Cinema Vortex: His family intended for him to be a farmer; he was even sent to the United States for training at a chicken breeder's. But Carol Reed had other plans; witness his unforgettable 1949 thriller The Third Man. The actors, the shadows, the dialogue, the score: all extraordinary elements of this masterpiece of suspense. Joseph Cotten is pulp novelist Holly Martins, engaged in a seemingly fruitless search for his buddy, the mysterious Harry Lime, through bombed-out post-World War II Vienna. Lime, played by Orson Welles, is unfortunately dead upon Martins's arrival or is he really just absent without leave? Martins's investigation into Lime's disappearance leaves him with just a bit more insight into his friend's character than he may have wanted. Two remarkable moments: the chase scene through the Viennese sewer and Welles's diatribe in the ferris wheel. Novelist/spy Graham Greene penned the screenplay. The striking Alida Valli portrays everyone's love interest, and the distinguished Trevor Howard plays the cop you love to hate. Showtime is noon at Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (NK)

Rum and Coke: If imbibed to excess, rum and Coke can be too potent for anyone, but the concoction has an additional effect on Cubans. In Spanish it goes by another name: Cuba libre, or free Cuba. Rum and Coke is also the title of a one-woman show at Area Stage (645 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) starring actress, comedian, and playwright Carmen Pelaez. Portraying six different characters, the Cuban-American Pelaez, who was born in Miami yet considers herself an exile, stirs up moving tributes to relatives left behind in Cuba and cogent observations about life in the United States. If you are not at all intoxicated by the show, the complimentary Cuba libres may do the trick. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8:15 p.m. and Sunday at 7:15 p.m. through January 11. Tickets range from $17 to $20. Call 673-8002. (NK)

Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships: See Friday.
Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival: See Friday.
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker: See Friday.

monday
december 29
Chita Rivera and All That Jazz: Broadway babe Chita Rivera has spent a lifetime in the theater. An original cast member of shows such as Sweet Charity (1966), West Side Story (1957), and Chicago (1975), the 64-year old Rivera can still sing and dance with the best of them. She whoops it up to hits from those musicals and more in this revue, featuring a cast of eight male dancers. Hmm, eight guys in tap shoes and maybe tights? Now that's entertainment! Showtime is 8:00 tonight through Wednesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets range from $20 to $48. Call 954-462-0222. (NK)

Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival: See Friday.
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker: See Friday.

tuesday
december 30
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Neil Folberg has been to temple -- frequently. But he didn't go there to worship. Instead he took his camera and snapped away. In fact, Folberg, a student of Ansel Adams, spent three years traveling around the world photographing Jewish houses of worship. The Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum (301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), itself housed in a converted Art Deco synagogue, has mounted an exhibition encompassing 65 of Folberg's vibrant color shots that capture the majesty and the splendor of these temples. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum is displaying works by winners of the statewide photography competition it sponsored on Florida synagogues. The exhibition runs through January 25. While you're there, also partake of the ongoing exhibition "Mosaic: Jewish Life in Florida," an examination of more than 230 years of Jewish culture in our state. Admission ranges from four to ten dollars. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call 672-5044. (NK)

Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival: See Friday.
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker: See Friday.
Chita Rivera and All That Jazz: See Monday.

wednesday
december 31
Orange Bowl Parade: King Mango notwithstanding, some of Miami loves a parade. In fact, Miami has been loving the Orange Bowl Parade since 1936, making it a senior citizen among spectacles. Still doddering along (but who knows for how long? This is the last year of a guaranteed network broadcast tied to the football game), the parade winds through 2.2 miles of Biscayne Boulevard. This year's theme is "Tell Me a Story." A very long story, apparently. The festivities include a total of 6000 participants: 27 floats, 25 marching bands, 6 folkloric groups, big-name entertainers such as rhythm and blues singer Faith Evans and country music artist Suzy Bogguss, and Miss Universe and Miss USA (is there a difference? Don't they all look alike?). You can choose to stay home and watch the revelry on television or be among the 30,000 spectators who buy seats or the 300,000 who hug the curb to enjoy the merrymaking live. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. at Biscayne Boulevard and SE Second Street. Tickets cost $12, $20, or $25. Call 371-4600. (NK)

Sister Hazel: Say what you will about the Hard Rock Cafe (401 Biscayne Blvd.). Sure, it's big business, perhaps a little cheesy, and a tourist trap, but every so often it pulls off an entertainment coup worth sussing out. Tonight Hard Rocks across the country will celebrate Midnight Meltdown with guitar ice sculptures and national bands rocking out the last moments of 1997. Of course, watching ice melt is generally not considered a very stimulating event, but when the Gainesville-based Sister Hazel is turning up the heat it's a different story. To give you a little more incentive to fight through the crowds at the Big Orange celebration (see page 74), the concert is free. Showtime is 11:00 p.m. Call 377-3110. (LB)

Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival: See Friday.
Chita Rivera and All That Jazz: See Monday.
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: See Tuesday.

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