Night & Day

October 29 - November 4, 1998

november 3
What exactly is going on in Israel? We're not referring to Benjamin Netanyahu's and Yasser Arafat's inability to get along. We're talking about gender benders. The country, where men are men and women are women and where all the above -- guys and gals -- do a hitch in the military when they hit eighteen, is suddenly becoming a big exporter of the sexually ambiguous. Five months ago Israeli singer Dana International was the first transsexual to take the top prize at the Eurovision song contest. And now also from Israel comes 28-year-old transvestite artist Nir Hod, who has won glowing reviews from the New York Times. He is a he, but he looks like a she (think Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson morphed into one person). Influenced by self-promoting fluffballs such as the late Andy Warhol, Nir Hod is his own best subject, often posing for his work à la photographer Cindy Sherman. His recent body of work will be presented in Nir Hod: Forever Young, which features fifteen paintings and photographs exploring the physical and emotional suffering caused by gender conflict, drug addiction, impossible love, loneliness, and more. The exhibition runs through December 4 at the MDCC Centre Gallery, 300 NE Second Ave., third floor. Admission is free. Call 305-237-3696. (NK)

november 4
An opera singer named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People? It's certainly not chubby Luciano Pavarotti. It's hunky Siberian-born baritone Dmitri Hvorostovksy, who has been compared to everyone from Caruso to Elvis. Ever since winning the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1989, he has been performing nonstop on international stages. Hear Hvorostovksy tonight when he performs selections from operas, including Beethoven's Fidelio, Verdi's Don Carlos, and Borodin's Prince Igor with the 85-piece Naples Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Julius Rudel. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St. Tickets range from $20 to $45. Call 877-433-3200. (

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