Fabulous people, fabulous furniture, fabulous art, and fabulous cocktails. You too can be fabulous at Art and Design Night, a monthly series of faboo block parties in fabulousness central, Miami's Design District. Best of all, the district's fabulous restaurants, cafés, showrooms, and galleries provide multo-fabulous settings for you to work your magic. The party begins at 6:00 p.m. at the corner of NE Second Avenue and NE 40th Street. Admission is free. Call 305-868-5652. (JCR)
Art and atrocities, the best and worst components of the human cosmology, in the long run help advance humanity. At least we hope so. Senegalese dance troupe Compagnie Jant-Bi takes inspiration from one of the worst human indignities in its performance FAGAALA, which in Wolof means "genocide." Based on writings about the bloodshed in Rwanda in 1994, FAGAALA brings together modern African dance with Japanese butoh influences. The avant-garde Japanese style itself is steeped in the atrocities of WWII, when U.S. bombers dropped atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Though the theme may seem dour, in light of the global conflicts and horrors that are occurring daily during the war on terror, the performance serves to instruct civilization about the brutality that dwells in our world so as to prevent it from happening again. The performance starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St. Tickets range from $18 to $32. Call 305-237-3081. (JCR)
The aim of the fourth annual African-American Caribbean Heritage Festival is simple: unifying Miami-Dade's black and Caribbean communities by recognizing the common history among all Caribbean cultures and moving forward as one. "It's the notion that we all have come over on different ships but we're on the same boat now," says Miami-Dade School Board member Dr. Robert Ingram. "We all came over as Africans and were dropped off in different locations." By expressing the cultural differences and similarities among Miami's communities of St. Kitts, St. Lucia, the Bahamas, and Jamaica as well as celebrating the 200th anniversary of the independence of Haiti, the entire community can celebrate together and understand each other more clearly. The festival will include live music, incredible food, and a bus tour through important landmarks in the black Caribbean community. It runs from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Charles Hadley Park, 1301 NW 50th St. Admission is free; reservations for the bus tour are required. Call 305-638-3587. (JCR)
To find the heart of Miami's creative community -- the poets, painters, and filmmakers who work independently -- one great resource is downtown's Wallflower Gallery (10 NE Third St.), where many young, fervent, and bizarre voices get a forum to howl and project their artistic expressions. Tonight the gallery celebrates its seventh anniversary with an all-day bash of creativity, featuring Deep Water Willy, Adonis Cross, Carl Ferrari, the Weeds, and Tranzendance Dance Company. Expect the unexpected. The party runs from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-579-0069. (JCR)
One of the top female jazz pianists currently on the music scene, Lynne Arriale initially made her mark in 1993 when she won the International Great American Jazz Piano Competition, a contest that also kick-started the careers of other greats such as Kenny Drew, Jr., Marcus Roberts, and Harry Connick, Jr. Considered by many to be the heiress apparent to keyboard legend Marian McPartland, the Milwaukee native, who can make her piano whisper as well as roar, has performed with the musical cream of the crop, sharing the stage alongside Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Monty Alexander, and Cedar Walton, to name a few. Now she's on tour with her own trio (Jay Anderson on bass and Steve Davis on drums), playing standards as well as her own nimble compositions. Catch the group tonight only at 9:00 and 10:30 at the Van Dyke Café, 846 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Music charge ranges from $10 to $20. Call 305-534-3600. (NK)
Even after we've grown up, the thought of catching our parents or grandparents having sex gives us the willies. So what, says author Jane Juska, deal with it. Juska's book, A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance, is her account of getting it on before she hit 70. Juska began the adventure by placing a personal ad in the New York Review of Books saying, "I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like." After 63 men responded, juicy Juska took a year off to meet them. What happened? Find out. She speaks at 12:30 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408. (JCR)
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Stevie Nicks looks great and can still work her goatlike vibrato and spin around in her super-high heels and flowy dresses like the witch she thinks she is. In fact all the members of Fleetwood Mac who are currently on tour -- Nicks, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Mick Fleetwood -- are actually playing better than they ever did back in the mid-Seventies when they were very busy getting high, sleeping with each other, and pounding out memorable hit songs such as "Don't Stop," "Rhiannon," and "Go Your Own Way." If you go to the Mac's show tonight at 8:00 at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre (601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach), there's a very good chance you might hear all of those oldies and more, such as the regrettable "Tusk" (which we're still convinced is a love ode to an elephant) and new tunes from last year's release Say You Will, the band's first studio album in more than fifteen years. Tickets range from $35 to $125. Call 561-793-0445. (NK)
With all the turmoil going on in the world -- a war that's not quite over, Iraqi prisons that aren't so fabulous, the fall of the Haitian government, and the dumping of Florida girl Trish from ABC's The Bachelor -- you might have missed the fact that Haiti is celebrating its 200th birthday this year. In case you didn't have the chance to attend any parties paying tribute to the country, Miami Dade College is offering its own fete, a Haiti Bicentennial Celebration, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the InterAmerican Campus (627 SW 27th Ave.) in room 3103. What can you expect? A multimedia tour of the island nation that will include bits about its art, history, and attractions; speeches about going to school, living, and working in the United States by an MDC student and an employee who are both from Haiti; a performance by Haitian-American folk art organization Sosyete Koukouy; and mouthwatering native cuisine such as fried pork, stewed chicken, rice and beans, corn soufflé, and bread pudding. Admission is free. Call 305-237-6365. (NK)