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october 3
Designed for Consumption: Giant doughnuts, ten-foot-long hot dogs, streamlined diners, and bun-topped burger joints: The larger-than-life design of America's roadside restaurants and food stands will be the subject of a lecture by Dr. Cynthia Elyce Rubin tonight at 6:30 at the Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach).
"The Roadside Architecture of Food and Its Depiction in Tall-Tale Postcards" is part of an ongoing lecture series in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition, "Culinary Culture." Admission is free. Afterward, chef Mary Rohan offers a Caribbean-influenced meal for lecture attendees at the Pan Coast Restaurant (2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach). For information about the Wolfsonian lecture series, call 535-2634. For reservations to the dinner, call 531-2727. (JC)

Festival Miami: The University of Miami School of Music's classical music fest explodes this week with six performances. Tonight at 8:00 at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables (536 Coral Way), the UM Wind Ensemble performs works by David Maslanka, Lee Gannon, and William Penn. Admission is free. Tomorrow at 8:00, Grammy-nominated saxman Joe Lovano makes his Festival Miami debut with the UM Concert Jazz Band. Admission is $18. See our "Calendar Listings" for more Festival Miami events. The festival runs through October 26. All concerts take place at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables), unless otherwise noted. Call 284-4940. (GC)

october 4
Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens: Tennessee's renowned Carpetbag Theater returns to South Florida to present its latest production tonight at 8:00 at Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave.). Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens is a dramatization through theatrical and musical vignettes of the lives of seven of the most famous black women pioneers -- Mary Fields, Biddy Mason, Edmonia Lewish, Mary Alexander, Emily Morgan West, Mary Pleasant, and Julia Bulette -- who emerged from the American West between 1830 and 1890. Admission is ten dollars. Call 237-3010. (GC)

Sex and the City: Candace Bushnell, whose column Sex and the City runs in the New York Observer, has compiled 25 of her pieces in a book by the same name. A soap opera, gossip column, sociological study, and dating manual combined, Sex and the City chronicles the mating habits of New York's social elite -- including men who bed only models and women who marry only moguls -- as they roam from launch parties to club openings to celebrity affairs to trendy bars looking for Mr. or Ms. Right (or Right Now). Tara Solomon, Miami's own Queen of the Night, introduces Bushnell when she reads from and discusses her book tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books (933 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is free. Call 532-3222. (GC)

Tropical Passion: Experience the heat of Havana in the late Forties with this romantic musical, making its world premiere this weekend at the Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Tropical Passion features original music by Mario Fernandez Porta, with book and lyrics by Pedro Roman, encompassing not only traditional Cuban boleros, rumbas, congas, and guarachas, but big band, blues, and country music popular in the Forties. The story follows an American GI who goes to Havana after World War II looking for a little fun and finds true love instead. English-language performances take place tonight at 8:00 and tomorrow at 3:00; Spanish-language performances take place tomorrow at 8:00 and Sunday at 3:00. Tickets range in price from $12 to $35. Call 545-3395. (GC)

Festival Miami: See Thursday.

october 5
George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars: The reunion tours of flabby fortysomethings Kiss and the Sex Pistols have garnered all the rock-scribe ink, but it's Clinton's latest jaunt -- his first in many moons to feature nearly all the surviving funkateers from both Parliament and Funkadelic -- that is the undoubted, unrivaled Tour of the Year. Clinton and his long-time collaborators, including Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell, are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Parliament's 1976 funk masterpiece Mothership Connection and its accompanying tour, which first introduced the world to one of Clinton's greatest aliases, Sir Lollipop Man, and set a precedent for big-budget concert spectacles with a gigantic spaceship that descended on-stage from an even bigger denim hat. Seriously. I saw it happen. Anyway, the Mothership lands tonight at the Sunrise Musical Theatre (5555 NW 95th Ave.). Tickets cost $25.75 and $32.75, and the insanity begins at 8:00. Expect to hear Clinton classics such as "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker," "Atomic Dog," and "Flash Light," as well as stuff from the All-Stars' brilliant new album The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership. Call 954-741-7300. (JF)

American Heart Walk: Heart disease and stroke have been the nation's two leading killers since 1900, taking the lives of more than 42 percent of the two million Americans who die each year (that's more than AIDS, cancer, and all other causes of death combined). Keep that in mind when you strap on your sneakers and walk to benefit the American Heart Association in any of four American Heart Walks taking place this weekend in South Florida. Today's walks step off at 8:00 a.m. at Don Shula's Athletic Club (15150 Bull Run Rd., Miami Lakes) and at 9:00 a.m. at Mercy Hospital (3663 S. Miami Ave.); tomorrow, walks take place at 7:00 a.m. at the Don Soffer Fitness Trail (participants meet at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd.) and at 8:00 a.m. at Tropical Park (7900 Bird Rd.). A minimum pledge of $25 is required for participation. Call 373-5119. (GC)

