Partnership Dance, now there's a concept. Could that refer to a couple dancing together in the old-fashioned way or just a cynical business venture? Whatever it is, promoting it is the mission of a group that calls itself Miami Dance Machine. In the ambitious show Baile on the Beach, the Machine aims to examine how Spanish and African music influenced Latin American dances, how ballroom dancing developed in the United States and Europe, and how swing and other American forms of dancing evolved. Oh, the finale will showcase Latin American dances such as the cha-cha-cha and mambo, centering on how African roots shaped the rhythms of Cuba and Brazil. Performers include world-renowned hustle masters Billy Fajardo and Katie Marlow (right) and Latin dance mavens Andre and Natalie Paramonov. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. at the Fontainebleau Hilton's Club Tropigala, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $25. Call 305-266-1897. -- By Nina Korman
Yo, yo, yo, cineastes: Check out my man and raptivist Danny Hoch in his feature film Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop, exploring the lives of a diverse group of New Yorkers through a hip-hop lens. They're all characters from Hoch's one-man play of the same name. Hoch and Marinieves Alba brought the first Cuban rappers to visit the U.S. The film screens at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow as part of the first Cuban Hip-Hop Film Festival. Also featured: the flick Cuban HipHop All-Stars, at 8:00 tonight, followed by open-mike jams, MC battles, and poetry from Adrian Castro. Friday and Saturday screenings take place at Arts at St. Johns, 4760 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach. Talks and films begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Miami International University of Art & Design, 1501 Biscayne Blvd. Admission is $10 opening night; $5 thereafter. Call 305-815-2484. -- By John Anderson
Beats of Life
The rhythms of Africa are vivid and alive in the Americas and in Miami. Teacher, storyteller, and drummer Jan Sebon is one of the emissaries of drum culture. His group Mundo Vibe performs the music of Haiti and Africa combined with storytelling and dance this afternoon. Sebon mixes in the rhythms of Haitian nago and ebo with kuku and bao beats from West Africa in his Story of the Drum. The event starts at 3:00 p.m. at the Edison Center Branch Library, 531 NW 62nd St. Admission is free. Call 305-757-0668. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
South American film outlines amorous desires
Love is a great big huggy-poo. Love is a huge hunk of chocolate cake. Love is danger. Love is romance. Love is never having to say you're sorry. Though mankind has always felt it, there has never been a single definition of the thing that we all desire and try to cultivate. In Brazilian director Sandra Werneck's 1997 romantic comedy Little Book of Love, main characters Luiza and Gabriel seek a system for defining love while trying to bounce back from failed relationships. After they meet in Rio the newfound lovers create a dictionary of love as they question the nature of their union. The film will be presented as part of Cinema Garden, a series of monthly outdoor screenings designed to raise funds for Brazilian Mission, an organization that helps poor communities throughout Brazil. The movie unspools at 8:00 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $10. Call 305-637-9900. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Ahh, we love the smell of funnel cake and vomit in the morning! But you won't be able to enjoy such a scent in the a.m. -- at least not today. The 53rd annual Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo doesn't throw open its gates until 3:00 p.m. On weekends the fun goes from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. And oh what fun it is. In addition to the stomach-churning rides, fattening food, and tricky games designed to make you part with your hard-earned cash and not walk home with a giant stuffed animal, there's plenty of entertainment: a circus, acrobatic flag throwers, a Vegas-style dance production, music of all kinds, mini stock car races, an extreme sports show, a daily Mardi Gras parade, agricultural exhibits, and, lest we forget, livestock! The fair runs through Sunday, April 4. Admission is $8 ($1 on opening day). Call 305-223-7060. -- By Nina Korman
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Food & Film
A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick's 1971 movie adaptation of Anthony Burgess's masterpiece novel (minus a chapter), is considered one of the greats in cinema history. The memorable soundtrack and stylized look continue to garner accolades while the prescient eroding of societal values and ultraviolent scenes remain ever chilling. It's the perfect flick to enjoy over a meal! Tickets for the 8:00 p.m. Foreign Film Picnic at the Miami Beach Cinematheque (512 Española Way, Miami Beach) range from $10 to $20 depending on extras, which include a boxed picnic and after-screening party at Pearl. Call 305-673-4567. -- By Margaret Griffis