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Manolin returns to Cristal

Leo Casino is at it again. Nope, he's not celebrating a new play or movie that he penned, and he didn't land a big acting role. On Thursday at Satchmo (60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables; 305-774-1883), the saxophonist unveils his latest CD, Better Days, and shows the video premiere for its first single, "Smile." Casino says Better Days is heavily influence by his younger years in Pittsburgh, when he used to see Fort Lauderdale's Dr. Lonnie Smith jam with George Benson in area clubs. The party starts at 8:30 p.m. and the cover charge is five dollars.

As part of the monthlong celebration at Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE Second Ave., 3057571807) to honor twenty years in business and all that is rock and roll in South Florida, the red carpet rolls out on Saturday for the unlikely city of Hialeah. That's right, it's the annual Hialeah Fest. Amid the trailer parks, industrial dumps, and other quaint neighborhoods in Hialeah, are a formidable bunch of rock bands. At press time Humbert and the ButterClub are confirmed to play; a couple of additional acts will be announced. The fun starts at 10:00 p.m. Call for cover charge information.

If you missed his recent show, or you want to catch an encore performance, Cuba's Manolin returns to Cristal (1045 Fifth St., Miami Beach; 305-604-2582) Saturday night. The former medical school student, and member of NG La Banda, rocked the packed Cristal last week during two sets. He returns to stir up another frenzy. Doors open at 10:00 p.m. Cover charge is $25 general admission, or $40 for VIP access. Advance tickets are $20 and $35.

 
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