Face: See Thursday.
Susana Baca: See Friday.
Miami Carnival/Caribbean Mardi Gras: See Friday.

october 12
Judith Rossner: Tabloid television shows and scandal sheets know the value of using sensational true-crime stories to titillate their audiences. Author Judith Rossner knows too. In 1975, when she wrote Looking for Mr. Goodbar, every woman's guide on how not to pick up a guy in a bar, she was inspired by a real-life murder case. Her latest book, Perfidia, the story of a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship and the violent turn it takes, is also based on fact. Rossner reads from her book tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 442-4408 for details. (NK)

Discovery of America Day: Pssst! Don't say it too loud, but this Monday is Columbus Day, perhaps the most politically incorrect holiday ever. Okay, so Columbus wasn't such a nice guy. But face it, when you were forced to memorize all those dates in history class, 1492 is the only one that really stuck. So why not celebrate? October is also Hispanic Heritage Month: another reason to have a party! Put them together and you get Discovery of America Day, taking place from noon to 10:00 p.m. at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.). This outdoor festival boasts two stages featuring continuous music provided by La Banda Gorda, La Gran Union, Emegidio Ortiz, David Oliva, Hector Tricoche, Maelo, and Joe Arroyo. Another stage will be crowded with international folkloric groups. The Marlins Road Show will bring briny mascot Billy to entertain the kiddies, and the event closes with fireworks and a laser show. But if you miss everything else, don't pass up the day's highlight at 2:30 when the tall ship Heritage of Miami pulls up to Miamarina and Miami City Commissioner J.L. Plummer, in full Columbus regalia, disembarks and presents the lands he has discovered to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. Jeez, you think Joe Carollo will be playing Ferdinand? Admission is free. Call 541-5023 for more details. (NK)

Face: See Thursday.
Miami Carnival/Caribbean Mardi Gras: See Friday.
Private Lives: See Saturday.

october 13
Philippe Halsman: While it has become fashionable these days to hate the paparazzi because they allegedly hounded Princess Diana to her death, some celebrity photographers are famous for more than just constantly snapping JFK, Jr., with his shirt off. Some are even sought out by megastars who actually want to have their picture taken. Philippe Halsman was one of those guys. The man behind the lens for 101 Life magazine covers, he produced stark, elegant portraits of stage and screen stars, images that are instantly recognizable. He also photographed that other woman Elton John sang about -- Marilyn Monroe. See the portfolio devoted to Monroe and more of Halsman's work at the Lowe Art Museum (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables). The show runs through January 1998. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; noon to 7:00 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs five dollars. Call 284-3535. (NK)

Face: See Thursday.

october 14
W. Deen Mohammed: If the name Louis Farrakhan is the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Islam, you should attend this seminar. Even if it isn't, you should attend just to hear the lively banter that is bound to ensue when W. Deen Mohammed speaks about "Islam's Place in America" and Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Archdiocese of Miami and Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz, president of the Greater Miami Rabbinical Association, respond. Mohammed is the older son of Elijah Muhammad (you might ask why he spells his name differently), one of the founders of the Nation of Islam (NOI). He disbanded the NOI after his father died in 1975 and then led his followers to orthodox Islam. Three years later Louis Farrakhan revived the NOI and became the delight of evening news producers looking for a good lead. Ironically, the NOI's Miami branch is run by Mohammed's half-brother Rasul Muhammad. The story sounds positively byzantine (and was thoroughly detailed in the New Times cover story "Two Faces of Islam" on September 4), but the brothers -- religious opposites -- are not feuding; they're friends! Go figure. And go listen, tonight at 7:30 at Florida International University's North campus Kovens Conference Center (NE 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard). Admission is free. Call 348-3909 for more details. (NK)

Face: See Thursday.
Philippe Halsman: See Monday.

october 15
Dave Barry: Local favorite Dave Barry reads from Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus, his latest collection of syndicated columns, tonight at 8:00 at Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd.). Dave has a lot of fans. In addition to being printed in dozens of newspapers around the country, he has scads of Internet sites dedicated to him. Dave Barry Quote of the Day calendars quote him, and other paraphernalia hail his wit. He won the Pulitzer Prize back in 1988. He pops up on C-Span at the oddest times. And then there was Dave's World, that great sitcom based on his life. So what if he's gotten a little repetitious over the years, predictably falling back on flatulence, boogers, and exploding cow jokes. He still has moments of brilliance (or at least mild guffaws). Plus he's as goofy-looking as ever (if only he'd get a real haircut), he's funny in person, and it's free. If you want more information, call Books & Books at 442-4408. (JO)

Face: See Thursday.
Philippe Halsman: See Monday.

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