He's witty, charming, intelligent, and a snappy dresser. He's also grossly indecent. No, not your ex-boyfriend but trendy it-boy Oscar Wilde. Although he's been dead for a good number of years, people can't stop talking about him; tales of the tart-tongued Irish playwright are everywhere these days. He self-destructed in public during the Victorian era after his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, the son of the Marquis of Queensberry (the pugnacious plutocrat who standardized the rules of boxing); a libel suit eventually got him thrown in the slammer. Stephen Fry starred in the recent movie Wilde; Liam Neeson is portraying him on Broadway in The Judas Kiss. The acclaimed play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, written by Moises Kaufman, which is still enjoying a long run off-Broadway in New York, was one of the first to ignite the recent Oscarmania. The show has attracted so many fans in South Florida that its run was extended two weeks, so you have four more days to catch it at the Caldwell Theatre Company, 7873 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. Performances take place at 8:00 p.m. today through Saturday, with a 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets cost $29 and $38. Call 561-241-7432. (NK)
Some people believe that live musical acts may one day become obsolete because so many club DJs have suddenly gained prominence. Their shtick: spinning records, "making" music by remixing the tunes of others, and producing recordings as well. One of the old-timers of the profession is "Little" Louie Vega. Vega, whose father and uncle were both musicians, began as a DJ at New York nightclubs such as Studio 54 and Heartthrob. A few years ago he met DJ Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez; they joined forces and formed Masters at Work Productions. Together they took songs by the likes of the Neville Brothers and Tito Puente and created club hits with them. They have done remixes of songs by Madonna, Michael Jackson, Lisa Stansfield, Incognito, and many others. As producers they were the brains behind the huge dance hit "These Sounds Fall into My Mind" by the Bucketheads. Tonight at 11:00 Vega brings his talents to Groove Jet (323 23rd St., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $15. Call 305-532-2002 for details. (NK)
Don't know the difference between Mason jars and masonite? Holy Martha Stewart! Neither do we. One thing we are guessing: Preserves can't be that easy to whip up at home; otherwise Smuckers would have gone out of business a long time ago and Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) wouldn't be offering this Jelly- and Jam-Making Workshop. Today from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Jean Collins will teach you how to use tropical fruits (we do know a mango from a guava) to create luscious homemade jams and jellies right in your very own kitchen. Boil the water, crush the fruit, sterilize the jars, break out the sugar -- and the peanut butter! Next thing you know you'll be baking bread. The fee is $15. Call 305-247-5727 to register. (NK)
Goofball costumes, outrageous performances -- don't worry, Spi¬nal Tap hasn't risen from the rock and roll graveyard. It's just Orlando-based quintet Gargamel!, which brings its hilarious antics to the South Beach Pub, (717 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight at 7:00. Named after the pesky Smurfs cartoon character who wanted to catch the little blue buggers so he could cook and eat them, this band will don their usual zany masks and offer their refreshing mix of funk, reggae, and death-metal songs. The Groovenics will also perform at this all-ages show. Call 305-532-7821 for details. (NK)
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For more years than we can remember the Sunshine Jazz Organization has been nurturing the South Florida jazz scene. Now they need your help to save their lively and informative newsletter The Sunshine Jazz Messenger, which recently suffered a cut in funding. At 3:00 today local jazz musicians will contribute their talents for a six-hour Fun' Raiser Jam and Dance at Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables). A few of the acts on the bill: Ira Sullivan, Mike Gerber, Melton Mustafa, Jesse Jones, Judi D, Billy Marcus, Steve Bagby, Bobby Ramirez, Danny Burger, Frank Hubell, Mel Dancy, and others. Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 305-233-6583. (NK)
You're always the life of the party. You keep everyone you know in stitches and you ain't no doctor. Your friends have been urging you to go into standup for years, but you've been too afraid to give up your job as a pet groomer. Well here's your chance to perform for a live audience at night and still pamper pooches during the day. Head over to the Improv in the Streets of Mayfair (3399 Virginia St., Coconut Grove) tonight at 7:00 for the Def Comedy Jam and see just how funny you really are. Sign up to perform and you'll get five minutes on-stage to sink or swim. You'll finally find out if your friends have just been humoring you. Stick around afterward and watch the pros from HBO's Def Comedy Jam, who will take to the stage around 9:00 p.m. Admission is ten dollars. Call 305-441-8200. (NK)
If you don't like hippies, stay the hell away from Coral Sky Amphitheatre (601 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach) today, especially around 3:00 p.m. when the H.O.R.D.E. Festival (Hippies on Recreational Drugs Everywhere) gates open. Not exactly a gathering of staunch Republicans, this concert has an official Website that boasts a concourse "full of counterculture curiosities" and "alternative-lifestyle vending." They wouldn't dare bring this one to South Beach. Organizer John Popper, of headlining act Blues Traveler, thinks the bands that are performing are so good and so underappreciated that he really named his festival Horizon of Rock Developing Everywhere. Gathering Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Fiji Mariners, Alana Davis, Robert Bradley's Black Water Surprise, Agents of Good Roots, Barenaked Ladies, Fastball, Cowboy Mouth, and local band Rudy in one place for nonstop jamming on two stages could be almost too much bliss for the average hippie to handle. Tickets cost $22.50. Call 561-793-0445. (LB)
Is the fast-moving world making you feel increasingly alienated? Do you think you'll never settle down anywhere? Dominican artist Marcos Lora Read understands. Although he has a studio in Amsterdam, Lora Read often ends up making his home -- and his art -- in all sorts of places, like friends' houses, hotel rooms, even airplanes and trains. His first solo exhibition in the United States, New Work -- Marcos Lora Read: La Casa del Nomada (The Nomad's Home) at the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.), expresses some of his concerns and maybe some of yours. It all starts with the empty shipping container on the plaza outside the museum that you must walk through to enter. Inside, various objects -- a clothesline, a telephone, a painted mattress -- reflect home in ways you'd never imagine. The show runs through October 11. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday; and from noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-375-3000. (