Calendar for the week

thursday
may 8
Celebrity Golf Challenge: A bevy of celebrities, including Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Dawnn Lewis, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Drew Bledsoe, and Barry Sanders, will take a swing at sickle cell anemia at this weekend's Celebrity Golf Challenge. Among the events taking place this weekend are a celebrity bash at Amnesia (136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) tonight at 10:00 p.m.; two rounds of golf tomorrow and Saturday -- look for a guest appearance by O.J. Simpson -- beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Crandon Golf (off Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne); a black-tie dinner at the Sheraton Bal Harbour Resort (9701 Collins Ave.) tomorrow at 8:00 p.m.; and a poolside Bahamian Funfest at the Sheraton on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Call 891-3039 for details. (GC)

Words & Images: Four visual artists create one work each, then four local writers create works inspired by the art. That's the idea behind "Words & Images," on view through June 29 at the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.) as part of the museum's site-specific New Work series. The installation comprises works by visual artists Magdalena Abakanowicz, Leonardo Drew, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Doris Salcedo; poems and writings by Adrian Castro, Fred D'Aguiar, Tananarive Due, and Alexander Stuart appear alongside the pieces that inspired them. A 7:00 p.m. "Artists Speak" series of lectures begins today with Stuart discussing his work based on the art by Abakanowicz; lectures continue with Due on June 5, D'Aguiar on June 19, and Castro on June 26. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (open to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday), and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is five dollars. Call 375-3000. (GC)

Arts a la Carte: The Arts & Business Council of Miami (a nonprofit organization that offers business consulting for arts organizations)offers a sampler of local arts tonight at the Lincoln Theatre (555 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with a tropical street party featuring music by the Florida Memorial College Steel Band, then move indoors at 7:30 for performances by the Miami Philharmonic Steel & Percussion Orchestra, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Laughing Gas Comedy Improv, the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, and Freddick Bratcher & Co. Contemporary Dance. Maryel Epps hosts the evening. Tickets cost $30. Call 372-2444 for more information. (GC)

friday
may 9
Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival: Instead of crying in your beer because you couldn't make it to New Orleans this year for Jazz Fest, head over to Mills' Pond Park (2201 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale) for the fifth annual Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival, which kicks off today and runs through Sunday. Granted, it ain't no Jazz Fest, but there's some incredible music lined up for all three nights. Tonight it's Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, without doubt the hardest-rocking zydeco unit in the country; Saturday you've got the groundbreaking rock-and-Cajun fusion of Steve Riley's Mamou Playboys; and Sunday there's Beausoleil and the mighty fine Mamou Prairie Band. Other groups performing include File, Terrance Simien, Chubby Carrier, and many more. Tickets cost eight dollars daily; three-day passes cost twenty. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. tonight, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and noon Sunday. And there's a mess of other stuff going on besides music, from crawfish-eating competitions to something called the "Crazee T-shirt Contest." Call 954-761-5934. (JF)

L'Isola Disabitata: The Florida Grand Opera presents its premiere of Franz Joseph Haydn's rarely seen L'Isola Disabitata (The Deserted Island) as its thirteenth annual Young Artist and Technical Apprentice Production. Juliana Anderson, Kevin Murray, John C. Pierce, and Karen Driscoll star in this intimate chamber opera about two sisters who are shipwrecked for thirteen years; when they are rescued, one sister falls in love with the first man she meets, while the other is reunited with the husband she mistakenly believed had abandoned her. (The production is in Italian with projected English subtitles.) Performances run tonight at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) and on May 22 at 8:00 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 854-7890. (GC)

Rose's Ska Weekend: Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) jumps on the beaucoup-bucks ska bandwagon with two shows this weekend. Tonight ska gets the Latin treatment with New York City's King Change, a band that has taken that city's underground scene by storm by adding ska to the rock en espanol mix; also on the bill are locals Skif Dank and Chalk. Admission is six dollars. Tomorrow night hyperactive Southern California skankers Reel Big Fish take the stage, with national acts the Blue Meanies and 22 Jacks in tow. Admission is seven dollars. Both shows kick off at 7:00 p.m. Call 532-0228. (GC)

 

Karen Peterson & Dancers: Oregon's Joint Forces Dance Company and Miami's Karen Peterson & Dancers unite for a full evening of mixed-ability dance works, performed by disabled and nondisabled dancers, tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. at the New World School of the Arts Dance Theater (25 NE Second Ave.). Peterson and her troupe will perform updated versions of company repertory works Common Demoninators, Beyond Words, and Primitive Essence. Joint Forces artistic director Alito Alessi and partner Emery Blackwell will present Wheels of Fortune, Tango Tangle, and From There and Back Again. Tickets cost eight and ten dollars. Call 378-6626. (GC)

Language of Music Concert Series: Power Studios (3701 NE Second Ave.) hosts an evening of live music, dramatic performances, independent short films, poetry readings, and art exhibitions to benefit the making of Tom Dowd and the Language of Music, a documentary about the life and work of producer/sound engineer Dowd. A legend in the recording industry, Dowd has worked with John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, and many other recording stars. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. the Jonathan Kreisberg Trio, King Briglia, Betty at the Station, Johnny Dread, Arthur Barron, and the Saxophone Gypsy perform in the second event of the series. Admission is five dollars. Call 573-3976 for more information. (JO)

