The Cuban bands just keep coming to town. Tonight NG La Banda performs at the Cameo Theatre, 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. See "Music," page 89, or call 305-532-0922 for details (NK).
Try to stifle those giggles when you hear this, but the topic is "Miami, Politics, and Ethics" (ahem, notice which comes last?) when Joe Centorino, chief of the public corruption unit in the State Attorney's Office, and Bennett Brummer, Miami-Dade Public Defender, are welcomed as the featured speakers at the Pursuit of Happiness Lecture Series at 6:00 tonight in the Fascell Conference Center on MDCC's Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th St. The series will look at happiness from a multitude of perspectives. Hmmm, how about the jailed-politician perspective? Admission is free. Call 305-237-2148. (NK)
The FLA/BRA festival continues its tradition of bringing an incredible Brazilian musician to town for an intimate concert at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables). Last year it was Brazilian superstar Baden Powell. This year it's the legendary Jo‹o Bosco. Born in Minas Gerais, a region that has spawned many other musicians, Bosco graduated from college with a degree in engineering but couldn't tear himself away from music. He subsequently wrote songs that were recorded by top Brazilian singers such as female vocalist Elis Regina, who made dozens of his tunes into hits. (Amnesty International adopted her rendition of Bosco's "O Boado e Equilibrista" as its theme song.) In addition to writing songs, Bosco also performs. Since 1972 he has released nineteen eclectic albums, highlighting his never-ending search for a new sound. Hear Bosco alone with his guitar at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and $35. Call 305-324-4337. (