The Stranger/I Shot Jesse James: The Cinema Vortex film series this weekend screens two noir films, both by American directors, from the Forties. Orson Welles's The Stranger (1946) screens today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Filled with perverse relationships and pulp characterizations, the film explores what happens when a fugitive war criminal shakes up a small and seemingly peaceful New England college community (no doubt an influence on David Lynch!). Tomorrow at the same time and place, Vortex screens Sam Fuller's strong and idiosyncratic directorial debut I Shot Jesse James (1948). The film's use of unconventional camera angles, quick cuts, and its exploration of love, jealousy, dislocation, betrayal, and -- a favorite of Fuller's -- violence are considered way ahead of his time. Admission to each film is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (GC)

Creative Black Tie: Go in your boxer shorts or flannel pajamas, go in a souffle made entirely of papier-mache, go in tin foil and Saran Wrap, but remember to wear a black tie when New Directions hosts its twelfth annual Creative Black Tie event at the Coconut Grove Convention Center (2700 Bayshore Dr.). The party kicks off at 9:00; this year's theme is Hollywood, so create the wildest, wackiest, and weirdest costume you can think of, then give it a little La-La Land flair (just remember -- you must wear a black bow tie). Local band ESQ performs, and twelve area restaurants, including Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Greenwich Cafe, and Scotty's Landing, offer samples of their specialties. Tickets cost $40 and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Call 594-4363. (GC)

Muse: Maybe the members of alternative rock band Muse know a little something most people don't. After all, their forthcoming Lava/Atlantic Records debut is called Arcana, referring to esoteric knowledge. Last year, the formerly South Beach-based band cashed in on all its good karma when it signed a deal with Lava and jetted out to Los Angeles to record the album. But the group ran into some bad vibes (not surprising in L.A.) when the finished product wasn't to its liking and it had to re-record the whole thing during the course of two weeks in Atlanta, its new home base. Then the forces of nature shifted in the band's favor once again when it landed a spot on the bill of Toronto's Eden Festival, featuring the Cure, Porno for Pyros, Live, and Bush, among others, in July. Muse beams down to Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) for a homecoming show featuring acoustic artist Alex Gonzalez and fellow space aficionados Al's Not Well. Admission is six dollars. Showtime is 11:00. Call 532-0228. (GC)

Festival Miami: See Thursday.
Tropical Passion: See Friday.

october 6
Modern and Contemporary Art of the Dominican Republic: The Bass Museum of Art (2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach) celebrates the vision of a Caribbean people in the exhibition "Modern and Contemporary Art of the Dominican Republic." The show, on view through December 1, features more than 70 works by 30 artists from the Forties through the present, including Jaime Colson, Paul Giudicelli, Marianela Jimenez, Domingo Liz, Ada Balcacer, and many others. The paintings range in style from the abstraction of cubism to the sharpness of pop art, from the grittiness of social realism and art brut to the lyricism of expressionism, imprinting each style with a Caribbean flavor while capturing the landscape and people of this island. Admission is five dollars. Museum hours are 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday, and 10:00 to 5:00 from Tuesday through Saturday (open till 9:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month). Call 673-7530. (GC)

Festival Miami: See Thursday.
Tropical Passion: See Friday.

october 7
Carl Bernstein: Books & Books goes from the sex lives of the rich and famous to the life and times of the Pope! Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi, coauthors of His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of Our Time, explore the life of the pontiff through hundreds of interviews with experts and officials in Rome, Washington, Moscow, and Warsaw, painting a portrait of a young boy who lost his family in Nazi Poland and grew up under communism, but never lost his faith in God. Bernstein's crack reporting and Politi's vast knowledge of the Vatican and the former Soviet Union combine for an insightful biography that also provides a history of the Twentieth Century. Bernstein reads from and discusses his book tonight at 8:00 at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd.) Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (GC)

Festival Miami: See Thursday.

october 8
Hard Rock Cafe Live: For a restaurant that has established an international reputation for its rockin' memorabilia, the Hard Rock Cafe (401 Biscayne Blvd.) sure has taken awhile to start featuring actual rock bands. The all-around tourist trap begins its new live music series tonight with a performance by local band the Goods. Upcoming shows feature the Primitive Radio Gods on October 29, local band the Wilcoxes on November 12, and local acts Amanda Green and the Honeysticks on November 26. Admission is free. The bimonthly shows take place every alternate Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. Call 377-3110. (GC)

Festival Miami: See Thursday.

october 9
Smuin Ballets/SF: Tony and Emmy award-winning dancer-choreographer Michael Smuin brings his San Francisco-based ballet company to the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) for a two-week run of his original ballet Frankie and Johnny. The classically trained Smuin, the former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer who went on to become director of the San Francisco Ballet for twelve years, formed the Smuin Ballets/SF in 1993, drawing from the forms of modern dance, flamenco, tap, and ballroom for a classical-ballet hybrid that bears his unique signature. Smuin's first story ballet -- and his first mambo ballet at that -- Frankie and Johnny features a scorching score, including Cuban music by Perez Prado, La Lupe, and Celia Cruz. Other ballets to be performed include Dances with Songs and One Step Forward to Bach. The production opens tonight and runs through October 20, with performances taking place from Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 (with an additional performance next Tuesday), and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00. Tickets cost $20. Call 532-2119.



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