Stupid New York. Stupid Macy's parade. They get all the fun. Enormous puppets bouncing down the street, in between the Woody Woodpecker and Snoopy balloons. But perhaps Pia Fraus can help. The world-traveling Brazilian theater company returns to Miami to perform Animals of Brazil, featuring Macy's-sized puppets -- 8 to 10 feet tall -- cavorting to music, as part of Tigertail Productions' FLA/BRA International Festival. Performers will bring the inflatable animals, both real and imaginary, to life with their own bodies in a wordless show suitable for all ages. Bring the little ones to José Martí Park (SW South River Drive and SW 4th Street) for pageantry under the stars. Performances run tonight through Saturday at 8:00, plus a Saturday matinee at 2:00. Admission is free Friday and Saturday (reservations required); tonight, tickets cost $50 to benefit Tigertail and the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce. Call 305-545-8546 or visit www.tigertail.org. -- By Marlaina Gray
Outside the Bun
Are you Mexican? Then the names Molotov, El Gran Silencio, and Maldita Vecindad should be more than enough to get you to the James L. Knight Center (400 SE 2nd Ave.) at 7:00 tonight for a burger giant-sponsored music fest. Those unfamiliar with the new generation of Mexican rock should know Molotov is the hottest band nowadays, a bellwether for folks to whom rock and rap means something. Their 2003 Latin Grammy-winning single, "Frijolero" ("Beaner"), in which the quartet expresses the hate-hate relationship between Mexicans and Americans right at the border, bluntly speaks about the issue. Served up with your Molotov will be innovative folk-cumbia-rock kings El Gran Silencio and Eighties ska-rock pioneers Maldita Vecindad. Cuba-via-New York dance band Yerba Buena and Panamanian pop-rock trio Rabanes provide an aural dessert. Tickets cost $15. A lot less than a ton of fast food. Call 305-372-4634. -- By Javier Andrade
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Mexican heartthrob Luis Miguel warbles out a love song like no other tight-trousered Latin crooner. He sweats sweet buckets before his adoring fans. He is the suave man-of-the-world all us grunts dream of being. Paparazzi catch him in discreet cafés with models. He had a fling with Mariah Carey soon after her breakup with music mogul Tommy Mottola. Look at his lips and baby blues long enough and you, too, will be swept away. Lwee Mee performs tonight supporting his latest release, 33, at 8:00 at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd. Tickets range from $49 to $82. Call 786-777-1000. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez