You've got the brains and the brawn, and you want to make lots of money. That's great, but you really need a solid plan to get your business cooking. We know the public library is always an excellent resource for free information, but now those savvy librarians at the North Miami Beach Public Library (1601 NE 164th St.) are going the extra step to assist budding entrepreneurs. To kick off its new workshop series, "Our Library Means Business," the library has invited successful business owners to share their knowledge and answer your questions in today's program, "So You Want to Start a Business, Now What?" The speaker panel includes John Julien of Bique International (legal services); Lynn Remon, Customer's Rule Insurance; James Gante, A1 Property Service (home inspection); and Grant Gravitt, Tel Air Interests (film and video production). Take care of business today from noon to 1:30 p.m. The program is free, and a light lunch will be served. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 305-948-2970 to reserve your spot. (LO)
Answer: This show is a hilarious tribute to one of our favorite game show hosts. What is "Double Jeopardy," the Laughing Gas Improv's birthday tribute to Alex Trebek? Bing! That is correct. "We all love Alex Trebek and enjoy the Saturday Night Live sketches," says cast member Todd Rice, who's inviting all Canadians to come out and celebrate one of their own, and "find out what it's all a-boot." Audience members will be asked to provide answers, and cast members will come up with the nutty questions. Before busting out a soulful rendition of "Weird Al" Yankovic's "I Lost on Jeopardy," Rice added that they'll play a little improvised celebrity Jeopardy!, but hints that the caliber of intelligence will be more like what you'll find on Wheel of Fortune. You'll also have a chance to sign a birthday card for the bushy-haired smarty-pants. Your answers will be questioned tonight at 9:00 and 11:00 at the Main Street Playhouse (6766 Main St., Miami Lakes). Admission is ten dollars, and there is no age restriction or drink minimum. Call 305-461-1161, or visit www.laughinggasimprov.com. (LO)
The roots of rumba came across the middle passage in the Nineteenth Century. On the shipping docks in Havana, the African slaves beat staccato rhythms and used their bodies to express pent-up rage and desire with movements that needed no translation. The dance pantomimed sex: the man exhibiting sensual aggression, the woman responding with independent passion to the rattle of maracas, the enticing beat of wooden claves, and the plucking of the thumb piano called the marimbola. Local choreographer Neri Torres reveals the history of this Cuban dance from slavery to salsa with Guaguanco: The Rumba Musical. Expect fantastic dancing, irresistible music, and audience participation when the members of the IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company take the stage at the Manuel Artime Theatre (900 SW First St., Miami). The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $17 to $35. Call 305-476-0388, or visit www.bailausa.com. (PEGY)
The American Idol star-making machine is capricious. In season two, Ruben Studdard, a.k.a. the Velvet Teddybear, won the title for the second season, but second-place winner Clay Aiken's army of fanatic Claymates took the Billboard charts by storm and eclipsed Studdard's career. The third-place winner was Kimberley Locke, a pretty, Rubenesque crooner. Simon Cowell excoriated her for having an overly voluptuous figure, while praising Studdard as lovable. Now Locke is having the last laugh: Her album, One Love, yielded a bona fide chart success, "Eighth World Wonder." Also, her curvy bod won her a modeling contract with Lane Bryant. To kick off the "A Rising Star" talent showcase, which features gifted children with disabilities, Locke will belt out her hits in the center court of the Aventura Mall (10501 Biscayne Blvd.). The concert begins at 2:00 p.m., and after her performance, Locke will happily sign autographs and meet fans upstairs at the Lane Bryant store. Admission is free. Call 305-690-9123, or visit www.kimberleylockeweb.com. (PEGY)
Note to spunky artists: It's probably not a good idea to ask a printer to make a giant copy of your passport and/or visa, even if it's for the sake of art. Do you really want to grab the attention of Homeland Security? Lucky for ArtCenter/South Florida (800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) artist-in-residence Maria José Arjona, the authorities were not called when she sought to do just that for her performance piece Expires by.... As part of the group exhibition "Meter," Arjona uses her saliva to erase images of the documents that track her time and existence in this country. You can see the artist at work daily from 3:00 to 5:00 through July 31. Admission is free. Call 305-538-7887, or visit www.artcentersf.org. (LO)
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In old black-and-white films, going out to eat seemed like a big deal. The men wore ties and jackets, the women were elegantly casual, and often a chanteuse in a slinky dress would be softly crooning with a jazz trio in the corner of the restaurant. Nowadays when you go out to dinner, everyone's wearing jeans and T-shirts, and you can hardly have a conversation over the cacophony of chatter. Tonight live life like Bogart and Bergman in Casablanca. Come to Tuesdays at Ivy and enjoy an evening of luxury and style with cocktails, decadent food, and the sweet sounds of Ruby Baker and her band. Keep it classy tonight at 8:00 at the Ivy Aventura Restaurant and Lounge (Loehmann's Plaza, 19004 NE 29th Ave.). Call 305-932-1416, or visit www.ivyaventura.com. Learn more about Ruby Baker at www.rubybaker.com. (PEGY)
Instead of spending your summer vacation sitting around, playing video games, and watching television, you should be getting jiggy. The "Arts & Fitness Matters" touring series presented by Miami-Dade Park and Recreation and Diaspora Arts Coalition has found the right combination to get young bodies into the groove. Fitness master Scott S. McCartney has choreographed a modern dance and hip-hop routine to the hot tunes you're already listening to. After the workout, you can meet professional athletes, including former Dolphin Oronde Gadsden and Patrick Rouzard of the Miami Morays, who will discuss physical and mental fitness, nutrition, and the importance of academics. Get your body moving today from 1:00 to 3:00 at Devonaire Park (10411 SW 122nd Ave., Miami). Call 305-693-6236. (LO)
By Lyssa Oberkreser and Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik