Yearning for the days when drunk South Beach pioneers gyrated on restaurant tables to the speed-flamenco strains of "Bamboleo?" Take heart: The Gipsy Kings will reprise their endless repertoire of Eurotrash party anthems tonight at the Jackie Gleason Theater (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Since they exploded on to the scene in 1988 with their self-titled megahit album, the group of Gypsy brothers and cousins from Arles, France, has released several other records that sound, well, pretty much like the first. You know what to expect. So put on your leather pants and get ready to dance. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $55. Call 305-673-7300. (JC)
An irritating whine, a piercing moan of despair, the sound the wind makes as it whips across the moors in a novel by one of the Brontë sisters: There are myriad ways to describe comedian Bobcat Goldthwait's voice, one of the things for which he is best known. Not many people recall that bit of trouble he got into a few years back when he set a chair on fire while appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Fewer still remember his costarring role as Zed, the kooky gang leader in three Police Academy movies. And a mere handful of folks, aside from Goldthwait himself and a few pissed-off studio heads, can summon memories of his genial star turn in the 1991 film Shakes the Clown, the twisted tale of a dejected, dipsomaniac clown that he wrote, directed, and starred in. But Goldthwait has never gone away. He's discarded the yelping and now he hosts Bobcat's Big Ass Show, a variety program on the cable network F/X. He's also hit the road doing standup again. Catch him tonight at 8:30 and 10:45 and tomorrow night at 7:45, 10:00, and midnight at the Improv, Streets of Mayfair, 3399 Virginia St., Coconut Grove. Admission is $19.50 and $22.50. Call 305-441-8200. (NK)
Get an earful of Miami's Latin Beat: Past, Present, and Future at Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) when Algo Nuevo, El Duende, and Lilly Blanco take the stage. Algo Nuevo is a new band that plays in the old Cuban style. El Duende is a group of local old-timers who play whatever the hell they feel like, with a Latin twist. And Lilly Blanco is the struggling young singer the Miami Herald has been shadowing for the past few months. The show starts at 11:00 p.m. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-532-0228. (NK)
Goulds: An area you've never had a reason to visit. Now you do. The Summer Garden Art Festival takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Historic Cauley Square Village Shops and Tea Room (22400 Old Dixie Hwy., Goulds). On tap: artists selling their work; music by Mike Cohen's Kendall Connection Jazz Band, Frank Hubell's Dixieland Band, the Mario Carvajal Jazz Trio, and Bob Hanni, a jazz guitarist; a ton of tempting treats; and activities to keep the kiddies happy. Admission is free. Call 305-258-3543. (NK)
You love Cyndi Lauper. You hate Cher. Problem is they're performing together (actually Lauper is opening for the doe-eyed, deep-voiced diva) tonight at the National Car Rental Center. If you're an early bird with a full tank of gas and a tolerance for stadium shows, you could hike up to Sunrise, get your fill of Lauper, then take off. But if you're a patient night owl, you could wait a few hours and see la Lauper when she performs a more intimate set at Salvation (1771 West Ave., Miami Beach). You may very well have to put up with a few thousand sweaty shirtless men swaying to "True Colors," but consider it a tradeoff: You didn't have to leave the county! Showtime is 12:30 a.m. Tickets range from $30 to $40. Call 305-673-6508. (NK)
Director Wim Wenders's recent Buena Vista Social Club was a documentary about the making of Ry Cooder's album. Swiss auteur Beat Borter's La Vida Es Filmar is a documentary shot during the genesis of another artistic project: the filming of Cuban director Fernando Perez's 1998 movie La Vida Es Silbar. Actors as well as ordinary people in the street are the stars of this work, which examines the search for happiness in contemporary Cuba. See it at 8:00 p.m. at Chapman Conference Center at MDCC Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave.). Admission is free. Call 305-237-7482. (NK)
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Determined to end your kids' infatuation with those godawful manufactured groups like 'N Sync, the Spice Girls, and the Backstreet Boys? Hell-bent on turning the tykes on to something a bit more highbrow? Well, throw the youngsters in the car and speed over to the plush Omni Colonnade Hotel (180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) today at 3:00 p.m. for the closing performance of the Mainly Mozart Festival. Jeff Kaye's Philharmonic Brass and String Ensemble will present a program titled "Mozart for Children." We can't guarantee the kids will renounce bubble-gum pop and turn their CDs into Frisbees after just one exposure to the maniacal prodigy's tunes, but it's certainly a start. Admission is free for children and five dollars for accompanying adults. A reception follows the concert. Call 305-444-4755. (NK)
Gentlemen and ladies, pick up your pens! Devotees of calligraphy, that fancy-schmancy hobby dedicated to pretty handwriting, will be delighted to know that Julian Waters, an award-winning and internationally known calligrapher and designer, who has worked for National Geographic and the United States Postal Service, will conduct a workshop titled "Texture and Gradation with the Ruling Pen" at tonight's meeting of the South Florida Calligraphy Guild. The guild gets together from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Bluesten Park (501 SE First Ave., Hallandale). Admission is free for members and five dollars for nonmembers. Call 954-473-9045. (NK)
Innovative creations, from mixed-media installations to sculptures to paintings to photographs, highlighting artists who have pushed the boundaries of art since the Fifties will be showcased in Heads Up!: Highlights from the Permanent Collection, opening today at the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami). MoCA became a collecting institution in 1995 and its permanent stash now numbers more than 250 works by big names like John Baldessari, Alex Katz, Ana Mendieta, and Louise Nevelson, to name a few. The show runs through September 26. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-893-6211. (NK)
The Iranian revolution seems as though it took place eons ago, but it's only been twenty years. Nevertheless the word Iran or Iranian still elicits anxiety in many an American. Imagine what it must be like for Iranians who moved to this nation from their homeland. Any adjustment is far from easy when one is cut off from a familiar language, history, and geography. Find out about the struggles of Iranians in America firsthand when Tara Kai, a contributor to A World Between (an anthology of essays, poems, and stories edited by Persis M. Karim and Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami) shares her perspective on how Iranian immigrants persevere in the United States tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books, 296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408. (