How real is real? This is a question worthy of a poet. Miami spoken-word artist Will Bell is so real, he has adopted "Da-RealOne" as his moniker. Inspiration for his art comes from the six o'clock news, random conversations, or street scenes. Da-RealOne relates all issues and current events to his own life journey. He creates rhymes from everyday fodder without falling into self-righteous pontification. Da-RealOne is more real than that. Real enough to have performed on a Russell Simmons gig for HBO's Def Poetry Jam. Real enough to have left his job last year at the health department to chase his dream. Real enough to have found poetry while doing a stint in the slammer. Tonight the Liberty City native opens the Love Calls tour featuring Kem, Xavier and Silk. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave. Tickets range from $19 to $42.50. Call 305-372-4634. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Cruising down memory lane in Miami can be hellish. Consider the days last year when police pummeled protesters, when the people were prevented by force from sending a message of dissent to the organizers of the Free Trade Area of the Americas conference. The residue from the "Miami Model" of police thuggery still sticks to the city like unflossed crud lodged in the Cheshire cat smile of Mayor Manny Diaz. Can't recall? Check out Scaring Miami, a documentary, art exhibit, and performance by University of Miami law professor Elizabeth M. Iglesias and the University of Tulsa's Madeleine M. Plasencia. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, 512 Española Way. Admission is $10. Call 305-673-4567. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Films capture Everglades past
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As development pushes ever westward from Miami and agriculture runoff seeps south, the Everglades may one day resemble more a puddle than a river of grass. It is hard, then, to imagine a time when panthers roamed unchecked and the only regular visitors were backwoods hunters and Miccosukee Indians. But thanks to the Florida Moving Image Archive, you can take a tour of the Everglades as it once was through home movies from the 1930-40s, footage of Harry Truman's national park dedication ceremony in 1947, and subsequent news coverage. Expedition to the Everglades: A Video Rewind Journey runs from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 27 at the main Miami-Dade Public Library, 101 W. Flagler St. Admission is free. Call 305-375-1505. -- By John Anderson