Ahh, the media, never tiring of their incessant navel-gazing. What are we doing right? What are we doing wrong? Who the hell cares anyway? Well, some people do and they'll be the ones attending this evening's symposium, titled Managing Perceptions: Media, Propaganda, and the War on Terrorism, at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus's Wolfe University Ballroom (3000 NE 151st St., North Miami). Dateline NBC correspondent John Hockenberry will lead the discussion of the media's part in world conflicts. Panelists include Nancy Snow, assistant professor of communications at the California State University, Fullerton, and Nicholas Grace, founder and Washington managing editor of clandestineradio.com. Admission is free for Wolfsonian-FIU members and FIU students and $10 for everyone else. Call 305-535-2645 to RSVP. (NK)
Greedy pack rat that you are, you've got to be the first one to get your hands on the goods at the 27th annual Miami National Antiques Show & Sale. And there will be plenty of goods for you to get your grubby little mitts on. More than 400 dealers from all over the world will be peddling bronze, crystal, art glass, jewelry, pottery, weapons, rugs, silver, textiles, folk art, and more. The stuff can range from ten bucks to ten thousand bucks, so get ready to empty out your bank account(s). And get excited because you can attend an early buying preview today from 10:00 a.m. to noon. If you're not such an early bird and prefer to follow the fates, regular show hours run from noon to 9:00 today; noon to 8:00 tomorrow; and noon to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the Radisson Expo Centre, 777 NW 72nd Ave. Admission is $40 for the preview; $10 for all other times. Call 305-261-4200. (NK)
Haiti's colorful dance forms come alive with a performance and workshop by the Louines Louinis Haitian Dance Theater. The event is part of the county-wide celebrations this month marking the 200th anniversary of Haitian independence. Louinis, a professor of dance at FIU, approaches his craft like a cultural anthropologist. He retains the culture and meaning of the various dances and then will explain and teach the movement. Traditional dances like the congo, market dance, and nago will likely be performed. The company may even lead the crowd in the ritualistic Assotor Drum Ceremony, a lively dance around a seven-foot drum. Whether you are curious about learning Haitian dance, or just want to hang out in a festive local atmosphere, Louinis and his energetic group can light up your day. The performance starts at 11:00 a.m. at the Lemon City Branch Library, 430 NE 61st St. Admission is free. Call 305-757-0662. (JCR)
A graduate of the Yale School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, Paul Jacobs is a Bach nut. Three years ago in New York and Philadelphia, the now 26-year-old organist played J.S. Bach's complete organ works during a fourteen-night gig. A few months later in Pittsburgh, he crammed all the Bach organ works into one eighteen-hour marathon show. Now a member of the organ faculty at the Juilliard School of Music (you have to be good for that), he'll give an organ concert this afternoon at 3:00 at the Miami Beach Community Church (Lincoln Road and Drexel Avenue). Wonder what will be on the program? How much you want to bet it's Bach! Admission is free but donations are encouraged. Call 305-538-4511. (NK)
A fundraising memorial will be held for South Beach drag personality Sexilia (Reynaldo Pagan Rivera), who died January 14. Cash donations will be collected to offset funeral expenses. The gathering starts at 9:00 p.m. at Jade Lounge, 1766 Bay Rd., Miami Beach. Call 305-695-0000.
In his book Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism, Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, observes the surge of anti-Semitism in recent times. Touching on themes that relate to the ongoing turmoil in Israel, Foxman argues that through the tumultuous political landscape -- from terrorism to economics -- there lives a dangerous air of intolerance and hatred. Foxman is outspoken and controversial, just the thing you might need to spark up your Monday night. He speaks at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 12405 N. Kendall Dr. Admission is free. Call 305-598-3865. (JCR)
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It's an Afro-Cuban extravaganza going on at the University of Miami this month. A duo of documentaries about Yoruba religion are screening at 2:30 p.m. on a daily basis at Casa Bacardi in the Institute for Cuban-American Studies (1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables). Alvaro Perez Betancourt's 37-minute Voices of the Orishas (in Spanish with English subtitles) explores the life of contemporary Cubans and their reliance on African religion and rituals. The 22 deities, or orishas, are called upon in a ritual ceremony to give guidance about birth and death, and to let new santeros or high priests into the religion. Dynamic singing, dancing, praying, and drum beating are all part of the equation. Mundo Latino's 27-minute film Lucumi (in Spanish) takes a look at the African beginnings of the religion from many perspectives -- historical, sociological, ethnographic, and mythological. The movies run through the end of the month. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-284-2822. (NK)
Tightrope walking. Fire-knife dancing. Manipulation. Do these feats remind you of your crazy ex-girlfriend or your stalker? Don't worry, they're just part of the ethereal world that inhabits the yellow-and-blue-striped tent of Cirque Du Soleil. The famed Canadian spectacle came to town earlier this month to perform its jubilant show, Alegría. It's a winsome and poetic theatrical event that brings together daredevil trapeze artists, contortionists, strongmen, and clowns, and choreographs them to tell the story of the handling of power, from kings to beggars, over time. The show starts at 8:00 tonight. Performances run through Sunday, February 8, at Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd. Tickets range from $50 to $190. Call 800-648-5440. (JCR)
By Nina Korman & Juan Carlos Rodriguez