Miami Beach Festival of the Arts: Another outdoor festival beckons. It's going to be crowded. Do you really want to step out of your house? Of course you do. It's sunny and cool; the great winter weather is a large part of the reason you live here. Okay, it's the main reason. In its 24th year, the Miami Beach Festival of the Arts is a two-day affair, providing the usual abundance of artists displaying their paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photographs, etchings, and more: a children's area to keep the little ones entertained and out of your hair. Performing artists rambling through the park all day. Exotic food galore. The festivities run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and tomorrow at North Shore Open Space Park (81st to 85th streets and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). Admission is free. Call 673-7730. (NK)
Jazz Under the Stars: Hang out with animals and listen to some smooth music at Metrozoo (12400 SW 152nd St.) from 6:00 to 10:00 tonight. Actually, the only animals you may be dealing with are other concertgoers, since Jazz Under the Stars takes place not inside the zoo itself but on the concert field across the street. So bring a chair or a blanket and get ready to claim a spot to hear jazz ensemble Athenas, guitarist Joyce Cooling, and saxophonist Boney James. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, which closes at 8:00 p.m. Call 238-0703. (NK)
Miami Festival of Discovery: See Thursday.
Grand Hotel des Etrangers: See Friday.
Miami City Ballet: See Friday.
Miami Film Festival Closing-Night Gala: Cuban soulman Francisco Fellove pioneered Spanish-language scat singing, bringing his cool vocals and saucy dance steps to son and guaracha melodies in the Forties and Fifties. While "El Gran" Fellove is best-known for being a cocreator (with Jose Antonio Mendez) of the filin (feeling) movement in Cuban music, he is also remembered for his playful version of Nino Rivera's song "El Jamaiquino," and his own compositions "Mango MangYe" and "Dos Caminos," recorded by Olga Guillot. In his customary white tux and patent leather shoes, he's a familiar figure dancing the mambo in movies from the Fifties filmed in Mexico City, where the singer has lived since 1952. Still swinging at age 75, Fellove, who last performed in Miami 30 years ago, sings this evening at the Miami Film Festival's closing-night gala. The fiesta starts at 9:00 p.m. at the Streets of Mayfair in front of Planet Hollywood (3390 Mary St., Coconut Grove). A glimpse of "El Gran" will cost you, but the $100 ticket price supports next year's film festival. Call 377-3456. (JC)
Miami City Ballet: See Friday.
Luis Miguel: See Saturday.
International Map Fair: See Saturday.
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts: See Saturday.
Butterfly Lightning Series: The reading series with the strange name, now in its fifth year, returns to Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.) for its spring season. Over the next ten weeks Miami's oldest watering hole will reverberate with words by poets and fiction writers from the University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami-Dade Community College, Broward Community College, and the business, law, and journalistic communities. Some readers are students, some are teachers, some are journalists, some are published (or soon-to-be published) authors. We hope that some will keep us glued to our seats and away from another round at the bar. Tonight's readers are fiction writer/historian Karla Gottlieb and John Balaban, professor of creative writing at the University of Miami and a recent National Book Award finalist for his poetry collection Locusts at the Edge of Summer. The action starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 237-1317. (NK)
Black Florida History Photographic Exhibition: Marvin Dunn's new book, Black Miami in the Twentieth Century, probes the pride and prejudice experienced by South Florida's black community for the past 100 years. Extensive photos included in the book capture historic images such as the heyday of nightclubs in Colored Town, the civil rights movement, and the 1989 riots in Overtown. Dunn, an associate professor of psychology at Florida International University, expanded the scope of his pictorial research to curate "Black Florida History," an exhibition at the William and Joan Lehman Theatre on Miami-Dade Community College's North Campus (11380 NW 27th Ave.). More than 250 photos included in the show document black life in Florida, from early homesteaders to current residents. The exhibition runs through February 28. Admission is free. Call 237-1881. (JC)
Wayne Newton: Las Vegas can be a tough town. It's been the downfall of many, and is quite possibly the only place on Earth that lounge performer Wayne Newton can earn a million dollars per month and still have to declare bankruptcy, as he did in '92. (Even Mr. Las Vegas gets caught behind the eight ball once in a while, but he's not afraid to help out fellow entertainers when they're down on their luck. He reportedly bailed out Diff'rent Strokes child star Dana Plato after she held up a video store a few years ago.) Lately he's been spending a lot of time in Branson, Missouri, but Wayne hits the road at times too. When he starts belting out "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" and "Danke Schoen," you too will be glad he's there for you at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $45. Call 954-462-0222. (LB)
Black Florida History Photographic Exhibition: See Tuesday.