Calendar for the week

june 12
International Hispanic Theatre Festival: The twelfth annual International Hispanic Theatre Festival concludes this week at Teatro Avante (235 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables) with five final performances. Tonight and tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m., Uruguay's Teatro del Escorpion performs Alvaro Angel Malmierca's Bartleby el Escribiente. Argentina's Grupo Teatral Entramite presents Roberto Barcena and Raul Sansica's production of Fausto on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The festival wraps up on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. with Argentina's Compania Franklin Caicedo performing the original work Che Tanguito at Actors' Playhouse (Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables). Admission to each performance is $15. Group discussions will follow the first performance by each troupe. See our "Calendar Listings" for play information, or call 445-8877. (GC)

Coral Gables Congregational Church Summer Concert Series: The Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables) has answered your prayers for an exciting musical summer. The series opens tonight with 1995 Murray Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition prize-winners Jeroen and Maarten Van Veen. Concerts continue on alternating Thursday nights with jazz vocalist Mark Murphy and his trio, soprano Sandra Lopez, folksinger-songwriter Livingston Taylor, the classical-crossover quartet Quartetto Gelato, and vibraphone master Milt Jackson. Tickets for each concert cost $25. All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Call 448-7421. (GC)

june 13
Florida Marlins: A Bronx-transplant cheer for interleague play! For the first time in Major League Baseball history, the American and National leagues will meet in the regular season in games that count. For the Marlins that means a three-game series against the defending world champion New York Yankees. For Marlins fans it's a chance to see heretofore inaccessible stars like pitcher Andy Pettitte, shortstop Derek Jeter, and American League-lifer Cecil Fielder. For migrant Yankee fans it's the Bombers blasting baseballs beyond the Blue Blocker. Beautiful! The batters swing tonight and tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 4:35 p.m. at Pro Player Stadium (2269 NW 199th St.). Before or after each game, stop by the stadium's Club Level Gallery for The Art of the Game, an exhibition of baseball-themed art by local and national artists. Call 930-7800 for ticket information. (RAP)

South Florida Boat Show: Everything that floats, zips, speeds, and splashes in the water will be on view and for sale at the South Florida Boat Show, running today through Tuesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Way, Miami Beach). The show includes more than 500 midsize power boats from famous makers, plus weekend cruisers, offshore fishermen, high-performance models, personal watercraft, and accessories, all priced to sell before next year's models debut in July. Try your hand in a daily casting contest. Kids of all ages can fish for live rainbow trout in a giant tank. Afraid of the water? Experience the virtual-reality Sportfishin' Simulator. Admission is seven dollars for adults, three dollars for kids ages seven to twelve (kids under seven get in free). Show hours are 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. today, Monday, and Tuesday; 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday; and 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. Call 535-0210. (GC)

International Hispanic Theatre Festival: See Thursday.

june 14
Isabella Rossellini: It would be easy to hate Isabella Rossellini. She's beautiful, wealthy, the daughter of famous and distinguished parents (Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini). She's had successful modeling and acting careers and has been romantically involved with incredibly talented men, such as ex-husband Martin Scorcese and ex-lovers David Lynch and Gary Oldman. It's almost enough to make other, less accomplished women turn chartreuse with envy. All is not rosy in her world, though. Lanc™me dumped her as its representative the second she turned 40, her romantic relationships have lived and died in the public eye, and her acting career has had as many downs as ups. So in the spirit of troubled celebrities everywhere, she's written a book. Rossellini will be reading from Some of Me at Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables) tonight at 8:00 p.m. But don't arrive before 7:00 -- you'll interrupt a wedding. Free tickets are available at both Books & Books locations. Call 442-4408. (JO)

Grand SLAM: The winners of artsfusion's monthly spoken-word SLAMs will convene tonight at 9:00 p.m. at Tap Tap Haitian restaurant (819 Fifth St., Miami Beach) for the annual Grand SLAM competition. Poets Steven Buxton, Dominic Traverzo, and Lebo are among the spoken-word artists who will compete in this winners-only final SLAM based on three topics chosen at random by audience members. Following the SLAM, percussive spoken-word group the Weeds will perform. Admission is five dollars. Call 531-7267. (GC)

Sing Out Proud: The 90-member Jacksonville Gay Chorus joins the 65-member South Florida Lambda Chorale to present Lambda's second season concert tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale). The program conveys the themes of humanity, diversity, and unity with such songs as "In the Still of the Night," "From a Distance," "We Shall Be Free," "Diversity," and "Finally Here." Tickets cost $10, $15, and $25. Call 954-462-0222. (GC)

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