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Furniture Frenzy

SAT 10/25

For years you've lusted after that Eames lounge chair. All sinewy white fiberglass, the piece begs -- no, screams -- to be in your living room. But at $6000-plus, you'd have to sell your firstborn to afford it. Yet there's a way around your dilemma without resorting to cheap knockoffs. And you can keep your baby too, because once a year, Luminaire (2331 Ponce de Leon Blvd.), the Coral Gables modern furniture Mecca, throws a major sale. People line up outside on the sidewalk early in the morning. Then they rush in and claim their discounted design classics by big names like Eileen Gray and Philippe Starck. Ha! You know exactly where your chair is, so you're sure to get it. Problem is, they close the store the day before and mix it all up. See ya in line, sucker! The sale runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and noon to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. Call 305-448-7367. -- By Nina Korman

Family Affair

FRI 10/24

Don't let the sourpusses fool you -- there is an art and music scene in Miami. And sometimes it's part of the same family, particularly in the case of multimedia artist Lucid Communication and hip-hop performer Brimstone 127, a.k.a. Jacob and Seth Schere. The siblings headline [met'a-mor'phic me-di-a] tonight at I/O (30 NE 14th St). In addition to food for the mind via underground hip-hop, electro, and jazz; an art show curated by the Damien B. Contemporary Art Center; and a b-boy showcase (that means lots of breaking) by the Hip-Hop Elements crew, plenty of food for the tummy will be available thanks to Renaisa Indian Cuisine. Other than the brothers Schere, performers include DJ Le Spam, the Brass King, Safe Stadick, Induce, and the big, bad birthday boy himself, Salim Rafiq. Admission is free before 10:00 p.m.; $10 afterward. Call 305-538-8007. -- By Humberto Guida


Behold, a breast bash

THUR 10/23

Boobs are beautiful. Boobs are good. Boobs must be protected and cared for. Tonight boobs get their proper attention as a bevy of Miami artists exhibit bra creations and models strut in lingerie -- all for the sake of fighting breast cancer. Bust Out Miami, a fundraiser for Making Strides Against Cancer, rightfully celebrates boobs while focusing on women's health. Featuring cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, bustiers, and brassieres. The event begins at 6:30 at Pearl Restaurant and Lounge, 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $50. Call 305-594-4363. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Sphinx Hijinks

Party with potentates

SAT 10/25

Sure, Shriners are known mostly as those zany folks who wear funky fezzes and ride around in those tiny cars during parades. But they're also devoted to helping their community, aiding charitable causes, even establishing a string of hospitals. "Service above Self" is a common motto. But in addition to their kooky parade antics, shriners have been known to indulge in a little Africa-themed role playing. Take a Miami branch of the Prince Hall Shriners (Kazah Temple No. 149), which counts Miami City Commission Arthur Teele as a member, and their female counterparts the Daughters of Isis (Kazah Court No. 17). At 8:00 tonight at the Miccosukee Resort & Convention Center (500 SW 177th Ave.), they'll honor their leaders with the 2003 Egyptian Potentate and Commandress Dinner and Dance. Dress code is Egyptian or African attire or after-5 wear. Ankhs, serpents, and golden staffs make nice accessories. Tickets cost $35. Call 305-624-8639. -- By Nina Korman

Das beer-minator

THUR 10/23

Austria may be famous today as homeland of the Terminator, but the brew-happy country is also fatherland of Harald Neuweg, the irrepressible restaurateur who's kept Oktoberfest, the Munich-born festival, brewing in Coral Gables for nearly a decade. Once again Neuweg brings the City Beautiful a beer garden where high-quality Euro-brews can be sipped while viewing the Fins, Fish, Canes, or Panthers, or one of the many Latina fruleins who'll be slinging steins. Mayor Don Slesnick and German Consul General Dr. Volker Anding will cut the ribbon. Slesnick, a former Army lieutenant who was stationed in West Germany in the late 1960s, says he favors Dortmunder beer. Neuweg promises to have it on hand. The beer flows October 23-26 at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables. Admission is $5. Call 305-774-1883. -- By Victor Cruz


Concerts keep Bass in action

SUN 10/26

Miami's own LaCorda Ensemble opens the fall series of concerts at the Bass Museum (2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach) with Brahms's Piano Quartet in G Minor, described by group leader Richard Fleischman as "a wild, rollicking, lushly romantic and passionate" piece of music. The concert is one of 3 that will give museum lovers a sneak peek of the Bass as it undergoes even more construction. While the entire museum won't be open, music lovers get to sip tea near the collection of Frida Kahlo paintings. The concert starts at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $20. Call 305-673-7530. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez


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