Miami Film Festival: The fourteenth annual Miami Film Festival continues its dominion over the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.) tonight at 7:00 p.m. with American director Greg Mottola's The Daytrippers and at 9:30 p.m. with Argentine director Mario Benedetti's Wake Up, Love (Despabilate Amor). Screenings continue through February 9 with a dozen more films, including the reissue of Roberto Rossellini's 1946 classic Open City (Saturday at 11:30 a.m.) and a 30th anniversary showing of Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (Saturday at 4:30 p.m.). The festival also features a series of lectures at the Gusman Center and at Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave.), including a daylong seminar on videomaking on Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. Admission to all film screenings is $7 (except for the closing-night film, which costs $25); all lectures are free unless otherwise noted. See our "Calendar Listings" for a complete schedule of events, or call 377-FILM. (GC)
Miami Spring Home and Garden Show: Before you start your spring cleaning, think about remodeling, redecorating, and gardening at the fourteenth annual Miami Spring Home and Garden Show, running today through Sunday at the Coconut Grove Convention Center (2700 Bayshore Dr.). The show highlights new products and creative ideas for the house, as well as the garage, patio, and garden, with lectures by master gardener Jerry Baker (who suggests using human hair, mouthwash, chewing tobacco, and birth control pills to help plants grow). Baseball fans can meet Florida Marlins pitcher Al Leiter on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., while Spanish-language soap opera watchers can meet actor Carlos Ponce from Sentimientos Ajenos on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Admission is seven dollars for adults, three for kids six to twelve (free for tots five and under). Show hours are 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. today and tomorrow, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Call 666-5944. (GC)
Silence of the Mambo: The Adunde Theatre Company makes its debut with this production of local Haitian-American actress/playwright and company artistic director France-Luce Benson's drama about the terror of life under the Duvalier dictatorship, opening tonight at 8:00 p.m. and running through Sunday at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Theatre (6161 NW 22nd Ave.). By the age of 22, Benson has not only established the Adunde Theatre Company and performed with the Coconut Grove Playhouse's company, the Public Theatre of Fort Lauderdale, and the Fantasy Theatre Factory, but has also written five plays. Tickets cost $20 for tonight's opening, $12 for tomorrow's and Saturday's 8:00 p.m. performances, and $60 for Sunday's 2:00 matinee to benefit the National Foundation for Children with AIDS. Call 238-0731. (GC)
Laugh Out Loud!: Laugh till you burst tonight at 8:00 at the Lincoln Theatre (555 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) as four top comedians join forces for a good cause. Comics Bob Smith (the first openly gay comedian to appear on the Tonight Show and to have his own HBO comedy special), Elvira Kurt, Michele Balan, and Ant come together to perform in this show, which is being taped for an hourlong cable television special. A surprise celebrity will host the evening. Tickets cost $28. All proceeds benefit the People With AIDS Coalition. Call 673-3331. (GC)
Marianne Faithfull: Considered the "It Girl" of the Sixties (which raises the question, Who is the "It Girl" of the Nineties? Drew Barrymore? Sandra Bullock? RuPaul?), Marianne Faithfull has been through hell and back. Heroin addiction, depression, suicide attempts, an affair with Mick Jagger -- it's enough to make a girl sing the blues. Best-known for her hit 1979 album Broken English, Faithfull forges on with her latest release, 20th Century Blues, in which she explores the dark and vibrant cabaret music of Weimar Germany in songs by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. (For more, see "Music," page 85). Faithfull performs tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $25. Call 531-3747. (GC)
Justin Hayward: Singer-songwriter Justin Hayward just can't keep it all in his head. Frontman for the artsy and ethereal Moody Blues for more than three decades, Hayward launched a solo career simply because he writes so much material that he can't get the band together frequently enough to record it all. Live out your wildest dreams as Hayward performs an acoustic lunchtime set of Moody Blues hits, as well as selections from his latest solo album The View from the Hill (his followup to 1991's Keys to the Kingdom) today at 12:30 p.m. at Borders Books & Music (2240 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Admission is free. Call 954-566-6335. (GC)
Miami Film Festival: See Thursday.
Miami Spring Home and Garden Show: See Thursday.
Silence of the Mambo: See Thursday.