Night & Day

July 9 - 15, 1998

july 14
Jazz nuts can meet a kindred spirit in Paul Posnak. For the past sixteen years the pianist has spent countless hours listening to studio recordings and old radio broadcasts by the amazing keyboardist Thomas "Fats" Waller and painstakingly reconstructing his improvisations note for note. The songbook Thomas "Fats" Waller: The Great Solos, 1929-1941 features Posnak's transcriptions, but nothing matches hearing the stuff live. Tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) you can do just that when Posnak discusses Waller and his era and demonstrates the rousing stride piano technique. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408. (NK)

july 15
For the next few months the Miami-Dade Public Library (101 W. Flagler St.) will display some books from its permanent collection that are meant to be checked out only with your eyes. The exhibition Artists' Books comprises a slew of art objects in the form of books. Some are tiny and simple, such as Andrew Binder's 3.5-by-2.5-inch Four Chambers of the Heart, which consists of fanciful pop-up constructions and photographic reproductions. Others are larger and more complex: David Rohn's 8.5-by-7.25-inch English Is My Favorite Language includes mixed-media drawings and collages featuring words and phrases hand-bound with string. All reveal their own idiosyncratic story. The exhibition runs through September 4. Admission is free. 305-375-2665. (

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