Take the most difficult piece of music ever written (say, Bach's Chaconne). Then try to play it on an instrument (say, the Spanish guitar) that was never really intended to do much beyond serenading the occasional blushing senorita. When you've accomplished that -- after about 50 gazillion years of practice -- you might say you've earned your chops. Miami guitar wizard Carlos Molina will be performing that and other musical feats of magic tonight at 8:00 in McCarthy Hall at Miami Dade community College (11011 SW 104th St.) as part of the Master's Concert Series. Tickets cost $20. Call 305-412-2494 for reservations. -- Gail Shepherd
Sex, cuffs, and rock and roll
Naughty stage behavior and hardcore, ass-kicking punk rock are keeping the Genitorturers out of Miami. "We did really well at the Cameo Theatre [now crobar] before the demographic change to dance music ... but the Culture Room has been good to us," says Gen, the lusciously lithe, medically trained, former transplant coordinator and sexy lead vocalist. Wrapping up their fall tour, shooting live concert footage for an upcoming DVD release, and promoting the new Activision videogame "Vampire: The Masquerade--Bloodlines," which features their song "Lecher Bitch" and includes tracks by Ministry and Lacuna Coil, leaves little time for Gen and her leather-clad beasties, Evil-D, Bizz, and Angel, to rest their cat-o'-nine-tails. The Tampa-based shock group will rock the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, tonight at 8:00. Tickets cost $15 at the door. Call 954-564-1074. -- Lyssa Oberkreser
Come on and Ride
August Wilson keeps it real. His plays cut to the bitter root of discrimination, featuring strong black characters struggling to surmount their conflicts with society and within themselves. In 1982, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom made him famous, he won a Tony Award for Fences in 1985, and in 1990, August Wilson got the Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson. He wrote Two Trains Running in 1992. This gritty slice-of-life drama is set in a Pittsburgh diner where world-weary regulars talk street and trace the shift from the civil rights movement into the rise of black power. Evocative of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing and the HBO film Everyday People, this train is running tonight at 8:00, at The M Ensemble Actor's Studio, 12320 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami. Tickets range from $15 to $20. Call 305-895-8955 or visit www.themensemble.com. -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
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