Third World: Around for twenty-plus years and still going strong, the guys in Third World are the grand old men of reggae music. But don't call them simply reggae artists. Their sound is a fusion of native Jamaican rhythms, pop, rock, and soul. Over the years they have collaborated with Stevie Wonder; Earth, Wind and Fire; and Jackson Browne, among others, and have produced hits such as "Sense of Purpose" and "Try Jah Love." Plugging its latest album Serious Business (which the band predicts will revolutionize reggae), Third World comes to the Cameo Theatre (1455 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight at 9:00 with opening acts Safari and Nubian Ras. Even if you aren't into this kind of thing, how can you resist a band whose lead singer's nickname is "Bunny Rugs"? Tickets range from $16 to $20. Call 259-0030. (NK)
New Vision Florida/Brazil Festival: Just so you'll know there's more to Brazil than soccer and the "Girl from Ipanema," Tigertail Productions created the New Vision Florida/Brazil Festival -- or FLA/BRA. This two-weeklong festival, now in its third year, presents the work of some of Brazil's and Florida's most innovative artists in a series of events encompassing dance, music, film, and the visual arts. Over the next fourteen days gifted Brazilians such as Baden Powell, Susana Yamauchi, and Arnaldo Antunes will interact with talented Floridians such as Alfredo Triff, Gary Lund, and Quisqueya Hernandez and share their latest works. The enlightening exchange begins tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. with FLA/BRA's opening party at the Albion Hotel (1650 James Ave., Miami Beach). At 9:00 p.m. special guest choreographer/dancer Babs Case will present a dance/installation titled Woods Mix. Also, Brazilian artist Jose Damasceno's installation City/Cidade, providing a beach community's perspective on the city, will be on view in the hotel's courtyard until November 30. Tickets for the party cost $50. Call 324-4337. (NK)
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: The Festival, which has yet to show its official opening-night movie, continues all over the tricounty area. This week the Miami Mini-Fest gets under way, and the Boca Mini-Fest, Hollywood Mini-Fest, and retrospectives of Federico Fellini and Ben Gazzara wrap up. See "Calendar Listings," page 42, for details. (NK)
Alloy Orchestra at the Movies: Ooooh, this is scary, kids. Tonight at 7:30 at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), the Wolfsonian-Florida International University and the Film Society of Miami, in association with the Miami Beach Film Society, present their own version of Creature Feature. In honor of Halloween, the featured creature is F.W. Murnau's vampire Nosferatu, the bald-headed, hook-nosed, poorly manicured guy who lurks along the streets of Bavaria in search of life-sustaining blood. Nosferatu is more reminiscent of a flasher than a vampire, but he must have been a frightening sight back in 1922 when this silent movie (the first film adaption of Bram Stoker's Dracula) was made. The Alloy Orchestra, a found-object percussion trio from Boston, will provide the musical accompaniment. In fact, they'll be pounding away at the Colony tomorrow, too, for a screening of the cool 1925 dinosaur flick The Lost World at 2:00 p.m. And they'll add sounds for two double features tomorrow, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., of what was perhaps the first-ever sci-fi film, George Melies's A Trip to the Moon from 1902, and an early Joan Crawford/Lon Chaney movie, Tod Browning's The Unknown (1927), in which they play twisted circus performers. Tickets for Nosferatu range from $75 to $100 and include a postmovie costume bash at the National Hotel (1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). The double features cost fifteen dollars, and tomorrow's matinee ranges from five to eight dollars. Call 377-3456. (NK)
David Byrne: Taking a break from responsibilities at his Luaka Bop label, David Byrne, former lead head of the Talking Heads, plays the Cameo Theatre (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight at 8:00. He's on tour supporting his new album Feelings, a collection of eclectic tunes inspired by his travels to exotic spots all over the globe. One of those spots was South Beach Studios at Twelfth Street and Collins Avenue, where Byrne recorded the world-beat-tinged tune "Miss America." In concert Byrne will certainly draw from the new album, which is laced with drum and bass, East Indian, new wave, and funk sounds. Although his big suit has been shelved for a while, he has been known to pull some Talking Heads standards out of the closet. Tickets cost $20. Call 532-0922. (LB)
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.