Calendar for the week

october 30
Naomi Wolf: Naomi Wolf sure knows how to piss people off. A controversial figure among the feminist elite, she discusses her latest book Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood, today at 10:30 a.m. as part of the Jewish Book Fair's Women's Day Luncheon. A Rhodes Scholar and Yale graduate, Wolf came to prominence in 1991 with The Beauty Myth, in which she slammed society in general and women's magazines in particular for perpetuating unfair, debilitating standards of beauty. Her followup Fire with Fire presented "power feminism" as a replacement for the "victim feminism" of her predecessors. Tickets for the luncheon at Signature Gardens (12725 SW 122nd Ave.) cost $40. Reservations are required; call 271-9000, ext. 268. (JO)

Third World: Around for twenty-plus years and still going strong, the guys in Third World are the grand old men of reggae music. But don't call them simply reggae artists. Their sound is a fusion of native Jamaican rhythms, pop, rock, and soul. Over the years they have collaborated with Stevie Wonder; Earth, Wind and Fire; and Jackson Browne, among others, and have produced hits such as "Sense of Purpose" and "Try Jah Love." Plugging its latest album Serious Business (which the band predicts will revolutionize reggae), Third World comes to the Cameo Theatre (1455 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight at 9:00 with opening acts Safari and Nubian Ras. Even if you aren't into this kind of thing, how can you resist a band whose lead singer's nickname is "Bunny Rugs"? Tickets range from $16 to $20. Call 259-0030. (NK)

New Vision Florida/Brazil Festival: Just so you'll know there's more to Brazil than soccer and the "Girl from Ipanema," Tigertail Productions created the New Vision Florida/Brazil Festival -- or FLA/BRA. This two-weeklong festival, now in its third year, presents the work of some of Brazil's and Florida's most innovative artists in a series of events encompassing dance, music, film, and the visual arts. Over the next fourteen days gifted Brazilians such as Baden Powell, Susana Yamauchi, and Arnaldo Antunes will interact with talented Floridians such as Alfredo Triff, Gary Lund, and Quisqueya Hernandez and share their latest works. The enlightening exchange begins tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. with FLA/BRA's opening party at the Albion Hotel (1650 James Ave., Miami Beach). At 9:00 p.m. special guest choreographer/dancer Babs Case will present a dance/installation titled Woods Mix. Also, Brazilian artist Jose Damasceno's installation City/Cidade, providing a beach community's perspective on the city, will be on view in the hotel's courtyard until November 30. Tickets for the party cost $50. Call 324-4337. (NK)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: The Festival, which has yet to show its official opening-night movie, continues all over the tricounty area. This week the Miami Mini-Fest gets under way, and the Boca Mini-Fest, Hollywood Mini-Fest, and retrospectives of Federico Fellini and Ben Gazzara wrap up. See "Calendar Listings," page 42, for details. (NK)

october 31
Alloy Orchestra at the Movies: Ooooh, this is scary, kids. Tonight at 7:30 at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), the Wolfsonian-Florida International University and the Film Society of Miami, in association with the Miami Beach Film Society, present their own version of Creature Feature. In honor of Halloween, the featured creature is F.W. Murnau's vampire Nosferatu, the bald-headed, hook-nosed, poorly manicured guy who lurks along the streets of Bavaria in search of life-sustaining blood. Nosferatu is more reminiscent of a flasher than a vampire, but he must have been a frightening sight back in 1922 when this silent movie (the first film adaption of Bram Stoker's Dracula) was made. The Alloy Orchestra, a found-object percussion trio from Boston, will provide the musical accompaniment. In fact, they'll be pounding away at the Colony tomorrow, too, for a screening of the cool 1925 dinosaur flick The Lost World at 2:00 p.m. And they'll add sounds for two double features tomorrow, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., of what was perhaps the first-ever sci-fi film, George Melies's A Trip to the Moon from 1902, and an early Joan Crawford/Lon Chaney movie, Tod Browning's The Unknown (1927), in which they play twisted circus performers. Tickets for Nosferatu range from $75 to $100 and include a postmovie costume bash at the National Hotel (1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). The double features cost fifteen dollars, and tomorrow's matinee ranges from five to eight dollars. Call 377-3456. (NK)

David Byrne: Taking a break from responsibilities at his Luaka Bop label, David Byrne, former lead head of the Talking Heads, plays the Cameo Theatre (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight at 8:00. He's on tour supporting his new album Feelings, a collection of eclectic tunes inspired by his travels to exotic spots all over the globe. One of those spots was South Beach Studios at Twelfth Street and Collins Avenue, where Byrne recorded the world-beat-tinged tune "Miss America." In concert Byrne will certainly draw from the new album, which is laced with drum and bass, East Indian, new wave, and funk sounds. Although his big suit has been shelved for a while, he has been known to pull some Talking Heads standards out of the closet. Tickets cost $20. Call 532-0922. (LB)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.

