Antique Overload

It's hip to be old

THU 1/20

You've been watching Antiques Roadshow for years, and now it's time to finally put that knowledge for spotting authenticity to use. Armed with your wallet and a keen eye for treasures, you'll be prepared for the 43rd annual Original Miami Beach Antique Show featuring more than 1000 international exhibitors. Show manager Andrea Canady says interest in this event continues to grow: "This show is really an institution. We have become an integral part of the antique show network and the Miami Beach cultural profile."

New features at this year's event include "M3 (Miami Beach, Mid-Century, Modernism)," a show specializing in the finest furniture, jewelry, lighting, and art from the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Art Moderne movements; and daily vintage couture fashion shows presented by C. Madeleine's, a designer showroom with a century's worth of vintage clothing.

The show is open noon to 9:00 today through Sunday, January 23, and noon to 6:00 on Monday, January 24, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Halls B through D, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Admission is $15 for a five-day pass which is valid throughout the run of the show, and children under twelve are free. Call 239-732-6642, or visit -- Lyssa Oberkreser

Garden Arty

Only the name is wacky

SAT 1/22

Folks who prefer whimsical trinkets of the inexpensive type probably should go elsewhere. This art show set amid the lush tropical landscape of Pinecrest Gardens (11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest) aims to showcase high-quality pieces, according to park staffer Domino Ireland. About 40 artists from Florida and other parts of the nation were selected to display their jewelry, paintings, photography, sculpture, and other crafty pieces. Spectators can enjoy the blossoming park as they browse the exhibits and chat with the artists. Wallets stuffed with cash are optional -- but handy for those who want to bring home something distinctively spectacular to spruce up the homestead. The creatively titled art show, Pinecrest gARTens Fine Art Festival, runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. today and Sunday. Admission is five dollars for adults and three dollars for children twelve and younger. Call 305-669-6942, or visit -- Patti Roth

Om-ward Bound

Get heavily meditated

WED 1/26

Those statues of Buddha always depict him as either serene or beaming. One wonders, would he be so blissfully happy if he lived in today's demanding whirlwind society? Probably. You too can learn to smile and chill out with Buddhist meditation. Meet others who share an interest in Dharma. No, not the goofy hippy-dippy chick on that sitcom that got cancelled; Dharma means "protection" and refers to Buddha's teachings, which aim to protect practitioners from suffering and strife. Buddhist meditation teacher John de la Cruz will lead tonight's meditation starting at 7:30 at the Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center in Room 11 of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 7701 SW 76th Ave., Kendall. Call 305-274-4699, or visit -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik

Face Value

SAT 1/22

Expensive bronzing powder, lash-curling mascara, and shimmering lip gloss won't do a thing for you if your skin isn't healthy. Pick up the basic tips for maintaining a natural, youthful glow this afternoon when cosmetologist Marie C. Stephens presents "Beyond Makeup" at the Coral Reef Branch Library, 9211 Coral Reef Dr. The class is free, but registration is required. Call 305-233-8324, or visit -- Lyssa Oberkreser


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