Calendar for the week

thursday
january 15
New World Symphony: Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas spends a lot of time away, but whenever he and the New World Symphony get together some marvelous music is the result. Tonight the orchestra inaugurates its Music from America Festival, a ten-day exploration of compositions written by or orchestrated by Americans. This evening soprano Christine Brewer and postminimalist composer John Adams join the NWS for a new-music concert. Adams is well-known for his operas Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. Tonal in nature and as mesmerizing as conventional minimalist compositions, his work extends the form with dynamic contrasts and layers of sound. On tonight's program: Adams's Harmonielehre and his orchestration of Debussy's Le Livre de Baudelaire. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre (541 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Tickets range from $19 to $43. Call 673-3331. (NK)

George Winston: George Winston is the king of warm and fuzzy. The solo pianist has recorded five highly successful albums for the Windham Hill label, such as Autumn, Winter into Spring, and Forest; his latest, Linus and Lucy -- The Music of Vince Guaraldi, is devoted to the composer whose jazzy tunes provided the musical background for the television specials starring the lovable Peanuts cartoon characters. Fourteen years ago he started his own record label, Dancing Cat, the logo of which is an adorable tiny feline sporting a grass skirt and lei and dancing the hula. He's even taken up playing the syrupy-sounding Hawaiian slack key guitar.(Could a collaboration with Don Ho be on the horizon?) Plugging the Peanuts album, Mr. Warm and Fuzzy has embarked on a winter tour that comes to Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables) tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $19.50. Audience members are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Call 284-4940. (NK)

friday
january 16
Art Deco Weekend Street Festival: Get lost in the Art Deco era or maybe just lose yourself in the crowd when scads of people descend on Miami Beach's Ocean Drive (Fifth to Fifteenth streets) for this huge event produced by the Miami Design Preservation League. The action starts at noon and lasts until 11:00 p.m. today through Monday. The usual vendors will be there plying their vintage wares, antique automobiles will be displayed, the requisite festival food will be available, and, of course, music will fill the air. This year two stages will feature swing, jazz, Dixieland, and Latin music. Don't miss the Machito Orchestra, including all-stars such as Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros and Patato Valdez. The theme is "Always in Fashion," and a lecture and film series accompany the festival. See "Calendar Listings" for details. Admission to all events is free. Call 672-2014. (NK)

Gato Barbieri: Yes, there was a smooth-jazz saxophonist before Kenny G. This cat's been around for a while. Although he hasn't recorded in about fifteen years, his latest release Que Pasa proves that he's still pumping plenty of life into the smooth-jazz genre. Ten years before radio introduced the format in '87, Barbieri blew out the tune "Europa," which to this day reigns as the "Free Bird" of those airwaves. Check him out tonight at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $26 to $39. Call 673-7300. (LB)

Road Movie: The Miami Light Project continues its intriguing contemporary performance series with Road Movie. Not to be confused with those old Bob Hope/Bing Crosby/ Dorothy Lamour flicks of yore, this Road Movie deals with two guys (but we see only one), Joel and Scott; a Lamour-type character is noticeably absent. Joel and Scott are gay but they are not an item -- not any more, anyway. Powerful East Coast yuppie Joel ventures on a cross-country search for the kind of love he once shared with Scott. Along the way he meets more than a few ordinary Americans and is haunted by the constant specter of AIDS. The play, written by Godfrey Hamilton and performed by Mark Pinkosh, won the Fringe First Award at the 1995 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Performances are at 8:00 tonight and tomorrow at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Before the Saturday show, Miami Light hosts a panel discussion, also at the Colony, at 5:00 p.m. with Hamilton, Pinkosh, and two scholars who will explore the idea of an indigenous gay culture. Tickets for the discussion cost five dollars, twenty for the play. Call 531-3747. (NK)

South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Exposition: It's safe to say that over the next two weeks there's only one place to see more than nine national music acts, football coach Tom Landry, Bill Cosby, and a cow giving birth: the South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Exposition (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach). Sure, they have rides, a petting zoo (complete with cows in labor), and lots of food, but they're also packing Coral Sky Amphitheatre (601 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach) with some of the hottest names on the fair circuit (if there is such a thing). Tonight at 7:30 it's Grand Funk Railroad, and closing it all out on February 1 at 6:00 p.m. are LeAnnn Rimes and Bryan White. Tickets range from $10 to $16. Call 800-640-3247. (LB)

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