Pre-Millennium Tension, the most recent release from Tricky, is classic trip-hop: cut-and-paste soundscapes made up of elements borrowed from dance music, rock, electronica, and hip-hop -- all of it suffused with haunting angst. In truth, Tricky virtually birthed trip-hop in the late Eighties with Massive Attack and the Wild Bunch, cronies from his hometown of Bristol, England. He gained considerable notoriety with his 1995 album Maxinquaye, and recently collaborated with Bjsrk, Alison Moyet, and Porno for Pyros. The fact that he has made his reputation in the studio doesn't mean he can't deliver in person. See for yourself tonight at the Cameo Theater (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) when a handful of flesh-and-blood musicians will augment Tricky's pre-recorded bizarreness. Oh, he'll be there too. Tickets cost $15. Showtime is 9:00 p.m. Call 532-0922. (LB)
Filmmakers, actors, and cinephiles: Get ready for your closeups. The fifth Anti Film Festival, a showcase of experimental, noncommercial works by local, national, and international filmmakers, opens tonight at 6:00 and runs through Sunday at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The highlight is a tribute to French director Jean-Luc Godard, featuring his For Ever Mozart (1997), a meditation on the war in Bosnia, and Weekend (1967), in which the filmmaker confronts a couple, en route to a quiet respite in the country, with the horrors of modern life. Other offerings include three separate programs of avant-garde short films, which will unspool at 8:00 each night; the seminar "Shaking the Money Tree: Fundraising for Independent Film and Video," conducted by independent film consultant Morrie Warshawski (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday); and a free presentation by folks from Kodak, who will discuss the merits of various types of film stock (5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday). For Ever Mozart shows at 6:00 and 10:00 tonight, 10:00 p.m. tomorrow, and 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. Sunday. Weekend: noon and 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $8 per film or $25 for a festival pass. The independent film seminar costs $75 for the public and $60 for Alliance members. Call 534-7171. (NK)
The poignant Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice gets updated and transported to the big city during the Great Depression in award-winning choreographer-director John Kelly's Find My Way Home. In this version, set to the music of Noël Coward, Orpheus is a celebrated radio singer and Eurydice a humble parlor maid. They meet, fall in love, and marry; then she is killed in a car accident. Determined to get his wife back, an inconsolable Orpheus journeys to the underworld -- in this case a speakeasy -- to retrieve her. A couple of catches: The reunited husband and wife can escape from "Hell" only by joining a conga line, during which Orpheus is forbidden to gaze upon Eurydice. If he looks at her before they emerge in the real world, he loses her forever. We won't ruin it for you by giving away the ending. Performances take place at 8:00 tonight and tomorrow at the Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $20. Call 237-3010. (NK)
The first works Jorge Pantoja created after his arrival in Miami from Havana in the early Nineties -- a series of sketches inscribed with the words keep frozen -- were inspired by his job on the graveyard shift at a local Burger King. Eventually Pantoja kissed that gig goodbye, and he now works solely as an artist. For his new drawings, which go on display today at the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami), he has moved from reflecting on fast food to musing about another aspect of Americana -- baseball cards. The artist has adopted the format of trading cards for a series of 100 drawings that depict moments of everyday life as he sees it from his Lincoln Road studio at ArtCenter/South Florida. "Jorge Pantoja: One Hundred Haiku" will be on view at MoCA through August 16. Admission is four dollars. Call 893-6211. (JC)
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Forget expensive flowers, fattening candy, or an extravagant brunch: Celebrate Mother's Day by taking mom for a ride into the sunset -- in a canoe. The Naturalist Services office of the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Mother's Day Key Biscayne Sunset Canoe Trip this evening from 6:30 to 8:30. Offspring age eighteen and older can glide with their mothers over the grass flats along the peaceful, Biscayne Bay side of Key Biscayne, enjoying spectacular views of the Miami skyline and learning about the birds that populate the area and the mangroves that line the shore. The trip costs $20 per person. Space is limited, so call 662-4124 to reserve. (NK)
Renowned jazz drummer and vocalist Grady Tate fills the upstairs room at the Van Dyke Cafe (846 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) with music this evening. Tate spent six years in the Tonight Show band, contributed to tenor saxophonist Stan Getz's hallowed album Sweet Rain, and has worked with a slew of other greats in the music business -- Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan. Aside from his drumming, Tate is also acclaimed for his singing, which has snagged him two Grammy nominations. Jazz pianist and arranger Mike Renzi shares the stage with Tate as his special guest. Showtimes: 9:00, 10:30, and midnight. Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 534-3600.(NK)
It's no wonder that Cuban-American author Cristina Garcia draws a huge crowd when she comes to town; a good many people here can relate to her work. Her debut novel, the critically acclaimed, National Book Award-nominated Dreaming in Cuban, told the intriguing story of three generations of a Cuban family, including members who fled their homeland after the revolution. Her most recent book, The AgYero Sisters (just released in paperback), explores the lives of estranged half-siblings Reina and Constancia AgYero -- one living in Cuba, the other in Miami -- and the forces that eventually draw them together. Garcia reads from and discusses her new book at 8:00 tonight at Books & Books, 296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (NK)
Calling all frustrated artists: Participate in ArtSmart in the Evening and learn the hows and whys of making art. From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. hang out in the studios of professional artists from ArtCenter/South Florida (924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) and listen to them discuss the creative process, their tools and terminology, and just exactly why they do what they do. Meet with mixed-media artist William Robb, who uses found objects and images to create shadowboxes and collages; photographer Jorge Vera, who forms distinctive images by painting on photographs; painter Betty Fleisher, who uses acrylic and oil paints to render abstract plant-like forms; and sculptor Jens Dierks, who specializes in disassembling three-dimensional objects and reconstructing them into two-dimensional works. The session costs $20 for ArtCenter members; $25 for nonmembers. Call 674-8278. (