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july 11
Miccosukee Freedom Festival: Once fervent enemies, cowboys and Indians appear to have made amends, at least for commercial purposes. Accordingly, the Miccosukee Tribe hosts Randy Travis as the headliner for its fourth annual Freedom Festival. Travis gained considerable attention with his 1986 major-label debut Storms of Life, on which he mined the rich George Jones/Merle Haggard vein; the album established him as a leader of country music's so-called new traditionalist movement. Tiger Tiger and Chief James Billie round out the bill. There are also airboat rides, a Miccosukee fashion show, Aztec dancers, pony and carnival rides, clowns, arts and crafts, and traditional Indian food. Oh, and the dubious allure of watching alligator wrestling. The event is free and takes place at Miccosukee Indian Bingo and Gaming (500 SW 177th Ave.) from 11:00 to 6:30. Call 223-8380. (MM)

Martin Duberman: Drawing from his published essays, reviews, and plays, as well as from his private journals, prize-winning historian, playwright, and author Martin Duberman (Cures, Stonewall, and Paul Robeson) has just published his memoirs, Midlife Queer: Autobiography of a Decade, 1971-1981. Duberman revisits the political, academic, and social climate of the Seventies, as well as his days working as a gay activist, his pre-AIDS sexual adventures, and his experiments with LSD. Tonight at 8:00, Duberman discusses his memoirs at Books & Books (933 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is free. Call 532-3222. (GC)

Gridiron Greats Softball Challenge: Former Dolphins players team up against current Dolphins to benefit the Starting Place, a nonprofit substance abuse center for teens, at the seventh annual Gridiron Greats Softball Challenge at Fort Lauderdale Stadium (5301 NW Twelfth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The alumni lineup includes Kerry Glenn, Lorenzo Hampton, Mark "Higgy" Higgs, Larry Ball, Jim Mertens, and Don Nottingham; active Dolphins participating will be announced. Admission is five dollars. Gates open at 7:30. Call 926-6904. (GC)

Big Phat Tour: Atlantic Records showcases three of its coolest hardcore bands tonight at the Crash Club (4915 NE Twelfth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). New York-based funk-core Orange 9mm, with an ultrarhythmic grind topped by riling shout-vocals and searing guitar chords, stole the show at last year's Warped Tour. Since their earliest days together in suburban Maryland, Clutch has melded metal with garage-y punk, a sound that can be heard to good effect on the group's self-titled album. The new band on the block is Core, a trio from the Jersey Shore that draws on old-school metal to create a heavy, swirling sonic hybrid. Tickets cost $14. Doors open at 7:30. Call 772-3611. (GC)

july 12
Orbital: Sure, sure, you can't take five steps in South Beach without bumping into a trendy-ass nightclub with a trendy-ass DJ pumping hyperactive trendy-ass techno at an ear-bleeding level. But how often do you have the chance to experience that electro throb as created by in-the-flesh human beings? Well, tonight the Brit duo Orbital sets up its keyboards and drum machines and its elaborate lights at the Rezurrection Hall at Club Nu (245 22nd St., Miami Beach). Orbital consists of brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll, and since the late Eighties they've been crafting a variation of techno that actually works as well in the home as it does in the dance pit. Like Moby at his best, Orbital mixes punk dynamics, Doors dramatics, and early house throb, all heard to good effect on the just-released In Sides. Club Nu's doors open at 10:00; tickets cost $18. Call 535-9016 for more information. (JF)

Camera Notes: Edited by Alfred Stieglitz, the turn-of-the-century photographic journal Camera Notes was published by New York City's Camera Club for an audience of amateur photographers. Stieglitz believed that only nonprofessionals, untainted by commercial goals, could take truly artistic pictures, and he encouraged his readers to infuse their photos with style and emotion in the name of high art. His lofty goal was realized in images published in Camera Notes, 91 of which go on exhibit today at the Center for the Fine Arts (101 W. Flagler St.). These beautiful photogravures and silver prints of ethereal country landscapes, pensive posed portraits, nudes, and urban architecture signal the birth of photography as an art form. "Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Notes" will be up at the CFA through September 29. Admission is five dollars. For more information call 375-3000. (JC)

july 13
Les Diaboliques/The Bicycle Thief: Forget the recent Sharon Stone remake (please!). French director Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1954 original Les Diaboliques stands as one of the cinema's most gripping suspense films, wherein the cruel, philandering headmaster (Paul Meurisse) of a private boy's school gets deep-sixed by the dynamic duo of his wife (Vera Clouzot, the director's real-life wife) and his mistress (Simone Signoret). But wait, maybe somehow he's not really dead, or so the women begin to believe. Director Clouzot slow-burns his way to a heart-stopping climax, abetted en route by moody, penumbral cinematography and some fine performances, notably Signoret's chain-smoking teacher/moll. In short, it's the best Hitchcock film Hitchcock never made. It screens today (in French with English subtitles) at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Tomorrow -- same time, same place -- see Vittorio De Sica's 1947 The Bicycle Thief, something of a landmark in the European neorealist filmmaking movement that sprouted after World War II. De Sica's unvarnished approach to storytelling and unfettered use of mise en scene come across particularly poignantly in The Bicycle Thief, which affectingly recounts the repercussions felt by an Italian worker (Lamberto Maggiorani) and his son when the man's bike (so essential to his survival) is stolen. More engrossing than you can possibly imagine. Presented in Italian with English subtitles. Admission to each film is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (MY)  

