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january 15
New World Symphony: Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas spends a lot of time away, but whenever he and the New World Symphony get together some marvelous music is the result. Tonight the orchestra inaugurates its Music from America Festival, a ten-day exploration of compositions written by or orchestrated by Americans. This evening soprano Christine Brewer and postminimalist composer John Adams join the NWS for a new-music concert. Adams is well-known for his operas Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. Tonal in nature and as mesmerizing as conventional minimalist compositions, his work extends the form with dynamic contrasts and layers of sound. On tonight's program: Adams's Harmonielehre and his orchestration of Debussy's Le Livre de Baudelaire. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre (541 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Tickets range from $19 to $43. Call 673-3331. (NK)

George Winston: George Winston is the king of warm and fuzzy. The solo pianist has recorded five highly successful albums for the Windham Hill label, such as Autumn, Winter into Spring, and Forest; his latest, Linus and Lucy -- The Music of Vince Guaraldi, is devoted to the composer whose jazzy tunes provided the musical background for the television specials starring the lovable Peanuts cartoon characters. Fourteen years ago he started his own record label, Dancing Cat, the logo of which is an adorable tiny feline sporting a grass skirt and lei and dancing the hula. He's even taken up playing the syrupy-sounding Hawaiian slack key guitar.(Could a collaboration with Don Ho be on the horizon?) Plugging the Peanuts album, Mr. Warm and Fuzzy has embarked on a winter tour that comes to Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables) tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $19.50. Audience members are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Call 284-4940. (NK)

january 16
Art Deco Weekend Street Festival: Get lost in the Art Deco era or maybe just lose yourself in the crowd when scads of people descend on Miami Beach's Ocean Drive (Fifth to Fifteenth streets) for this huge event produced by the Miami Design Preservation League. The action starts at noon and lasts until 11:00 p.m. today through Monday. The usual vendors will be there plying their vintage wares, antique automobiles will be displayed, the requisite festival food will be available, and, of course, music will fill the air. This year two stages will feature swing, jazz, Dixieland, and Latin music. Don't miss the Machito Orchestra, including all-stars such as Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros and Patato Valdez. The theme is "Always in Fashion," and a lecture and film series accompany the festival. See "Calendar Listings" for details. Admission to all events is free. Call 672-2014. (NK)

Gato Barbieri: Yes, there was a smooth-jazz saxophonist before Kenny G. This cat's been around for a while. Although he hasn't recorded in about fifteen years, his latest release Que Pasa proves that he's still pumping plenty of life into the smooth-jazz genre. Ten years before radio introduced the format in '87, Barbieri blew out the tune "Europa," which to this day reigns as the "Free Bird" of those airwaves. Check him out tonight at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $26 to $39. Call 673-7300. (LB)

Road Movie: The Miami Light Project continues its intriguing contemporary performance series with Road Movie. Not to be confused with those old Bob Hope/Bing Crosby/ Dorothy Lamour flicks of yore, this Road Movie deals with two guys (but we see only one), Joel and Scott; a Lamour-type character is noticeably absent. Joel and Scott are gay but they are not an item -- not any more, anyway. Powerful East Coast yuppie Joel ventures on a cross-country search for the kind of love he once shared with Scott. Along the way he meets more than a few ordinary Americans and is haunted by the constant specter of AIDS. The play, written by Godfrey Hamilton and performed by Mark Pinkosh, won the Fringe First Award at the 1995 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Performances are at 8:00 tonight and tomorrow at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Before the Saturday show, Miami Light hosts a panel discussion, also at the Colony, at 5:00 p.m. with Hamilton, Pinkosh, and two scholars who will explore the idea of an indigenous gay culture. Tickets for the discussion cost five dollars, twenty for the play. Call 531-3747. (NK)

South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Exposition: It's safe to say that over the next two weeks there's only one place to see more than nine national music acts, football coach Tom Landry, Bill Cosby, and a cow giving birth: the South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Exposition (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach). Sure, they have rides, a petting zoo (complete with cows in labor), and lots of food, but they're also packing Coral Sky Amphitheatre (601 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach) with some of the hottest names on the fair circuit (if there is such a thing). Tonight at 7:30 it's Grand Funk Railroad, and closing it all out on February 1 at 6:00 p.m. are LeAnnn Rimes and Bryan White. Tickets range from $10 to $16. Call 800-640-3247. (LB)

George Winston: See Thursday.

january 17
Beaux Arts Festival: Another art festival means another reason to take the family outdoors, and this one is a biggie. More than 250 artists from across the country working in all types of media will display their works (proceeds from purchases benefit the Lowe Art Museum). Kids can entertain themselves by participating in hourlong art classes or watching performances by the Past Tymes Theatrical Company. Famished festivalgoers can choose from 30 food vendors offering cuisine from around the world. And the Gene Smith Jazz Quartet and the MAST Academy Steel Drum Band are just a few of the acts who will provide music. The fest runs today and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami campus (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 284-1866. (NK)

South Florida Folk Festival: Fill up on folk music and fun at this musical feast. Today from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and tomorrow from noon to 8:00 p.m. at Easterlin Park (1000 NW 38th St., Fort Lauderdale), more than 60 local and national musicians (Magda Hiller, Mindy Simmons, Heidi Muller, David Roth, and others) will perform continually on four stages. The National Songwriters Competition showcases twenty tunesmiths who will play two songs each for the audience and a panel of judges. Another stage offers dancing demonstrations and lessons. And if that's not enough for you, jamming, singing, and drumming around the campfire will go on each night. Entrance to the park is one dollar; admission to the festival is ten dollars today and eight dollars tomorrow. Call 954-922-9885. (NK)

Art Deco Weekend Street Festival: See Friday.
Road Movie: See Friday.
South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Exposition: See Friday.

january 18
Florida Extravaganza: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow you will eat, drink, and be merry. Not that we're advocating gluttony, but why not stuff your face like a Roman emperor when you're supporting a good cause? Today from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at FIU's Kovens Conference Center (NE 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami), more than 30 area restaurants -- including the Forge, Astor Place, Chef Allen's, Mark's Las Olas, and others -- will be serving up the grub, and more than 100 of the world's top wineries and spirits manufacturers will be pouring the booze. Who benefits? You, of course, and the beverage-management program endowment at FIU's School of Hospitality Management. Tickets cost $60. Call 919-5333. (NK)

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio: What better music to listen to in a holy chamber than chamber music? This afternoon at 4:00 Temple Beth Am (5950 N. Kendall Dr.) hosts a concert by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio: pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson. All celebrated soloists in their own right, the musicians banded together in 1978 and have gone on several world tours and released a slew of recordings, to great acclaim. Their program today: Haydn's Trio in E Flat major no. 29, Mendelssohn's Trio in D minor, and Tchaikovksy's Trio in A minor. Tickets range from $10-$20. Call 667-6667. (NK)

Art Deco Weekend Street Festival: See Friday.
South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Exposition: See Friday.
Beaux Arts Festival: See Saturday.
South Florida Folk Festival: See Saturday.

january 19
Martin Luther King International Festival: If you're lucky enough to have the day off to pay tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King (and shame on your boss if you don't), make sure you attend this celebration. The festivities commence with a parade at 10:30 a.m. along NW 12th Avenue and 54th Street. King Memorial Park (NW 32nd Avenue and 62nd Street) is the ultimate destination, and there the fun continues with activities for the kiddies, food, crafts, and musical acts the Hush Brothers, Betty Wright, Evelyn "Champagne" King, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Admission is free. Call 386-6823. (NK)

Art Deco Weekend Street Festival: See Friday.
South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Exposition: See Friday.

january 20
Annie: This musical is celebrating its twentieth birthday. By now Annie should be in medical school, her dog Sandy should be more than 140 years old, and her days of looking for a rich sugar daddy to rescue her from her miserable life should be long past. Unfortunately in this unenlightened version, Annie has not been allowed to grow up. She's still nine years old, lives in an orphanage, and keeps on clinging on to that mangy old mutt. Daddy Warbucks to the rescue! But not until Sally Struthers (an ironic casting choice considering her tearful commercials for Central American orphans) has way too much fun torturing the kid with the flame-red hair and indomitable spirit (played by Brittny Kissinger -- no relation to Henry, we think) and her orphan pals. Annie runs through January 25 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:00 p.m., with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range from $21 to $49. Call 673-7000. (NK)

South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Exposition: See Friday.

january 21
Elmore Leonard: He started out as an advertising executive who wrote Westerns on the side. In the late Sixties he turned to writing contemporary fiction and in the mid-Eighties had his breakout success with Glitz. Now 34 books later, many of which have been best sellers adapted for the silver screen (Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown is based on his Rum Punch), Leonard is still at it. Tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) he reads from his latest, the appropriately titled for Miami, Cuba Libre. A blend of history, romance, and adventure, the saga is set on the eve of the Spanish-American War and includes Leonard's sharp wit and tangled plot twists. Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (NK)

Annie: See Tuesday.
South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Exposition: See Friday.


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