As far as we know, vocalist Nancy Wilson has never pulled the diva act. No preperformance tantrums. No firing her musical director during intermission. No demands for a dressing room decked out in white flowers and stocked with several bottles of pricey champagne. Of course she's never had to exert her star power. With a voice as full-bodied as a mug of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and an ability to interpret pop, R&B, and jazz tunes with equal aplomb, she's always been the epitome of quiet cool. In addition to being a true class act, she's also the soft-spoken hostess of the weekly National Public Radio documentary show Jazz Profiles. Wilson sings us into submission this evening at 8:00 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets range from $35 to $70. Call 305-673-7300. (NK)
People magazine has its "50 Most Beautiful People." Quilters have their "100 Most Influential Quilts of the 20th Century." Eat your heart out, celebrities! Yes, despite what you may think, quilting is not just a hobby for wacky religious sects. Quilting has undergone a modern renaissance. Dare we say: Quilting is cool? Well, it is to those who will attend Quiltfest 2003, going on from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center (405 University Dr.). Sponsored by the Ocean Waves Chapter of the National Quilting Association, the extravaganza will showcase more than 400 quilts from all over the world, plus offer demonstrations, supplies, workshops, and appraisals. Special guest celebrity (oops, did we say that?) quilter Judy Mathieson, whose own works have made the hot 100, will be a judge. Admission is six dollars. Call 305-251-2648.(NK)
Late-night cable heads Dave Chappelle and Dave Attell are not the same guy. Chappelle is the goofy skinny black guy with the edgy late-night show on Comedy Central. Attell is the gruff white guy with the edgy late-night show on Comedy Central. Now that you're clear on that, check out the fast-rising Chappelle as he unleashes his show Blackzilla at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). He's loud, he's boisterous; you'll laugh your head off with this wry young comedian's biting humor. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $29 and $36. Call 305-673-7300.
Corn bread and hot dogs, mac and cheese, your mama's sweet potato pie -- with your mama attached. If you miss your old neighborhood or you've lost count of how many nephews and second cousins twice removed you have, maybe it's time to reconnect with your loving bloodlines. The Family Reunion Picnic at noon at Charles Hadley Park (1300 NW 50th St.) just may be the place for you to embrace your favorite aunt or get drunk with Uncle Chester. Even if you have no family in the Liberty City/Brownsville area, the event is sure to embrace all comers with a hot-buttered serving of love, sweet love, family style. Admission is free. Call 305-638-3587. (JCR)
You were once a little sapling reaching eagerly toward the sky. You are now a sturdy tree, perhaps with little offshoots of your own growing in other gardens. Each spring you sprout sweet flowers for all to see and smell. This may sound like a corny allusion to family life, but the people at the Tropical Flowering Tree Society may not think so. Each year around this time, the society honors mama trees by hosting its Mother's Day Show and Sale at Fairchild Tropical Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables). Treat Mom to a day full of fragrant frangipani, aromatic gardenias, rare yellow royal poincianas, and other varieties in a rainbow of colors. It's a floral family affair. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free with ten-dollar entrance fee. Call 305-669-9864. (JCR)
Hard Liquor, Cold Pizza, and Conversations,a one-woman play by New World School of the Arts grad Kristen McCorkell and produced by a troupe of young local theater artists, will have an exclusive one-night engagement at GableStage (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables). Though it may be playing for just one night, the bittersweet show and its producers demonstrate a heartfelt effort to bring the work to the public. The fledgling un-named theater troupe got GableStage artistic director Joe Adler to donate an evening, artists to display their paintings, and local singer/songwriter Matthew Sabatella to perform a couple of sets -- for nuthin'. Check them out. The performance starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-281-4924.(JCR)
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So many times you sprawled on the analyst's couch only to have the doc tell you everything you already know about yourself. Big waste of dough. Why not spend a mere 27 bucks to have the stories you like to read psychoanalyzed instead? Psychoanalyst Alma Bond thinks that if carefully studied, certain stories can have life-changing effects upon people. She compiled 19 yarns by authors such as John Cheever, Joyce Carol Oates, and Woody Allen and supplemented them with a little of her own wisdom in the book Tales of Psychology: Short Stories to Make You Wise. She'll chat all about it at 8:00 tonight at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408. (NK)
A multiculti star-studded lineup is planned for the five days of this year's JVC Jazz Festival. This time around, the third annual event will be nomadic, migrating to a variety of venues including the Van Dyke Café, the Jackie Gleason Theater, and Kiss Steakhouse and Lounge, which will host top-flight stars like George Benson, India.Arie, Patti Austin, Cassandra Wilson, Ray Vega, and Sammy Figueroa. Tonight at 9:00, Jazid (1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) has the honor of welcoming New Orleans favorites Los Hombres Calientes to its small stage. Tickets cost $15. Call 305-673-9372. (NK)