Night & Day
In the real world, erstwhile supermodel Kate Moss (for those of you living in a cave, hello, the whole supermodel thing is over) spent a month recuperating from exhaustion in a London clinic. In the imaginary world of author Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho) frazzled Kate might have made her 30 days a bit more productive. She would have joined an underground band of terrorist models who get their jollies from blowing up stuff, much like Victor Ward, the protagonist of his new novel Glamorama. Described by The New Yorker as a "high-fashion thriller," the book details Ward's headlong descent into a topsy-turvy existence, which strips the once-successful mannequin of virtually everything. You may be wondering what the worlds of modeling and terrorism have in common. Well, we can think of one thing: Models and terrorists both get to wear those jaunty, tres chic berets! Ellis reads at 8:00 p.m. at Books & Books, 296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408. (NK)
Get lost in the aforementioned The New Yorker without even flipping a page when you take a docent-led tour of the exhibition "The Talk of the Town: Rea Irvin of The New Yorker," whose subject is the celebrated magazine's first art editor. Then listen to one of its former art editors, Lee Lorenz, deliver a talk about art in the publication from its start in 1925 to the present. A contributor of cartoons and covers to the mag for 40 years, Lorenz served as art editor from 1973 to 1993 and has illustrated, written, and edited several books. The tour commences at 6:00 p.m.; Lorenz speaks at 7:00 p.m. at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free. Call 305-531-1001. (NK)
Six years ago Bob Marley's mother Cedella Booker started the Bob Marley Caribbean Festival, a daylong musical celebration of "one love" and family. And like a family gathering, you can never quite be sure who's going to drop in at Bayfront Park Amphitheater (301 Biscayne Blvd.), which serves as the Marley crib today from 1:00 p.m. on. Women are expected to rock the house: Multiple Grammy nominee and critics' darling Lauryn Hill (Rohan Marley is the father of her two children) is set to perform a couple of songs, as is sultry sistah Erykah Badu. Reggae-rapper Damian and his brother Julian Marley are also slated. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers will be the festival centerpiece again this year. Also on the bill: Tito Puente, Jr., Miami Haitian band Ayabonmbe, Florida reggae groups Contractor and Tribal Style, vocalist Kevens, and John Brown's Body, performing dub-rock reggae. Admission is $15 plus four cans of food, which the Bob Marley Movement will donate to an area homeless shelter. (Canned food can also be dropped off in advance at Camillus House, 726 NE First Ave.) Call 305-665-5379. (JC)
As if the plethora of tourists descending upon Miami for the Super Bowl wasn't annoying enough, here comes an expected crowd of 750,000 for the 36th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today through Monday on South Bayshore Drive and McFarlane Road. You know the drill: More than 300 artists in their booths will clog downtown Coconut Grove, competing for more than $100,000 in prize money and your dollars, too. Food vendors will hawk corndogs, arepas, gyros, and the like. And tons of, er, good music will fill the festival main stage in Peacock Park. Among the entertainers: locals Diane Ward, Steve Gryb, and the Jesse Jones, Jr. Quartet; and national acts such as Eddie Money, the rocker formerly known as washed up; Steve Reid's Bamboo Forest featuring the Rippington's founding member Reid and former members Jeff Kashiwa and Kim Stone; and jazz saxophonist Richard Elliot. Admission is free. Call 305-447-0401. (NK)
From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. today a rejuvenated Bakehouse Arts Complex (561 NW 32nd St.) presents its Second Sunday Salon Series. Swathed in a new pastel paint job, the building is debuting its renovated main gallery, which will feature a twelfth-anniversary exhibition juried by Lynn Gelfman. At 3:00 p.m. the Valentine's Day Singers from the University of Miami's voice and singing department will croon "Love Songs from Broadway." And 55 professional working artists will open their studios for the public to view all day. Admission is free. Call 305-576-2828. (NK)
Back in 1963, when Wayne Newton had a hit with "Danke Schsen," his alto voice made it easy to mistake him for a teenage girl. Not anymore. Many years later a slightly huskier-voiced Newton has grown up to be the proverbial lounge lizard -- sort of a Hugh Hefner (sans the silk jammies) who can carry a romantic tune. Tonight at 8:00 Mr. Las Vegas (now rechristened as Mr. Branson, Missouri) puts on a special Valentine's Day show for you and your honey at that cozy venue Miccosukee Indian Gaming, Krome Avenue and SW Eighth Street. Tickets cost $15. Call 305-222-4600. (NK)
Thanks to syndication you may have grown up watching Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Sanford and Son, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Partridge Family, and Murphy Brown. Those are just a few of the television shows Alan Rafkin has directed during his 40-year career. Tonight at 7:30 the Absinthe House Cinematheque (235 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables) screens a compilation of Rafkin's work. The director will also discuss his new book, Cue the Bunny on the Rainbow: Tales from TV's Most Prolific Sitcom Director, which dishes dirt on select celebrities, details Rafkin's professional development, and explores the growth of the TV sitcom. Admission is free. Call 305-446-7144. (NK)
Novelist and screenwriter Susan Isaacs (Compromising Positions) knows the movie business and she has a beef about it. (Uh, who doesn't?) Her quarrel: Films like Thelma and Louise and G.I. Jane aside, Hollywood is loath to portray today's women as the strong creatures they really are. She argues that point and many others regarding feminism in popular culture in her new book, Brave Dames and Wimpettes: What Women Are Really Doing on the Page and Screen. She reads from her latest work at 8:00 tonight at Books & Books, 296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408. (NK)
Hard to believe it's so tough to get a decent bagel in this town, when areas such as Miami Beach boast a rich and varied Jewish history. After World War II, half of the Beach's 40,000 population was Jewish, but life was far from paradise. During those years outright discrimination flourished. Many hotels, country, and social clubs were "restricted," meaning they openly barred Jews from their premises; that is, until residents made a stink and local and state ordinances were passed making discrimination based on religion and race illegal. Jewish institutions began growing slowly and Jews joined the political fray, with fourteen serving as mayor. Learn more about the Beach's fascinating Jewish yesterday and today at the exhibition Deco to Deli: The Jews of Miami Beach: 1945-Present, which runs through May 5 at the Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-672-5044. (
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