Celebrate! An American Rhapsody: Britannia doesn't rule when the very British James Judd, musical director of the Florida Philharmonic, celebrates his tenth season with the orchestra by staging a series of performances featuring the works of American composers. The fun starts with a family concert at 2:00 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The hourlong concert will include selections by Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and George Gershwin, among others. Things get really good, however, when ten-year-olds or anyone turning ten this year join the charismatic Judd on-stage, where they will be given a conductor's baton as a gift and be serenaded by the orchestra and audience with "Happy Birthday." Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for children under age twelve. On Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. adults can leave the kids at home and attend the Philharmonic's first "Masterworks" performance, also at the Broward Center. The program features modern American music by Leonard Bernstein, Edward MacDowell, Jonathan Holland, and Ellen Zwilich. Tickets range from $17 to $70. Call 930-1812. (NK)

Festival Miami: See Thursday.
Taste of Art and Jazz con Sabor: See Friday.

september 21
Mr. T Experience: After more than ten years of this band playing punk, the "I pity the fool" jokes and comments about gold chains go over as well as a prime-time rerun of D.C. Cab, but the pop-punk antics of the Mr. T Experience are still in fine form with the band's eleventh release, Revenge Is Sweet, and So Are You. Occasionally certain bands and certain venues combine to nurture a musical genre: Just as CBGB's and the Ramones got punk cooking in New York, the Bay Area Gilman Street Project and the Mr. T Experience fired up the California punk scene that influenced Green Day, the Offspring, and Rancid. Experience the lighter side of punk when the MTX's world tour hits the House of Rock (5360 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach) tonight with opening acts the Groovie Ghoulies and the Groovenics. Admission to this all-ages show is seven dollars. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Call 954-429-9966. (LB)

Festival Miami: See Thursday.
Taste of Art and Jazz con Sabor: See Friday.
Ronda Gitana: See Saturday.

september 22
Dan Bern: The music of Dan Bern has invited comparisons to Bob Dylan and Lenny Bruce -- his astute social observations and perverse humor cut similarly to the bone. A rural Iowa native who traded in his cello for a guitar after eight years of lessons, Bern dips into the great American songwriting tradition of Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, and of course, Dylan. His songs are populated by celebrities (Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, and another hero, Bruce Springsteen) and boast meandering story lines that are carried by his nasal voice. Bern released his first full-length CD, the aptly titled Dan Bern, earlier this year on Sony's Work label, and it earned nods from the Village Voice and the New York Times (yep, more Dylan comparisons all around). Bern performs tonight at 8:00 at the Miami Museum of Science (3280 S. Miami Ave.) Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 995-2264. (GC)

Festival Miami: See Thursday.

september 23
Carl Tandatnick: As a physician, Dr. Carl Tandatnick is continually confronted with death and disease. As an artist, he deals with death and disease on a different level -- as thematic inspiration for artwork that comments on the social issues of health and medical technology at the end of the Twentieth Century. Tandatnick uses images from the microscopic world in photo-silkscreens and paintings in "Blood and Virus," an exhibition on view through October 18 at the University of Miami's New Gallery (1300 Campo Sano Dr., room AR-101, Coral Gables), to depict the fragility of life and the ubiquity of AIDS. Tonight at 7:00 Tandatnick, an anesthesiologist, discusses his works in a gallery lecture. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Call 284-2542. (GC)

Celebrate! An American Rhapsody: See Saturday.

september 24
Pizzicato Five: Composed of vocalist Maki Nomiya and DJ Yasuharu Konishi, this sophisto-swanko-super fantastic duo (formerly a trio) straight from Japan has been around for the past ten years but released its first American album Made in USA (a greatest-hits collection culled from twenty Japanese releases) only three years ago. Now touting its third U.S. album, Happy End of the World, the duo brings its North American tour, strangely dubbed "The Great Pizzicato Five Picnic '97," and its Warholian sensibility to the Respectable Street Cafe (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) at 11:00 p.m. The sound: an intoxicatingly catchy cocktail of funk, jazz, house, and trance mixed with a generous bit of sampling from Brit-rock to Burt Bacharach to bossa nova. The look: James Bond transformed into a kitschy Japanese club kid. The ticket price: eight dollars for this eighteen-and-over show. Call 561-832-9999. (NK)

Bob Paris: Contrary to popular belief, former Mr. America and Mr. Universe Bob Paris is not obsessed with his body. He would also like to be remembered more for his own accomplishments than for his very public (failed) "marriage" to model Rod Jackson (Paris quips that people would always ask which one of them was the blonde, which the dark-haired one). In Gorilla Suit: My Adventures in Bodybuilding, Paris shares many of the memorable moments of his life, from his serendipitous discovery of an unused weight room in high school to his coming out, and beyond. Paris discusses his book tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books (933 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is free. Call 532-3222. (GC)

Celebrate! An American Rhapsody: See Saturday.
Carl Tandatnick: See Tuesday.

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