Fenol Marcelin: Memories of his native Haiti's lush tropical landscape serve as an inspiration for Fenol Marcelin's fantastic paintings of resplendent rain forests and magnificent birds. Marcelin, who works in a studio in the South Florida Art Center, commits his odes to nature on canvas in the hope that those who view his paintings might become more ecologically aware. An exhibition of his work, "Tropical Theme (Colors, Creativity & Beauty)," opens today at the SFAC's Art 800 gallery (800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is free. The show continues through August 3. For details and gallery hours, call 674-8278. (JC)

Mango Madness: Celebrate the succulence of this favorite tropical fruit as Fairchild Tropical Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd.) hosts its annual Mango Madness festival. Today at 9:30 a.m. the fun kicks off with a mango tasting that features a display of more than 200 varieties of mangos, plus recipes and mango trees. Tomorrow evening at 5:00, serious mangophiles can participate in an auction of mango trees, T-shirts, and fruit of hard-to-find cultivars. Mango Madness concludes on July 27 with a series of mango workshops (covering topics such as planting and tree care, disease and pest control, and cooking) that runs from 9:30 to 3:00. Garden admission is eight dollars. Call 667-1651. (GC)

Tropical Agricultural Fiesta: What do you get when you mix star fruit with mamey? Find out the answer to that question and ponder other horticultural musings as the Southern Florida Tropical Growers celebrate Tropical Fruit Month. Today and tomorrow from 10:00 to 5:00 at the Preston B. Bird & Mary Heinlen Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead), the Tropical Agricultural Fiesta will offer cooking demonstrations, fruit tasting, and planting and grafting workshops, plus advice on gardening and landscaping. A two-dollar donation for adults (half-price for kids) is requested. Call 248-3311, ex.241. (MM)

Steely Dan: The Old Fart Parade marches on. Way back in the early Seventies, collegiate jazzbo hipsters Donald Fagen and Walter Becker (Steely Dan) perfected a slick, groove-drenched sound that boasted complex arrangements and smart-assed lyrics. They enjoyed a slew of hits during the early years of album-rock radio ("Do It Again," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Reeling in the Years," "Peg") and issued a few classic albums (1972's Can't Buy a Thrill, 1974's Pretzel Logic). Fagen and Becker split in the early Eighties, with the former producing one great solo album (The Nightfly) and one loser (Kamakiriad) before he regrouped with Becker in 1993 for the first Steely Dan tour in nearly twenty years. If you're interested in reeling in the years, Steely Dan plays tonight at the Coral Sky Amphitheater (601 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach). Tickets are $21 and $38; the show starts at 8:00 and there's no opening act. Call 407-795-8883 for more information. (JF)

july 14
Motorcycle Road Races: The big bikes rev up today as the Championship Cup Series comes to the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex (Florida Turnpike and SW 137th Avenue). Amateur and professional motorcycle racers will compete in twenty events, including heats for superbike, supersport, grand prix, and vintage bikes. Tickets cost $15. Gates open at 7:00 a.m., and the races continue through 5:00 p.m. Call 230-5177. (GC)

july 15
Latin Meets Jazz Jam: MoJazz Bar & Lazy Lizard Grille (928 71st St., Miami Beach) hosts an evening of traditional jazz, blues, swing, Latin, and Brazilian jazz performed by more than 60 local musicians, all for the benefit of Camillus House. Performers include keyboardist Abel Pabon, drummer Archie Pena, percussionist Johnny Conga, vocalist Teddy Harrell, guitarist Manny Lopez, pianist Michael Orta, and saxophonists Bobby Ramirez, Brian L. Cook, and Ed Calle, plus contemporary blues/Latin jazz fusion band Nueva Vision. Admission is ten dollars or an equivalent donation of canned foods. Showtime is 8:00. Call 374-1065. (GC

july 16
Larry Dossey: Recent polls have shown that more and more Americans are turning to religion and spirituality in an attempt to find answers not only to their personal problems, but also to wider social concerns. So it's no wonder that respected physician Dr. Larry Dossey's Healing Words, in which he expresses his belief that prayer promotes healing, would become a best seller. Dossey explores the topic further in his most recent book Prayer Is Good Medicine: How to Reap the Healing Benefits of Prayer, wherein he ruminates about whether faith is necessary for prayer to work, and looks at the confusion and negative feelings many people have about prayer. Tonight at 8:00 Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) hosts an evening with Dossey. Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (GC)  

july 17
Patricia Ireland: Patricia Ireland, president of the National Organization for Women, celebrates the 30th anniversary of the group with the publication of her book What Women Want. Ireland became a women's activist in the Seventies while suing her former employer Pan Am Airlines for refusing to cover her husband under corporate health insurance; she then entered law school and worked as an attorney in private practice in Miami until she left in 1987 to preside over NOW. In What Women Want, Ireland addresses the issues of abortion, affirmative action, sexual choice, domestic violence, and the need to elect women officials on the local and national levels. Books & Books hosts an evening with Ireland tonight at 8:00 at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (

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