Calendar for the week

august 22
Sweet Mickey: The Haitian sounds of compas ring through Rezurrection Hall at Club Nu (245 22nd St., Miami Beach) tonight as Sweet Mickey and King Posse take the stage. Sweet Mickey swings compas from nice to naughty and back again on the group's most recent disc, Toutse Martelly. The five-man band King Posse blends compas, reggae, and ra-ra (a type of Haitian roots music) for an eclectic, spiritual sound. Doors open at 9:00 and tickets are $18. Call 247-1105. (GC)

Funniest Night of Your Life: The Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project of South Florida has been working in Dade County's public schools for more than a decade to teach children how to avoid child abuse and other dangerous situations. Tonight at 8:00 at the Comedy Zone (1121 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), you can help this organization help kids at a fundraising event. Comedian Trip Wingfield, who has appeared on Showtime, MTV, and A&E specials, headlines the night of yucks. Tickets cost $15. Call 672-4788. (GC)

Water's Edge: The Center for Visual Communication (4021 Laguna St., Coral Gables) explores in paintings and photography how land meets water in the exhibition "Water's Edge." More than a mere collection of sea pictures, the show features works by contemporary artists such as California painter David Hockney, New York artists Eric Fischl and Elizabeth Murray, and Florida photographers Clyde Butcher and Bunny Yeager; there are also works by abstract expressionist Robert Motherwell and photographers Berenice Abbott, Edward Curtis, Andre Kertesz, Alfred Steiglitz, and Edward Weston. The exhibition is on view through Saturday. Admission is free. Museum hours are from noon to 5:00 Wednesday through Saturday. Call 446-6811. (GC)

august 23
Laughing Gas Comedy Improv: Remember those nightmares where you're standing naked in front of your third-grade class? That situation would be considered a career opportunity for these folks. Basic training exercises for actors become hilarious instances of interactive comedy when the Laughing Gas Comedy Improv Theatre Company takes the stage tonight and tomorrow night at 11:15 at the New Theatre (65 Almeria Ave., Coral Gables). Founding member Gerald Owens leads a rotating troupe of about twenty actors and comedians (a typical show includes only five to seven members) for a 90-minute frolic in which random suggestions from the audience are developed into comedic skits on the spot. The show continues every Friday and Saturday night for an indefinite run. Tickets cost ten dollars, seven for students. Call 461-1161. (GC)

Davie Rodeo: Broncos buck, bulls snort, and cowboys and -girls show off their stuff at the eleventh annual Five Star Davie Rodeo, taking place tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 at the Davie Covered Arena (Orange Drive and 64th Avenue). The rodeo features several events, including calf roping, team roping, bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and more. Tickets cost ten dollars, half-price for kids under age twelve. Call 954-384-7075. (GC)

Miami Rock Festival: The Beast and Baker's musical extravaganza keeps rocking tonight at Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE Second Ave.) with a swank evening hosted by suave cable-television host Danny Jessup. The show promises to be a star-studded affair, featuring Black Janet, Backwash, Egg, Resistance, and Hands on Forehead. On the patio, guitar guys Jeff Rollason, Rich Lyles, and Tony D. perform. And a show hosted by Jessup just wouldn't be complete without his on-air cohorts: weathergirl Sheri Garcia, local rock reviewer Jeff Lemlich, and New Times film critic Todd Anthony. The fest continues tomorrow with performances by Omar Stang, Sense, Tuen, and Fat Peter. See our Club Listings for information on upcoming shows. Showtime is 9:00. The Rock Festival continues through September 2. Admission varies each night from no cover to about three dollars. Call 757-1807. (GC)

august 24
The Maltese Falcon/Shoot the Piano Player: Cinema Vortex looks at some of the best prototypes for the film noir genre this weekend with two presentations. Humphrey Bogart introduced a new hero to the screen with his portrayal of hard-boiled detective Sam Spade in John Huston's directorial debut The Maltese Falcon (1941), which screens today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). To call the film brilliant, with its dramatic cinematography and heaven-sent cast, is an understatement. French director Francois Truffaut called his 1960 classic Shoot the Piano Player a "pastiche of Hollywood B films," but the use of innovative camera shots and Charles Aznavour's portrayal of a timid pianist who retires from the concert stage to play in a small cafe make this offbeat film first-rate. The film screens tomorrow at noon at the Alliance (in French with English subtitles). Admission to each film is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (GC)

David Benoit: Ah, the early Sixties: split-level houses, sleek convertibles, Sean Connery as a tuxedoed James Bond, Jackie Kennedy in her pillbox hats, Dave Brubeck on the stereo, and martinis in everyone's hand. David Benoit captures the spirit of that too-cool era in his latest album Shaken Not Stirred, a collection of nostalgic yet fresh jazz piano music. Benoit performs tonight at 8:00 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) with jazz/R&B keyboardist Alex Bugnon and jazz guitarist Ken Navarro. Tickets range in price from $25 to $35. Call 673-7300. (GC)

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