Viva la Diva

Baker shines immortal

Thur 5/15

If you have any doubts about the sensuality of Josephine Baker, you won't want to miss the screening of the 1935 French gem Princess Tam Tam. In it Baker smolders as Alwina, a Tunisian Bedouin girl introduced into Paris society as a royal who proceeds to turn the City of Light upside down. In the role Baker creates the mold that all other African-American sex sirens from Billie Holiday to Lil' Kim have tried to emulate. The film is part of the Close Up in Black: African American Film Series. The movie screens at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, and at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St. Admission is free. Call 305-625-6424.-- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez Sat 5/17 Fund Drive

Test-driving a luxury car all the way to Orlando might perpetuate a police chase and a charge of grand theft auto, or help raise money for a good cause. At 10:00 a.m. BMW's Ultimate Drive Program rolls into Braman BMW (2020 Biscayne Blvd.). For each mile you put on a silver test Bimmer, the carmakers will donate one dollar to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. BMW of North America has given more than $6 million to the Komen Foundation since 1997. No purchase is necessary -- thank goodness! Call 877-4-A-DRIVE to schedule your spin. -- Nina Korman Thur 5/15 Pas-de-Dice Classic is revamped

Words are symbols that dictate action. Like rolling dice, the outcome of a throw tells the future. Are the compilation of letters like dots on a die what steers destiny? Does the shape of a letter mean anything? What's anything about, anyway? These are some of the questions 19th-century Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé pondered. Mallarmé dropped a poetry bomb on culture in 1897 with "Un Coup de Des," the first poem in which the visual presentation was as important as its meaning. Miami performers Natasha Tsakos and Octavio Campos dance life into the poem tonight in a special presentation. The performance starts at 7:30 at the Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St. Admission is free. Call 305-375-1706.-- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

 
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