The kings of flamenco cool, the Spanish group Ketama, led the Eighties nuevo flamenco movement with their complex mix of Gypsy rhythms, rock, and underground attitude. That Ketama has left those cutting-edge days behind is evident on their latest release, Konfusion, which is composed of mellow blues tunes infused with feel-good Latin rhythms. But the band still delivers plenty of power live. Expect some enchanting guitar playing and impressive improvisational stylings when Ketama brings its party music to the Cameo Theatre (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) at 10:00 tonight. Local Cuban sonstress Albita appears as a special guest. Tickets cost $15. Call 305-532-0922. (JC)
With the dynamic elements of the New Orleans and San Francisco music scenes, one of Miami's most unusual bands, and a stage in Tobacco Road's parking lot, a pretty grand bash is predictable. Headlining the parking lot party (626 S. Miami Ave.) are the Crescent City's Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters, who have filled that town's taverns with funky, soulful tunes for more than ten years. Upstairs at the Road you can catch San Francisco's E.C. Scott; she has rocked audiences from the opera house to the barrelhouse. And to keep things rolling on the patio are South Florida's own Latin funksters the Baboons. The music starts at 9:00 p.m. All bands will perform three sets; cover charge is ten dollars. Call 305-374-1198. (LB)
Uh oh. Look out. Dazzling Cuban trumpeter (and famous defector and supposed Communist Party member) Arturo Sandoval has got a big gig. No, we don't mean he's taking his citizenship exam. That won't happen any time soon if the immigration folks have their way. But even if they aren't allowing Sandoval the opportunity to gain full-fledged citizenship, he still gets to live in America -- Miami, in fact, and to play here too. Today from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. we get to enjoy Sandoval's formidable talent and that of Argentine jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri when they headline the Love 94 Latin Jazz Fest at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Other acts slated to perform are Silvano Monasterios and Eliane Elias. Tickets cost $12. Call 305-770-2634. (NK)
Cesar Becerra may be only 26 years old but he has been a historian for a good hunk of that time. He is celebrating his tenth anniversary as a historian this very year by doing one of his favorite things: talking about Miami's past. Beginning today Becerra launches A Decade of Discovery, a monthlong series of 26 lectures. (That's one for each year of his life. Cute, no?) Today at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Becerra and his wife, Maud Dillingham, will conduct tours of the Barnacle (3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove), the place where he served at age sixteen as one of its youngest volunteer guides and where the couple met. Tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida (101 W. Flagler St.), Becerra presents "Imaging Independence: A Slide Show of the Spanish American War," which features slides from the collection of the Library of Congress. Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Becerra will screen the 1958 film The Feather Wars: Wind Across the Everglades at the Coconut Grove Library (2875 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove). Admission to the Barnacle is one dollar; the tours are free. Admission to the Historical Museum is five dollars. The movie is free. Call 305-444-1932 for more details. (NK)
It's carnival time -- almost. As a prelude to the Miami Soca Carnival South Florida, the '98 Caribbean Carnival Warm-Up will be held today from 2:00 p.m. to midnight at Hialeah Park Racetrack (2200 E. Fourth Ave., Hialeah). Expect the usual mix of music, food, and fun. Headlining acts include Machel Montano and the Xtatic band from Trinidad, and Allison Hinds and Square One from Barbados. Also performing are vocalists Leon Coldero and Iwer George, and a slew of DJs such as DJ Dorenzo, House Arrest, and DJ Rebel, who will spin soca and reggae tunes. A kiddie corner will feature activities, games, and the Rainbow Kidz, a three-time winner of the Band of the Year title at the Miami carnival. Papa Keith and Giselle will host the festivities. Tickets cost ten dollars; kids under twelve get in free. Call 305-623-5078. (NK)
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Whatever happened to the good old days of pro wrestling, when pumped-up ogres with swishy names like Dusty would "beat" each other to a pulp in the ring? And then when questioned, promoters would get indignant and insist that the bouts were never rehearsed? Well, pro wrestling has grown up -- and grown very commercial. It has become big business and family entertainment; promoters now assure us the violence is a complete sham. The "sport" is one of the most popular forms of programming on cable television, with rival organizations the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling (created by media mogul Ted Turner) broadcasting highly rated shows on the USA and TNT networks, respectively. Top wrestlers' yearly earnings have climbed into the millions. Any merchandise associated with the enterprise -- toys, lunch boxes, video games, tank tops, and more -- is a huge moneymaker. Live events? Seats sell out fast, so hurry and get your tickets if you want to ogle entertainers such as Lex Luger and now bad guy "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan in the flesh when WCW Monday Nitro slams into the Miami Arena (721 NW First Ave.) tonight at 7:30. Tickets cost $15, $22, and $35. Call 305-530-4400. (NK)
Starring roles in martial arts movies are pretty straightforward: fight, fight, and fight some more. Jackie Chan certainly knows about such limitations. (In his latest film, Rush Hour, he portrays a kung fu-fighting cop who is clearly mismatched with his cocky partner.) Offscreen, however, Chan does more than work out at the gym and optimistically take acting lessons. He writes. Really! He just published an autobiography cleverly titled I Am Jackie Chan (okay, so he has trouble with titles). He'll sign copies of the book tonight at 7:00 at Borders Books & Music, 19925 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. Call 305-935-0027. (NK)
What's the difference between an evening herb and a morning herb? There is no difference. The only reason the Redland Evening Herb Society uses the word in its name is that it meets in the evening. The year-old society is dedicated to educating people about the many uses of herbs, as well as to planting and maintaining the park's rapidly expanding herb garden (soon to be the biggest on the East Coast). Tonight at 7:30 at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead), the folks meet for a discussion and food tasting. Member Marylu Zurbuchen discusses the herb of the month, sage. Afterward attendees get to sip herbal teas and sample a variety of dishes made with -- you guessed it -- sage. Yearly membership in the society costs $15, but visitors can attend the meeting free of charge. Call 305-246-5825. (