THUR 24Silk, linen, and even chain-mail dresses have been done to death, so the American Institute of Graphic Arts has constructed easily disposable and completely flammable designs from paper. The fourth annual runway show of fabulous paper fashions that put those doctor's office gowns to shame will unfold tonight from 6:30 to 10:30 at the Loft Building, 3627 NW First Ct., Miami. The event is free for AIGA members and $15 for others. RSVPs are a must. E-mail email@example.com, or visit www.aiga.org.
Tonight's the night for fashion-show hopping. Make your way across the causeways and find inspiration to update your wardrobe at the Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach shows featuring Sean John, Dusica Dusica, and Ryan Kenny. Strutting starts at 6:00 at Lummus Park (Eleventh Street, Miami Beach). Call 305-607-4918, or visit www.fashionweekmiami.com. (LO)
FRI 25Calling all starving artists! Do you need more money to take your act from the dream stage to the real stage? If your mime performances on Lincoln Road aren't bringing in enough cash to support your greasepaint needs, maybe it's time to learn how to get in on that grant thing you keep hearing about. Lucky for you the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Humanities Council are hosting a free grant-writing workshop to give you tips on applying for grants and sponsoring humanities programs in your community. The Florida Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization and state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is celebrating its 30th anniversary of funding and promoting Florida's cultural heritage through the arts. Get yourself out of that invisible box and skip over to the Miami Children's Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Miami, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Call 727-553-3807, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (LO)
SAT 26Overalls. Wife beaters. MC Hammer-esque puffy pants. If the typical style statements found at the Miami-Dade County Fair (10901 Coral Way, Miami) don't leave you impressed, be there when the fair takes a turn for the fashionable. This evening 99 Jamz (WEDR-FM 99.1) will host a hip-hop fashion show on the Main Street Stage. The latest styles from Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Akademiks, Rasool, and Sean John will be sashayed down the runway by some of your favorite on-air personalities. Nikki Nite will host while K. Foxx, Lorenzo "Ice Tea" Thomas, DJ Ice T, and Dins unleash their inner fashionistas. And the best part? You're at the fair! Munch on a corn dog and enjoy the prêt-a-porter show at 6:30 p.m. The fashion function is free, but admission to the fair costs eight dollars. Visit www.wedr.com. (PEGY)
SUN 27One woman with 24 different characters bursting out of her. At the bus station people would call her crazy. Onstage people will call her inspired. The Syringa Tree explores the love between two families -- one white, one black -- living in the powder keg that was South Africa in the Sixties. The story traces the intertwined destinies of these families across four generations, from innocent childhood and early apartheid to acerbic adulthood in a free South Africa. Pamela Gien's play began as an exercise for her acting school in Los Angeles and blossomed into a one-woman tour de force that took Broadway and London's West End by storm. The actress who will bring this story to the local stage, Claire Tyler, prepared for the role by living in South Africa for three months. See it at 2:00 p.m. at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets cost $35. Call 305-445-1119, or visit www.gablestage.org. (PEGY)
MON 28"Mommy, I want a horsey!" If you've ever uttered those words, then My Little Pony propaganda seeped into your brain when it was still young and tender. Unfortunately your mommy probably never sprung for that horse. Now that you're all grown up, learn to ride like you were to the manner born. At the Southwinds Equestrian Center (6201 SW 122 Ave., Miami) master riding techniques and learn the intricacies of horse jumping. The teachers impart every aspect of good horsemanship, so don't expect it to be all stroking velvety noses and feeding carrots; students will be taught proper grooming and tacking procedures. Southwinds offers private lessons, but newbies might want to try a group lesson first and gain incentive from watching the shortcomings of others. Today's lesson starts at 3:00, but first-time visitors need to make an appointment and have an assessment before riding into the sunset. Lessons cost $45. Call 305-926-1321, or visit www.stables-and-riding.com. (PEGY)
TUE 29Police officers rejoice! Krispy Kreme is coming to South Miami with a spankin'-new store that will serve hot, glazed goodness 24 hours a day. Break out the stretchy pants and get ready to start your feast early -- the doors open at 5:30 a.m., and the first lobby and drive-through customers will win a free year's supply. The prizes don't end there -- the next 24 customers each receive a stylish Krispy Kreme T-shirt. The next 24 get a free partnership card entitling them to a complimentary box for the next ten boxes of a dozen doughnuts they purchase, and the 24 after that walk away with a free medium cup of coffee. And every customer on opening day will receive a free original glazed. As Homer Simpson says, "Mmmmm, doughnuts." Come and get yours all day today at Krispy Kreme, 6290 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami. Call 305-669-1311, or visit www.krispykreme.com. (PEGY)