The campus is quiet, the students are gone. But the art scene at the University of Miami is still very much happening, and now's a great time to check out the displays at Casa Bacardi (1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables). Tonight at 7:00 come for the opening of Fiestas y Carnivales, a collection by Cristina Figueredo, who celebrates her family's Cuban past and commemorates the history of the island by blending history, photography, film, painting, sculpture, digital media, and literature. Figueredo has converted her grandfather's films of old Cuba into paintings that speak to those who yearn for the homeland they know only from the fading memories of their family members. Of course, as the name of the venue indicates, there will be complimentary Bacardi rum to enjoy with the art. Admission is free. Call 305-284-2822, or visit casabacardi.iccas.miami.edu. (PEGY)
Before he got mixed up with all of those Jens, Ben Affleck had only his buddy Matt Damon and no People covers to his name. Now you can see how these Beantown boys got their start in the Florida premiere of the stage presention of Matt & Ben. As part of its Light Box Studio Performance Series, the Miami Light Project presents this Mad Cat Theatre Company production directed by Paul Tei and starring Ivonne Azurdia, Joe Kimble, and Michelle Goyette. The curtain rises at 8:00 tonight at The Light Box, 3000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $20. The play runs Wednesday through Saturday until August 6. Call 305-576-6377, or visit www.miamilightproject.com. (LO)
Here's a nursery rhyme for you: Hickory dickory doke. Can you believe Andrew "Dice" Clay is still telling jokes? Okay, that wasn't the best verse in the world, but neither are the Diceman's. Back in the Eighties, his raunchy cigarette-puffing, leather-jacket-wearing shtick gained him throngs of adoring fans. Clay sold out venue after venue, making crass observations in his blaring Brooklyn accent. His success ground to a halt in the Nineties, following protests from feminists and other culturally sensitive folks. He tried to reinvent himself as a well-meaning Jackie Gleason type in a CBS sitcom called Bless This House, but low ratings killed off the persona of a kinder, gentler Clay. If lines like "Little Boy Blue, he needed the money" tickle your funny bone, come out tonight for raw misogynistic humor delivered straight up as only the Diceman does it. The show begins at 11:00 p.m. at the Miami Improv, 3390 Mary St., Coconut Grove. Tickets cost $45. Call 305-441-8200, or visit www.miamiimprov.com. (PEGY)
Now that Gene Wilder has retracted his criticism of what he called Tim Burton's "pointless" remake of the 1971 classic Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and has praised Johnny Depp as the perfect choice for stepping into the magical shoes he filled in the original, we can all put our differences aside and enjoy the giant screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The IMAX Experience at the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale). You can catch the modernized Oompa Loompas; boo the bratty Veruca, Mike, Violet, and Augustus; and cheer for Charlie and Grandpa Joe as this delicious adventure unfolds. And even with those weird teeth and purple contact lenses, Depp is still hot. Before you catch the show, find the cure for your chocolate fever at the Scrumdillyumptious Science Café, featuring Schakolad's flowing chocolate fountain, sweet fondue from the Melting Pot, and a chocolate science exhibit from 1:00 to 4:00. You can learn about the history of the decadent little cocoa bean, and no one will mind if you leave with a pocketful of treats and chocolate all over your face. Showtimes are noon, 3:35, 6:00, and 8:25 p.m. Tickets for the IMAX movie and exhibits cost $15, $13 for children. Call 954-467-6637, or visit www.mods.org. (LO)
Whether they're destroying your city, like the Terminator, or stealing your heart, like the Iron Giant, there's no debating that robots are freakin' awesome. Fred Snitzer certainly thinks so. The local gallery owner and art collector has been amassing vintage robots for years now, taking a special interest in the mechanical beings as visual, figurative objects. In the ongoing exhibit Robot: Vintage Toys from the Collection of Fred Snitzer, you can gaze in wonder at the future, as imagined by Japanese designers trying to pitch shiny motorized toys to Western audiences. Don't expect to find Optimus Prime in this selection of objets d'art; the display primarily includes toys made in the Forties through the Seventies. Say domo arigato today from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-463-4629, or visit www.mdpls.org. (PEGY)
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Paulina Casado and Karell Levy already have it made. Casado has an established career as a stylist and fashion journalist, and Levy's hip knitwear line, Krelwear, has gained a following among the stylish and successful. As the co-creators of the Independent Fashion Trade Show, these two women have paved the way for fledgling designers to follow their lead and cement Miami's reputation as a go-to destination for couture. Local designers including Ecoist, Raiza, Ash Rana, Twinestones, Eberjay, and Funk Couture will have their styles highlighted during the event. Most of the two-day trade show is for the media, buyers, company reps, and fashionistas, but tonight's party is open to the public. Get your groove on with the glamour squad tonight at 8:00 at the Sanctuary Hotel, 1745 James Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-519-1595, or visit www.iftradeshow.com for more details. (PEGY)
Practicing yoga beneath the moon and stars sounds like the perfect way to achieve inner peace and balance, that is until you spin out of your revolved triangle pose and land face-first in the sand while trying to swat away fierce mosquitoes. But now you can avoid the West Nile virus and still enjoy oga Under the Stars in the cool clime of the planetarium dome at the Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium (3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami). Every Monday and Wednesday night from 5:00 to 6:00, you can experience relaxation and rejuvenation as you bend, stretch, and reach for the stars. The class costs ten dollars, and child care is available for an additional five dollars. Call 305-646-4200, or visit www.miamisci.org. (LO)
By Lyssa Oberkreser and Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik