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Beethoven by the Beach: James Judd and the Florida Philharmonic challenge the artistic doldrums of the off-season with a three-week festival of performances of all the Beethoven symphonies, with soloists performing all the piano sonatas. The series begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) with a Beethoven piano sonata-thon featuring pianist Seymour Lipkin. More sonatas will be performed by Lipkin tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. at the Broward Main Library Auditorium (100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $20. The festival takes a break on Thursday, July 3, and Friday, July 4, but starts up again on Saturday, July 5, with a family performance entitled Beethoven Lives Upstairs at the Broward Center at 2:00 p.m. Beethoven by the Beach runs through July 20 with events at various locations in the Fort Lauderdale area. Times and ticket prices vary. See our "Calendar Listings" each week or call the Philharmonic at 930-1812 for a complete schedule. (GC)

wednesday
july 2
Florida: The Natural Wonders: When most people think of Florida, they think of rivers of grass and sandy beaches, hardwood hammocks and coral reefs. But the Sunshine State boasts many other natural wonders, including one of the largest underwater cave systems in the continental U.S., a type of prairie found nowhere else in North America, and an ancient forest growing on prehistoric dunes. Natural history writer and photographer Jeff Ripple explores these and many other Florida ecosystems in his book, Florida: The Natural Wonders, which he will discuss tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (GC)

Stomp: See Tuesday.
Beethoven by the Beach: See Tuesday.

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