Subtropics 10 New Music Festival: Its different. It's innovative. It's that stuff you don't hear on the radio very much, stuff you probably don't have in your CD collection but think is incredibly cool nonetheless. We refer to experimental or new music. And the Subtropics festival is the best way to listen to lots of it. During the next seventeen days musicians from all over the world will descend on Miami and fill a variety of venues with their stimulating sounds. Six composers and performers who form the crux of Tampa's Bonk Festival perform "The Best of Bonk" tonight at 8:00 at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables) and tomorrow at 8:00 at the Ambrosino Gallery (3095 SW 39th Ave.). Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Galerie Douyon hosts the Subtropics Marathon, a three-hour long concert by Drew Krause, Lisa Lacross, and Luis Gomez-Imbert, who will play works by composer Earle Brown and by South Florida musicians such as Alfredo Triff, Gustavo Matamoros, and Christine Burns. Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre (541 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) veteran composer Brown -- part of the New York School, along with John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Christian Wolf -- conducts the New World Symphony's Percussion Consort in a performance of his piece Sign Sounds. Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables) Japanese pianist Fumiko Miyanoo performs the music of Japanese and American composers. Admission to the Earle Brown concert is free. Tickets for all other events range from $10 to $15. Call 758-6676. (NK)
South Beach International Art and Design Fair: Would that your living room were as huge as the Miami Beach Convention Center. Then maybe you could crowd it with all the wares you discover and love at these gargantuan art shows. Alas, you live in an efficiency the size of a closet, so you must be highly selective. The opportunity to acquire yet more stuff arises when the South Beach International Art and Design Fair rolls into the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach). Today and tomorrow from noon to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday and Monday from noon to 7:00 p.m., more than 100 artists and dealers will show off a variety of work, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass, ceramics, textiles, silver, and furniture. Bring your checkbook. Admission is ten dollars. Call 561-220-2690. (NK)
Grand Prix of Miami: Dashing twenty miles an hour over the speed limit in your new Beetle not enough for you? You'll have a ball over the next three days when the checkered flag is waved at the Grand Prix of Miami, a speed freak's delight. You won't be allowed behind the wheel, but you'll get to watch cars zoom more than 200 miles per hour around the newly redesigned 1.5-mile oval track at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex (1 Speedway Blvd., Homestead). Qualifying rounds get under way today and tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. and continue well into the afternoon. See and hear defending champion Michael Andretti compete against Al Unser, Jr., Bobby Rahal, Paul Tracy, and many others on Sunday at noon when the most prestigious race begins. Take your earplugs. Tickets range from $40 to $200. Call 230-7223. (NK)
Subtropics 10 New Music Festival: See Thursday.
Paco de Lucia: Born into a musical family in the south of Spain, Paco de Lucia took the Gypsy-inspired sounds of flamenco and hit the airwaves with his guitar for his first performance at the tender age of eleven. Now, 40 years later, he's heralded as one of the greatest of all living guitarists. Although de Lucia claims flamenco as his roots and his true love, he is sometimes criticized by purists for incorporating nonflamenco instruments like bass and saxophone into his work. The naysayers shouldn't have too much to say tonight because de Lucia is supporting his latest release Lucia, which he says is pure flamenco and is dedicated to his mother, who passed away in August. He performs with his septet at 8:00 tonight at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $29 to $49. Call 673-7300. (LB)
Jazz Under the Stars: Bad weather in February forced the rescheduling of this event. It's back tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 at Metrozoo (12400 SW 152nd St.). Jazz Under the Stars takes place in the concert field across the street from the zoo, not in the park itself, so don't expect to feed the monkeys. Bring a chair or a blanket and hunker down 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)
Nil Lara: Local boy made good Nil Lara can't seem to tear himself away from his hometown. And that's just fine with us. Even though the rocker with the Afro-Cuban bent is recording for a major label these days, he still finds time to come back to Miami and entertain his diehard fans. Tonight at 8:00 hang out on the waterfront and catch Lara, masters of funk Manchild, and sonsters Algo Nuevo at Big Fish Maiyami (55 SW Miami Avenue Rd.). Ticket prices for this all-ages show range from five to seven dollars. Call 460-3200. (NK)