Anyone fearless enough to perch on something protruding from a skyscraper gets our vote as cool. That person would be "Margaret Bourke-White: Modern Woman, Modern Photographer," who in 1932 was snapped standing on a Chrysler Building gargoyle many stories above Manhattan, and who is also the subject of the lecture Vicki Goldberg, New York Times photography critic and author of Margaret Bourke-White: A Biography, will deliver tonight at 7:00 at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (591 NW 27th St.). The talk is scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition currently on view at the Wolfsonian-FIU, which showcases more than 140 of the lenswoman's awe-inspiring shots of machinery taken during the late Twenties and Thirties when she was the only woman snapping images for Henry Luce's Fortune and Life magazines. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Call 305-535-2645 to R.S.V.P. (NK)
All that new age crap aside, angels are still cool and trendy. Just ask the folks who run the Great Music for a Great Space Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany (8081 SW 54th Ct.). For their big opening-night gala, they'll be featuring the angelic sounds of the choirs of the Church of the Epiphany coupled with the church's chamber ensemble, featuring organist Thomas Schuster and soprano Karen Neal. Now if that program doesn't seem as heavenly as, say, the latest hip-hop single or the new Britney Spears cover of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," then maybe you should get over there tonight at 7:30 and do some reflecting. Admission is free. Call 305-667-4911. (NK)
They say that God is everywhere, but for sure She'll be at this year's Gospel Fest, a gospelicious evening of amens and hallelujahs presented as this year's Heart of the City Cultural Arts Series event. Grammy award winner Bobby Jones will host, and the headliners will be the Mighty Clouds of Joy, featuring Joe Ligon. They're known for being the first to spice up the traditional solo guitar accompaniment by adding bass, drums, and keyboards to the mix. Other artists include spiritual songstress Lexi, Johnny Sanders, the Gospel Messengers of Nashville, Tennessee; and the Norland Community Choir. If you bought tickets for the pre-hurricane date, worry not, thy tickets shall be honored accordingly. Get your praise on tonight at 8:00 at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 5400 NW 22nd Ave. Admission is $20 for preferred seating; $15 for general admission. Call 305-636-2350. (PEGY)
Just in case you haven't seen the gigantoid Gloria Estefan poster plastered across key downtown wall space, read this: She's baaaaack! But not for long, apparently. This is purported to be her final big tour. And not in that Cher really-I-swear-this-is-the-last-one way, either. The self-described unofficial mayor of Miami means it. She's sick of going cross country on an air-conditioned luxury bus, and she's ready to bid a tender adios to the rigors of touring. This hometown chica is itching to raise her daughter, chill with Emilio, and run their multimillion-dollar media and real estate empire. Expect a full night of songs you may know, along with a hefty portion of new stuff from her latest album, Unwrapped. The rhythm is gonna get you tonight, at 9:00, at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd. Tickets start at $30 and skyrocket to $125. Call 786-777-1000 or visit www.gloriaonline.com. (PEGY)
Don't think about constantly wearing that oversize trenchcoat for the six weeks you need to complete the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Volunteer Guide Training at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (3251 S. Miami Ave., Coconut Grove). The fact that the mansion is air-conditioned and it's still 90 degrees outside is bound to make folks suspicious, so it's unlikely you'll be able to walk out with one of James Deering's Ming vases or any random tchotchke tucked under your jacket. What you will come away with is a deep knowledge of the 1916 Italianate villa (and its contents) and possibly the facility to communicate your enthusiasm for the place (and its contents) to some of the 150,000 tourists who descend on the attraction each year. Training will take up two mornings a week and begins today. Admission is free. Call 305-860-8442. (NK)
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Lemony Snicket is one weird dude. The only photos this author has ever posed for show him either from the back or in shadow. His pseudonym has inspired a delicious cocktail, meant to be imbibed at "unhappy hour." His macabre children's books, A Series of Unfortunate Events, have spawned a holiday-season big-bucks blockbuster starring a physically transformed Jim Carrey. At events, fans are greeted by his "literary, legal, and social representative," the mournfully roguish Daniel Handler, who doth protest too much that he is not, in fact, Mr. Snicket. Get ready for Lemony this afternoon at 5:00, at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St. To get a ticket, you need to purchase his latest book, The Grim Grotto, at Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). $15 gets you a ticket and a copy of the new book; $18 gets you two tickets. Call 305-442-4408, or visit www.booksandbooks.com. (PEGY)
In case you don't watch the news or read daily newspapers, you might not know that Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is in trouble. Documentary filmmakers Kim Green and Wassim Serhan have examined one aspect of the nation's ills with their movie Once There was a Country: Revisiting Haiti. Focusing on the lack of proper healthcare, the filmmakers follow tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS victims as they struggle to get treatment. Complementing an exhibition about Haitian sculpture currently at FIU's Frost Art Museum, the film will premiere tonight at 7:00 at FIU University Park Campus's MARC International Pavilion, SW 8th Street and 107th Avenue. Admission is free. Call 305-348-2890. (NK)