The once-controversial musical Hair, also known as the "American Tribal Rock Musical," is relevant once again, with its call to question not just authority but also the march to war. The musical is gossamer at first evaluation (Clive Barnes's New York Times review of the musical's 1967 off-Broadway debut describes it like this: "If it had a story -- which to be honest it hasn't -- that story would be about the young disenchanted, turned on by pot, switched off by the draft, living and loving, the new products of affluence, the dispossessed dropouts.") but has a great score and a deeper resonance as it addresses class, race, and gender bias as well as self-sacrifice. You can still let the sunshine in tonight at the FIU University Park campus, SW 117th Avenue and Eighth Street, Miami. Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00. Performances run through April 17. Tickets cost $12; $10 for FIU students. Call 305-348-3789, or visit www.fiu.edu/~thedan. (LO)
Sure, En la Ciudad is a Spanish film with English subtitles. But viewers who avoid foreign films will find themselves on pleasantly familiar turf. This film is kind of like the sitcom Friends, but instead of sitting around Central Perk exchanging witticisms, this group of amigos makes its way around beautiful Barcelona, Spain, and deals with hotter sexual drama. Irene (Mónica López) is frustrated by her husband and discovers her bisexuality with Silvia (Áurea Márquez). Sofía (María Pujalte) takes booty calls from a French businessman whenever he's in town. And like Ross Geller did when he was a professor, Tomás (Alex Brendemühl) has a surreptitious, ill-advised affair with an underage student, Ana (Miranda Makaroff). Watch the romantic high jinks unfold at the U.S. premiere at Regal South Beach Cinema 18, 1100 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Call 305-674-6766 for showtimes. (PEGY)
This is the story of six strangers picked to live in a house. No, it's not The Real World, but it is another brainchild of the Bunim-Murray Productions team. Starting Over is the Daytime Emmy Award-nominated show about "extraordinary women" who want to make "extraordinary changes" in their lives, so they agree to live with other women and take the advice of life coaches. And now the show is coming to Miami. The Starting Over in America Tour features life coach Rhonda Britten and psychologist Dr. Stan J. Katz (not to be confused with the animated squiggle-vision psychologist Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist), who will give an inspiring presentation, followed by a Q&A starting at 2:00 this afternoon at the Aventura Mall (19501 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 3400, Aventura). The show is also hosting an open casting call tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Grand Hotel (1717 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami). Visit www.startingovertv.com. (LO)
Egyptian women used kohl as an antidote to wicked glares from enemies. Mascara might not protect you from the evil eye, but this makeup essential certainly has a purpose. A dark circle around the eye absorbs sunlight and minimizes glare. And besides, enhancing your eyelashes makes you look glamorous. Learn how to make the most of what you've got today at the Revlon Fabulash Beauty Pavilion. Makeup artists will offer eye and lip makeovers and teach professional tricks of the trade to the girlie-girls who want to re-create these stunning looks. Ladies on the go can stop by the virtual makeup kiosk and receive a customized makeover in five minutes. After all that primping, visitors will be rewarded with a gift bag. Get yourself pretty from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. near Starbucks at the Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW Twelfth St., Miami. Visit www.youlookfabulash.com. (PEGY)
If you prefer trees and greenways to condos and McMansions spreading into the Everglades, don't just shake your fist at construction cranes -- get involved. Today you'll have the opportunity to attend a discussion of development opportunities in Miami-Dade County as the Urban Environment League (a nonprofit organization that encourages the public to participate in urban planning and growth management) presents the Art of Developing Within the Urban Development Boundary at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach). Guest speakers include developer Armando Codina (the Codina Group); Matt Greer (the Carlisle Group); and architect Bernard Zyscovich (managing principal of ZEUS, Zyscovich Environment and Urban Strategies Group). The discussion starts at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Call 305-576-2553, or visit www.uel.org. (LO)
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The Everglades is more than a threatened wetland and a breeding ground for alligators. The River of Grass also provides rich literary mulch for esteemed local writers. Case in point, Carl Hiaasen, whose adult novels successfully capture the sweltering heat and rustling danger of our great ecological treasure. His children's book, Hoot, was chosen as the first middle school-level selection for One State, One Book. Today Hiaasen, alongside Philippe Cousteau, will discuss conservation and inspiration. Philippe, grandson of legendary Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is the president of Earth Echo International. His latest work is a documentary about the Everglades that is currently being used as a teaching tool in middle and high school curricula. Learn more about preservation efforts in the Everglades at 7:30 p.m. at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus, Room 1261, Building One Auditorium, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Visit www.mdc.edu. (PEGY)
In celebration of the end of Japan's sake-brewing season and the release of the namazake sake, SushiSamba dromo (600 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) is launching an annual Spring Sake Week. From April 12 through 16 you can enjoy a special five-course sake-infused menu for $59 and a 50 percent discount on a selection of the rice-based spirit. Interested in picking up some mad skills to impress your friends? Tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 you can learn about sushi and the complex production of sake with corporate beverage director Paul Tanguay and sushi chef Toshio Furihata. You will also be able to prepare your own sushi rolls -- from selecting the raw fish to properly cutting and displaying your creations. The class costs $60, which includes a generous sushi sampler platter and five flights of sake. Call 305-673-5337, or visit www.sushisamba.com for reservations. (LO)