Blues Festival at Riverwalk: See Friday.
Drummin': See Friday.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Friday.

sunday
november 9
Key Biscayne Lighthouse Run and Walk: The highly territorial people of Key Biscayne occasionally let strangers trample all over their island. At today's event, more than 1000 people will be wending their way through residential streets to Cape Florida, home of the lighthouse; built somewhere around 1820, it's the oldest structure in Miami. Walk a 5K course or run a 5K or 10K. Registration costs $20 and begins at 6:30 a.m. at Bill Baggs State Recreation Area. The races start at 7:30 a.m. Call 365-8900. (NK)

House of Blues Tour: See Thursday.
Blues Festival at Riverwalk: See Friday.
Drummin': See Friday.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Friday.
Contained/Controlled: See Saturday.
Miami Dance Sampler: See Saturday.

monday
november 10
Miss Florida National Pageant for Female Impersonators: There he is, Miss Florida National. Huh? Yes, it's a beauty contest for she-men. Watch your favorite drag queens strut their stuff at the fourth annual Miss Florida National Pageant for Female Impersonators. Contestants from across the country will vie for the crown by competing in categories such as talent, evening gown, and creative presentation. (Sorry, no swimsuits this year.) The fun begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Seville Beach Hotel (2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets range from $40 to $60. Right after the crowning, Escuelita nightclub (220 21st St., Miami Beach) will host a victory party. May the best man-woman win. Call 535-1400. (NK)

Nathanael West: Novels and Other Writings: An American writer who died in 1925 at the age of 37 in relative obscurity, Nathanael West didn't gain recognition until years after his death. His four novels, which include Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust, and various short stories -- including the newly discovered "The Imposter" -- are the source for tonight's dramatic readings by New York City's Symphony Space, which produces National Public Radio's series Selected Shorts. Performers include two-time Tony Award-winner Frances Sternhagen, fellow Tony Award-winner George S. Irving, and the host of Selected Shorts, Isaiah Sheffer. The presentation, one of various events leading up to the Miami Book Fair International later this month, starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is free; call 237-3258. (JO)

Festival of Italian Film: At this weeklong Festival of Italian Film, expect a few lectures, a bunch of parties, and a slew of movies chosen by a committee of experts such as director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso). Tonight at 7:00 the festival gets under way at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.) with Metalmeccanico e Parrucheria In Un Turbine Di Sesso E Politica. Got that? CocoWalk (3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove) and the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) will screen the other flicks. Not to be missed: several films by illustrious directors Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, and Federico Fellini, encompassing a tribute to the late actor Marcello Mastroianni. Tickets for opening night range from $20 to $25; other nights range from $6 to $8. See "Showtimes," page 62, for times, or call 672-1888. (NK)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Friday.
Contained/Controlled: See Saturday.

tuesday
november 11
Morrissey: See him while you can. The former frontman for one of the quintessential groups of the Eighties, the Smiths, is sooo sensitive that besides penning highly personal, sometimes whiny tunes, he's been known to cancel more than a few concerts. Since the breakup of the Smiths in '87, Steven Patrick Morrissey has not enjoyed the great success of his former band, but he still has legions of devoted fans who love his aloof attitude. Try to catch him tonight supporting his ninth solo release, the aptly titled Maladjusted, at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $22.75 or $27.75. Call 673-7300. (LB)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Friday.
Contained/Controlled: See Saturday.
Festival of Italian Film: See Monday.

wednesday
november 12
Greater Miami Tartufi Tasting: The truffles are coming, the truffles are coming! Food lovers will squeal like a pig in mud at this event. Tartufi, or truffles, are fungi that grow underground and are sniffed out by pigs. Most common is the black truffle, found mainly in Perigord, France. Rarer is the white truffle, which is found in northern Italy and sells for about $1000 per pound. Here's an opportunity to taste the "white diamonds of the Piedmont." A tricounty affair, the eleventh annual South Florida White Truffle Festival runs through November. Select restaurants will host dinners devoted to the fancy little fungus, but the major one will be held at 7:00 tonight at the Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables). The evening commences with an antipasti reception, featuring a 21-gun salute of popping champagne corks that will herald the arrival of the truffles. Then chefs from local restaurants such as Bocca di Rosa, Trattoria Sole, and Giacosa will serve dishes accented by white truffles. A truffle-free dessert follows. After dinner, guests can relax with a single malt Scotch tasting and a fat cigar. Tickets cost a whopping $100 (how many ounces of truffles is that?). Call 888-662-6442 for reservations. (NK)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Friday.
Contained/Controlled: See Saturday.
Festival of Italian Film: See Monday.

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