november 1
Festival Rasin '97: This afternoon the Haitian community comes alive to celebrate the Day of the Dead at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.). This four-year-old festival, organized by the Center for Haitian Studies, once again honors the Vodou death spirit Gede with a lineup worthy of Carnival in Port-au-Prince. Three supergroups from Haiti -- Boukan Ginen, Ram, and Koudjay -- will play their variations on rasin (roots) music, combining ritual Vodou rhythms with rock riffs and pop melodies. Special guest David Rudder, from Trinidad, fuses various Caribbean genres to create his sweat-breaking, socially conscious soca. Miami-based Haitian folkloric dancers and musicians will also perform. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Tickets range from five to ten dollars. For more information call 751-3740. The fete continues tonight at 11:30 at the Haitian hangout Tap Tap (819 Fifth St., Miami Beach), when local Haitian drummers stage a heart-racing jam that might just raise the dead. An altar to Gede will be on display at the restaurant. Admission is free. Call 672-2898 for details. (JC)

Tropical Audubon Society 50th Anniversary: Putter around the garden for two days straight at the Tropical Audubon Society's first garden party, which honors its 50th year of getting people back to nature. Head over to the Doc Thomas House and Botanical Garden (5530 Sunset Dr.) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and tomorrow for a tour of the house and grounds. You can gather information from the conservation organizations Earth Save, the Nature Conservancy, and others; purchase plants, books, art, and food; and listen to speakers former congressman Dante Fascell, Everglades enthusiast Cesar Becerra, and local-history maven Arva Moore Parks. If you arrive at 8:00 a.m. on either day, you'll be treated to a bit of birding. And a special event takes place tonight at 7:30 at the Miami Museum of Science (3280 S. Miami Ave.), as North American bird expert Kenn Kauffman delivers a lecture on -- what else? -- birds. Admission to the party costs four dollars, twelve for the lecture. Call 666-5111. (NK)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.
Alloy Orchestra at the Movies: See Friday.

november 2
Gemini: They're twin brothers, they're musicians, they're Gemini: upbeat singers who play nearly a dozen instruments, appealing to children and adults alike. The brothers -- Sandor and Laszlo -- were born in Hungary and eventually immigrated with their parents to the United States. Along the way they were exposed to a variety of cultures and music that influenced their own songs about the joys and travails of growing up. The Temple Beth Am Concert Series' Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children welcomes Gemini to Coral Gables Elementary School (105 Minorca Ave., Coral Gables) this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost six dollars. Call 667-6667. (NK)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.
Tropical Audubon Society 50th Anniversary: See Saturday.

november 3
Florida Philharmonic: Anyone who has ever taken a class in music appreciation knows Benjamin Britten for his deceptively simple Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, a piece that introduces the neophyte classical music student to the different sections and sounds of the orchestra. But the prolific Britten produced remarkably complex works as well. He wrote several small-scale chamber operas (The Rape of Lucretia, The Turn of the Screw) and received dozens of commissions to create major musical pieces. One of those commissions led to 1961's War Requiem, a work to commemorate the consecration of England's St. Michael's Cathedral in Coventry, which was devastated by bombing during World War II. Britten, who was a conscientious objector during the war, intersperses nine antiwar poems by Wilfred Owen with the Requiem's Latin text. Tonight at 8:00 at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.) and tomorrow and Wednesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale), the Florida Philharmonic Chorus and Florida's Singing Sons join conductor James Judd and the orchestra to perform Britten's masterpiece. Tickets range from $17 to $75. (NK)

november 4
Chicago: Gangsters, flappers, and gin -- a lethal combination in the 1920s. Throw in a little love, murder, and overnight celebrity and you have the makings of a musical. Or at least composer John Kander, lyricist Fred Ebb, and choreographer Bob Fosse did back in 1975 when they created Chicago. The show, which had a wildly successful two-year run on Broadway, returned to the Great White Way last year and garnered six Tony Awards. Broadway broads Bebe Neuwirth and Ann Reinking (who was in the original production and choreographed this one) will be absent from this production, but you still get some notables in this touring company. Jasmine Guy, snotty Whitley of TV's A Different World, stars as Velma Kelly. Charlotte d'Amboise, daughter of superdancer Jacques, plays Roxie Hart, and Emmy-nominated actor Obba Babatunde rounds out the bill as Billy Flynn. The show opens tonight at 8:00 and runs through November 9 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets range from $26 to $49. Call 673-7300 for details and all that jazz. (NK)

Florida Philharmonic: See Monday.

november 5
Arlo Guthrie: Arlo Guthrie's folky, mostly acoustic music and hippie persona made him an icon for a generation. Best-known for a 30-year-old song (yes, it has been that long) named "Alice's Restaurant," Guthrie has also written and published poetry and a children's book (Mooses Come Walking), founded Rising Son Records, and toured incessantly in the past few years. Son of Woody Guthrie, Arlo has kids who have also gone into the business; his son Abe tours with him. Tonight's performance at the Shelbourne Beach Resort (1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) benefits the River Fund, a volunteer organization that helps the elderly and people with cancer and AIDS. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $45 for VIP seating and a postperformance dessert reception with Arlo. Call 868-1763. (JO)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Thursday.
Florida Philharmonic: See Monday.
Chicago: See Tuesday.


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