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Patti LaBelle: At 53 years old, the high priestess of good vibrations can still let loose her three-and-a-half-octave voice and rock your soul. She is also still one hot mama. LaBelle recently released her first new album in three years, Fire. She sets the stage ablaze at the James L. Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave.) tonight at 8:00 in conjunction with White Party Week, six days of events all geared to benefit Health Crisis Network, a group dedicated to helping people affected by HIV. Single tickets cost $25 and $35; $2500 per couple gets you a VIP package that includes a preconcert cocktail reception, orchestra seats, and a postconcert dinner party with Madonna at the Delano Hotel's Blue Door restaurant. Call 372-4634, or 759-6181 for all you moneybags VIPs. (LB)

Santa's Enchanted Forest: See Thursday.
Tulemon's Ghosts: See Thursday.
Barry Manilow: See Friday.

november 30
Flamenco Festival: There will probably be lots of dancing in the street on the appropriately named Espanola Way when the diminutive Miro Cafe (448 Espanola Way, Miami Beach) brings a bit of Spain to Miami with its first-ever Flamenco Festival. The frenetic, passionate songs and dances begin at 5:30 p.m., and considering the vast lineup of performers, the festivities may stretch into the wee hours. On the bill are fifteen dancers and one dance company, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa; four guitarists; four singers; and two percussionists. A special menu of Spanish food and drink is available inside the restaurant, and a spirited good time is guaranteed to all. Admission is free. Call 538-6476 for details. (NK)

Santa's Enchanted Forest: See Thursday.
Tulemon's Ghosts: See Thursday.
Barry Manilow: See Friday.
New World Symphony: See Saturday.

december 1
Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra: Calling all citizens of the cocktail nation: This is your kind of show. Lounge lizards who worship at the altar of Juan Esquivel and Combustible Edison should slap on their smoking jackets and head down to the Beehive Restaurant and Lounge (630 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) at 8:00 p.m. There you can swing your cigarette holders and clink your martini glasses to the sounds of Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra, buzzing into Miami to back up their latest album, Cocktail: Shakin' and Stirred. These swanky Canadians are known for their covers of popular songs, which, like any luscious libation, contain a twist. Think of a fox-trot version of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" or a bossa nova take on the Guess Who's "American Woman" and you'll get the idea. Local avant-hipsters Satellite Lounge provide the improvy-acidic-jazzy opening. Tickets cost five dollars. Call 538-7484. (NK)

Santa's Enchanted Forest: See Thursday.

december 2
Craig Shoemaker: Craig Shoemaker is a busy, busy guy. Best-known as a stand-up comedian, he recently wrote, starred, and co-produced The LoveMaster, a movie based on his routine about growing up in a family of women. He'll appear in the upcoming Scream 2; he'll be hosting a show on VH1 next year; he has the requisite TV series in development; he writes; he sings; he competes in beauty pageants (okay, maybe not that last one). And he still finds time to perform his routine (for which he won the 1996 American Comedy Award as Best Male Stand-Up Comic) at clubs such as the Improv (3390 Mary St., Coconut Grove). Showtimes for the weeklong engagement are 8:00 tonight through Thursday; 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7:45, 10:00 p.m., and midnight Saturday; and 8:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost ten dollars for all shows except Saturday's, when it'll cost you two bucks more. Call 441-8200. (JO)

Congregational Needs and Synagogue Design: Ninety-five-year-old architect Morris Lapidus is the hottest thing going. Once reviled, the man who designed Lincoln Road Mall and the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels is now respected. His buildings have been the destinations of countless tours, and his recently published autobiography (Too Much Is Never Enough) has been well-received by more than just the architectural cognoscenti. At 7:30 p.m. at the Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida (301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), Lapidus shows slides and talks temples. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibit "And I Shall Dwell Among Them," which includes 65 photographs by Neil Folberg of synagogues around the globe. Admission is five dollars. Call 672-5044. (NK)

Day Without Art: For an art museum to advertise a day without art seems odd, but that's exactly what the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.) is doing today through Sunday (so maybe it's more like six days without art). In honor of World AIDS day, MAM is exhibiting Carlos Alfonzo's painting Grief 1988. Alfonzo was a Cuban-American painter who died of AIDS in 1991, just as he began earning national recognition and was including more symbols of the Catholic and Afro-Cuban religions in his paintings. If you like what you see, check out the first retrospective of his work, which MAM will mount later this month. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is five dollars. Call 375-3000 for hours. (NK)

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