Night & Day

January 7 - 13, 1999

january 12
You adore orchids, but you can't exactly afford to spend your life surrounded by them. One thing that won't bust your budget and is sure to soothe your need for the beautiful and expensive flower is Susan Orlean's recently released book The Orchid Thief. Long known for her comprehensive profiles in The New Yorker, Orlean relates a complex true story of plant smugglers, South Florida swamp explorers, and the bizarre orchid collectors who go to unimaginable lengths to possess them. She reads from her book at 8:00 p.m. at Books & Books, 296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408. (NK)

january 13
There'll be a whole lot of stepping going on in Miami during the next twelve days when Riverdance, the exuberant show that spawned the Irish dance-and-music trend and made an egomaniacal megastar of Michael Flatley (who eventually defected and spawned the rival musical Lord of the Dance) stomps its way into town tonight. The extravaganza of Irish tunes and dance, which examines the development of Irish dance in relation to other cultures, features music by Bill Whelan, whose original compositions and lyrics on Riverdance -- the Album earned him the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and sold more than one million copies worldwide. Performances take place Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m., with 2:00 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday, and a Sunday evening show at 7:00 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets range from $45 to $65. Call 305-673-7300. (

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