Hot Pursuit '97 Chili Cook-Off: Mmm, chili. Just the dish you don't want to devour on a sweltering South Florida day. But hope is near. The weather is cooling off, and this event offers up more than just your ordinary chili. So grab the antacid and head over to Ransom-Everglades School (3575 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove) today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., where 28 chefs from restaurants all over Dade and Broward cook up their most creative recipes for this competition. Tantalize your taste buds with exotica such as shark, buffalo, duck, and lobster chili, or take the wimp's way out and settle for the plain old meat variety. Celebrity judges will be on hand to rate the grub, including our favorite goofball, the still omnipresent Dave Barry, who has been designated Chief Justice of Chili. Tickets cost $35 and all proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of Greater Miami. Call the chili hotline for more information at 888-344-6812. (NK)

Mystery Morning: Writers such as Les Standiford, Paul Levine, Edna Buchanan, Elmore Leonard, and Carl Hiaasen have brought even more mayhem and murder to South Florida -- and we love them for it. For years a crescendo of crime fiction has been building, and Miami is now as associated with thrillers and mysteries as Los Angeles was in the days of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. This morning, as part of the seventeenth annual Jewish Book Fair, three authors meet to talk crime and fame. Les Standiford (Spill, Raw Deal, and Done Deal), ex-lawyer Paul Levine (Fool Me Twice, Flesh and Bones), and ex-lawyer (do we notice a pattern here?) and new author Brad Meltzer, whose debut novel is titled The Tenth Justice, gather at 11:00 a.m. at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center (11155 SW 112th Ave.). Tickets cost five dollars. Call 271-9000, ext. 268 for more information. (JO)

Gay Pride March: They're here, they're queer, and you're used to it, so why not participate or cheer them along in their first pride march in many years? Miami's lesbian, gay, transsexual, and transgender communities will be waving their rainbow flags as they walk from SE Sixth Street and Brickell Avenue to Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) at noon. The theme is "Unity in Diversity," so everyone is invited. Afterward Candace Gingrich (you-know-who's sister) will speak at a pride fest, featuring music, food, and plenty of information, taking place at the park until 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call the Miami Pride Coalition at 358-8245. (NK)

North Miami Orchid Show: See Friday.
MetroBoo!: See Saturday.
Homestead Art Center Fine-Craft Show and Sale: See Friday.

monday
october 27
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: The tricounty area becomes a movie buff's paradise as the twelfth annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival gets underway at a variety of venues. Several minifestivals will pop up all over Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, with a slew of U.S. and regional premieres and even a few retrospectives. Today through Thursday at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale (1 E. Las Olas Blvd.), movies devoted to ingenious Italian director Federico Fellini and grizzled American actor Ben Gazzara will unspool. Also today through Saturday, the Hollywood Mini-Fest goes on at the AMC Sheridan Theatre (4999 Sheridan St.). Wednesday the Boca Raton Mini-Fest begins at the AMC Mizner Park Theatre (301 Plaza Rd.). Ticket prices range from $3 to $20. See "Calendar Listings" (page 46) for details or call 954-564-7373. (NK)

tuesday
october 28
The Sunshine Boys: As Felix and Oscar on TV's The Odd Couple, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman portrayed feuding roommates. As Al and Willie in The Sunshine Boys, previewing tonight at 8:00 at the Coconut Grove Playhouse (3500 Main Hwy.), they portray feuding ex-vaudevillians. Whew, a stretch! So what if they both appear old enough to have actually been vaudeville performers and we liked them better in Love, Sidney and Quincy, M.E. This is a Neil Simon play, and to borrow a title from another Simon work, the production is Broadway bound. So catch 'em while it's still cheap -- and running. The show continues through November 23. Tickets range from $30 for previews to $40 for regular performances. Call 442-4000 to put a little sunshine in your life. (NK)

Homestead Art Center Fine-Craft Show and Sale: See Friday.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Monday.

wednesday
October 29
Colonial Paintings from the Andes: The Centro Cultural Espanol (800 Douglas Rd., Coral Gables) celebrates colonialism with an exhibition of paintings that illustrate Spain's religious and secular impact on the Americas from the Sixteenth to Eighteenth centuries. The show may not exactly be PC, but these fifteen large canvases borrowed from private collections are impressive, or at least interesting, examples of how artists adapted the painting styles and subject matter of the conquistadors. Conversion to Catholicism is reflected in pictures of the virgins of Cayma and Copacabana, and one notable painting from eighteenth-century Ecuador depicts the Sacred Heart as a veiny organ choked by a crown of thorns. The exhibition also includes portraits of landowners and politicos such as a rather zany-looking King Charles II of Spain. The show continues through October 31. Admission is free. Call 446-9676. (JC)

Homestead Art Center Fine-Craft Show and Sale: See Friday.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Monday.
The Sunshine Boys: See Tuesday.

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