Calendar for the week

Coconut Grove Arts Festival: Get ready. The granddaddy of South Florida arts festivals takes over the Grove (around McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive) for three days. Stroll the streets and see the work of more than 300 artists, sample foods from a plethora of restaurants, and listen to music by the University of Miami Jazz Band today, flutist Nestor Torres tomorrow, and jazz-rockers the Rippingtons Monday. An arts fest for kids ages four through eleven runs concurrently at the Coconut Grove Convention Center (2700 S. Bayshore Dr.). For a mere five dollars per child, you can leave the little ones there for an hour to entertain themselves with hands-on activities while you meander through the mob. The fest runs through Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 447-0401. (NK)

Miami International Boat Show/Strictly Sail: See Friday.
George Wallace: See Friday.
Keith Haring Retrospective: See Friday.

sunday
february 15
Maynard Ferguson: The music begins this afternoon at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.) when trumpeter Maynard Ferguson brings his Pop Nouveau band to town for a 4:00 p.m. performance. The sexagenarian horn player became a star in the Forties as a member of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, where his distinctive technique allowed him to blow a piercing octave higher than the rest of the brass section. In later years he formed several big bands with a fancy for hard swing; he even dipped a toe into disco. These days he's probably best-known for his hit "Gonna Fly Now" from the Rocky movies. The Florida International University Jazz Band opens the show. Tickets cost $29.50. Proceeds benefit the Pigeon Key Foundation, which is restoring the Pigeon Key National Historic District in the Keys. Call 372-0925. (NK)

Elegance and Attitude Jazz Concert: Spend a jazzy evening listening to big band sounds, silky vocal interpretations, and stellar solo instrumentals at MDCC Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave.). Raspy-voiced China Valles, legendary host of the late-night show China's Jazz Thing on WTMI-FM, is master of ceremonies. Performers include Ray Ray's Jazz Mix, featuring Dolph Castellano; trumpet player Melton Mustafa; and former hometown girl vocalist Alice Day, who now spends her time touring Europe and Asia. Showtime is 6:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Call 237-3010. (NK)

Miami International Boat Show/Strictly Sail: See Friday.
Keith Haring Retrospective: See Friday.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival: See Saturday.

monday
february 16
Sick: The Life & Times of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist: Afflicted with cystic fybrosis, Bob Flanagan spent his life in a lot of pain. He learned to cope with his suffering by making himself suffer even more. This performance artist was seriously into sadomasochism -- from slashing and burning his body to hammering nails into his very private parts. Disease and self-torture notwithstanding, Flanagan somehow managed to live until the age of 44 (he died in 1996). At times humorous, thought-provoking, and nausea-inducing, this documentary, winner of the Special Jury Prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival, tells his story in all its gory detail. Sick plays at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) through Thursday. Admission is six dollars (see "Showtimes," page 60, for a schedule). Call 531-8504. (NK)

Miami International Boat Show/Strictly Sail: See Friday.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival: See Saturday.

tuesday
february 17
The Crystal Method: DJ culture jumps out of the booth and goes center stage tonight at the Theater (3339 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) with the Crystal Method. Even though the Method consists of just two guys, there's a bit more to the show than a couple of turntables and a mike. With a slew of equipment and effects and enough beats per minute to drive you to distraction, the Crystal Method is supporting its first full-length CD, Vegas, which is being heralded as America's answer to the Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk. Become a Methodist at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $16.50. Call 954-565-5522. (LB)

Miami International Boat Show/Strictly Sail: See Friday.
Keith Haring Retrospective: See Friday.
Sick: The Life & Times of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist: See Monday.

wednesday
february 18
Barney's Big Surprise: He's fond of the color purple, he sings, he dances, he has legions of loyal fans, and he says he has a big surprise. Could it be that Barney the purple dinosaur is really the Artist Formerly Known as Prince in disguise? Perhaps not, but the giant crooning reptile, star of his own top-rated television show broadcast in twenty countries, has spawned an empire that rivals the diminutive singer's. (His books, records, and videos generate huge sales; Barney and the names of all the other characters on his show are registered trademarks. He even has his own permanent attraction at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.) This 90-minute musical stage show, starring the lavender lizard, his friends BJ and Baby Bop, a variety of nursery rhyme characters including Mother Goose, Little Boy Blue, and Little Miss Muffet, and a cast of kiddie actors, is further evidence that the Barney business continues to flourish, but the Purple One also has a heart. Organizers are donating a portion of the proceeds from the two-year, 60-city tour to the Starbright Foundation (chaired by dinosaur devotee Steven Spielberg), which helps seriously ill children and their families. Barney loves you at 7:00 tonight at the Miami Arena (721 NW First Ave.). Performances run through February 22. Tickets range from $10 to $25. Call 530-4400. (NK)

Miami International Boat Show/Strictly Sail: See Friday.
Keith Haring Retrospective: See Friday.
Sick: The Life & Times of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist: See Monday.

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