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Thursday, June 5

Gimme Strength

Surely over the years the venerable, High Renaissance-style Central Baptist Church (500 NE First Ave.) — which predates the City of Miami’s birth by two days in 1896 — has seen more than its share of powerful moments. But nothing like John Jacobs and the Power Team, currently in the midst of their Five Days of Power tour through Saturday, June 7. Count on the beefed-up evangelistic outreach group to be smashing, busting, demolishing, breaking, and reaching the “unchurched.” Food and music commences at 5:00 p.m. and the main event begins at 7:00 p.m. Admission is by $2 donation. Call 305-379-4781. — Nina Korman

Thursday, June 5

Trucked Up

Foam and vinyl mesh unite beautifully in the trucker hat. Traditionally the chapeau sits atop old fart NRA types and Wal-Mart blue-collar fogies. Who knew they would become a white-hot fashion trend? Like a film that’s so bad it’s good, the trucker hat has ascended to the height of style in New York and Los Angeles. It became so popular recently among the iconoclastic hipster set that the hats are now uncool. The trucker hat is a self-perpetuating fashion phenomenon that has tornadoed its way to the subtropics. Miami’s young artist set is now tangled up in the trucker hat craze. Is it cool? Is it art? Will it ever go away? The hats are exhibited in “Dome Piece” at Objex Art Gallery at 500 NW 24th St. through Tuesday, June 17. Admission is free. Call 305-576-6551. — By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Sunday, June 8

Hog heaven. That will be Miami beginning today as the Magic City plays host to Hondas, Ducatis, Kawasakis, Indians, and, of course, the fabled Harley-Davidson hogs for the first Miami Bike Week. Festivities get revved up in Little Havana at 2:00 p.m. for the Kickoff Run and Rally featuring live music, food, and drinks on SW 8th Street, between 14th and 17th avenues. Action shifts to Monty’s in Coconut Grove at 7:00 p.m. Monday. Tuesday the party moves to the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant, off the 836 Expressway. It’s back to the Grove Wednesday for more fun at Commodore Plaza at 7:00 p.m. The area will be closed to all but bikes for a motorcycle parade. Thursday, meet at Fuddrucker’s on Killian Drive and U.S. 1, then crash into the main event on Saturday and Sunday at the Coconut Grove Convention Center. Call 305-377-2129. -- By John Anderson

The Gourmet Cuban
Learn to cook churros from the chef

Wednesday, June 11

Drop the spatula and stop cowering behind that stove. Your croquetas are a crock, your moros don't measure up, and your yuca is yuck-a. What kind of Cuban are you? Certainly not a Cuban cook. Nothing like esteemed TV star Chef Pepin. Not to be mistaken for suave French celebrity gourmet Jacques Pepin, the perennially smiling Chef Pepin bears more of a resemblance to the Pillsbury Doughboy in his puffy toque than to 007 in an apron. Reaching the heights of culinary coolhood through appearances on Spanish-language television and radio and authoring a book is not enough for the gregarious gastronome. Chef Pepin wants to teach you to cook Cuban. He's not recommending you roast an exile on a spit -- though certain hotheads might benefit from a few spins on a rotisserie. He means learning to prepare Cuban-style specialties such as black beans, chicken and rice, cod fritters, and churros. Those goodies and more are on the menu for Sabor Cubano with Chef Pepin, a three-class series taking place at 7:00 p.m. on the next three Wednesdays at Casa Bacardi (1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables) on the University of Miami campus. Cost is $95, which includes the trio of classes and dinners. Call 305-284-2822 to reserve. — Nina Korman

Wednesday, June 11

About Rights

AI makes the world more humane

Repressive regimes got you down? Feeling powerless against the assault on basic human rights and dignity? Then get yourself to the next meeting of the local chapter of Amnesty International. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization has worked successfully over the decades for the protection of worldwide human rights. Locally the focus is on efforts to abolish the death penalty, honoring groups like Save Dade, and working for the release of Ngawang Pekar, a Tibetan monk and prisoner of conscience. The 22-year-old group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free (annual membership dues cost $15). Call 305-442-4408. -- By John Anderson


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