Modern photography, with advances in computerized wizardry, is as agile and varied as the zillion bits of information transmitted through the human brain upon processing just one image. University of Miami history professor Tomas Lopez explains how technology has altered the photographic arts and rendered your grandma's old Kodak brownie camera an archeological relic. Or perhaps not. In his lecture, "Photographic Image in the 21st Century," Lopez contrasts digital technology and modern animation advances with old-school darkroom development. Will the photographic digital age bring new depths of human perception or will it result in tons of unnecessary and overpriced gadgetry? The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-672-5044.
Friday, April 11
Just as Miami film buffs brace for the death rattles of good venues for independent foreign films, along comes a new movie house to hold them over ... until it, too, shuts down. Miami's art house-theater trail of tears includes the Astor, Cinematheque, Coconut Grove Cinema, and most recently, the Soyka/Mercury Theatre off Biscayne Boulevard. But one movie house has remained strong through good times and bad: University of Miami's Bill Cosford Cinema (formerly the Beaumont) continues to show vital films from around the world. The Cosford (off Campo Sano Avenue, Coral Gables) launches a new film series, The Motion Picture Association of America-UM Latin American Film Series 2003. Tonight MPAA chairman and CEO Jack Valenti kicks off the series, which promises to screen films from Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico twice a month. The series' first film, Argentina's Apasionados, by director Juan José Jusid, screens at 7:00. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-284-1870.
Saturday, April 12
Since its founding in 1996, Miami's edgy ballet Maximum Dance Company has been pushing the boundaries of dance with explosive and passionate performances. Working with contemporary choreographers, the company has commissioned more than 30 original works. It has also staged modern interpretations of classic ballets. Tonight the company performs Dancescapes at the North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater (17011 NE 19th Ave.). The concert offers both new and classic balletic styles in seven separate pieces, including "Bach de Trois," set to Jacques Loussier's jazz arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach. The program also includes solos and pas de deux from some of the company's most popular pieces. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Tickets cost $25. Call 305-259-9775.
Cuban-born artist Pablo Cano finds inspiration in odd places. His vision transforms found and discarded objects, such as beer kegs, abandoned umbrellas, and mailboxes, into fascinating works that speak to the human condition. Today the artist presents For Heaven's Sake at the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St.), a performance installation featuring Cano's marionettes and the work of choreographer Katherine Kramer. The third installment of a series, the play tells the story of a young girl's encounter with heaven and angels on Earth. Showtime is 3:00 p.m. with three more performances planned through May. Cano's marionettes will be on exhibit until Sunday, June 1. Tickets cost eight dollars. For reservations call 305-893-6211.
Sunday, April 13
Since 1988 thousands of people have marched through the streets of Miami to help South Florida's largest nonprofit AIDS service provider, Care Resource. It's that time again. The annual AIDS Walk is one of the organization's major fundraising efforts that provides much-needed food, shelter, and support to people living with AIDS. Miss Universe 2002, Justine Pasek, and television gossipmonger Ted Casablancas join WSVN-TV (Channel 7) anchorman Craig Stevens as emcees. Walk, skate, or jog through the Miami Beach Art Deco district to help others. Grab your sunscreen and donations and make a difference. The event kicks off at 8:00 a.m. Participants are asked to bring at least $25 in donations. Call 305-751-9255.
Monday, April 14
The Florida Keys are among the best kayaking spots in the world. With a myriad of islands, bird sanctuaries, and reefs to explore, finding the right adventure could be daunting. Author/adventurer Kathleen Patton, somewhat of a Keys kayaking guru, can settle your planning dilemma. Patton's handy guide, Kayaking the Keys, includes more than 50 paddling trips with detailed profiles explaining how to find launch sites, kayak rental availability, directions to the best reefs, swimming holes, and sandbars. Patton speaks at 8:00 p.m. at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408.
Tuesday, April 15
Take out your handkerchiefs, young lovers, the tearjerker to end all tearjerkers is coming to town. The Florida Grand Opera's production of La Boheme, Puccini's tragic opera about young lovers played out in the gutters of Paris, opens tonight at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.) for five performances. While the story of frail seamstress Mimi and her debonair Rodolfo is moving, it is Puccini's masterful arias that tug at the heartstrings. The drama, passion, and music all come together to make you wish you, too, could swoon as beautifully while dying of consumption. Curtain is at 8:00. Tickets range between $19 and $135. Call 800-741-1010.
Wednesday, April 16 Holy Week is the right time to hear angelic voices in divine orchestrations. Tonight the Church of the Epiphany (8081 SW 54th Ct.) presents a concert for the Easter season featuring South Florida's professional chamber choir, Seraphic Fire, and its orchestra. In celestial harmony, the troupe will perform Giacomo Carissimi's best-known oratorio, Jephte. The seventeenth-century work is based on the Old Testament story of a warrior who makes a deal with God during a battle. He promises to sacrifice the first person he sees when he comes home. Sure enough, that person happens to be his lovely daughter, Filia. Find out what happens. The concert begins at 7:30. Admission is free. Call 305-667-4911.