Bristol, England's trip-hoppers Massive Attack plug their latest album, the mesmerizing Mezzanine, tonight at 8:00 at the Cameo Theatre, 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Opening act is DJ Lewis Parker, who was the first act Massive Attack signed to its new Melankolic label (see "Music," page 81). Tickets are $20. Call 305-532-0922. (NK)
With a big sound, loud plaid suits, and an ambitious name, you'd think Big Six would be as American as poodle skirts and saddle shoes. Not even close. This swing outfit is from England, and although you might have caught them on The Truman Show soundtrack performing T. Rex's "Twentieth-Century Boy," you won't see them in South Florida very often. But tonight at 10:00 you can check them out at Fu-Bar (909 E. Cypress Creek Rd., Fort Lauderdale) as they start off two rug-cutting sets of tunes from their CDs, Ready to Rock and We the Boys Will Rock You. Cover charge is a modest eight dollars. Call 954-776-0660. (LB)
Is this a midlife crisis or has musician, record producer, and indie-label honcho Frank Falestra (a.k.a. Rat Bastard) finally gone legit? The founding member of Scraping Teeth, named by Spin magazine as the worst band in America back in 1993, has always liked moving people. Unfortunately many of those people can be seen running out of a club, hands over ears, faces contorted in pain. That's just fine with Rat. Recently he toured with mayhem makers To Live and Shave in L.A. and his own cacophonous combo, the Laundry Room Squelchers, who continue their Thursday night antics at Churchill's Hideaway. But now it seems he has moved on to bigger, noisier, and artsier things. Yes, Rat Bastard will introduce culture vultures of the art world to his rare brand of pandemonium when he presents Rat-Scape, a performance of soundscapes created on instruments he constructed with his own hands. The show takes place tonight at Dorsch Gallery, 2157 SW Thirteenth Ave. Doors open at 8:00; Rat starts the racket at 9:00. Admission is free. Call 305-856-4080. (NK)
Nothing like a little gospel music to make you feel glad to be alive. Well, get ready to be inspired and to shout "Hallelujah!" many times over. This evening at 8:00 vocalist Douglas Miller and his band, along with the Florida East Coast Baptist Association Mass Choir (made up of 120 members from black churches across the state), and moderator Rev. Arthur Jackson, Jr., present the Heart of the City Gospel Concert at the Joseph Caleb Center auditorium, 5400 NW 22nd Ave. Tickets range from five to ten dollars. Call 305-755-7818.(NK)
An entire day's and night's worth of reggae music will be rocking the Bayfront Park Amphitheater (301 Biscayne Blvd.) today when Reggae Shock '98 rolls into town. Headlining the bill: DJ Bounty Killa, Coco Tea, and Barrington Levy. Also performing will be some of the hottest names in Jamaican dancehall music, including Scare Dem Crew, Monster Shock Crew, Innocence Crew, Angel Doolas, Frisco Kid, Terry Ganzie, Daddy Lizard, Lust, Captain Bakkey, and Baby Cham. Among the Miami-based acts slated to appear: Honorebel and Contractor. Jamusa, G.T. Taylor, and Mikey Mike will serve as MCs. Gates open at 1:00 p.m. Tickets cost $26. Call 305-708-0548. (NK)
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Love to eat? Love to eat a lot? Then you'll think you died and went to epicurean heaven at the Mango Kings Food and Wine Festival. Tonight from 7:00 to 10:30 nine of the nation's most talked-about chefs will cook up a mountain of mouthwatering food. Local culinary wizards include Red Square's Robbin Haas, who will whip up Vietnamese tacos with carmelized vinegar sauce; and Chef Allen's own Allen Susser, who will make tuna poke with key lime, coconut, and mango slaw. Out-of-town foodies include Jeff Buben of New Orleans's Vidalia, who will dish up grilled lamb tenderloin with a goat cheese and carmelized onion tartlet; and Xavier Salomon from the Ritz Carlton Hotel's restaurant in Alanta, who will create pan-seared scallops over fresh peas and mint puree. Hungry yet? If that's not enough, each dish will be paired with a wine from Kendall Jackson, Robert Mondavi, Napa Ridge, or several other vineyards, and the bar will be open as well. Jazzman Joe Donato provides the music. Our question: What's for dessert? Tickets cost $75. Call 305-933-6500. (NK)
Relax, it's Labor Day. You should be working toward having fun, nothing else. That means lift yourself from your chair, leave your home or office, and get outside. Have a picnic, go to a parade, enjoy yourself. The Labor Day Festival and Parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with a parade beginning at the corner of NW 71st Street and Seventh Avenue, then winding south to NW 54th Street and then to Twelfth Avenue. The festival part of the festivities commences at Charles Hadley Park, 1300 NW 50th St. Expect food, cultural performances, and entertainment for the whole family. All events are free. Call 305-755-7818. (NK)
Okay, so you're not exactly the most coordinated person in the world. In fact, you never did master the hustle, the funky chicken, or the electric slide, and the thought of attempting the macarena gives you the cold sweats. The fact that you can't dance doesn't mean that dancing doesn't fascinate you. Ever the optimist, you still study those Fred Astaire movies and haven't given up hope that one day you'll be able to move with a fraction of his grace. You might care to know that over the next five days, 53 couples from 35 countries will sweep each other off their feet -- and maybe you off yours, too -- at the U.S. Dance Sport Championships. Professionals and amateurs will do the waltz, cha-cha-cha, rumba, fox trot, tango, and more in several categories such as Latin American, cabaret, rhythm, and theatrical dance. The event culminates in the World Championships on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Competitions take place each day at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort and Spa, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets range from $20 to $50. Call 305-672-7649. (NK)
Don't ask us why Cuban musician Orlando "Maraca" Valle goes by the nickname "Maraca." We know nothing about his percussion abilities. All we know is that he plays the flute -- really well. He took up the instrument as a ten-year-old. His professional career began with stints in orchestras led by Bobby Carcasses and Emiliano Salvador. In 1988 Valle joined the Cuban jazz-fusion supergroup Irakere, where he served for six years as flutist, keyboard player, composer, and arranger, and with whom he toured the world. He launched his solo career in 1994, producing award-winning albums for others, recording his own (which garnered favorable reviews), and forming the band Otra Vision. Valle and his band have gone on the road, too, and released the albums Havana Calling (1996) and most recently Sonando, which features Cuban music legends such as Compay Segundo and Barbarito Torres. Tonight at 9:00 at Amnesia, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, hear Valle and Otra Vision perform, direct from Havana, along with special guests Torres and Pio Leyva, a member of the acclaimed rumberos Los Munequitos de Matanzas. Tickets cost $20. Call 305-531-6699. (