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Artists meet to compete

THUR 5/26

Is it a fashion show? An art exhibit? A contest? "Fashion Interrupted" is a wild mix of all three. "As artists, we are always sucking in our surroundings and spitting out our individual interpretations," says Lissette Barros, president of Eve Interrupted and event organizer. As a reaction to society's obsession with who's wearing what, Barros is throwing a fashion free-for-all: "I thought to bring all those concerns and burn them in the trash by creating my own interpretation/reaction to the fashion world."


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The event is really a competition. Groups of fashion students and artists will pick a theme and create a runway show with music, background images, and models. The winner of the competition will sashay away with $300 cash and a fabulous tiara. Participants include Tee Davis, Nancy Campos, Crystal Swass, and Jimena Saravia.

After the show, you can rock out to Ginger Snapped (right), an all-girl alt-punk band that has the sound and sassiness to be considered The Donnas of Broward. Be fashion-forward tonight from 7:00 to 11:00 at Art Vitam, 3452 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Admission is eight dollars. Call 305-571-8342, or visit --Lyssa Oberkreser

Appetizing Archipelago

SAT 5/28

Spicy, sweet, and always succulent, Caribbean culture certainly has a unique flavor. Taste for yourself tonight at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida (101 W. Flagler St., Miami), when culture lovers can enjoy a taste of the Caribbean. The exhibitions "Visions of the Caribbean" and "Calypso Music in Postwar America" reveal the region's history with illustrations, maps, prints, photographs, and music. This evening at 5:00, these exhibits will be brought to life with live performances and scrumptious treats. Visitors who find themselves in a dancing mood will be delighted when the Haitian roots band Dyanaye takes the stage. After a salsa performance by the dynamic Cuban dancer Lourdes Albarellos, she'll school wannabe hoofers with free lessons. The highlight of the evening will come when acclaimed Grenadian writer Merle Collins presents "Caribbean Voices," a poetic perspective on the beautiful islands. Enjoy samples of West Indian rum, sip light cocktails, and nibble on Caribbean appetizers and desserts. Best of all, admission to tonight's fete is free. Call 305-375-1492, or visit -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik

Mandala in Our Midst

Monks teach the impermanence of existence

SAT 5/28

If you've ever felt the devastation of seeing hours of work crumble in a matter of seconds, consider it a lesson in Buddhism. This weekend the monks from Gaden Shartse Monastic College in Southern India will spend days constructing a sand mandala that will be destroyed upon its completion. The design of the mandala (which means "that which extracts the essence") represents the elaborate layout of a deity's palace. Millions of grains of brightly colored sand are precisely applied through the gentle, rhythmic tapping of a metal funnel (chak-pur).

The Gaden Shartse monks tour the world to share their beliefs and raise funds for the school. Jill Swerdlow, owner of 32 Paths (3444 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove), learned of the tour through her customer Clarissa Falco. They both wanted to bring the monks' positive message of peace to Miami, and the event serendipitously coincides with the first anniversary of Swerdlow's store. The mandala construction begins today at 8:30 a.m. Sunday night the monks will perform a Vajravidharan Healing Ritual starting at 6:30. The ritual will purify and remove negativities -- from infectious diseases and mental disturbances to misfortunes and victimization by others -- and offer protection. The monks will proffer an Empowerment of Manjushri (Buddha of Wisdom) Monday at 6:30 p.m., followed by the traditional closing ceremony at 8:30, when the sands of the completed mandala will be swept into an urn and poured into the bay to disperse its healing powers throughout the world. You can enjoy these spiritual events at 32 Paths and True Balance (next door). There is no charge to attend, but love offerings are gladly accepted. Call 305-461-2341. --Lyssa Oberkreser

Celebrar con Gusto

SAT 5/28

In the age of Adobe Photoshop, any schmo with a computer can slap together a CD cover. In the heyday of Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, and Mongo Santamaria, album cover art required ingenuity that often went unrewarded. Pablo Yglesias pays homage with ¡Cocinando!: Fifty Years of Latin Album Cover Art. Tonight at 7:00 celebrate pop art and boogie with DJ Le Spam at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Call 305-442-4408, or visit -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik

Mad Skillz, Yo

SAT 5/28

Eminem's biopic 8 Mile exposed cineastes to the gritty pleasures of freestyle rap battles. But real hip-hop heads know Marshall would never have won with those wack-ass rhymes. At tonight's Bring Yo' Flow Right Rap Competition, local talent will come correct for two rounds of fierce verbosity. The winner gets to line his or her pocket with $500. The show starts at 6:00 at The Nest, 16835 NW 38th Ct., Miami. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-836-3572. -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik


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