Rasta Surf Sensation

FRI 8/27

Get up, stand up. And go check out the latest edition of the Jah Surf Expo from everybody's favorite rastaman surfer, Lance-O. The usual goodies will be on display -- reggae wear, knickknacks, bikinis, and boards for both land and sea. And representin' FLA will be a host of board makers and shavers. Stick around for the surfboard raffles and videos, and a four-band reggae lineup with David Kirton, Wookie J, Uprooted, and Jacuzzi Fuzz. Expo starts at 7:00 p.m. at Corner Bar, 3310B Mary St., Coconut Grove. Admission is $5 before 9:00 p.m., $10 after. Call 305-534-6110. --John Anderson

Goza Bossa

Brazil's beat, revisited

FRI 8/27

From the drum-and-bass soundscapes of chanteuse Fernanda Porto to the funky beats of Jorge Ben Jor, the sounds of Brazil are stoked in Miami by WDNA (88.9 FM) resident-DJ and producer Gene de Souza. His weekly radio show, Café Brasil, is the only place in South Florida to hear contemporary Brazilian music in all its intoxicating splendor. That is, unless you attend one of his events. The knowledgeable de Souza has been hosting Mix Sense, an ongoing feast of samba, bossa, choro, MPB, and all things Brazilian at Mosaico Restaurant (1000 S. Miami Ave.). The party on the upstairs terrace of the lounge formerly known as Firehouse Four gets started with chill-out and jazz and slowly builds to an all-out samba fête. If you need to dance, this is the place for you. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-371-3473. --Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Damn Yankees

THU 8/26

Lev Kuleshov's 1924 masterpiece The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks is the final offering in the Wolfsonian-FIU's (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) Soviet Cinema series. Kuleshov is best known for pioneering the technique of montage, juxtaposing images to create meaning. Here, his montages playfully criticize American stereotypes and beliefs about the Soviet Union (while perhaps unwittingly exposing his own) in what may be the earliest anti-American propaganda film ever made. Gustavo Matamoros provides live musical accompaniment. Preceding the film is a guided tour of "Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, 1927-1936," an exhibit concentrating on Bourke-White's industrial/machinery period. Coincidentally, she was the first western photojournalist given permission to photograph extensively inside the USSR. The tour begins at 6:00 p.m.; the film screens at 7:00. Free with $5 museum admission. Call 305-531-1001. --Margaret Griffis


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