Hollywood Jazz Festival: Food and music -- a couple of the things that make life worthwhile. Two stages, national and local acts, arts and crafts exhibitions, and fare from the area's finest restaurants -- a few of the things that make the Hollywood Jazz Festival worth attending. Today at 6:00 p.m. and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. the fest gets under way at Hollywood's Young Circle Park (Federal Highway and Hollywood Boulevard). Jazz artists such as the Yellowjackets, Michael Brecker, and Jane Ira Bloom will be joined by Latin jazzsters Paquito D'Rivera, Michel Camilo, and Silvano Monasterios. Not much of a jazz fan? Check out the gospel, Latin, and Caribbean acts that will perform: the Mt. Olive Gospel Choir, James Williams and ICU, harpist Roberto Perera, and steel pan man Othello Molineaux. Five dollars gets you through the gate. Call 800-370-1244. (NK)
Van Cliburn: In 1958, at age 23, Van Cliburn was our man in Moscow, competing in and winning the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition with his rendition of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 1. Upon his return to the United States, the Texan was greeted with a ticker-tape parade and a million-selling album. After a hiatus from performing, he returned to the concert stage in 1989 and has been performing almost nonstop ever since. Tonight at 8:00 at the Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.), Cliburn appears in recital with the works of Beethoven, Brahms, and Chopin. Tickets range from $35 to $500, the latter of which gets you a seat at the black-tie dinner after the performance. Call 532-3491. (NK)
Miami Book Fair International Street Fair: It's that time of year again. The time when you wish you could clone yourself so you could be in, say, eleven places at once. That's how many places you have to choose from today through Sunday as this three-day street fair begins. Today from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. storytellers, dancers, puppets, and authors captivate the kiddies. Tomorrow starting at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. the kiddies will still be amused, as will the adults, who can browse or purchase books, take in cooking demonstrations, groove to live music, or best of all, listen to some of the more than 250 authors -- Joyce Carol Oates, George Plimpton, Allan Gurganus, Cynthia Ozick, Peter Mayle, Belva Plain, and Sebastian Junger, to name a few -- who will read from and discuss their books. All events are free and take place at Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave.). See "Calendar Listings" for details, or call 237-3258. (NK)
Rose's Rock On Anniversary IV: See Thursday.
Ceramic League Pottery Fair: Crazy for clay? Then you'll go nuts at this two-day sale of all things ceramic. Actually, not everything will be made of clay. Members of the woodworker and enamel guilds will be hawking their wares too. Demonstrations will be given and refreshments will be served. At the headquarters of the Ceramic League of Miami (8873 SW 129th St.), the sale runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today and tomorrow. Admission is free. Call 233-2404. (NK)
Morris Lapidus Bus Tour: Get on the bus and view the works of architect Morris Lapidus. The Miami Design Preservation League sponsors this unique three-hour bus tour of structures created by the master of woggles and cheeseholes (the names he gave the odd shapes and holes he placed at random in his buildings). According to the MDPL, the 95-year-old Lapidus (who won't be on the bus) is fast becoming "the toast of design hipsters worldwide." Best-known for the Eden Roc and Fontainebleau hotels, he does have a few other designs to his credit -- Lincoln Road Mall, for instance, was his idea. Throughout his lengthy career, he also produced some other ordinary yet extraordinary edifices: apartment and office buildings, schools, homes, and a fire station. See how he put his indelible stamp on the architecture of South Florida when the tour takes off at 2:00 p.m. from the Art Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach). Fares are $10 for MDPL members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 672-2014 to reserve your seat. (NK)
Harvest Festival: Learn about Florida history while having fun at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida's Harvest Festival, which takes place today and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Dade County Fair and Expo Center in Tamiami Park (Coral Way and SW 112th Avenue). Stick the kids with the storytellers as you wander among 400 booths featuring crafts, antiques, tropical plants, Florida memorabilia, quilts, clothing, food -- you name it. Then enjoy live musical and dance performances, but don't leave until you witness a variety of historical re-enactments starring local hams who don costumes and portray soldiers, pioneers, and Seminole Indians. Admission ranges from two to six dollars. Call 375-1492. (NK)