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april 12
New RiverFest: Formerly known as the Fort Lauderdale Festival of the Arts, the New RiverFest fills fifteen blocks of downtown Fort Lauderdale, stretching from the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave.) along the New River to Bubier Park (Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard) and across the river from SW First Avenue to Smoker Park (SE Third Avenue)), with music, dance, theater, and art this weekend. Tonight at 7:00 p.m. those harmonious, Grammy Award-winning guys from the Big Easy, the Neville Brothers, perform classic tunes and selections from their latest disc, Mitakuye Oyasin Oyasin/All My Relations. The multifaceted Taj Mahal opens the show with a solo performance. Tickets cost ten dollars; gates open at 6:00 p.m. A new jazz favorite, keyboardist Brian Culbertson, performs a free concert at Esplanade Park tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. Also tomorrow, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Broward Center, art lovers can catch a sneak peek at the center's upcoming season. Throughout the fest local music acts, including the Randy Bersen Band, Sha-Shaty, the Tucker Brothers, Doogies Jazz Greats, and Motel Mel and the Innkeepers, will perform on eight stages. Besides the music, revelers can enjoy a sidewalk chalk art contest (today at 9:15 a.m.), a youth talent showcase, larger-than-life marionette shows, dance performances, and international foods. All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and noon to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. Call 954-761-5388. (GC)

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa: The fire of rebellion expressed through dance takes center stage at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) as this local company, led by choreographer and artistic director Ilisa Rosal, presents two performances of traditional flamenco dance tonight at 7:00 and tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. The company's dancers, accompanied by singer-guitarist Paco Fonta, will perform several pieces, including Celia Clara's Taranto, which depicts the often-tragic lives of miners; Solea, a solo work by Clara based on what is considered the mother of all flamenco songs; and Rosal's Alegrias, a piece based on the song of the fishermen of the port of Cadiz. Tickets cost $20. Call 674-1026. (GC)

Travel SLAM: Word on the Journey: When you can't get away, let words take you there. The artsfusion arts organization continues its series of monthly spoken-word competitions tonight at 9:00 p.m. at Tap-Tap (819 Fifth St., Miami Beach) with the theme of travel. Poets and spoken-word artists are invited to present three pieces (no longer than three minutes each) about where they've been, where they are now, and where they're going. Tonight's winners return in June to compete in the third annual Grand SLAM. Admission is five dollars. Call 531-7267. (GC)

Two-Dollar Project: Space Cadette Studios (7339 SW 45th St., suite A) continues its monthly series of art openings/concerts tonight at 8:00 p.m. Painter-sculptor Jose Reyes presents his latest works in an exhibition titled "Nidification," which will remain on view through May 8; Reyes incorporates found objects and earth tones in his minimalist works. Space Cadette recording artists and avant-garde jazzsters Id, acoustic trance group A Kite Is a Victim, and experimental mood pop players the Rubberband will all perform. Admission is two dollars. Call 261-7585. (GC)

Springs River Regatta: See Friday.

april 13
Reggae Musical Extravaganza: Bayfront Park Amphitheater (301 Biscayne Blvd.) rocks with one rhythm today as the eighth annual Reggae Musical Extravaganza gets under way. This year's lineup includes Luciano, Gregory Isaacs, Tony Rebel, Cocoa Tea, Everton Blender, Anthony B, Charlie Chaplin (not that one), Screwdriver, Sizzla, Kulcha Knox, and many others. Revelers can also enjoy authentic Jamaican and international foods. Tickets cost $20. Gates open at noon. Call 654-1168. (GC)

Springs River Regatta: See Friday.
New RiverFest: See Saturday.
Ballet Flamenco La Rosa: See Saturday.

april 14
Steve Karafyllakis: Landscape photographer Steve Karafyllakis is just as selective with his cameras as he is with his subjects. For many of his works, he uses a handmade view camera that he assembled from vintage, World War II-era press-camera parts, then he approaches his subjects by looking for striking lines and strong textures. The results are silvery and detailed vistas with a spare, almost melancholy feel. Karafyllakis's works will be on view at Pallas Photographic (50 NE 40th St., suite 103) through June 7. Admission is free. Gallery hours are noon to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Call 573-7020. (GC)

april 15
Listener's Choice: The votes are in, and tonight at Bailey Concert Hall (3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie), the Florida Philharmonic will perform the classical selections that WTMI-FM (93.1) listeners chose as their favorites. Conductor James Judd will lead the orchestra to perform Handel's Water Music, Ibert's Divertissement, Bizet's Carmen Suite, Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, and Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel. The station's program director and host of the afternoon drive-time program, Lyn Farmer, will discuss the evening's music. Tickets range from $20 to $48. Additional performances will take place on April 17 at the FAU Auditorium (off Glades Road, Boca Raton), and April 18 at the Coral Springs City Centre (2855 Coral Springs Dr.). All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Call 930-1812. (GC)

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