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Calendar for the week

Calendar for the week
By Larry Boytano, Judy Cantor, Nina Korman, and Jennifer Osorio
november 6

House of Blues Tour: The blues comes to Broward in a big way tonight at 8:00 and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. when the House of Blues presents Dr. John, Charlie Musselwhite, and Keb' Mo' at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Known as a psychedelic rocker, jingle writer, session musician, and jazz traditionalist, Dr. John fuses blues with swamp rock, Dixieland, and pop to forge a style as richly textured as a New Orleans gumbo. The urban blues sound of Memphis harmonica legend Musselwhite emerged when he relocated to Chicago, where he frequented blues clubs and sat in with musicians like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. One of the hottest modern blues musicians, Keb' Mo' (a.k.a. Kevin Moore) plays acoustic, electric, and slide guitars. His second album, Keb' Mo' Just Like You, garnered the 1997 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album and reached the Top 10 on the Billboard blues charts. Tickets range from $15 to $30. Call 954-462-0222. (NK)

New Vision Florida/Brazil Festival: This ambitious festival highlighting new works by artists from Brazil and Florida continues with film (such as New Gaucho Cinema, a collection of shorts), dance, art, and music events scheduled at venues all over town. See "Calendar Listings," page 39, for details. (NK)

november 7
Blues Festival at Riverwalk: Drinking a lot lately? Suffering from the blues? Didn't get enough yesterday? If so, you're not alone. Tonight (starting at 5:30) through Sunday (11:30 a.m. on the weekend) everyone will get blue, when the Blues Festival at Riverwalk in Bubier Park (Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale) presents more than 60 of the nation's finest blues crooners. The players are sure to connect with all persons down and out, up and high, or anyone else who might have a soft spot for a slide guitar growl and a heartfelt story. Local cats Iko-Iko, Motel Mel and the Innkeepers, and the Jumpstreet 88s team up with Kenny Neal, Mark Hummel, Bill Wharton and the Ingredients, Coco Montoya, Tinsley Ellis, and Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s. (Hey, what's the story with all the 88s?). Fans of guitarist R.L. Burnside who were expecting to hear him at the festival today or tomorrow at Miami Beach's Stella Blue will be disappointed: At the last minute he had to cancel his gig. Festival tickets range from $8 to $25. Call 954-761-5934. (LB)

Drummin': Twenty-one master drummers culled from Miami's Caribbean, Asian, Native American, and black communities perform tonight at 8:00 at the Lincoln Theatre (555 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). If that's not enough of a spectacle for you, this Miami Light Project production has razzle-dazzle, too. Video images and postmodern dance accompany composer Tania Leon's rhythmic score, and fourteen musicians from the New World Symphony will perform with the percussive supergroup. Miami Light commissioned the New York-based Leon to create Drummin', a work exploring the international language of drumming utilizing Miami's megatalent. Cuban Lazaro Alfonso, Haitians Ton Ton Leguerre and Ti Rouj, the Japanese Fushudaiko ensemble, and black Americans Omo Wale and Omo Lara Brunson are among the featured players. Philip Mallory Jones created the video to "mirror the rhythm of Miami" (no small task) and Bebe Miller choreographed the movement. Drummin' premieres tonight and continues through Sunday. Tickets range from $20 to $30. For more information call 531-3747. (JC)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: At last the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival raises the official curtain and screens not one but two (Critical Care and Historias Clandestinas en La Habana) movies! An array of films will be shown throughout the week at various theaters as well. See "Calendar Listings," page 39, for more details. (NK)

november 8
Contained/Controlled: At ArtCenter-South Florida (1037 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) at 7:00 p.m. and through November 29, 26 artists and performers from around the country sound off on a familiar subject: censorship. Through objects, text, paintings, and drawings, the participants document how they've been blackballed, arrested, rejected, or denied the right to exhibit because of the content of their work. Among those included, Long Island cartoonist Michael Diana was charged with obscenity and fined for the drawings in his 'zine. Robert Roberg was jailed for setting up an easel on an Orlando sidewalk. And Santa Fe singer Terry Allen reports being ejected from a music festival "for bringing too many Texas musicians on-stage and saying 'fuck' in one of my songs. I also said 'goddamn it' and 'son of a bitch.'" We hear ya, Terry. Admission is free. Call 674-8278. (JC)

Miami Dance Sampler: Nine of our local dance companies unite tonight and tomorrow at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) in a program guaranteed to have something for everyone. Participants include Dance Esaias, a company that combines hip-hop, classical, and modern dance into PoMoFunk; Houlihan & Dancers, performing modern dance to Vivaldi; the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble, communicating emotion through motion; Peter London, who specializes in Caribbean and contemporary dance; Maximum Dance, performing a pas de deux from Ivonice Satie's Shogun; Momentum Dance Company, prancing to Water Study, a work by Doris Humphrey; Rosa Mercedes, a flamenco dancer accompanied by guitarist Vicente Amigo; Karen Peterson, dancing to an excerpt from her own Deliverance; and Spencer Snyder, formerly with Alwin Nikolais, performing three dances. Showtime is 8:00 tonight and 5:00 p.m. tomorrow; tickets range from ten to fifteen dollars. Call 674-1026. (JO)  

Blues Festival at Riverwalk: See Friday.
Drummin': See Friday.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Friday.

november 9
Key Biscayne Lighthouse Run and Walk: The highly territorial people of Key Biscayne occasionally let strangers trample all over their island. At today's event, more than 1000 people will be wending their way through residential streets to Cape Florida, home of the lighthouse; built somewhere around 1820, it's the oldest structure in Miami. Walk a 5K course or run a 5K or 10K. Registration costs $20 and begins at 6:30 a.m. at Bill Baggs State Recreation Area. The races start at 7:30 a.m. Call 365-8900. (NK)

House of Blues Tour: See Thursday.
Blues Festival at Riverwalk: See Friday.
Drummin': See Friday.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Friday.
Contained/Controlled: See Saturday.
Miami Dance Sampler: See Saturday.

november 10
Miss Florida National Pageant for Female Impersonators: There he is, Miss Florida National. Huh? Yes, it's a beauty contest for she-men. Watch your favorite drag queens strut their stuff at the fourth annual Miss Florida National Pageant for Female Impersonators. Contestants from across the country will vie for the crown by competing in categories such as talent, evening gown, and creative presentation. (Sorry, no swimsuits this year.) The fun begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Seville Beach Hotel (2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets range from $40 to $60. Right after the crowning, Escuelita nightclub (220 21st St., Miami Beach) will host a victory party. May the best man-woman win. Call 535-1400. (NK)

Nathanael West: Novels and Other Writings: An American writer who died in 1925 at the age of 37 in relative obscurity, Nathanael West didn't gain recognition until years after his death. His four novels, which include Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust, and various short stories -- including the newly discovered "The Imposter" -- are the source for tonight's dramatic readings by New York City's Symphony Space, which produces National Public Radio's series Selected Shorts. Performers include two-time Tony Award-winner Frances Sternhagen, fellow Tony Award-winner George S. Irving, and the host of Selected Shorts, Isaiah Sheffer. The presentation, one of various events leading up to the Miami Book Fair International later this month, starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is free; call 237-3258. (JO)

Festival of Italian Film: At this weeklong Festival of Italian Film, expect a few lectures, a bunch of parties, and a slew of movies chosen by a committee of experts such as director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso). Tonight at 7:00 the festival gets under way at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.) with Metalmeccanico e Parrucheria In Un Turbine Di Sesso E Politica. Got that? CocoWalk (3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove) and the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) will screen the other flicks. Not to be missed: several films by illustrious directors Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, and Federico Fellini, encompassing a tribute to the late actor Marcello Mastroianni. Tickets for opening night range from $20 to $25; other nights range from $6 to $8. See "Showtimes," page 62, for times, or call 672-1888. (NK)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Friday.
Contained/Controlled: See Saturday.

november 11
Morrissey: See him while you can. The former frontman for one of the quintessential groups of the Eighties, the Smiths, is sooo sensitive that besides penning highly personal, sometimes whiny tunes, he's been known to cancel more than a few concerts. Since the breakup of the Smiths in '87, Steven Patrick Morrissey has not enjoyed the great success of his former band, but he still has legions of devoted fans who love his aloof attitude. Try to catch him tonight supporting his ninth solo release, the aptly titled Maladjusted, at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $22.75 or $27.75. Call 673-7300. (LB)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Friday.
Contained/Controlled: See Saturday.
Festival of Italian Film: See Monday.  

november 12
Greater Miami Tartufi Tasting: The truffles are coming, the truffles are coming! Food lovers will squeal like a pig in mud at this event. Tartufi, or truffles, are fungi that grow underground and are sniffed out by pigs. Most common is the black truffle, found mainly in Perigord, France. Rarer is the white truffle, which is found in northern Italy and sells for about $1000 per pound. Here's an opportunity to taste the "white diamonds of the Piedmont." A tricounty affair, the eleventh annual South Florida White Truffle Festival runs through November. Select restaurants will host dinners devoted to the fancy little fungus, but the major one will be held at 7:00 tonight at the Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables). The evening commences with an antipasti reception, featuring a 21-gun salute of popping champagne corks that will herald the arrival of the truffles. Then chefs from local restaurants such as Bocca di Rosa, Trattoria Sole, and Giacosa will serve dishes accented by white truffles. A truffle-free dessert follows. After dinner, guests can relax with a single malt Scotch tasting and a fat cigar. Tickets cost a whopping $100 (how many ounces of truffles is that?). Call 888-662-6442 for reservations. (NK)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: See Friday.
Contained/Controlled: See Saturday.
Festival of Italian Film: See Monday.

In last week's "Calendar" section, a photograph of drag performer Daisy Deadpetals (shown here) was used to illustrate the Miss Florida National Pageant for Female Impersonators. While Ms. Deadpetals was indeed a contestant, the photograph should have been used to illustrate "The Metamorphosis of Daisy," a photography exhibit by artist Jamie Robinson, now on display at Ms. Robinson's studio at 630 Lincoln Rd. courtyard, Miami Beach. New Times regrets the error.Info:Published:

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