This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Thursday, March 27

New World Symphony founder, artistic director, and recent Grammy Award winner (for a San Francisco Symphony recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 6), Michael Tilson Thomas welcomes renowned soprano Ying Huang for a little more Mahler. This time the Romantic composer's delicate Symphony No. 4 is on the program, plus Mozart's energetic Six German Dances (written between 1789 and 1781 when he was imperial chamber composer for Emperor Joseph II) and Paul Hindemith's jazzy Concert Music for Brass and Strings. Showtimes are 8:00 tonight and Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre, 541 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets range from $25 to $70. Call 305-673-3331. (NK)

Friday, March 28

As a pianist and flautist, Jovino Santos Neto has been at the center of contemporary Brazilian jazz for more than twenty years. His projects with Sergio Mendes and Hermeto Pascoal have earned critical acclaim and a Grammy Award. Tonight Neto joins with the powerhouse Rainforest Trio and vocalist Heather Davis for a modern rendition of classic Brazilian song styles at downtown Miami's former Café Nostalgia turned Skky Night Club and Lounge, and now known simply as Cielo (66 SW Sixth St.). The show is presented by Gene de Souza, host of Café Brazil on WDNA-FM (88.9), and the Rhythm Foundation. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. Admission is $15. Call 305-868-3979. (JCR)

Saturday, March 29

What is known about Polish experimental/ performance-art trio Molr Drammaz is that they are chronic iconoclasts. Rooted in Euro-electronica sounds, the group (pronounced mo-WER drah-mahz) departs from musical foundations on a whim, venturing from post-New Wave to Brazilian pop to Pygmy sounds. Frontman Wojt3k Kucharczyk, his sister Asia Bronislawska, and percussionist Macio Morretti promise only to "do their own thing" during their Miami debut as part of the Subtropics 15 Experimental Music Festival. The music starts at 10:00 p.m. at PS 742 (1165 SW Sixth St.). Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 305-981-0600. (JCR)

Sunday, March 30

A mentor and inspiration to many South Florida jazz musicians who have gone on to greatness, saxophonist Jet Nero (a.k.a. Alfred Barney) died from leukemia earlier this month. In honor of their beloved fallen comrade, generous members of the Jazz Musicians Fellowship Foundation will throw Remembering Jet: A Memorial Fundraiser for Jet Nero from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at jazz music club/restaurant Café Del Mar (8699 Biscayne Blvd.). Miami's favorite scratchy-voiced radio DJ China Valles will host the festivities, which will include an amazing who's who of local players. Among them: Mel Dancy, Melton Mustafa, Mike Gerber, Mo Morgen, Dolph Castellano, Ira Sullivan, and Bobby Thomas, Jr. Suggested donation is $15. Call 305-233-6583. (NK)

Monday, March 31

Being handpicked by Leonard Bernstein to perform with the New York Philharmonic in one of the great composer/ conductor's televised Young People's Concerts and then being tapped two weeks later to sit in for legendary keyboard master Glenn Gould, who was also supposed to appear with the New York Phil: All that happened to pianist Andre Watts -- when he was just sixteen years old! If Watts was that good 30 years ago, imagine his skills now. The Concert Association of Florida will make it possible for you to find out how fabulous the celebrated pianist still is when he plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 along with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at 8:00 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Under the baton of the inventive Robert Spano, who joined the organization in 2001, the 58-year-old ensemble will also perform Brahms's Symphony No. 1 and a new work by a female composer named Jennifer Higdon. Tickets range from $20 to $70. Call 305-808-7446. (NK)

Tuesday, April 1

This is not a joke. Poplife, the long-running Design District party for young Miami hipsters, is moving to a new 'hood, at least for April Fool's Day. That's right, tonight the über-mod Saturday-night event will inaugurate the newly opened downtown nightspot I/O (30 NE Fourteenth St.) with a triple-header altrock show featuring various indie label acts. Nebraska's emo rock outfit Cursiveheadlines with Virginia's spaz rockers Engine Down and Minus the Bearfrom Seattle for an all-ages concert. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost eight dollars. Call 305-634-3904. (JCR)

Wednesday, April 2

You could drag your butt over to Disney World (you'll be safe there; it's been designated a no-fly zone, you know) and drop buckets of cash to forget about how crummy life in this world has become. Or you could drive downtown -- alone or with the kids -- to the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd.) and subject yourself to multiple showings of Disney on Ice to make yourself feel all better. Yes, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Bo Peep, Hamm, and more lovable characters from Toy Story 2 and other Disney ventures will be strapping on the skates and swishing around the rink. The plot has something to do with an alien planet, a garage sale, a kidnapping, a major car accident, and a rescue from a jet. Hey, who said this stuff was soothing? The show begins at 7:30 tonight and runs through Sunday, April 6. Tickets range from $12 to $38. Call 786-777-1000 for details. (NK)

By Nina Korman & Juan Carlos Rodriguez

 
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