Night & Day

April 2-8, 1998

April 7
The enduring popularity of the G.I. Joe doll and all his martial accouterments prove that a considerable number of young boys have yet to give up their fantasies of donning camouflage gear and becoming soldiers. In Ralph Lowenstein's case, he got to live out those dreams. Although Lowenstein has spent most of his career in academia (he is dean emeritus of the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida), in 1948 he was a teenage commander of an Israeli tank. Hear Lowenstein reminisce about his unusual adolescence at 7:30 this evening at the Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is five dollars. Call 672-5044. (NK)

April 8
It's not surprising that late-nineteenth/ early-twentieth-century French composer Erik Satie wasn't taken very seriously during his lifetime. Traipsing around the streets of Paris in his trademark gray velvet suit and bowler hat, Satie frequented Montmartre cafes, where he made a living playing popular tunes on the piano. When he wrote his own musical works, he gave them idiosyncratic titles such as Flabby Preludes and Bureaucratic Sonata. Odd as he was, the composer -- a big influence on his buddies Debussy and Ravel -- is now considered a prominent figure in modern music. Get an idea of Satie's peculiarities when pianist Brigitte Bladou and actor Raymond Acquaviva team up for the theatrical recital Variations Satierik. Bladou performs compositions by Satie, Ravel, and Debussy; Acquaviva impersonates Satie, reciting texts (in French, English, and Spanish) that the composer wrote about his life, music, and the work of his friends. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. Tickets cost $20. Call 859-8760. (

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