Calendar for the week

july 25
Fito Paez: The music of classic rocker Fito Paez, like that of his mentor Charly Garcia, embodies the quintessential sound of rock argentino: a mix of emotional melodic vocals, literary lyrics, tango rhythms, Beatles-esque psychedelia, and the occasional funk beat. The 33-year-old singer, songwriter, and occasional actor has recorded seven albums; the latest, Circo Beat, was produced by Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera. After touring in Europe and Latin America, Paez plays for the first time in Miami tonight at the James L. Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave.) The show starts at 8:00. Tickets range in price from $26 to $41. For more information, call 859-8997. (JC)

Manuel Barrueco: Cuban-born guitarist Manuel Barrueco's playing style has been described as elegant, even aristocratic. His repertoire reflects a remarkable versatility, encompassing Bach and Mozart and the Spanish Romantic masters, as well as works by Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett and living classical composers Toru Takemitsu and Roberto Sierra. Tonight at 8:00, Barrueco performs an all-Spanish music program at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables). Tickets cost $15. Call 448-7421. (GC)

Coyote Shivers: While his guitar playing is straight-ahead rock and roll, Coyote Shiver's swaggering brat-titude is pure punk: One part Joey Ramone, one part Lou Reed, and one part Richard Hell, with a little Keith Richards thrown in for class. His atonal sing-talking (very reminiscent of writer Jim Carroll when he did his rock stint) delivers a steady stream of bad-boyisms over driving three-piece arrangements. Shivers also happens to be the young husband of former super-groupie Bebe Buell and stepdad of film vixen Liv Tyler. Shivers takes the stage tonight at 11:00 at Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Call 532-0228 for price. (GC)

Miami Philharmonic Steel and Percussion Orchestra: One of South Florida's most tropical performing groups has its first concert hall appearance tonight at 8:00 at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center (1770 Monroe St., Hollywood). The Miami Philharmonic Steel and Percussion Orchestra, directed by Richard Bradshaw Watson II, performs a wide variety of instrumental styles, including ragtime xylophone, Mexican marimba, Caribbean steel drums, jazz vibraphone, African drums, and Latin percussion. The eclectic orchestra has performed most recently at Lincoln Road's Arts à la Carte and Coconut Grove's Bahamian Goombay Festival in June. The MPSPO performs again tomorrow at 8:00 at the North Miami Beach Performing Arts Center (17001 NE Nineteenth Ave., North Miami Beach), and August 3 at 2:00 and 8:00 at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $10 and $20. Call OK1-BEAT for more information. (GC)

july 26
intimacies ... more intimacies: Local performance troupe Imazari Theatrical Works presents actor-writer-director Michael Kearns's play intimacies ... more intimacies at Art-Act (10 NE 39th St.). Shelbrick Fuller directs the play, which traces the lives of twelve characters from many walks of life who all have full-blown AIDS; the message is that, in the words of performance artist Diamanda Galas, we are all infected. The twelve protagonists are portrayed by just three actors: Barbara Austrich-Rivero, Daniel Barr, and Scott Buckley. The play opens with two "Death by Chocolate" banquets taking place tonight and tomorrow at 6:30. Tickets cost $25. Regular performances begin Sunday and run Thursday through Sunday at 8:00 through August 25. Tickets to regular performances cost ten dollars. Call 446-4905 to reserve seats. (GC)

Robin Greenspan and Rob Nash: The Miami Light Project's Come Out Laughing gay and lesbian stand-up comedy series continues tonight and tomorrow at 8:00 at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) with Robin Greenspan and Rob Nash. Greenspan is a self-proclaimed lesbian Valley Girl who spins humor out of stories of her Southern California background. Houston-based comic Nash explores family dysfunction, twelve-step programs, and life's little oddities through keen observations and witty social commentary. Tickets cost $15. Call 531-3747. (GC)

Sloppy Seconds: The self-proclaimed kings of "junk rock" slobber the stage at Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight in an all-ages early show. The Indianapolis-based Sloppy Seconds blends pop, punk, and speed core with gleeful abandon, adrenaline and guitars racing like so much joyful muck in a blender. And if you like what you see tonight, their 1995 self-released live disc, No Time for Tuning, was just reissued on Los Angeles indie Triple X Records. Load and Garland's Room open the show. Admission is six dollars. Showtime is 7:00. Call 532-0228. (GC)

july 27
Noche en la Playa: Penrod's Beach Club (1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach) hosts the first-ever Noche en la Playa fundraiser for Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit agency for runaway, homeless, abused, and neglected kids and teens. Eclectic local popsters 325 Meridian perform their Latin and jazz-flavored originals; additional performers include singers Martha Alvarez and Lily Blanco. The evening kicks off at 8:00. Tickets cost $40. Call 636-3511. (GC)

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