the best flamenco dancers in the world, and his troupe present the dramatic flamenco musical Torero, tonight through Sunday at 8:00 p.m. at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Known for creating some of contemporary flamenco's most complex footwork, Canales explores the intense emotions and experiences in his work; in Torero, he captures the passion, fear, and devotion of the matador before and during the bullfight. Tickets range from $24 to $40. Call 673-7300. (GC)

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)

friday
september 12
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.

saturday
september 13
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)

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.

sunday
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.

monday
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)

tuesday
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.

wednesday
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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