Little girls in leotards, their tights sagging around their ankles, dressed like fairy princesses, flowers, or that Blue dog from Blue's Clues. Is there nothing cuter? Just the 25 youngsters who'll participate in the Supertots in Concert, a Mother's Day tribute to six busy local (and not) moms. On the program: ballet, jazz, and traditional African dance performed by the three- to five-year-old Supertots, the six- to twelve-year-old Starlets, the Fatima Children's African Dance Company, and soloist Andrea Curran. The companies and the show (in its seventh year) are the brainchild of instructor Fatima Gueye, who notes that "Mothers really need lots of recognition." --By Nina Korman
Supertots in Concert takes place at 3:00 p.m. at the 21st Street Recreation Center, 2100 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. Admission is free. Call 305-532-2839.
Fresh Minds, Cool Art
In an age of shrinking school budgets, hundreds of students, from second- to twelfth-graders, are showing why art programs need to be preserved. Any doubts? Check out the Miami-Dade Public Schools Museum Education Program Student Art Exhibit at the Lowe Museum (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables). Displayed on the walls in an explosion of colors and styles are 300 pieces, from glued-on yarn drawings to computerized art, that prove what healthy art programs can accomplish. The exhibit opens at 10:00 a.m. today and runs through Sunday, September 14. Admission is $5. Call 305-284-3535.--Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Wordsmiths spin yarns
Look and listen when storytellers -- from Jamaica, Haiti, Iran, Taiwan, Colombia, the Bahamas, Ghana, and Austria -- descend on downtown Miami for The Art of Storytelling: Family Festival Day. The event offers stories, games, African crafts, and music from Mantra. Two special guests are Daniel Amponsah and Adeline Ama Buabeng, recognized yarn-spinners from Ghana. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Public Library, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, and Miami Art Museum (all at 101 W. Flagler St.). "This is a wonderful opportunity to expose children of all ages to the oral traditions of several different cultures," says library employee Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis, "but it is also an event for the entire family as well." Admission is free. Call 305-375-2665.--By Mia Leonin
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