Form follows function, or is it the other way around? When brought to bear on our physical beings, such cut-and-dried theorems don't necessarily apply. Rio de Janeiro's Lia Rodrigues Dance Company will explore the infinitesimal possibilities of our collective mortal coil in Such Stuff As We Are Made Of, a performance piece at Dorsch Gallery (151 NW 24th St.). The company's sculptural approach to dance is inspired by the spiritual, political, and emotional aspects of carnal existence. A recent tour of Europe garnered rave reviews for the troupe's brave style. See its local debut as part of the FLA/BRA festival presented by Tigertail Productions. The dance concert runs today through Sunday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for tonight's benefit performance cost $50. General admission for remaining performances is $20. Call 305-545-8546 or 305-867-7111. (JCR)
With a name like Bands for Babes, you might expect a bevy of Playboy playmates or Penthouse pets or just some scantily clad Maxim gals to be sashaying around Churchill's (5501 NE Second Ave.) this evening. Wrong! Bands for Babes is actually an organization designed to help the needy and run by local musician Celeste Higgins of Sugar Pie. And the babes in this particular scenario refer not to buxom groupies but to the more than 100,000 kiddies who benefit from the good works of the 100-year-old Children's Home Society of Florida, a statewide provider of social services such as foster care, child abuse prevention, treatment for the disabled, and counseling. Tonight at 9:00, in conjunction with twelve local acts including Carnival Haggis, JC Moya, Khadir, Zach Ziskin, Rene Alvarez, Maria Marocka, and Shuttle Lounge, BFB will throw a tune-filled benefit for the CHSFL. Cover charge is five dollars. Call 305-757-1807. (NK)
More than 30 local musicians, spoken-word artists, actors, and belly dancers will raise their voices (and swing their hips) to support the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes. The fifth annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert Part II unites performers at Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.). The event raises money for cannabis activist groups Florida NORML and The Florida Cannabis Action Network, lobbyist groups that seek to protect smoking rights by reversing legislation that permits the prosecution of doctors who prescribe pot and patients who use it. Among those performing on four stages will be the Monjees, Shamonay, Earth Citizens, the Square Egg, and the Avenging Lawnmowers of Justice. The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. and continues past 3:00 a.m. Admission is ten dollars. Call 305-374-1198. (JCR)
If there's a group in Miami that knows how to throw a lunch, it has to be the ladies of the Junior League of Miami. Today the socially conscious socialites will host their second annual Chili Splash Cook-Off at the Miami Seaquarium (4400 Rickenbacker Cswy.). The event brings together more than 25 of the ladies' favorite restaurants, who will compete for the all-important title of Best Chili in Town. Be ready for spicy-hot offerings from Taco Rico, Café Tu Tu Tango, and Hooters, among others. The $35 admission goes to support the 75-year-old volunteer association's children's and family programs, and includes all the chili and beer you can handle. The cook-off begins at noon. Call 305-443-0160. (JCR)
Sticky sidewalks, cotton candy, circus freaks, and the Super Himalaya bring back warm memories of springtime revelry? Then it's time to head to the 52nd annual Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, a South Florida tradition. This year the fair brings a tropical-flavored Mardi Gras parade to town with nightly romps on the fairgrounds as well as live concerts and performances by the Royal Hanneford Circus. The fair entrance is located at Coral Way and SW 24th Street. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. weekends and close at 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, March 30. Admission is eight dollars for adults; six bucks for seniors and children under twelve years old. Call 305-223-7060. (JCR)
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Some little boys dream of being astronauts; others grow up wanting to build skyscrapers and bridges. We're not really sure if it was James Dyson's childhood wish to design the coolest vacuum cleaner around when he grew up, but that's one of the many things the brash Brit has done. His Dyson DC 07, Western Europe's hottest-selling floor sweeper, recently introduced to the American market, is known for its Dyson Cyclone Technology. What exactly does that mean? Well, the clever contraption uses centrifugal force to suck allergens, bacteria, dirt, and dust from your floor and the air, earning it the seal of approval from the British Allergy Foundation. (Wonder if there's an American Allergy Foundation?) And it's the first vacuum cleaner that doesn't lose suction. Take that, Hoover, Oreck, and Eureka! Also the colorful clear-plastic design, available in yellow, purple, and red, just looks good. It has been recognized by design museums all over the world and has influenced the look of the Apple iMac computer. Tonight at 7:00 at the Wolfsonian-FIU (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), Dyson will deliver a lecture about creating fabulous products that make our lives easier and the perseverance it takes to get the darn things to market. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 305-535-2645. (NK)
Serena is confirmed. Sister Venus is ready. Andre and Andy, James and Jennifer are all on board. But most important, local lovely Anna, Enrique's current squeeze and Sergei's ex-wife, will be mounting a full-scale assault on the world's best tennis players. Tennis fans rejoice: The NASDAQ-100 Open (the world's fifth largest tennis tournament behind the four Grand Slams, according to organizers) begins tonight at Crandon Park Tennis Center (7300 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne), with first-round play in the women's and men's competitions. Queueing up early is advisable for big-name matches, and utterly necessary for practice sessions with the circuit's glamour girl, Ms. Kournikova. The tournament runs through Sunday, March 30. Tickets range from $10 to $45. Special packages are available. Call 305-446-2200. (JCR)
By Nina Korman and Juan Carlos Rodriguez