Peace, wisdom in timbre
SAT 7/31 You've probably heard her voice: Perhaps when she backed Madonna through several world tours, or maybe it was on the McDonald's and Kodak commercials? How about at Disneyland at the "It's a Small World" ride? Wherever it was that you first heard Donna DeLory, it's nothing like the Sanskrit mantras you'll hear on her album, The Lover and the Beloved, or during the savasana she's leading at the Synergy Center for Yoga & the Healing Arts (435 Española Way, Miami Beach). The savasana, or "corpse pose," is designed to help the body achieve total relaxation. It's not as easy as it sounds, but the attempt is made all the more enjoyable with a lovely voice to guide the way. The center's Natalie Morales will conduct a yoga class at 6:30 p.m. The meditation/savasana begins at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20 for both or $10 to attend just the savasana. All yoga experience levels are welcome. Call 305-538-7073. -- Margaret Griffis
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FRI 7/30 Get out your umbrellas: The rainman cometh. Or in this case the raingod, as in Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain, fertility, and transformation. The centuries-old deity lives at the heart of "The Rain," a work that combines song, poetry, and monologues by writer and award-winning spoken-word poet Paul Flores with DJ samplings and soundscapes. Flores's work deals with Latino social and political movements, along with love and transformation (just like Tlaloc). He's in town completing a residency with Tigertail Productions' Summer Youth Programs in East Little Havana. Which means he'll be joined onstage by children from Abriendo Puertas and Riverside Elementary. Flores has performed in hip-hop festivals in Cuba and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-324-4337. -- John Anderson
FRI 7/30 We can only hope that the luscious Aishwarya Rai, former Miss World and Bollywood starlet, makes an appearance at St. John's Church Indian Fashion Show and Concert. After all, the production benefits the Women's Council of Miami Beach. It's the least a prospective Bond girl could do. Regardless, the fashion show will feature a spectrum of handmade Indian garments from Kulu dresses to traditional saris. All items will be available for sale. After the fashion show, the Black Punjabi Music Ensemble takes the stage with its hot, hot blend of jazz and world fusion. The event starts at 4:00 p.m. at St. John's Church, 4760 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach. Admission is $10. Call 305-613-2535. -- Juan Carlos Rodriguez