Cheesecake fantasy. Chocolate devotion. Birthday cake remix. Black forest dream. If you love ice cream, you'll recognize these as a few of Cold Stone Creamery's insanely good creations. If you love ice cream and football, you're in for a double delight. The Reach for the Stars Foundation's Ice Cream Bash brings Miami Dolphins players Jay Fiedler, Antuan Edwards, and Donald Lee, as well as Miss Florida 2004 Kristen Berset, and IBF Light Heavyweight champ Glen Johnson behind the frozen granite counter to pound in your candy mix-ins and serve you some frozen goodness all in the name of charity. Pack on pounds, bid on raffle items, and smile, knowing all proceeds will benefit families combating cystic fibrosis. Get the scoop this evening from 5:00 till 9:00 at Cold Stone Creamery, 18225 Biscayne Blvd., in the Fresh Fields Plaza in Aventura. Admission is free. Call 305-865-5588, or visit www.r4stars.org. (PEGY)
In the 2000 film Almost Famous, aspiring rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit) asks golden groupie goddess Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), "Don't you have any normal friends?" She gently explains, "Famous people are just more interesting." That's the mentality that keeps our class structure rigidly in place. It's also what spurs on the eager culinary students in the third annual S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition. Win this and all of a sudden, you're among the pros at the Las Vegas finals, and from there, who knows? A head-chef spot at a chi-chi eatery, your own national chain of restaurants, a show on the Food Network? Better you catch these rising stars now, before their heads get all swollen and you can't get a reservation because your name isn't well-known enough. The pot boils over at noon at Johnson & Wales University, 1701 NE 127th St., North Miami. Admission is free. Call 305-892-7027. (PEGY)
Winos of the world, unite! And proceed to raise a glass or two or twelve at the third annual Miami International Wine Fair, going on through Monday at the James L. Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave.). There roughly 5000 professional and amateur lovers of the grape will gather to learn about more than 1500 wines brought in from 400 wineries representing 18 countries. In addition to the bacchanal, a series of social events such as a grand dinner, brunch on the beach, and an awards ceremony will offer ample wine-tasting opportunities as well. Pack plenty of the antacid and the hangover remedy. Tickets range from $60 to $100. Call 1-877-577-WINE or visit www.miamiwinefair.com. (NK)
How do a dance company and a sculptor work together? Do the dancers prance around with gigantic figures the artist has created? Or do they pose stiffly as he slowly chips away at a piece of marble? In the case of Maximum Dance and Edouard Duval-Carrié, it's a bit more simple. During the world premiere of the collaborative piece Endless Passage, slides of the artist's work will be projected on the stage, which will be embellished by a proscenium also of his making. Check out that work, featuring music by Giovanni Sollima and Philip Glass, and a couple of other modern classics when the company opens its season at 8:00 tonight and 3:00 tomorrow at Bailey Concert Hall, 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie. Tickets range from $25 to $50. Call 305-259-9775. (NK)
It has happened before, and unfortunately, the way Iran and North Korea are threatening, it just might happen again. Missile Crises ain't no joke. Sorry, children of the Fifties, your government lied to you. Bert the Turtle was wrong, ducking and covering under a cheap, mass-produced, wooden desk won't save you from the blast. Uncover the shrouded truth about the missile crises of 1962 in a documentary that includes declassified photographs and footage, as well as interviews with the main participants including Fidel Castro, Soviet officials, and U.S. intelligence officers of the era. While you're there, check out the art exhibits, information center, and music pavilion. Get your conspiracy theory on at Casa Bacardi, University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, 1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables. The film begins at 2:30 this and every afternoon until Sunday, October 31. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-284-2822 or visit www.miami.edu/iccas. (PEGY)
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Refugees can be so amazingly creative. Desperate to reach America's golden shores, they'll construct seagoing craft worthy of MacGyver. But our journeying Caribbean comrades aren't the only people who can slap together a boat out of something as unusual as a '57 Chevy. You can too, at "Engineer It! Wind, Water & Widgets," the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium's (3280 S. Miami Ave.) latest endeavor to teach us all a thing or two. Ever dreamed of building a windmill, a bridge, or an airplane? Make your dorky dreams come true, then test the performance of your creation in water tanks, earthquake simulators, or wind tunnels, and realize exactly why you shouldn't quit your day job. Tinker away between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Admission ranges from six to ten dollars. Call 305-646-4200 or visit www.miamisci.org. (PEGY)
A bad haircut is not a laughing matter -- especially if you're the bearer of the truncated tresses. But if the Jim-Carrey-in-Dumb & Dumber do is plaguing someone else, feel free to snicker and point. Bad hairstyles are not really the subject of the zany play Shear Madness. It's more like bad hair stylists. As in murderous. Or are they really killers? The play tells the tale of beleaguered pianist Isabel Czerny, who has the extreme misfortune of living above a unisex beauty salon that makes her die a thousand deaths -- literally. In America's longest-running comedic murder mystery, old Isabel is knocked off at every performance. It's the audience's job to be sleuths and solve the crime. Imagine if you could walk out with a fabulous new do too! Curtain time is 8:00 tonight through Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Sunday. After Sunday, November 14, presentations commence one half hour later. The show runs through Sunday, January 2, at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Tickets cost $30 for today and tomorrow's previews; $37.50 and $45 thereafter. Call 305-444-9293. (NK)