The Greater Miami Pop Warner League Super Bowl: Can't wait for the football season to roll to a close so you can plop in front of the TV, guzzle beer, devour pizza, and watch the Super Bowl? Well, the Super Bowl is happening today. Don't worry, the NFL isn't fooling with you. This isn't the game played by hulking 300-pound professionals; the athletes are energetic 80-pounders who may just become one of those pros in the future (see the New Times cover story last week, "Coming of Age on the 50-Yard Line"). After many sweaty Saturdays for the boys and their parents, the Pop Warner league season culminates at 9:00 a.m. when the Gwen Cherry Bulls meet the Goulds Rams at Harris Field (South Dixie Highway and Campbell Drive, Homestead). One warning: Stay clear of the sidelines; those moms and dads can get a little out of control! Tickets cost three dollars for adults, two dollars for kids under six. Call 694-4889. (NK)

Go South: See Thursday.
The Chocolate Nutcracker: See Friday.
Everglades 50th Anniversary Celebrations: See Friday.

sunday
december 7
Santa's Parade of the Elves: Somewhere along the line, Thanksgiving became the start of parade season. You've got your giant balloons, your fancy floats, your incontinent horses ... and your elves. Santa's elves, that is, who take a break from slaving away in his workshop to march through downtown South Miami today. The little people will be accompanied by Shriners (grown men in funny hats and itty-bitty cars), cheerleaders, floats, dancers, horses, et cetera, et cetera. Even Billy the Marlin and Sebastian the Ibis will be there. If your kids want to be honorary elves for a day (they'll have to provide their own pointy shoes), take them to South Miami City Hall (6130 Sunset Dr.) at 1:30 p.m. and they'll get to march at the beginning of the parade with the Head Elf. The fun starts at 2:00 p.m. Call 663-6327. (JO)

Go South: See Thursday.
The Chocolate Nutcracker: See Friday.
Everglades 50th Anniversary Celebrations: See Friday.
Ramble '97: See Saturday.

monday
december 8
The Ciphered Memory: Gustavo Acosta's shadowy paintings stake out some lonely territory, depicting uninhabited buildings, deserted cities, and architectural ruins that symbolize his longing for things past. The Cuban exile painstakingly portrays his isolated structures on large canvases, yet they appear slightly out of focus, like distant memories. Acosta's evocative works are on display in "The Ciphered Memory," at Elite Fine Art (3140 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables) through December 23. Admission is free. Call 448-3800 for hours. (JC)

Yo-Yo Ma: Efforts to make classical music and musicians appealing to younger audiences continue, what with nubile violinists wearing diaphanous blouses and all. Now cellist Yo-Yo Ma has gotten hip and taken up the tango. Don't, however, expect to see him sashaying seductively around the stage at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (175 E. Flagler St.) tonight at 8:00. He's playing tango, not dancing it. Ma and five top-flight musicians will perform the songs of celebrated Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla in a program titled "Tango Apasionado." A tango innovator, Piazzolla stretched its boundaries, introducing dissonance and a sense of breeziness while still maintaining the mood of melancholy and loneliness. Ma is touring to support his recently released album, Soul of the Tango. Pretty cool for a classical guy, huh? Tickets range from $25 to $75. Call 532-3491. (NK)

Go South: See Thursday.

tuesday
december 9
State Fair: Unless you've been vacationing in Branson, Missouri, you probably haven't seen much of entertainer John Davidson lately. The former host of That's Incredible! and the perennial Hollywood Square keeps himself at the edge of the public eye by billing himself as headliner at his own theater (you buy your own theater, you can pretty much do as you please). Davidson left Branson in 1995 for Broadway to do what he does best -- cheesy song and dance. Yet even in the big city he couldn't seem to shake the squeaky-clean image or the hint of the heartland: He ended up playing a farmer in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical State Fair, and now he's joined the touring company. The show involves a family's life-changing adventures at the 1946 Iowa State Fair and features songs such as "It Might as Well Be Spring" and "It's a Grand Night for Singing" (see the review in "Theater," page 65). Hmmm, provocative. Someone get this man an audition with Quentin Tarantino, quick! The show runs through December 14 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets range from $20 to $43. Call 673-7300. (NK)

Go South: See Thursday.
The Ciphered Memory: See Monday.

wednesday
december 10
Yanni: He's performed at the Parthenon and the Taj Mahal. Many million-selling albums later, he plays -- the Miami Arena. Yes, Kalamata, Greece's second-biggest export after olives, Yanni goes slumming and deigns to perform at our second-rate concert hall, a venue so vilified that even our own basketball team doesn't want to play there any more. (But we won't get into that.) Plugging the three albums he released this year (Devotion, In the Mirror, and Port of Mystery), the prolific, self-taught, composer-instrumentalist comes to the Arena (721 NW 1st Ave.) at 7:30 tonight. Tickets range from $35 to $75. Call 530-4400. (NK)

Go South: See Thursday.
The Ciphered Memory: See Monday.
State Fair: See Tuesday.

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