Calendar for the week

thursday
october 31
Halloween Extravoodooganza: Lincoln Road (between Sixteenth and Seventeenth streets in Miami Beach) celebrates Halloween by transforming into a haunted cemetery filled with tombstones and sarcophagi, an outdoor "Ghoul Town" art exhibition, and tons of creepy characters. From 3:30 to 5:30, costumed kids can stop at Lincoln Road shops and businesses for treats, then make scary drawings with artist Romero Britto in his gallery (818 Lincoln Rd.). After 6:00 a Halloween Haunt for adults takes off, featuring a book signing by best-selling author Anne Rice (supporting her latest book Servant of the Bones) at Books & Books (933 Lincoln Rd.), plus an Anne Rice character costume contest, cigar rollers, temporary tattoo artists, an American Red Cross bloodmobile (just in case you were planning on losing some), tarot card readers, Haitian Vodou drummers, and a New Orleans funeral procession band. Admission is free. Call 531-3442. (GC)

Rock and Roll Halloween Roundup: Rock way past the witching hour as several local bands celebrate the freakiest night of the year. Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) hosts Screamfest '96, featuring the rootsy, funky, and soulful sounds of Pepe Alva & Alma Raymi, Khadir, and Raw B Jae (his last appearance before relocating to the Big Apple!). Admission is five dollars (with proceeds going to the Epilepsy Foundation of South Florida); showtime is 10:00. Call 532-0228. Across the street at South Beach Pub (717 Washington Ave.), renowned wacky kids Al's Not Well take the stage with grunge-folk diva Amanda Green and rockers Dirt Cheap. Admission is five bucks; showtime is also 10:00. Call 532-7821. If all-out punk rock is more your speed, Florida legends the Gotohells rock Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.) with an assist from the riotous Fay Wray. Admission is five bucks; showtime is 11:00. Call 374-1198. (GC)

friday
november 1
Riverwalk Blues Festival: Fall's here, the heat is a little less overpowering -- what better way to soak up the season than with a big ol' outdoor blues bash? The tenth annual Riverwalk wingding this year -- held in beautiful downtown Fort Lauderdale -- features a hell of a lineup: Texas guitar-slinger Long John Hunter; roadhouse white boys Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters; harp whiz Carey Bell; Delta-blues revisionist Corey Harris (a must-see, by the way); journeyman guitarist Luther Allison; and too many more to list here. The festival begins today and runs through Sunday. Tickets cost eight dollars for today and Sunday; ten dollars for Saturday. Children age twelve and under are admitted free, and three-day passes are also available. Shows begin today at 5:30 p.m., and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Call 954-761-5934 for more information. (JF)

Italian Heritage Festival: Enjoy the culture and flavor of Italy as Laurenzo's Italian and International Food & Wine Center hosts its second annual Italian Heritage Festival this weekend at Challenger Park (NE 165th Street and 16th Avenue). Ride on a gondola, sample authentic foods, and view arts and crafts created by Italian artisans. Admission is free. Festival hours are 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. today, noon to 11:00 tomorrow, and noon to 7:00 on Sunday. Call 945-6381. (GC)

Pat Graney Company: Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney and her all-woman dance troupe perform the recent work Sleep (making peace with the angels) as part of a residency at Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson Campus. The work combines dream imagery, burial rituals, and surreal elements drawn from the paintings of William Bourgeaureau, set to an original score by composer Martin Swan, to create a complex interpretation of the relationships between mothers and daughters. Graney and company perform tonight and tomorrow at 8:00 at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Admission is ten dollars. Call 237-3010. (GC)

QueeRoots/QueerSpace: ART-ACT (10 NE 39th St.) celebrates gay and lesbian culture in South Florida with a three-weekend festival featuring a vast array of artists and art forms. The fest opens tonight with multimedia performance artist Mark Holt presenting his original piece Queerbait; Holt offers repeat performances on Sunday, and on November 10 and 15. Tomorrow the video program The Lesbian Body (featuring three films about gender stereotypes, body piercing, and other topics) screens; additional video programs include The Gay Male Body on November 9 and The Queer Body Laid Bare (with a panel discussion including publisher-writer Eduardo Aparicio, activist-writer Dorothy Atcheson, theologian Mari Castellanos, and videomaker and educator Eric Freedman) on November 16. Rounding out the fest is literary/spoken-word artist Lissete Mendez, appearing on November 8 and 17, plus a queer-themed Spoken Word SLAM hosted by Artfusion on November 9 at 10:00. All programs begin at 8:00 p.m. Admission is ten dollars for performances, five for video programs and for the SLAM. See our "Calendar Listings" through November 17 for more events. Call 531-7267 for more information. (GC)

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