Yellowman has overcome bouts with cancer and the prejudice related to his albinism to become one of reggae's best-selling artists. The Jamaican started off as a DJ in the mid-Seventies, then leaped to huge popularity in the Eighties as a cornerstone of dancehall music. Long ago he traded in his turntables for his support band, Sagittarius. Although he has mellowed a bit from his risque dancehall heyday, he's storming into Stella Blue (1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach) tonight with plenty of oomph to help you get your irie up and out. Showtime is 9:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Call 532-4788. (LB)
Outlandish costumes, unwieldy props, insistent music, and frenetic choreography are a few of the hallmarks of the Desrosiers Dance Theatre, a troupe led by one of Canada's most acclaimed choreographers, Robert Desrosiers. Founded in 1980, the company, which has garnered plaudits for its distinctive, dramatic shows, comes to South Florida for the first time this weekend to help the Miami Light Project conclude its adventurous contemporary performance series. On the bill: a two-act show featuring highlights from the troupe's repertoire, including its monumental Musical Chairs. The dancing gets under way tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 at the Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $20. Call 531-3747. (NK)
During the Fifties if you took a look around the swinging, smoky nightclubs of New York City, the only people you might have seen on a regular basis were musicians, resident barflies, and a guy named Herman Leonard. A former assistant to the famed portraitist Yousuf Karsh, Leonard is a photographer who often shot for Life, Look, and Esquire magazines. His love of jazz, however, led him to hang around bars and clubs in Harlem and on 52nd Street, where he created evocative images of performers such as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Charlie Parker. Those photos ended up stashed in a cardboard box under Leonard's bed until 1987, when a London art gallery mounted a highly successful exhibition of his work. Since then his images have been displayed in more than 60 galleries around the world. Meet the legendary lensman tonight at 7:00 when he inaugurates his latest show, Jazz Memories, at the Barbara Gillman Gallery, 939 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Admission is free. Call 534-7872. (NK)
Cyrus Chestnut plays what some consider the Devil's music -- jazz -- but his heart has always been in the church. Not that the celebrated pianist-composer-arranger has ever aspired to the priesthood, but his churchly ties are undeniable. His grandfather was a minister who played piano, and Chestnut's latest CD (his sixth) is titled Blessed Quietness: A Collection of Hymns, Spirituals, and Carols. Chestnut -- who has worked alongside greats such as trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and vocalists Jon Hendricks and Betty Carter -- claims the album reveals his sensitive, spiritual side. So appropriately enough, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio performs a concert to benefit local gospel ensemble Jubilate tonight at 8:30 at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables). Tickets range from $20 to $30. Call 448-7421. (NK)
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Often utilizing the help of hundreds of volunteers and incorporating mass quantities of odd materials (3000 ears of corn, 750,000 pennies, and 15,000 teeth!), installation artist Ann Hamilton creates works that have gained international recognition for their grand scale and complexity. Perhaps that's why the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.) has devoted not one but two exhibitions to Hamilton. The Body and the Object combines video, photographs, sundry objects, and sound works to provide a look at the installations she has made since 1984. Mantle, a work specially commissioned by the museum, takes inspiration from the sights and sounds Hamilton experienced while driving around Miami during a trip here this past winter. Both shows run through June 7. Admission is five dollars. Call 375-3000. (NK)
One of South Florida's few unspoiled assets, Biscayne National Park turns 30 this year. Home of incredible coral reefs and fascinating marine life, the park boasts some pretty spectacular views above the sea as well. In honor of its birthday, Biscayne pays tribute to The Mangrove Coast by mounting an exhibition of photographs by Miami native Barry Fellman, whose works have been shown at galleries in New York City, Boston, and San Francisco. Concentrating on an area of Biscayne Bay's mangrove shoreline that was nearly decimated by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the vibrant large-format color prints document the resilience of nature by showing the site's revival. The photos are on display daily from 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. through June 30 at the park's Convoy Point Visitor Center, 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead. Admission is free. Call 230-1144. (NK)
A group of poor artsy Generation X-ers struggles on New York's Lower East Side. Their careers are going nowhere, their love lives are dysfunctional, a few of them are on drugs or are HIV-positive -- or both. And they can't pay their rent. What to do? Hey, why not put on a show? Or why not write one? That's what the late Jonathan Larson did, mixing a little of his own life with Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme. Sadly, Larson died in 1996, ten days before his 36th birthday and a few days before his creation, Rent, had its world premiere at the New York Theatre Workshop. The show quickly bounded to Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Now it hits the road, stopping at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) for a two-week run. No original cast members are present, but Miami native Andy Senor plays the role of Angel, the drag queen with the heart of gold. The show runs through May 3. Tickets range from $26 to $49. Call 673-7300. (NK)
Led by the tuneful, multilayered riffage of guitarist Frosty (yes, just Frosty, like, you know, Cher or Charo) and the earnest, clear vocals of Lance Webber (lucky enough to have a last name), the SoCal quartet Man Will Surrender creates an appealing web of melodic rock with the singular message that you've just got to rise above all of life's setbacks. Sample lines: "I have to crawl out from this rubble heap/That holds me so vulnerable." Kind of easier said than done, of course. The band's self-titled 1997 full-length debut, which follows three indie EPs, teems with tight rhythms courtesy of drummer Billy Browne and bassist Ron Vickers, but it's Frosty who establishes the instrumental tone that falls somewhere to the left of Quicksand and the right of Sugar -- or is it the other way around? Their sound is a catalyst for involuntary head-bobbing and jouncing in place. Tonight at 7:00 at Squeeze, 2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale, Man Will Surrender joins the similarly rock-hard-but-remember-the-hooks Stanford Prison Experiment and Shift. Tickets cost five dollars. Call 954-522-2151. (