MoCA's conceptualist treasures (this one by Natalia Benedetti) come out to play
MoCA's conceptualist treasures (this one by Natalia Benedetti) come out to play

This Week's Day by Day Picks

Thursday June 26

What could be cooler than a cultured gathering of young sexy urbanites sipping martinis by a pool after work? The Bass Museum is arranging such a fete when its ArtCrowd, a group of young professionals who donate to the museum and those who love them, sets up camp at the Creek Hotel (2360 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). The throng promises to be fun and good looking, as is the ultracool hotel. Built during the height of Miami Modern architecture of the 1950s and '60s, the Creek boasts an ambiance that may be cooler than the crowd who shows up at the event. The group will also tour the rooms of the hotel that have been individually decorated by artists from around the globe. The cocktail party begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15; free for ArtCrowd members. Call 305-673-7530. (JCR)

Friday June 27

The conceptualists are coming out to play with our imaginations. Or perhaps our imaginations get to play with the conceptualists. Either way, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami's haven for cutting-edge sculptures, photography, and painting, is bringing some of its own art out from its archives with the exhibition "Imagine: Selections From MoCA's Permanent Collection." Beginning tonight and running through Sunday, August 31, the public will get a chance to see the works of major artists Ana Mendieta, John Baldessari, and Yoko Ono. Among the museum's holdings are also pieces by local young artists Bhakti Baxter, Hernan Bas, Natalia Benedetti, and Beatriz Monteavaro. The exhibit opens at 7:00 p.m. at MoCA, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-893-6211. (JCR)

Saturday June 28

Haitian zouk and kompa music will swirl in the air along with the fragrant smells of island cuisine at the fifth annual Fet Champet at Legion Park (6447 NE Seventh Ave.). The party is part of the Haitian tradition of celebrating the Earth and all its offerings and inhabitants. Local and Haitian bands such as Boukman Eksperyans, Zarabanda, and DJ Epps will keep the crowd spinning and shaking. Cultural presentations by the Neri Torres Afro-Cuban Dance Group will also captivate. There will be art and a children's play park so all your family needs will be met. The festival begins at noon. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-644-9000. (JCR)

Sunday June 29

Ahhh, the Ford Mustang, the cute, reasonably priced car created in the mid-Sixties for baby boomers who wanted a vehicle unlike Mom and Dad's. And the cheesy ride driven these days by guidos who like to go really fast. Once dubbed "a car to make weak men strong, and strong men invincible," who knows what it did to women? All we know is we wouldn't mind having a mint condition '65 coupe, crummy gas mileage and those "found on road dead" jokes notwithstanding. Aside from the classic styling, we admire a hood -- or any other part, for that matter -- that doesn't crumble like tinfoil during a crash. Take a gander or show off your Mustang, or any other Ford-powered vehicle, during today's Mustang Roundup, celebrating Ford's 100th anniversary. Thrown by the Fort Lauderdale Mustang Club in collaboration with the Mustang Club of America, the event also offers a car-parts flea market, raffle, and refreshments. Stare longingly at the pony cars from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, I-95 and Griffin Road, Dania Beach. Admission is $20 to enter your car; free if you just want to look. Call 954-962-8271. (NK)

Monday June 30

Over the years base-a-ball been berry berry good to some people, but it is unlikely those folks were Hispanics. A shame, considering many of the game's greatest players -- Minnie Minoso, Roberto Clemente, Fernando Valenzuela, Alex Rodriguez, and Sammy Sosa -- have come from or have roots in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panama, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic, countries where the great American invention is often considered the national sport. In a major slap in the face, Major League Baseball named an All-Century team in 1999 that did not include one Hispanic player. Wha' happen? Author Tim Wendel's book The New Face of Baseball: The 100-Year Rise and Triumph of Latinos in America's Favorite Sport might be able to shed some light on the trying times that Hispanics have endured in the major leagues and their outstanding legacy. Wendel chats at 8:00 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408. (NK)

Tuesday July 1

Nothing is cuter than young pop singers who act like rock n' rollers. The crème de la pop rock will be in town tonight as Matchbox Twenty and fellow pretty-boy pop tarts Sugar Ray take the stage at the Office Depot Center (2555 NW 137th Ave., Sunrise). Be ready to fight hordes of shrieking girls for a good view, and come prepared with panties to toss and lighters to flicker. Of course if you're in the front section, know that this will probably be the most benign mosh pit around. Although the bands may have a gritty edge, they can't escape their squeaky-clean upbringing. Regardless, their pumped-up tunes will make you feel good. Boys, just because you like their music doesn't automatically mean you're gay. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets range from $37 to $47. Call 954-835-8275. (JCR)

Wednesday July 2

You're dying to cut through all the propaganda and know what life in contemporary Cuba is really like, but you're reluctant to sneak over there and give them your hard-earned American dinero? A much cheaper and definitely legal alternative awaits you at Casa Bacardi (yes, that would be the liquor conglomerate) in the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables). "Cuba: ¡Imaginate!" offers a look at the embargoed island nation through the lens of Cuban-American photojournalist Roy Llera, who did what you dared not -- went there and captured the day-to-day doings of its people. It was an assignment in which Llera admits any attempts at objectivity soon vanished and one that he hopes will create awareness and understanding for folks on both sides of the Florida Straits. The show runs through Sunday, September 14. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-284-2822. (NK)


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