New Vision Florida/Brazil Festival: See Thursday.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.

november 16
Cinema Vortex: Silent-film siren Lillian Gish stars in Victor Sjsstrsm's The Wind, released in 1928, one of the last and greatest soundless movies. Gish portrays Letty Mason, a young woman from Virginia. She moves out West to live with her cousin, who becomes jealous when her husband pays too much attention to Letty. So Letty moves out and marries an abrasive man she despises; violence, rape, and general unpleasantness ensue. The action culminates in a stunning desert storm that unfortunately cannot be heard. But at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) today at noon, something will be in the air when the duo known as Musique Plastique brings the film to life with a live score. No pipe organs here; just their self-described "musique concrete." Admission costs four dollars. Call 531-8504. (NK)

Miami Book Fair International: Evenings with ... Series: As part of this year's book fair, Miami-Dade Community College presents a series of lectures at the Wolfson Campus Auditorium (300 NE Second Ave.). Tonight's presentation is "An Evening with Stephen Jay Gould: Questioning the Millennium." A professor of zoology and geology at Harvard, Gould is also a best-selling writer of science books comprehensible to the lay public. Tomorrow the series continues with James McBride, author of The Color of Water, about growing up in Harlem the son of a white mother and black father. Tuesday brings Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying and her latest, Inventing Memory. On Wednesday Cornel West, one of America's leading intellectuals and a proponent of improved relations between blacks and Jews, discusses Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America. Thursday features historian Arthur Schlesinger and a panel of journalists, military experts, and veterans for "The Bay of Pigs Re-Examined." And on Friday Jackie Robinson's widow Rachel Robinson and author Arnod Rampersad discuss Rampersad's new biography of the baseball hero. All events are free and open to the public, and all start at 8:00 p.m. Also this week, in the Wolfson Gallery, get an idea of Cuba's history through striking photos of its diverse buildings in the exhibition "Cuba: 400 Years of Architectural Heritage." Call 237-3258 for more information. (JO)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.
Y-100 Wing Ding:: See Saturday.

november 17
Semana de Cine Espanol: Spanish-speaking cineastes can celebrate an entire week of lisping dialogue, intelligent drama, surreal fantasy, flamenco soundtracks, sweeping landscapes, understated humor, and assorted love tangles during the Semana de Cine Espanol at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), presented by the Miami Centro Cultural Espanol. The series starts tonight with director Imanol Uribe's 1996 film Bwana, in which a taxi driver confronts his racist views when he mistakenly assumes an African immigrant is out to harm his family. Tomorrow a Gypsy waiter hopes to triumph as a flamenco dancer in Alma Gitana (1995), directed by Chus Gutierrez. The rest of the week promises levity, more romantic imbroglios, a road trip, and a plague of insects! Most movies start at 6:00 p.m., except for a couple that screen at 8:30. Tickets cost $6.00 for each flick or $30.00 for the entire series. For more on Spanish cinema, check the current display of books, posters, and memorabilia from silent movies to the present at the Centro Cultural Espanol (800 Douglas Rd., Coral Gables). Call 448-9677. (JC)

Miami Book Fair International: Evenings with ... Series: See Sunday.

november 18
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin: Imagine embarking on a concert tour at age 51. No, this is not a reference to dinosaur rock stars who have been riding the gravy train way too much lately. This 51-year-old is the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Although the orchestra has changed conductors and its name (the latest is in honor of German reunification) a few times over the years, it has maintained high standards and a stellar reputation. Pianist extraordinaire Vladimir Ashkenazy, who assumed duties as conductor in 1989, will lead the orchestra in a program of Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor. Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen joins in during Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. at Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Tickets range from $20 to $70. Call 532-3491. (NK)

Edouard Duval-Carrie: Painter Edouard Duval-Carrie's The Landing is a Miami classic, depicting a posse of fabulous Vodou gods sashaying onshore near the Julia Tuttle Causeway, backed by the phosphorescent night skyline. Duval-Carrie is at his best in this delightful painting, treating a deadly serious sociopolitical subject with humor while poignantly revealing spiritual strength. Extravagant portraits of single Vodou spirits in rustic icon-encrusted frames and sculpture are also included in the artist's exhibition of new work through December 6 at Quintana Gallery (3200 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables). Call 444-6331. (JC)

Miami Book Fair International: Evenings with... Series: See Sunday.
Semana de Cine Espanol: See Monday.

november 19
Don Giovanni: Tonight the Florida Grand Opera takes you to Hell and back with its season-opener, Mozart's Don Giovanni. Whoever said opera is boring has never seen this one. Don Juan and damnation are the operative words here, as the statue of a dead man accepts a libertine's invitation to dinner. Written in 1787, this action-packed musical is sure to give a slight thrill to any woman who has ever felt wronged by a man. In this case, the unrepentant, irresistible Lothario gets his comeuppance. He goes to Hell, and we get to watch. Kelly Anderson plays the cad, and Christine Brewer makes her debut as the innocent Anna. Leif Bjaland conducts the orchestra. The excitement begins at 8:00 p.m. at Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Other performances take place November 22, 25, 28, and 30. Tickets range from $18 to $125. Call 854-7890. (NK)

Miami Book Fair International: Evenings with ... Series: See Sunday.
Semana de Cine Espanol: See Monday.
Edouard Duval-Carrie: See Tuesday.

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