Calendar for the week

thursday
february 26
New York, New York: You may be far from New York City, but you can still help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the unification of Gotham's boroughs by gazing at photographs up close. Classic images abound by Alfred Stieglitz, Andre Kertesz, Berenice Abbott, and others. Stieglitz, the editor and gallery owner who championed photography as a modern art form, produced romantic winter scenes depicting the city as a quiet, mysterious place. Kertesz, inventor of the photo-reportage style, came to New York from Paris in the late Thirties and regretted it the moment he arrived. Large-format cameras were all the rage, so Kertesz, who favored the 35mm camera, went unappreciated for more than twenty years. Pioneering woman photographer Abbott cast her unwavering gaze on the modern, fast-moving city, documenting hundreds of buildings for a WPA project called "Changing New York." Her works transformed, then transcended, the field of architectural photography. The exhibition runs through March 17 at the Center for Visual Communication (4021 Laguna St., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 446-6811. (NK)

friday
february 27
Ian McEwan: Ian McEwan is good at creepy. In fact, he's the master of creepy. Not gross creepy like Stephen King. No, Ian McEwan doesn't write about rabid devil dogs or possessed girls who are drenched in pig's blood at the prom. He writes stories about ordinary people whose dreary lives are invaded by horror, whose banal existences swerve out of control when they open the door to maniacs. McEwan's unbridled imagination won him a Whitbread Prize in 1987 for his novel The Child in Time; two of his books (including 1981's The Comfort of Strangers) have been short-listed for the Booker Prize. Tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) he reads from his latest book, Enduring Love, a tale of obsession and tolerance. Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (NK)

Touched by the Gospel: The New World Symphony gives you many reasons to say hallelujah tonight at 8:00 at the Jackie Gleason Theatre of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Grammy and Stellar Award-nominated singer Yolanda Adams joins guest conductor Isaiah Jackson and the orchestra, along with the 250-member Community Gospel Choir, for "Touched by the Gospel: A Symphonic and Choral Tapestry." The soul-stirring program consists of Brahms's Academic Festival Overture, George Walker's Lyric for strings, and Joseph Schwanter's "Daybreak of Freedom" from New Morning for the World. Further attempts to have you dancing in the aisles include gospel standards such as "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," "I Am Not Afraid," and "Lift Him Up." Tickets range from $15 to $50; proceeds will go to create a scholarship fund for black students pursuing a classical music degree. Call 673-3331. (NK)

Carnaval Miami: The frenzied extravaganza Carnaval Miami, sponsored by Kiwanis of Little Havana, is just beginning. For the next ten days more than a million spectators will participate in a whirlwind of events -- sports, concerts, parades, even a cooking contest. It all culminates March 8 in the world's largest street party, Calle Ocho. This evening at 7:00 an 8K footrace gets under way on SW Eighth Street, starting at 22nd Avenue. Tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. at the Orange Bowl (1501 NW Third Ave.), Raul Velasco of the Univision show Siempre en Domingo hosts Noche de Carnaval, a concert with singing sensations Olga Tanon, Pedro Fernandez, Laura Flores, Ricardo Montaner, El General, Cristian, and others. Sunday at noon Miami Beach's Ocean Drive (from Fifth to Fifteenth streets) is the site of Carnaval Miami South Beach, a miniature version of its sister event on the mainland, with floats, dancers, and music by Domingo Quinones, Miles Pena, Sergio Vargas, and Celia Cruz. Registration for the road race costs $20. Tickets for Noche de Carnaval range from $10 to $19. The South Beach festival is free. Call 644-8888. (NK)

New York, New York: See Thursday.

saturday
february 28
Doral-Ryder Open: This four-day golf tournament, which actually begins March 5, is more than just a single sporting event. It has expanded into a week of festivities, kicking off today with a concert on the green at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa (4400 NW 87th Ave.). Guest conductor Emil De Cou leads the New World Symphony and piano soloist Michael Linville in a program titled "A Salute to Music of the Americas." On the bill: music by Gershwin, Ellington, Copland, and Lecuona. Food and drink will be available; all you need do is bring a blanket, spread out at the eighteenth hole of the famous Blue Monster course, and listen to the orchestra, which will be performing in the lake -- make that on the lake, on a floating stage. Admission is free. Gates open at 4:30; the concert starts at 6:00 p.m. Call 477-4653. (NK)

South Beach Arts Festival: It was only a matter of time. Lincoln Road was pristine for way too long. Not any more. Like so many other charming areas across this town, the Road will be sullied by its very own arts festival. Is no patch of open space sacred? Is any zone off-limits? The organizers vow this will be a good one. What they promise: a juried art show welcoming more than 300 artists; live music from sitar man Stephan Mikes, guitarist Russell Donnellon, vocalist Emma Perugachi, and steel drummer Doug Walker; clowns, face painting, and the ubiquitous "activities for kids"; and best of all, a daylong wine tasting for a few bucks to benefit the Feeding the Mind Foundation, which helps battered women. If the event stinks, we encourage you to stagger over to honorary festival chairman Michael Caine and serenade him with a protracted rendition of "Alfie." The fun goes on today and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 954-472-3755. (NK)

