Calendar for the week

Calendar for the week
By Larry Boytano, Judy Cantor, Nina Korman, and Jennifer Osorio
november 6

House of Blues Tour: The blues comes to Broward in a big way tonight at 8:00 and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. when the House of Blues presents Dr. John, Charlie Musselwhite, and Keb' Mo' at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Known as a psychedelic rocker, jingle writer, session musician, and jazz traditionalist, Dr. John fuses blues with swamp rock, Dixieland, and pop to forge a style as richly textured as a New Orleans gumbo. The urban blues sound of Memphis harmonica legend Musselwhite emerged when he relocated to Chicago, where he frequented blues clubs and sat in with musicians like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. One of the hottest modern blues musicians, Keb' Mo' (a.k.a. Kevin Moore) plays acoustic, electric, and slide guitars. His second album, Keb' Mo' Just Like You, garnered the 1997 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album and reached the Top 10 on the Billboard blues charts. Tickets range from $15 to $30. Call 954-462-0222. (NK)

New Vision Florida/Brazil Festival: This ambitious festival highlighting new works by artists from Brazil and Florida continues with film (such as New Gaucho Cinema, a collection of shorts), dance, art, and music events scheduled at venues all over town. See "Calendar Listings," page 39, for details. (NK)

november 7
Blues Festival at Riverwalk: Drinking a lot lately? Suffering from the blues? Didn't get enough yesterday? If so, you're not alone. Tonight (starting at 5:30) through Sunday (11:30 a.m. on the weekend) everyone will get blue, when the Blues Festival at Riverwalk in Bubier Park (Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale) presents more than 60 of the nation's finest blues crooners. The players are sure to connect with all persons down and out, up and high, or anyone else who might have a soft spot for a slide guitar growl and a heartfelt story. Local cats Iko-Iko, Motel Mel and the Innkeepers, and the Jumpstreet 88s team up with Kenny Neal, Mark Hummel, Bill Wharton and the Ingredients, Coco Montoya, Tinsley Ellis, and Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s. (Hey, what's the story with all the 88s?). Fans of guitarist R.L. Burnside who were expecting to hear him at the festival today or tomorrow at Miami Beach's Stella Blue will be disappointed: At the last minute he had to cancel his gig. Festival tickets range from $8 to $25. Call 954-761-5934. (LB)

Drummin': Twenty-one master drummers culled from Miami's Caribbean, Asian, Native American, and black communities perform tonight at 8:00 at the Lincoln Theatre (555 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). If that's not enough of a spectacle for you, this Miami Light Project production has razzle-dazzle, too. Video images and postmodern dance accompany composer Tania Leon's rhythmic score, and fourteen musicians from the New World Symphony will perform with the percussive supergroup. Miami Light commissioned the New York-based Leon to create Drummin', a work exploring the international language of drumming utilizing Miami's megatalent. Cuban Lazaro Alfonso, Haitians Ton Ton Leguerre and Ti Rouj, the Japanese Fushudaiko ensemble, and black Americans Omo Wale and Omo Lara Brunson are among the featured players. Philip Mallory Jones created the video to "mirror the rhythm of Miami" (no small task) and Bebe Miller choreographed the movement. Drummin' premieres tonight and continues through Sunday. Tickets range from $20 to $30. For more information call 531-3747. (JC)

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: At last the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival raises the official curtain and screens not one but two (Critical Care and Historias Clandestinas en La Habana) movies! An array of films will be shown throughout the week at various theaters as well. See "Calendar Listings," page 39, for more details. (NK)

november 8
Contained/Controlled: At ArtCenter-South Florida (1037 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) at 7:00 p.m. and through November 29, 26 artists and performers from around the country sound off on a familiar subject: censorship. Through objects, text, paintings, and drawings, the participants document how they've been blackballed, arrested, rejected, or denied the right to exhibit because of the content of their work. Among those included, Long Island cartoonist Michael Diana was charged with obscenity and fined for the drawings in his 'zine. Robert Roberg was jailed for setting up an easel on an Orlando sidewalk. And Santa Fe singer Terry Allen reports being ejected from a music festival "for bringing too many Texas musicians on-stage and saying 'fuck' in one of my songs. I also said 'goddamn it' and 'son of a bitch.'" We hear ya, Terry. Admission is free. Call 674-8278. (JC)

Miami Dance Sampler: Nine of our local dance companies unite tonight and tomorrow at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) in a program guaranteed to have something for everyone. Participants include Dance Esaias, a company that combines hip-hop, classical, and modern dance into PoMoFunk; Houlihan & Dancers, performing modern dance to Vivaldi; the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble, communicating emotion through motion; Peter London, who specializes in Caribbean and contemporary dance; Maximum Dance, performing a pas de deux from Ivonice Satie's Shogun; Momentum Dance Company, prancing to Water Study, a work by Doris Humphrey; Rosa Mercedes, a flamenco dancer accompanied by guitarist Vicente Amigo; Karen Peterson, dancing to an excerpt from her own Deliverance; and Spencer Snyder, formerly with Alwin Nikolais, performing three dances. Showtime is 8:00 tonight and 5:00 p.m. tomorrow; tickets range from ten to fifteen dollars. Call 674-1026. (JO)

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Larry Boytano
Judy Cantor
Nina Korman
Contact: Nina Korman
Jennifer Osorio