Trendoids, hold onto your Prada socks. The next big fashion thing could be showing his or her work at Gen Art Styles Miami '04. The national arts organization devoted to highlighting young talent will present the creations of five designers from Canada, Great Britain, and the U.S. who took top honors in Gen Art's International Design Competition and Fashion Show, held recently in New York. Shoe guru Donald J. Pliner will be the host for the festivities, beginning at 8:00 p.m. at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St. Tickets cost $25 for nonmembers. Log on to www.genart.org or call 305-695-2759. -- Nina Korman
Eat to the Beat
Wynwood's midsummer night's scream
Nina Arias, the happening gallerist of Rocket Projects, has been chasing down ice cream trucks lately. She's been looking for one of those ghetto-fabulous rigs that loop the Wynwood art district like a never-ending "Happy Birthday" jingle. Arias and DJ Hottpants (Daniel Blair) are flagging down a jangly truck for their midsummer blowout, Tasty, a food-themed warehouse keg party certain to satiate the taste buds of the most parched and party-starved hipster. Four DJs will spin everything from freestyle booty bass to retro-rap. Dress code: delicious. Cheap beer, empanadas, brownies, and the prospect of the yummy Ms. Arias dressed up in a cherry pie/dulce de leche concoction is enough to get the appetite going. The party starts at 11:00 p.m. at the Terminal Building, 120 NW 25th St. Cover charge is $5. Call 305-576-6082. -Juan Carlos Rodriguez
The art of independent filmmaking in Miami is alive and well, and the producers of the Optic Nerve VI showcase can prove it. Presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami), the annual film and video jam has been pushing boundaries since its premiere in the summer of 2000. This installment, the 6th, offers 17 short works such as Bruce Yarock's The Enron Song (Where are you now, Ken Starr?), an animated, musical version of that scandal as seen through the eyes of Bill Clinton. And there's Julie Kahn's lawnmower ballet, Mobius, her meditation on man, nature, and suburbia set against a Möbius loop background. You'll also find some John Cage, equine erotica, and Adam and Eve follies rounding out the evening. Screening starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 305-893-6211. -- John Anderson
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