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Redland Natural Arts Festival: Celebrate the arts while communing with nature at the twentieth-annual Redland Natural Arts Festival, taking place this weekend at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead). Handmade arts and crafts from around the world and exotic tropical plants will be available for purchase, and festgoers can also enjoy live Irish and American folk music and ethnic dancing, wildlife displays, fencing, tai chi, archery, kite flying, ultralight aircraft, canoeing, and sea kayaking. You say you want more? Okay, the Southern Cross Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for solar flare viewings, and kids can ride ponies. The festival runs today and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is one dollar. Call 247-5727.

Il Trovatore: The Florida Grand Opera continues its season with Giuseppe Verdi's tale of murder, revenge, and ill-fated love in the midst of civil war tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St, performed in Italian with projected English translations). Soprano Susan Foster and tenor Tonio di Paola star as Leonora and her beloved troubadour Manrico; baritone Christopher Robertson is Count di Luna, Manrico's bitter enemy and rival in love. Tickets range from $18 to $100. Performances continue January 14 and 17 at 8:00 p.m. and January 19 at 2:00 p.m. Call 854-7890.

School's Out: The Naming Project: See Friday.
Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair: See Friday.
South Florida Folk Festival: See Saturday.

january 12
Algiers: During the past ten years, a number of successful French films have been remade into American hits, including those known as Three Men and a Baby and Point of No Return. Cinema Vortex features an early example of this trend with a screening of John Cromwell's hot-blooded 1938 romance, Algiers, a reworking of Julien Duvivier's Pepe Le Moko, released the previous year. (Come to think of it, Cromwell's own knockout The Prisoner of Zenda had a less-than-stellar redo in 1952.) Screening today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), this darkly atmospheric, beautifully photographed film stars Charles Boyer (in his most memorable role) as a crook on the lam from the French police, and Hedy Lamarr as the woman who steals his heart at the Casbah. Admission is four dollars. Call 531-8504.

Annie Get Your Gun: Considered Irving Berlin's most zesty and stylish musical, the pistol-packin' Annie Get Your Gun gave the world classic tunes such as "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Anything You Can Do." Rita McKenzie and Glenn Yarbrough star in this production, running today at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Bailey Concert Hall (3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie), as legendary sure-shot cowgirl Annie Oakley and her rootin'-tootin' love interest Frank Butler in this old-fashioned romance with a competitive twist -- the two met as members of Buffalo Bill's traveling show, and the rest, as they say, is history. Tickets cost $28 and $30. Call 888-475-6884.

Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair: See Friday.
Marvin Hamlisch: See Saturday.
Redland Natural Arts Festival: See Saturday.
South Florida Folk Festival: See Saturday.

january 13
Florida Philharmonic: The Philharmonic gets vocal when conductor James Judd leads the Philharmonic Chorus, the Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir, and several soloists as they perform Bach's Coffee Cantata no. 211 and Orff's Carmina Burana. The concerts are tonight at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.) and Wednesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets range from $17 to $75. Both performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Call 930-1812.

january 14
Defending the Caveman: The Broadway Series usually offers past hits from the Great White Way. But the series boasts a current Broadway production tonight at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman, the longest-running one-man show on Broadway (with a record-breaking two-year run at the Helen Hayes Theatre), explores the gender gap and the origins of male and female behavior. Becker, who wrote and stars in the show, uses his relationship with his wife Erin and an imaginary relationship with a time-traveling Neanderthal, as well as his research in anthropology, sociology, and evolutionary psychology, for chuckle-inducing material. Tickets range in price from $17 and $32. Performances run Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:00 p.m., with 2:00 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday, through January 19. Call 673-7300.

Itzhak Perlman, Samuel Sanders, and Pinchas Zuckerman: The strings sing tonight when thirteen-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Itzhak Perlman performs in a pair of classical concerts. Tonight at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale), pianist and long-time friend Samuel Sanders joins Perlman to perform works by Schumann, Brahms, Mozart, Foss, and Smetana. Conductor-violinist-violist Pinchas Zuckerman and musicians from the New World Symphony join Perlman tomorrow at the Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.) to perform an all-Mozart program, featuring Sinfonia Concertante and other works. Both concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range in cost from $20 to $75. Call 532-3491.

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