Night & Day

May 14 - 20, 1998

may 19
Being gay may not be a laughing matter for many, but it gives stand-up comedian Bob Smith some of his best material. His mother's zany comments and the fact that he's from Buffalo also provide some yucks. The first out-of-the-closet comic to appear on the Tonight Show (1994), Smith is also the author of two books, Growing Up Gay and Openly Bob. Additionally, he has written for his colleagues, most notably Dennis Miller and Roseanne, and had his own HBO comedy special. Currently he's writing a sketch comedy show for the Showtime cable network with a marked gay and lesbian sensibility (if there is such a thing) in which he will star. For the next two days Smith will keep you laughing at the Improv (Streets of Mayfair, 3399 Virginia St., Coconut Grove). Tickets range from $10 to $15. Call 441-8200 for performance times. (NK)

may 20
Violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson -- husband-and-wife superstar classical musicians -- usually perform with pianist Joseph Kalichstein as the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Tonight Laredo and Robinson make music not with their piano-playing colleague but rather with a few more musicians -- the Florida Philharmonic. Carl St. Clair leads the orchestra in its final concert of the season, a program featuring Brahms's spirited Double Concerto, Ticheli's dynamic Postcard, and Shostakovich's magnificent and melodious Symphony no. 5. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St. Tickets range from $17 to $70. Call 930-1812. (

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