Celebrity Golf Challenge: See Thursday.
Words & Images: See Thursday.

saturday
may 10
WTMI/Florida Philharmonic: Wherever you go today, tune your radio to WTMI-FM (93.1) from 9:00 a.m. to midnight as the station hosts its annual radiothon to benefit the Florida Philharmonic. Highlights of today's programming include interviews with philharmonic musicians and conductors, live performances from the WTMI studios, and a live broadcast of the philharmonic's season-finale concert at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (beginning at 8:00 p.m.). It's free to listen, of course, but find it in your heart (and pocket) to help the orchestra reach the $100,000 goal it needs to balance its budget. Call 930-1812 for information. (GC)

Work SLAM: What do you do? The artsfusion organization wants to know tonight at 9:00 p.m. at this month's installment of the Spoken Word SLAM series at Tap Tap Haitian restaurant (819 Fifth St., Miami Beach). Literary artists convene to discuss work, wages, and that on-the-job sense of purpose; tonight's winner will return next month, along with this year's previous SLAM champs, for the Grand SLAM. Admission is five dollars. Call 531-7267. (GC)

Only One Suitcase: In first-time Cuban-American filmmaker Odalys Nanin's Only One Suitcase, a Cuban father tells his daughter that children in the United States drive their own cars just like grownups do. When the family arrives in New York City, the little girl's American dream of automotive heaven is shattered. Instead she gets a big dose of reality as her dysfunctional family deals with the trials of immigrant life. Tonight at 7:00 p.m. Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave.) screens a short version of Nanin's work in progress, a selection of the recent New York Independent Film and Video Festival. The director will be present to talk about the film, which she is shooting in Cuba and New York. Admission is free. For details call 237-7482. (JC)

David Brenner and Robert Klein: Gilda's Club of South Florida presents "Live! ... from South Florida ... It's Saturday Night!" a fundraising extravaganza featuring comedians David Brenner and Robert Klein, with musical guest Magic City, at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale). The evening opens with a champagne reception at 7:00 p.m.; Brenner and Klein take the stage back-to-back, and then together, beginning at 8:30. Tickets cost $50, $150, and $500; proceeds benefit the cancer support organization, named after original Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. Call 954-964-2244. (GC)

Celebrity Golf Challenge: See Thursday.
Words & Images: See Thursday.
Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival: See Friday.
Rose's Ska Weekend: See Friday.
Karen Peterson & Dancers: See Friday.

sunday
may 11
Greater Miami International Bowling Tournament: Cloverleaf Lanes (17601 NW Second Ave.) becomes a mecca for more than 100 bowlers from Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S. as it hosts this tenth annual weeklong international bowling tournament. This singles and doubles scratch competition begins today with a colorful parade of flags and opening ceremonies at 11:00 a.m. and continues till 4:00 p.m. with six games. Play continues tomorrow through Friday, May 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily (except Wednesday, when the players are off). On May 17 the top five men, women, and seniors aim to win the tournament championship, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Spectators are invited to watch for free; local bowlers' entry fee is $195. Call 652-4197. (GC)

 

Words & Images: See Thursday.
Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival: See Friday.
L'Isola Disabitata: See Friday.

monday
may 12
Mayra Montero: Cuban-born author Mayra Montero is well-known in Latin America and Europe, and might soon be recognized in the U.S.; her first novel, In the Palm of Darkness, has been translated into English. In the novel an American herpetologist travels to Haiti in search of a vanishing frog species. What he finds is an amazing culture within the chilling violence of a war-torn nation. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Montero reads from and discusses her novel at Books & Books (269 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (GC)

Greater Miami International Bowling Tournament: See Sunday.

tuesday
may 13
The Jews of Mainland Greater Miami: South Florida's other Jewish population is documented in an exhibition on view at the Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum (301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) through October 29. "The Jews of Mainland Greater Miami: The First 100 Years" features more than 300 photographs and artifacts that depict the experience of Jewish families in Miami since the city's incorporation in 1896, relating stories of families that came to Miami for economic, political, environmental, or personal reasons and tracing the contributions of Jewish families to the development of the city. Admission is five dollars. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday. Call 672-5044. (GC)

Words & Images: See Thursday.
Greater Miami International Bowling Tournament: See Sunday.

wednesday
may 14
An Evening with Morris Lapidus: Pioneering Miami Beach architect Morris Lapidus helped put the city on the map as an international resort destination with hotels such as the magnificent Fontainebleau and Eden Roc. Lapidus looks back at his illustrious career with a slide lecture based on his recent autobiography, Too Much Is Never Enough, tonight at 7:30 at the Bass Museum of Art (2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach). Admission is by donation. Call 673-7530. (GC)

Words & Images: See Thursday.
The Jews of Mainland Greater Miami: See Tuesday.


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