Calendar for the week

Rose's Rock On Anniversary IV: See Thursday.
Hollywood Jazz Festival: See Friday.
Miami Book Fair International Street Fair: See Friday.

november 23
U.S. Bombs: This Orange County quintet has been around nearly three years and is hell-bent on sticking to its streetwise, nonconformist, punk soul. Right now the band doesn't have to worry much about being snapped up by major labels or getting played on commercial radio like its fellow Californians Green Day and the Offspring. Mainstream music fans are not going to want to go anywhere near its latest release, War Baby. Musically rough, its sound is somewhere between the Clash and GBH. Lyrically it covers everything from Christmastime sympathy for loners to snorting speedballs. Not exactly a formula for a multimillion seller. But their primitive punk aura will draw to Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE Second Ave.) anyone in combat boots who wants to release a little anger. The newly re-formed Pillmagnet opens at 10:00 p.m. Cover charge is five dollars. Call 757-1807. (LB)

Rose's Rock On Anniversary IV: See Thursday.
Hollywood Jazz Festival: See Friday.
Miami Book Fair International Street Fair: See Friday.
Ceramic League Pottery Fair: See Saturday.
Harvest Festival: See Saturday.

november 24
St. Augustine String Quartet: Classical music lovers who are not the least bit religious frequently find themselves in a church or synagogue. Why? Miami's houses of worship are often the best concert venues in town. Temple Beth Am and the Coral Gables Congregational Church are two sites where high-quality performances can be enjoyed on a consistent basis. Another venue, on the University of Miami campus, is the seldom utilized Chapel of the Venerable Bede (1150 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables). Tonight at 8:00 that neglect is rectified as the St. Augustine String Quartet fills the sanctuary with soothing sounds. The musicians will perform Beethoven's Quartet no. 1 in F major; Debussy's Quartet in G minor; and Brahms's Quartet no. 2 in A minor. Admission is free. Call 443-8536. (NK)

november 25
Witness to History: Remembering President John F. Kennedy: In 1963 the movie-camera footage shot by Abraham Zapruder and the magic of television allowed 600 million people around the world to watch John F. Kennedy being mortally wounded. For those of us who weren't around back then, the media have made sure those images still resonate by presenting their requisite annual stories acknowledging the anniversary of the president's assassination. While some may argue that such scenes are important historically, others contend that repetition of the footage has inured us to similar horrors. A provocative topic indeed, and one that will surely be discussed at today's two-part seminar exploring the assassination. Historian Paul George and Louis Wolfson II Media History Center director Steven Davidson take you on this trip back in time. Admission is free. The seminar runs from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Public Library Auditorium (101 W. Flagler St). Call 375-1505. (NK)

Claudio Bravo: Wrapped Packages: Claudio Bravo's hyperrealist paintings of paper-wrapped bundles tied with string are highly seductive -- it's hard to resist trying to open them. Bravo was well-known as a high-society portrait painter in Madrid until the late Sixties, when the Chilean artist became obsessed with creating exacting reproductions of crumpled wrapping and paper bags, combining the studied eye of classical still life, the everyday iconography of pop art, and the lyricism of abstraction. Most of the eighteen "Wrapped Packages" on display at the Bass Museum of Art (2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach) have not been exhibited since the Seventies; some have never been shown publicly before. Admission to the museum is five dollars. The show will be up through January 11. For details call 673-7530. (JC)

november 26
Duran Duran: If you were one of those girls in the Eighties who couldn't decide which member of Duran Duran was the best-looking, you have one fewer option now. Founding member John Taylor is no longer with them -- the group (named after a character in Roger Vadim's Yberkitschy flick Barbarella) is now a threesome -- but the guys are still up to their old tricks. About half of their latest release, Medazzaland, reminds us a bit of yesteryear; the other half is an atypical trippy electronic journey into clubland. And don't worry; even though the fellas are getting on in age (frontman Simon Le Bon is 39), they haven't lost their sex appeal. Their latest video, "Electric Barbarella," was so steamy it was banned by MTV. You probably won't have to fight through scores of teenage girls to get in the door, but get to Sunrise Musical Theater (5555 95th Ave., Fort Lauderdale) by 8:00 p.m. to catch Miami's own Al's Not Well, which is handling opening duties for the entire tour (see "Music," page 91). Tickets cost $25.75 and $32.75. Call 954-741-7300. (LB)

White Party Week: When is a party more than just a party? When it's a week (well, six days, to be exact). Starting today more than 10,000 people, gay and straight, from all over the world will descend on Miami to attend seven different fundraising events sponsored by the Health Crisis Network, one of Miami's oldest organizations dedicated to helping people affected by HIV and AIDS. The culmination is the White Party, which is held at Vizcaya. Unfortunately the 2000 individual tickets to the big bash are sold, but tickets to a slew of related events -- including a concert by Patti LaBelle and a closing-night party featuring well-known DJ Junior Vasquez -- are still available. Tonight at 9:00 at the Eden Roc Resort and Spa (4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), the fun begins with the White Knights Extravaganza. Tickets cost $20; ticket packages ranging from $99 to $349 are available. Call 800-494-8497. (NK)

Claudio Bravo: Wrapped Packages: See Tuesday.

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