So you think you have a knack for taking pictures. Wherever you go, images jump out at you and spark your imagination. You see beauty in all places and want to collect those moments that only a photograph can capture. Don't let the fact that you have a simple disposable point-and-shoot stop you. Professional photographers Al Barg and Jeff Weisberg will show you how to create perfect shots with the least-complicated equipment in the Point and Shoot workshop, designed to take the mystery out of taking good pictures. Once you master the art of opening the lens, you will be snapping compelling images that will spice up your photo albums. The workshop takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-672-5044, ext. 11.
Ladies, get your panties ready. TV's sexiest talking head, Jon Stewart, will appear tonight at 8:00 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale), so you'll want to get a good seat within lingerie-throwing distance. The sharp and dry-humored host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart promises to break up the audience with his particular brand of stand-up comedy. In case you missed him in Death to Smoochy, here's another chance to catch one of America's funniest comics outside of your living room. Tickets range from $29 to $45. Call 954-462-0222.
The dearth of urban parks and open spaces, public access to the city's waterfront, smart growth, and urban infill are all quality-of-life issues that will be discussed and dissected by politicians, planners, and community leaders in a one-day summit presented by the Urban Environment League. Titled Beyond the Magic City: The State of Miami as a Real City, 2003, the conference will attempt to get to the core of urban planning problems with speakers such as Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Commissioner Johnny Winton, and urban planner and architect Bernard Zyscovich presenting solutions. The UEL offers this opportunity to get involved with the growth of the community. Civic activists and regular everyday folk who have something to say are welcome to join the discussion. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Miami Woman's Club, 1737 N. Bayshore Dr. Admission is $15 and includes lunch. Call 305-576-2553.
Their colors are bright, their style dramatic and absurd, and their scale runs from the grand to the diminutive. Miami-based artists/architects Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt have been adding their particular flair to public spaces in Miami since they moved here from Argentina in 1985. From their towering letter M near the Miami River to their giant Living Room installation on the corner of North Miami Avenue and NW 40th Street, the couple's work has a fantastical air that complements the mundanity of everyday life. Behar and Marquardt take over the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.) with a bright and dreamy exhibition that challenges how we perceive our public spaces. "New Work: Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt" remains on view through Sunday, June 22. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-375-3000.
Dade Heritage Days are back. Kicking off this season's offerings is a walking tour of seven historic homes in Morningside, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Miami. The homes, built in the 1920s and 1930s, will be open to the public with a host of volunteers guiding visitors. Be prepared for a leisurely stroll through tree-lined streets and Mediterranean houses that have a storybook charm about them. The Morningside Historic Home Tour takes place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., beginning at the corner of NE 57th Street and 6th Avenue. Tickets cost $20. Call 305-754-0105 or 305-674-1127.
Latin jazz comes alive at the Tower Theater (1508 SW Eighth St.) as four jazz masters perform in concert and lead workshops alongside Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson Hard Bop Ensemble. Grammy Award-winning saxophone legend Paquito D'Rivera headlines the ensemble, which includes jazzmen Steve Turre, J.P. Torres, and Bob Stewart. The members of the quartet will lead separate master classes today and tomorrow focusing on the Latin and African influences on jazz as well as performance techniques. A Taste of Latin Jazz begins at 8:00 p.m. Admission for the show is $15. Admission to all four master classes plus the concert is $40. Call 305-237-3401.
If watching men dance in feathers, tiaras, tutus, and tights is your thing, don't miss Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, one of the world's longest-running drag shows. For almost 30 years Les Trocks have been dazzling audiences with their artful all-male revues made up of several vignettes from their vast repertoire. The troupe performs famous pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, as well as modern motifs choreographed in the style of Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham, and Martha Graham. Presented by the Concert Association of Florida, Les Trocks are serious ballet dancers with precision technique and dazzling color. One can only wonder about their rendition of the, er, Nutcracker. The company performs at 8:00 p.m. at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets range from $20 to $60. Call 305-673-7300.
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What happens to a soldier when he realizes the political ideologies that inspired him to believe in a charismatic leader are really just empty hopes and false promises? Exiled Cuban author Osvaldo Navarro addresses the issue as he reads from his award-winning novel, Hijos de Saturno (Sons of Saturn), the story of a Cuban military officer under Batista who switches ranks and fights alongside Fidel Castro in the mountains of Escambray. Navarro, who lives in Mexico City, has won several literary awards for his works. In the book he examines his protagonist's disillusionment when he confronts the totalitarian ways of the Cuban dictator. Navarro presents his work at 7:30 p.m. at the Tower Theater, 1508 SW 8th St. Admission is free. Call 305-237-3940.
By Juan Carlos Rodriguez