Night & Day

April 15-21, 1999

april 20
One of the hottest jazz rooms in South Florida is ... a church. The Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables) continues its tradition of hosting some of the greatest jazz acts with a performance by Cleo Laine and John Dankworth at 8:00 tonight. Married for 40 years, singer Laine and saxophonist Dankworth are acclaimed as Great Britain's "first couple of jazz." Dankworth's electrifying style is the perfect accompaniment to his wife's daring vocals, which allow her to move smoothly from jazz to blues to pop standards. Their musical partnership has yielded a slew of Grammy Awards, success in the musical theater, and thousands of dates on their own or with symphony orchestras all over the world. Tickets range from $25 to $30. Call 305-448-7421. (NK)

april 21
Ricardo Pau-Llosa is just like you and me. During his hours off from being a poet, a professor in the English department at Miami-Dade Community College, an art critic, and, according to us, 1998's Best Local Author, he likes to hang out at bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and bookstores. The difference is that he usually ends up writing about his experiences in those places, as evidenced by Vereda Tropical, his latest collection of poems chock full of references to spots where you can eat, drink, dance, and soak up culture to your heart's content. So if in the last few years you made a fool of yourself in a bar and you happened to have met a friendly guy named Ricardo, don't be surprised if you've become poem fodder. Pau-Llosa reads at 8:00 tonight at Books & Books, 296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408. (

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