Everglades Bluegrass Festival: Get out on the green grass and listen to the bluegrass. The South Florida Bluegrass Association allows you to do just that today from 10:00 a.m. to midnight and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when they throw the twentieth Everglades Bluegrass Festival at the Ives Estates Optimists Club (1511 NE 207th St., Aventura). Bluegrass Association bands will perform, as will Jerry Williamson and Redwing, Tater Hill, and the South Ocean String Band. Food will be available all day and evening. Audience members are encouraged to camp out if they desire and are urged to bring along a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, or bass to participate in a jam session. Tickets cost ten dollars for Saturday and five for Sunday. Call 954-741-5997. (NK)

Harry Connick, Jr.: A subtle New Orleans drawl, a debonair style, and a new album all about love: This could mean none other than Harry Connick, Jr. He sidles into the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight supporting his latest release, To See You. The album title refers to the idea that sometimes you just have to see your lover's smile. Now before any teardrops fall into your gumbo, remember tonight's show isn't going to be all about gooey sentiments. This guy owes as much to Frank Sinatra as he does to the barrelhouses of New Orleans, and he's sure to break as many hearts as he gets toes to tapping. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $30.50 and $36.00. Call 673-7300. (LB)

New York, New York: See Thursday.
Carnaval Miami: See Friday.

sunday
march 1
The Prince and the Pauper: Are your kids whining and complaining about how crummy their lives are and how they wish they were someone else? Take them to see this musical adaptation of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper, in which a rich boy and a poor one trade places and find out how great it really is just to be themselves. Maybe the kids will finally pipe down. The show, presented by Story Theatre Productions and the Florida Theatrical Association, takes place at 2:00 this afternoon at the Jackie Gleason Theatre of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets cost eight dollars. Call 673-7300. (NK)

New York, New York: See Thursday.
Carnaval Miami: See Friday.
South Beach Arts Festival: See Saturday.
Everglades Bluegrass Festival: See Saturday.

monday
march 2
Mondo and Latcho Drom: For the past few days Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) has been participating with New World Symphony, Arts for Humanity, and Area Stage in a program about the music and culture of European Gypsies. The theater is hosting an art exhibition, "The History of Pacification: The Romani in Europe," in its lobby and is screening two films: Mondo and Latcho Drom. A seemingly lost ten-year-old Gypsy boy wandering the streets of Nice, France is the protagonist of Mondo. The charming child touches the lives of an eccentric cast of characters, including a magician, a fisherman, a Vietnamese woman, and a homeless man. Latcho Drom follows a group of Gypsy musicians traveling through India, Hungary, and Romania and shows the prejudice and persecution they experience. Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday Latcho Drom screens at 6:00 p.m., Mondo at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. Admission is six dollars. In conjunction with the program, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre (541 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), actors from Area Stage present a reading of the play Antisemitropolis, the story of an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor and the difficulties she has dealing with her past and her present. A panel discussion titled "Holocaust: Plight of the Gypsies and Jews" follows at 8:00 p.m. Call 531-8504. (NK)

tuesday
march 3
Les Miserables: Who would have thought you could get this much mileage out of a loaf of bread? That yeasty baked good is the item Jean Valjean steals to feed his hungry sister in Victor Hugo's sweeping novel Les Miserables, set in eighteenth-century France. Poor Valjean is tortured, does time in prison, then escapes and is helped by a compassionate bishop. But all the while, the relentless, self-righteous Inspector Javert is hot on the trail. Made into a musical that's been running for thirteen years in London and eleven on Broadway, the story has yet to go stale. This production replicates the Broadway show, recently revamped with new scenery, staging, lighting, and costumes. The show runs through March 8 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Performances are at 8:00 tonight through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with 2:00 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $16 to $53. Call 673-7300. (NK)

New York, New York: See Thursday.
Mondo and Latcho Drom: See Monday.

wednesday
march 4
Unwound: If the Laundry Room Squelchers' sessions on Thursday nights at Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE Second Ave.) are a little too abrasive for you, Unwound, a kinder, gentler noise band from Olympia, Washington, is rolling into town tonight. Even though they're not as irritating, they're adept at manipulating bizarre noises that reach unexplored auditory realms. Tonight they're plugging their sixth album, Challenge for a Civilized Society, at this eighteen-and-over show; opening acts are Bunny Foot Charm, Ed Matus' Struggle, and Grass Patch. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Admission is seven dollars. Call 757-1807. (LB)

New York, New York: See Thursday.
Mondo and Latcho Drom: See Monday.
Les Miserables: See Tuesday.

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