saturday
november 1
Festival Rasin '97: This afternoon the Haitian community comes alive to celebrate the Day of the Dead at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.). This four-year-old festival, organized by the Center for Haitian Studies, once again honors the Vodou death spirit Gede with a lineup worthy of Carnival in Port-au-Prince. Three supergroups from Haiti -- Boukan Ginen, Ram, and Koudjay -- will play their variations on rasin (roots) music, combining ritual Vodou rhythms with rock riffs and pop melodies. Special guest David Rudder, from Trinidad, fuses various Caribbean genres to create his sweat-breaking, socially conscious soca. Miami-based Haitian folkloric dancers and musicians will also perform. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Tickets range from five to ten dollars. For more information call 751-3740. The fete continues tonight at 11:30 at the Haitian hangout Tap Tap (819 Fifth St., Miami Beach), when local Haitian drummers stage a heart-racing jam that might just raise the dead. An altar to Gede will be on display at the restaurant. Admission is free. Call 672-2898 for details. (JC)

Tropical Audubon Society 50th Anniversary: Putter around the garden for two days straight at the Tropical Audubon Society's first garden party, which honors its 50th year of getting people back to nature. Head over to the Doc Thomas House and Botanical Garden (5530 Sunset Dr.) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and tomorrow for a tour of the house and grounds. You can gather information from the conservation organizations Earth Save, the Nature Conservancy, and others; purchase plants, books, art, and food; and listen to speakers former congressman Dante Fascell, Everglades enthusiast Cesar Becerra, and local-history maven Arva Moore Parks. If you arrive at 8:00 a.m. on either day, you'll be treated to a bit of birding. And a special event takes place tonight at 7:30 at the Miami Museum of Science (3280 S. Miami Ave.), as North American bird expert Kenn Kauffman delivers a lecture on -- what else? -- birds. Admission to the party costs four dollars, twelve for the lecture. Call 666-5111. (NK)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.
Alloy Orchestra at the Movies: See Friday.

sunday
november 2
Gemini: They're twin brothers, they're musicians, they're Gemini: upbeat singers who play nearly a dozen instruments, appealing to children and adults alike. The brothers -- Sandor and Laszlo -- were born in Hungary and eventually immigrated with their parents to the United States. Along the way they were exposed to a variety of cultures and music that influenced their own songs about the joys and travails of growing up. The Temple Beth Am Concert Series' Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children welcomes Gemini to Coral Gables Elementary School (105 Minorca Ave., Coral Gables) this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost six dollars. Call 667-6667. (NK)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.
Tropical Audubon Society 50th Anniversary: See Saturday.

monday
november 3
Florida Philharmonic: Anyone who has ever taken a class in music appreciation knows Benjamin Britten for his deceptively simple Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, a piece that introduces the neophyte classical music student to the different sections and sounds of the orchestra. But the prolific Britten produced remarkably complex works as well. He wrote several small-scale chamber operas (The Rape of Lucretia, The Turn of the Screw) and received dozens of commissions to create major musical pieces. One of those commissions led to 1961's War Requiem, a work to commemorate the consecration of England's St. Michael's Cathedral in Coventry, which was devastated by bombing during World War II. Britten, who was a conscientious objector during the war, intersperses nine antiwar poems by Wilfred Owen with the Requiem's Latin text. Tonight at 8:00 at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.) and tomorrow and Wednesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale), the Florida Philharmonic Chorus and Florida's Singing Sons join conductor James Judd and the orchestra to perform Britten's masterpiece. Tickets range from $17 to $75. (NK)

tuesday
november 4
Chicago: Gangsters, flappers, and gin -- a lethal combination in the 1920s. Throw in a little love, murder, and overnight celebrity and you have the makings of a musical. Or at least composer John Kander, lyricist Fred Ebb, and choreographer Bob Fosse did back in 1975 when they created Chicago. The show, which had a wildly successful two-year run on Broadway, returned to the Great White Way last year and garnered six Tony Awards. Broadway broads Bebe Neuwirth and Ann Reinking (who was in the original production and choreographed this one) will be absent from this production, but you still get some notables in this touring company. Jasmine Guy, snotty Whitley of TV's A Different World, stars as Velma Kelly. Charlotte d'Amboise, daughter of superdancer Jacques, plays Roxie Hart, and Emmy-nominated actor Obba Babatunde rounds out the bill as Billy Flynn. The show opens tonight at 8:00 and runs through November 9 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets range from $26 to $49. Call 673-7300 for details and all that jazz. (NK)

Florida Philharmonic: See Monday.

wednesday
november 5
Arlo Guthrie: Arlo Guthrie's folky, mostly acoustic music and hippie persona made him an icon for a generation. Best-known for a 30-year-old song (yes, it has been that long) named "Alice's Restaurant," Guthrie has also written and published poetry and a children's book (Mooses Come Walking), founded Rising Son Records, and toured incessantly in the past few years. Son of Woody Guthrie, Arlo has kids who have also gone into the business; his son Abe tours with him. Tonight's performance at the Shelbourne Beach Resort (1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) benefits the River Fund, a volunteer organization that helps the elderly and people with cancer and AIDS. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $45 for VIP seating and a postperformance dessert reception with Arlo. Call 868-1763. (JO)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.
Florida Philharmonic: See Monday.
Chicago: See Tuesday.

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