June is already proving to be an eventful month for Jude Papaloko Thegenius. For five years his Jakmel Art Gallery (currently at 2301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) has brought vivid culture to a bustling downtown thoroughfare. Now he suddenly has to move to a new location in Little Haiti (311 NE 59th St., Miami), which will include studio space for artists alongside the colorful art Papaloko is known for, and serve as headquarters for his nonprofit charity Papaloko4Kids. The impetus for this organization began when Jude was just a boy. "In Haiti my school had a program where all the poor kids could come and eat. There was one poor little kid; every time I'd see him, I'd cry. I went home and told my mother, I want to help that kid. I started to do things for poor kids, go to their schools and teach them how to play the drums and stuff like that," he recalls. Be there tonight at 8:00, when this conscientious artist will host an official fundraiser. Expect musical performances by some of Haiti's top artists, including Djanaye, Eddy François, and Raymond Cajuste. This event will also mark the eighteenth anniversary of Jude's band, Papaloko and Loray Mistik, so Thegenius himself will bless the stage. "It's not about politics or religion; it's to help the kids. Any kid," he explains. Bring your charitable donations -- books, clothing, school supplies, or canned food -- to Power Studios, 3701 NE Second Ave., Miami. Admission is $20. Call 786-312-5947, or write to Jude at firstname.lastname@example.org. (PEGY)
So you've sculpted and waxed your body into beach-ready shape for the summertime. Don't forget your most important and eye-catching feature -- a beautiful smile. Pearly white teeth are always in style, and we're not talking about the glow-in-the-dark gleam achieved by Ross in that hilarious Friends episode. At Spa Smiles you can assuage the stress of dentistry with soothing foot reflexology. While Dr. Steven E. Roth cleans your choppers, enhance the laughing gas experience with futuristic virtual-reality glasses. Enjoy drinks and product demonstrations at this evening's grand opening beginning at 5:00 at Spa Smiles, on the third floor of 138 NE Second Ave., Miami. Admission is free. Call 305-358-3384, or visit www.spasmilesrus.com. (PEGY)
It's a planetarium party! Tonight you can dance under the moon, stars, and planets while enjoying a trippy laser light show at the Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium (3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami). Journey into Space is a wicked cool fundraiser to benefit the Star Gazer astronomy series -- "the world's first and only weekly television series on naked-eye astronomy," according to its Website (www.miamisci.org). The stars will shine in the Planetarium Dome and Space Gallery as DJs (including Exotic E, Zonik, Dublex, Mizz K, and Trauma) spin house and techno music. Doors open at 10:00; the Bacardi open bar begins serving at 10:30. Tickets cost $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Tickets are limited, so don't wait. Call 305-646-4275. (LO)
Tigra and Bunny like the cars that go boom, and so do we. We also like the cars that go vroom. Give us a high-performance engine and a wide-open space to pull out some hairpin turns and we'll be as giddy as a rabbit in a carrot patch. Of course we don't condone crazy driving unless you're on a closed course with professional guidance. Today young drivers ages fifteen to twenty are invited to get behind the wheel of a new BMW 3 Series for a training workshop with professional racecar drivers at the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience Student Driver Program. Students will practice high-speed skids, turns, and crash avoidance techniques that we all hope will never have to be put to the test. Strap on your seat belt and get ready to ride from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Office Depot Center, 2555 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise. The workshop is free but you do need to reserve your spot in the hot seat. Call 1-800-344-4269, or visit www.bmwusa.com. (LO)
Whether they're leaping gracefully onto your windowsill, playing with string, or affectionately rubbing against your legs, cats make wonderful pets. In honor of Adopt-a-Cat Month, the Humane Society of Greater Miami is offering the purrfect deal. Normally the fee for adopting a cat is $60. This month you can pick up a pair of feline friends for a mere $69, which includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchip identification, and a spiffy cardboard cat carrier. Today from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. you can visit the Adopt-a-Pet Shelter, 11900 SW 232nd St., Miami. Call 305-696-0800, or visit www.humanesocietymiami.org to see photos of the pets available for adoption and to read the 2005 Pet Preparedness Hurricane Guide. (PEGY)
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Wax on ... wax off. If all you know about the martial arts comes from The Karate Kid, you have much to learn, grasshopper. The Empty Mind: A Spiritual Journey Through Martial Arts is an enlightening documentary that visits the dojos of some of the world's deadliest fighters and explores the philosophies behind a variety of defensive styles, including shaolin, tai chi, kyudo, and kendo. Learn more at a lecture by filmmaker and karate instructor Jon Braeley, who has made Asian culture his lifework for the past twenty years. It all begins tonight at 7:00 at the MIAMIntelligence center, 2000 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami. Admission is ten dollars. Call 305-860-2499, or visit www.miamintelligence.org. (PEGY)
Your landscapes are lackluster, the kids look possessed, and your relatives all have the tops of their heads chopped off. Don't waste your time taking crappy photos when a few tips and tricks from a professional can help you build a gallery of inspiring images. Warren Dittmar of On Location Images Inc. is a professional photographer and gentle lecturer who will guide you through the creative art of capturing beautiful photographs (both film and digital). The workshop begins tonight with The Fine Art of Portraiture from 7:30 to 9:00 at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. The series of classes continues with Photographing Children (June 29); Photographing Landscapes (July 13); and Architecture Photography, a view of Art Deco South Beach (July 27). Individual workshops cost $69 each, or you can register for all four for $207. Don't forget to bring your camera! Call 1-800-642-2126, or visit www.onlocationimages.com to register. (LO)
By Lyssa Oberkreser and Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik