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february 8
Bob Marley Festival: The memory and legacy of reggae genius Bob Marley will be honored today at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater (301 Biscayne Blvd.) during the fourth annual Bob Marley Festival. This year's bill includes a mix of newcomers and stalwarts, from the legendary trio Culture (Two Sevens Clash), Maxi Priest, and Julian to Ziggy Marley's Melody Makers and Bob's mom, Cedella Marley Booker. Expect cameos from Fugees' vocalist Wyclef and actor Woody Harrelson (huh?), and performances by Mad Cobra, Johnny Dread, the Abyssinians, Safari, and surprise guest appearances. Admission to the festival is three cans of food and five dollars, all of which will benefit Camillus House. Children under twelve are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 1:00 p.m. Call 247-1105 for more information. (JF)

SexSLAM: Words of lust and longing linger on the tongues of hot-blooded poets as the artistic group known as artfusion hosts its monthly spoken-word SLAM tonight at 9:00 p.m. at Tap-Tap Haitian restaurant (819 Fifth St., Miami Beach). The idea behind the SLAM is simple: On the second Saturday of each month, local wordsmiths face off in a heated contest of poetic skills. Usually there is a predetermined topic on which works must be loosely or specifically based (this month's hot topic, so to speak, is sex and desire). Admission is five dollars. Call 531-7267. (GC)

Jazz Under the Stars: Cool jazz rings out while the animals prowl at the tenth annual Jazz Under the Stars concert tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Metrozoo (12400 SW 152nd St.). Uruguayan harp king Roberto Perera, Brazilian jazz artist Nando Lauria, and jazz saxophonist Najee round out the bill. Tickets cost $15. Call 238-0703. (GC)

Open Axis: Space Cadette Records (7339 SW 45th St., suite A) is more than just a recording studio. It's an all-purpose artists' space with rehearsal rooms, a record store, visual art exhibitions, and a bevy of resources for visual artists and musicians. Tonight at 8:00 p.m., Space Cadette opens an exhibition of paintings by local artists Beatriz Monteavaro and Gavin G. Perry with a reception and a punk and hardcore concert, featuring performances by Boston band Karate and local groups Ed Matus' Struggle, Subliminal Criminal, Nobuhjest, and Yusef's Well. The exhibition, titled "Filling," remains on view through March 9. Admission is five dollars. Call 261-7587. (GC)

Regis Philbin: The Count of Cool, the Emperor of Excitement, the incomparable Regis Philbin shares his uniquely Regis outlook on life today at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Bailey Concert Hall (3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie). Philbin has hosted more television talk shows than just about any other human alive; his nationally syndicated Live with Regis and Kathie Lee is the top-rated morning program in the New York market. Today South Florida audiences will be delighted as Rege sings (accompanied by an eleven-piece orchestra, no less!), Rege tells stories, and Rege cracks jokes. Unfortunately for all, Rege leaves the universally beloved Kathie Lee at home. But don't despair -- six lucky audience members will be chosen to participate in wacky talent contests at various intervals during the show; the ultralucky winners will be flown to New York and given VIP passes to Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Tickets cost $28 and $30. Call 888-475-6884. (GC)

Miami Film Festival: See Thursday.
Miami Spring Home and Garden Show: See Thursday.
Silence of the Mambo: See Thursday.
Marianne Faithfull: See Friday.

february 9
99.9 KISS Country Chili Cook-off: KISS (WKIS-FM 99.9) mixes up an afternoon of music, food, and fun at the twelfth annual Chili Cook-off at C.B. Smith Park (900 Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines). Burnin' Daylight opens the show, followed by fourteen-year-old singing phenom LeAnn Rimes and vocal superstar Marty Stuart. Hillbilly beatniks BR5-49 take the stage next, warming up the crowd for country music's most successful band, Alabama. While enjoying the music, load up on protein as more than 100 chili teams cook up their specialties and compete for prizes. Tickets cost $18. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls clubs of Broward County. Call 621-4300. (GC)

Miami Film Festival: See Thursday.
Miami Spring Home and Garden Show: See Thursday.
Silence of the Mambo: See Thursday.

february 10
Frank McCourt: Best-selling author Frank McCourt was born in Depression-era Brooklyn to Irish immigrants who soon returned to Ireland and raised their children in the slums of Limerick. McCourt's childhood was one of extreme poverty and squalor, but he and all of his surviving siblings went on to successful lives. He masterfully recounts his woeful Irish Catholic childhood in his deeply moving yet witty autobiography Angela's Ashes: A Memoir (a sequel is in the works). Tonight at 8:00 p.m., Books & Books hosts an evening with McCourt at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (GC)

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