Calendar for the week

Key Biscayne Art Festival: It began as a small fundraiser for Key Biscayne Elementary School in 1964, was taken over by the Rotary Club in 1982, and has now grown into a huge two-day affair, stretching across two long blocks of Crandon Boulevard near the entrance to Bill Baggs State Park. This year Key Biscayne celebrates its 34th art festival with more than 100 artists and crafts people who will show and sell their wares, an array of international food, and a variety of music. The festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. today and tomorrow. Admission is free. Call 389-2240. (NK)

Miami Modernism: See Thursday.
El Alma del Pueblo: See Friday.

january 25
The Othello Project: What happens when you combine a Canadian director, an Elizabethan drama, and Mississippi in the civil rights era? The Othello Project, at Florida Shakespeare Theatre (Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables). Unconventional director Rod Carley takes Shakespeare's tense drama Othello -- replete with racial issues, infidelity, paranoia, and murder -- and thickens the plot (assuming one can thicken Shakespeare) by setting it in tumultuous 1964 Mississippi. Carley, artistic director of the Walking Shadow Theatre in Toronto, is known for his modern interpretations of Shakespeare's work; he makes his American directing debut with this production. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $26. Call 445-1119. (NK)

Miami Modernism: See Thursday.
Key Biscayne Art Festival: See Saturday.

january 26
P.D. James: Her publisher calls P.D. James the rightful heir to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. Having millions of readers and many best sellers among her fourteen novels earned her the title of most successful mystery writer in the world. Queen Elizabeth named her Baroness James of Holland Park. Not bad for a one-time British magistrate and 30-year veteran of the civil service who did stints in the police and criminal law departments of the Home Office. Titles and awards aside, James is the creator of the sensitive, cerebral New Scotland Yard detective Commander Adam Dalgleish (played to perfection by Roy Marsden in nine television dramatizations). At Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) tonight at 8:00, James reads from her new novel, A Certain Justice, another tangled tale featuring Commander Dalgleish but set, for the first time, in London's legal community. Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (NK)

El Alma del Pueblo: See Friday.

january 27
Fashion at the Beach, Magic Image, and Kenny Scharf Bronzes: Photographs, illustrations, and sculpture await you in three exhibitions that run concurrently at the Bass Museum (2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach). "Fashion at the Beach" includes more than 100 works by famous photographers, such as Horst P. Horst, Arthur Elgort, David LaChapelle, and Bruce Weber, who have incorporated sun, surf, and sand into their shots. "Magic Image" is drawn from the Zahm Collection, more than 100 drawings that were produced for some of the world's leading couture houses by important fashion illustrators such as Cecil Beaton, Erte, and Rene Gruau. Seven small-scale abstract bronze sculptures dominate the Scharf exhibition. "Fashion" and "Scharf" run through March 8; "Magic Image" runs through March 22. Admission is five dollars. Call 673-7530 for museum hours. (NK)

El Alma del Pueblo: See Friday.

january 28
Full Gallop: Any dedicated follower of fashion should know the name Diana Vreeland. With her lacquered jet-black hair and ghostly complexion accented by ruby red lips, cheeks, and ears, "Dee-ahh-na," as she called herself, also had personality by the yard. More than a character, she was a force of nature, making comical or sometimes compelling pronouncements like "Blue jeans are the greatest invention since the gondola" and "Give 'em what they never knew they wanted." As editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue from the 1940s to the early 1970s, Vreeland excelled at creating demand and desire in her readers. She was one of the first to send photographers and models on extravagant photo shoots to exotic locations. And she was on the edge of the supermodel wave (reason enough for opprobrium) with her discovery of human hanger Twiggy. In this one-woman show (originated off-Broadway by actress Mary Louise Wilson), Elizabeth Ashley stars as Vreeland, holding court in her Park Avenue living room. The time is 1971, just after she was abruptly fired from Vogue. Later courted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, a prideful Vreeland reacts in her inimitable way: "Why is everybody trying to put me in a museum? I don't care if they've got the Shroud of Turin!" The show runs through February 8 at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale). Performances take place 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with 2:00 p.m. matinees Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets range from $37.50 to $41. Call 954-763-2444. (NK)

El Alma del Pueblo: See Friday.
Fashion at the Beach, Magic Image, and Kenny Scharf Bronzes: See Tuesday.

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