Calendar for the week

thursday
november 20
Rose's Rock On Anniversary IV: Everything is new at Rose's Bar & Music Lounge -- stage, sound system, lighting, decor, lower drink prices, cover charge -- except for one thing: Rose's itself. On fickle South Beach for four years, the club provides a rare forum for local, regional, and national music acts. A definite cause for celebration. With music, of course; four days of it, to be exact. Tonight through Sunday twenty acts will entertain and, in some cases, pain you. Among the performers: the Hush Brothers, Omine, the Goods, Loray Mistik, Khadir, Manchild, Raw B. Jae, and Amanda Green. Showtimes are 10:00 p.m. (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). The cover charge is five dollars. Call 532-0228. (NK)

friday
november 21
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.

saturday
november 22
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)

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

sunday
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.

monday
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)

tuesday
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)

wednesday
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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