may 29
Subtropics 9: The Subtropics 9 New Music Festival wraps up this week with three performances at Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson campus (300 NE Second Ave., Breezeway Room). Tonight at 8:00 p.m. LaDonna Smith and Davey Williams offer the surrealist performance Transduo. Tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. the Shaking Ray Levins Duo performs avant-garde music with a twang. Admission to each event is ten dollars. On Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m., the festival comes to a close with the Subtropics Marathon, a four-hour musical free-for-all featuring Robert Constable, Luis Gomez-Imbert, JB Floyd, Alfredo Triff, and many others. Admission is five dollars. Call 758-6676. (GC)

The Junior Wells Blues Band: This legendary blues harp whiz was born in Memphis, but his reputation is based on the fine work he did in Chicago back in the Fifties and Sixties -- in the white-hot combo led by Muddy Waters, as a solo artist, and as a long-time partner of Buddy Guy. Although the 62-year-old Wells continues to make fine albums, the jewel in his South Side crown is the 1966 set Hoodoo Man Blues, which helped set the tone for the modern blues era as much as his former boss Muddy Waters established the foundation of the music during the postwar years. Wells will be playing tonight at Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.). Cover charge is $12; showtimes are 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. Call 374-1198. (JF)

Lawyers Against Hunger: Q: How can you tell when a lawyer is lying? A: His lips are moving. Sure, lawyer jokes are funny, but there are perfectly decent and generous attorneys out there. Really. And some of them are sponsoring tonight's Lawyers Against Hunger event at 5:30 p.m. at Planet Hollywood (3390 Mary St., Coconut Grove) to benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank. In addition to lots of food and drink, there will be a silent auction of autographed sports memorabilia (including a basketball signed by Pat Riley and an autographed Florida Panthers hockey puck), trips to Key West and Orlando, dinner at the China Grill, and lots of other good stuff. Tickets cost $40. Call 673-4022. (JO)

may 30
Brazilian Film Festival: The Brazilian film industry suffered a near-fatal blow in the late Eighties when the government withdrew its financial support, but thanks to private investors, the industry has grown from two or three productions a year in the early Nineties to more than 40 films last year. Beginning tonight and running through June 8 at the Bill Cosford Cinema (University of Miami, off Campo Sano Drive, Coral Gables), the first Brazilian Film Festival of Miami will screen some of the best accomplishments in Brazilian filmmaking of the past three years, starting with Walter Salles, Jr., and Daniela Thomas's Terra Estrangeira (Foreign Land) at 8:00 p.m. Screenings continue tomorrow and Sunday at 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00, and through the week at 8:00 p.m. Following this weekend's screenings, industry professionals will participate in roundtable discussions. Admission to each screening is five dollars (three for students). See our "Calendar Listings" for a complete schedule, or call 860-2940. (GC)

Houlihan & Dancers: Artistic director Gerri Houlihan joins her five-member modern dance troupe on-stage for the first time in six years to present original works tonight through Sunday at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The program features the abstract Once, based on a text by Rilke and set to music from Estonia; the tender and romantic duet In Your Dreams; the lighthearted Mercy, set to music by Roy Orbison; and excerpts from the stream-of-consciousness piece Change of Heart. A discussion with Houlihan and the company follows the performances. Admission is $12. Performances take place tonight and tomorrow at 8:00, with a 3:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Call 531-3260. (GC)

Juba Gospel Ensemble: The greatest gospel music transcends any mere belief in higher powers, almighty entities, or afterlife sanctuaries. That's the kind of music made by the Juba Gospel Ensemble, a mass choir of more than 30 students from Miami-Dade Community College's Kendall campus. They've recently documented their majestic music on Red Velvet Cake, an excellent CD/cassette produced through a partnership with JAG Records. You can sample said majestic music live tonight at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church (14440 Lincoln Blvd., Richmond Heights), where Juba will perform a concert to be broadcast at a later date on WLRN-FM (91.3). The one-hour performance is free. Call 237-3372. (JF)

Here & Now Festival: Twenty-two local performing and visual artists showcase their talents this weekend as part of the third annual, three-day Here & Now Festival, presented by the Miami Light Project and ArtCenter-South Florida. The festival opens tonight and runs through Sunday with live performances and presentations at 8:00 p.m. at the Women's Club of Miami Beach (2401 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach), including choreographer Roxana Barba, theater artists Teo Castellanos and Rafael Roig, filmmaker Hayley Downs, and spoken-word artist Lebo. Admission is ten dollars each night. The ArtCenter's Art1035 gallery (1035 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) will be open from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. nightly, showing an exhibition of works by sculptors Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow and Lazaro Amaral, painters Diane Baez and Elizabeth Knowles, conceptual artist Frank Garaitonandia, photographer Julie Kahn, and many others. Admission to the exhibition is free. Call 531-3747. (GC)

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