Calendar for the week

august 15
Dawn to Dusk: Director Larry Miller and choreographer Grace Campbell present France Luce Benson's play about affirmation through culture and knowledge, Dawn to Dusk. The protagonist Aduska explores her personal history, as well as the history of her African and American ancestors, in order to improve her life. Dawn to Dusk opens tonight and runs through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the New World School of the Arts's Louise O. Gerrits Theater (25 NE Second Ave., rm. 5807). Tickets cost five dollars. Call 372-9833. (GC)

History of the Future: The Louis Wolfson II Media History Center continues its ongoing "Video Rewind" series with a number of archival television programs from the Fifties to the Eighties that highlight predictions of the future for Florida and the world. Today's program features the 1960 documentary about downtown Miami's development, The Crying City. Also scheduled are The Day Miami Died, a 1961 Cold War-inspired news show that explores what would happen if the city were invaded by communists, and 1961's The Lunar Boom, about Florida's role in the space race. Future presentations look at the city's population explosion, the growth of its highways and airport, and changes in local education, among other topics. Admission is free. Screenings take place at 1:00 every Thursday and Tuesday at the Main Library Auditorium (101 W. Flagler St.). Call 375-1505. (GC)

august 16
Spring Heeled Jack: Connecticut-based skasters Spring Heeled Jack boast a stick-to-your brain, high-energy, ska-core sound that bounces around somewhere between the original ska bands of the Sixties and contemporaries the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Fast-paced, punk-influenced rhythms meet juicy melodies, humorous lyrics, and strange sound bites, all of which can be heard on their debut disc Static World View (on Moon Ska Records). Spring Heeled Jack skanks about tonight at 8:00 at the Edge (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), with Tallahassee band Baccone Dolce performing on the patio stage. Tickets cost six dollars. Call 954-525-9333. (GC)

Yo Creo en Dios: Cuban-born artist Oroc creates a dialogue about religious iconography, spirituality, and intolerance, and also voices his response to the religious right's views on the issues of religion, family values, AIDS, and art, in a series of vivid, politically charged paintings currently on view at the South Florida Art Center's Art 800 gallery (800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Juxtaposing traditional Christian symbols with contemporary images such as condoms, playing cards, dolls, and dollars, Oroc celebrates faith while protesting prejudice and drawing parallels between the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the AIDS crisis. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 6:00 to 9:00 from Thursday through Saturday. The exhibition, "Yo Creo en Dios (I Still Believe)," is on view through September 7. Call 674-8278. (GC)

august 17
Israel Vibration: Since the mid-Seventies, this Jamaican trio has waxed some of the most gorgeous, moving, and tight-knit harmony records in the reggae canon, from 1976's "The Same Song" to last year's brilliant longplayer On the Rock. The intimate vocal work of Cecil Spence, Albert Craig, and Lascelle Bulgin may stem in part from coping with the disease that unites them: The trio met as children at a polio rehab center and matured into a musical unit devoted to the teachings and preachings of Haile Selassie. The group is performing tonight, the birthday of the late Jamaican leader Marcus Garvey, at Rezurrection Hall at Club Nu (245 22nd St, Miami Beach). Opening acts include Selector Daps and Miami's X-High and the Higher Vibes. Doors open at 8:00 and tickets are $18. Call 247-1105. (JF)

Pets in the Park: Find the cute, cuddly, furry little pal you've been looking for at Peacock Park (2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove) as Metro-Dade Animal Care and Control hosts the second annual Pets in the Park event. Today from 10:00 to 6:00, more than twenty animal and pet groups will be on hand with exhibitions, information, demonstrations, and games for current or prospective pet owners. You can bring your four-legged friends for free rabies shots and Frisbee frolics; those looking for a pet can adopt one of the many homeless pets on the spot. Admission is free. Call 884-1101. (GC)

Coffees of the Globe: Wine tastings and cigar smokes may be all the rage, but those who thrive on the vice of caffeine can get their fix at this free coffee tasting tonight from 8:00 to midnight at Java Centrale (2334 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables). The European-style gourmet coffee bar will offer a variety of coffees made from arabica beans grown worldwide; some selections include Sulawesi Toraja (a light roast from Asia's Toraja region), Kona Extra Fancy (a rich roast from Hawaii's Kona Mountains), and a light roast from Ethiopia's Harrar region. And the atmosphere is bound to be much more aromatic than at a cigar smoke. Call 569-3083. (GC)

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