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THU 29Skulk, stroll, or strut around the streets of Miami Beach like a native. Or at least learn to fake it from Carolyn Klepser. As a local historian and co-author of the book Miami: Then and Now, Klepser, often seen biking around town, can dish the historical dirt with the best of them. That's probably why she'll be leading today's Art, Design, and Architecture tour. Beginning among the photographs of Margaret Bourke-White and the knickknacks collected by Micky Wolfson in the galleries of the Wolfsonian-FIU, the trek eventually makes its way outdoors in order for all to admire the inimitable style of the surrounding buildings. Meet at 6:00 p.m. at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is ten dollars. Call 305-535-2645 to reserve a space.

FRI 30It used to be that only Los Angeles and New York were magnets for actors, but now they seem to be everywhere. Your mail carrier, your taxi driver, and your boss most likely dream about winning Oscars. Actor and director Andrew Reillyhas written a book that will help the most star-struck thespians learn how to cope with their lives and develop their talent while living in the boonies. An Actor's Business: How to Market Yourself as an Actor No Matter Where You Liveis full of advice that shows yet-to-be-discovereds how to stay inspired while doling out zebra cones at the Dairy Queen. Reilly speaks at 8:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 152 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-446-8627.

SAT 31Look up in the sky and behold the awe-inspiring full moon. But how can that be? There has already been one full moon this month, you say. Well, you're looking at a blue moon -- not as in color but as in rare. Two full moons in the same month (a phenomenon that occurs about once every two years) is known as a blue moon. And that's what's happening tonight. In honor of the event and if weather permits, the Southern Cross Astronomical Society will throw a Blue Moon Star Party at Bill Sadowski Park (SW 176th Street and 79th Avenue) from 8:00 to 11:00. They'll bring their high-tech telescopes. You're asked to bring binoculars, chairs, family, friends, and, of course, bug spray. Admission is free. Call 305-661-1375.

SUN 1You love to eat gourmet food. Too bad you're broke and worse than that, cheap. But since you've actually almost made it through a miserable Miami summer, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, whose mission it is to attract tourists and conventioneers to these parts, is going to cut you a break. For the third year in a row, their Miami Spice Restaurant Month will allow poverty-stricken gourmands like you to indulge their meal jones at a variety of our town's most prestigious eateries, such as Azul, Pacific Time, Chispa, China Grill, and North 110. A three-course lunch will cost you $20.04, and a three-course dinner is just $30.04. That excludes tax and gratuities, but it's still pretty darn good. Pay for your meal with an American Express card and the company will donate ten cents to the United Way to combat hunger. Oh and being the weird city that we are, Miami Spice Restaurant Month is actually two months long: It runs through September 30. See www.miamirestaurantmonth.com for details.

MON 2Admit it, the first thing you do when you open up a Hustler magazine is check out whose face graces the magazine's "Asshole of the Month" column. From Dorchen Leidholdt, co-founder of Women Against Pornography, to the senior and junior George Bush, the monthly item skewers its subjects in a no-holds-barred fashion. The creator and founder of Hustler, Larry Flynt, will be talking about former assholes as well as future ones when he introduces his book Sex, Lies, and Politics: The Naked Truth. Flynt, always one to say it the way he means it, even if what he's saying doesn't make much sense, is sure to provoke strong reactions. He speaks at 8:00 p.m. at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408.

TUE 3The corporate world speaks in brands and symbols. The word "swoosh" automatically makes us think of Nike as much as KFC conjures images of Colonel Sanders. Such is the high art of branding. Italian artist Raffaele Ammavuta is fascinated with the language of corporate logos. His latest display of work, "Significant Signs," is his quest to distill a virginal quality out of big-business thought control. He depicts logos in stark black-and-white renderings to emphasize the beauty and purity of the artifacts. The show is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until Friday, September 10, at the Societa Dante Alighieri Italian Cultural Center, 800 Douglas Rd., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-448-9065.

WED 3Sometimes you just have to howl at the world. As Walt Whitman would say, you have to launch your "Yawp" into the atmosphere. Be they born from the need to express great wisdom, or an obsessive quest to hang on to sanity, those lines you scrawl on napkins and gum wrappers are perhaps the most valuable thing for your poetic soul. The biweekly gathering of poets and performers, Open Mic on the Edge of the World, could be just the place for you to cast your spell on culture and sound your vibe to the world. All styles and talents are welcome to perform five minutes of material. Get there early for sign-ups. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. at Edge Theatre, 3627 NE First Ct. Admission is four bucks (includes wine and beer). Call 305-531-6083.

 
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