Hialeah Rocks! Really. What other municipality in Miami-Dade can boast of its very own festival at the rock and roll holy ground of Churchill's? Kendall? Ha! Coral Gables? Don't make me laugh. Now in its ninth year, Hialeah Fest started over a few beers and a bunch of Hialeah-based bands looking for a place to rock (or is that a bunch of beers and a few bands?). Not all the bands actually live in Hialeah. Some just rehearse and record in the city's plethora of cheap warehouse space while basking in its freaky glow. And what is the Hialeah sound? Think poor white trash Hispanic rock, deep Southern culture on the skids, late Eighties rock run amok. Join veteran rockers Humbert (below), Clambake, and Hammerhed; newbies Secret P.E. Club, Stop Motion, and Modernage; plus many more, in celebrating their Hialeah heritage. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. at 5501 NE 2nd Ave. Admission is $5. Call 305-757-1807. -- By John Anderson
All Keyed Up
Fans of playwright August Wilson, who have waited since 1990's Fences for another of his masterpieces to be produced at the M Ensemble Actors Studio, need look no further. Florida's oldest African-American theater company (founded in 1971) brings Pulitzer Prize winner The Piano Lesson to its stage tonight at 8:00. Set in Pittsburgh (Wilson's boyhood home) during the Depression, the drama depicts the relationship of two siblings, Berniece and Boy Willie Charles, who quarrel over whether to sell the 137-year-old antique piano that has been a part of their family for generations. Critics praised the play's portrayal of the African-American experience in the 20th Century during its successful Broadway run. The local production stars Stacy-Ann Rose and Andre L. Gainey; John Pryor directs. The show runs through Sunday, December 14, at 12320 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami. Admission is $20; $15 for seniors and students. Call 305-895-8955. -- By Jesica Ryzenberg
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Old World Order
When Columbus proved the world was round and Galileo was trumping Catholic dogma with his discovery of the planets, the arts took on an exploratory nature. Baroque and Renaissance composers expressed in their music the fundamental order of the universe. Today a group of post-postmodern voices revives the compositions in a concert for the mind and soul. University of Miami's Collegium Musicum performs Bach's Cantata No. 106, which reminds us about God and time, at 3:30 at the Church of the Epiphany, 8235 SW 57th Ave. Admission is free. Call 305-667-4911. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez