Andrea Marcovicci: Tonight at 8:00 at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), come hear the enchanting Andrea Marcovicci belt out show tunes by Gershwin, Weill, and Porter in a program titled "Love Songs from the Theatre." This concert benefits the Florida AIDS Action Council, a statewide nonprofit organization devoted to prevention, education, treatment, and advocacy issues for people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. They also really know how to throw a party. Tickets range from $25 to $100. Call 893-3666. (NK)
Baroque Festival: See Friday.
Festival Miami: Nestor Torres: Miamians love Nestor Torres. And the indefatigable flautist must be grateful because he's blowing his lips to a pulp with two -- count 'em, two -- concerts today, part of the University of Miami's nonstop, monthlong musical frenzy known as Festival Miami. At 3:30 Torres teams up with UM professors J.B. Floyd on piano, Don Coffman on bass, and Jonathan Joseph on percussion for an eclectic program dubbed "Sonatas and Standards: From Miles to Prokofiev," mixing jazz tunes by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Billy Strayhorn with classical works by Gabriel Faure and Sergei Prokofiev. Then, before he can say "Chap Stick," he's back on-stage at 8:00, this time with a Brazilian threesome: pianist Luiz Fernando Benedini, bassoonist Luciano Magnanini, and saxophonist/clarinetist Teco Cardoso. Their program is titled "Bach to Bachianas to Brazil," and features works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Chico Buarque, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Where does Torres get the energy? Hmmm, maybe it's a Zen thing. All performances take place at Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets range from $10 to $18. Call 284-4940. (NK)
Baroque Festival: See Friday.
Butterfly Lightning: Five years. Two thousand attendees. More than 100 writers. And beer! It's Butterfly Lightning time again. Butterfly what? Inaugurated five years ago by Miami-Dade professors/writers Sandra Castillo and Ariel Gonzalez and inherited by colleague Preston Allen, this celebrated local reading series (chosen Best Reading Series by New Times earlier this year) commences at 8:00 p.m. upstairs at Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.) and continues every Monday for the next eight weeks. Listen to writers you might have heard of: Lolita Files, Ran Henry, Tananarive Due. Or check out writers you haven't heard of but who might be famous one day. If things get really dull, you can always retire downstairs, quaff some brewskis, and enjoy the music. Tonight Lourdes Simone and Neil Plakcy read. Call 237-1317 for more info. (NK)
Jamiroquai: What the hell is a Jamiroquai? Would you believe a group of Englishmen who have a funky Sixties groove, a Nineties attitude, and a singer with a set of soulful pipes, and who are inevitably and justifiably compared to Stevie Wonder? The comparison has dogged the band through three albums and shows no sign of letting up. Even the most tone-deaf funk fan has to question if they didn't just lift the bass line from Wonder's "I Wish" and plant it in their hit "Virtual Insanity," which is on their latest release, Traveling Without Moving. Whether they did or not, who cares? It's cool stuff. Stevie may have originated the sound, but these boys are riding it into the next millennium. Before they get there -- en route to finishing their eight-record megadeal with Sony -- hear them tonight at 7:30 at Sunrise Musical Theatre (5555 95th Ave., Sunrise). And what about that name? Another play on an American classic: They feel the Iroquois Indian spirit permeates their jam. Tickets cost $20.75. Call 954-741-7300. (LB)
Cuba Out of Cuba/Folk Art from the Andes: For several years Cuban-American photographer Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte has been working on a portrait of el exilio. His photos of outstanding emigre actors, writers, artists, musicians, and the rest of the farandula will be published in a book next spring. Meanwhile, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Miami-Dade Public Library's main branch (101 W. Flagler St.) hosts a preview exhibition of the work in progress, "Cuba Out of Cuba," featuring Rodriguez-Duarte's dramatic black-and-white shots of many of Miami's most familiar faces (the show could be called "The Usual Suspects"): the Estefans, Jon Secada, Cristina Saralegui, the Scull Sisters, Albita, et al. New York-based photographer and fashion stylist Tico Torres has sought out Cubans whose mugs have not been quite so overexposed: singer Rolando Laserie, filmmaker Leon Ichaso, and Cuban bluesman Chico O'Farrill, to name just a few. The library's Hispanic heritage celebration goes farther afield with "Four Generations of Folk Art from the Andes," an exhibition of Peruvian retablos -- portable altars in colorful wooden boxes that hold small figurines. Featured are works by Nicario Jimenez Quispe, heir to three generations of popular artisans. Jimenez, who lives part of the year in Miami, makes retablos with religious and political themes; he also re-creates scenes inspired by his travels. "Cuba Out of Cuba" continues until December 14; "Folk Art from the Andes" closes a day later. Both shows are free. For more information call 375-2665. (JC)
Primus: Album titles like Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, and Tails from the Punch Bowl, as well as the equally kooky songs "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" and "My Name Is Mud," ensure Primus's status as the quirkiest band in rock. (Les Claypool's bass has been described by Trouser Press as "a homicidal cross between Bootsy Collins and Jaco Pastorius.") Its strange music is imbued with a spirit of change, innovative instrumentation, and Mr. Rogers-on-crack storytelling. The result is metally chunks of funky jazz-rock that would make Frank Zappa scratch his head in wonder. On tour to plug its fourth major-label release, The Brown Album, Primus stomps into Sunrise Musical Theatre (5555 95th Ave., Sunrise) at 7:30 p.m. with opening acts Buck-O-Nine and Powerman 5000. Tickets cost $17.75. Call 954-741-7300. (