Hula-Samba Hootenanny

SAT 9/13

I smell trouble, or is that roast pig and caipirinhas? Whatever the source, mix enough Brazilians into a really big party and you're bound to have trouble keeping a lid on the affair. And this is no ordinary party, but the 3rd annual Miami Beach Luau, featuring the Brazilian pop/reggae band Cidade Negra, capoeira performers, DJs, a kid's soccer tournament, footvolley, and of course all the Hawaiian stuff that goes with a luau: fire eaters, hula dancers, and drummers. And then there's the food and drink, heavy on the pineapple. The 5-hour event takes advantage of the night's full moon, with crowds that should swell beyond last year's 6000. The party starts at 6:00 p.m. on the sand at 73rd Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $25, kids under 10 free. Call 305-573-6175.

SAT 9/13

Playing Gay

Hal Corey, Ricky J. Martinez, Claudia Allen, and Fred Timm may not be known to most Miamians, but to gay audiences their ideas are most familiar. The playwrights will be showing their works at the Lavender Footlights Festival, a series of staged readings of original dramas and comedies about gay and lesbian life. Most of the 5 plays are works in progress and explore a variety of themes from love and death to Hollywood glitz and glam. The series is produced by Creative Arts Enterprises, the same folks who brought Jon and Juan's Wedding to Miami Beach's Botanical Garden last year. The festival begins at 6:30 tonight and 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, at the Shores Performing Arts Theater, 9806 NE 2nd Ave. Tickets range from $10 to $40 for 5 shows. Call 305-695-0481. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

FRI 9/12

Dance

Writhing to Russia

Miami's Isadorables will finally get the royal treatment they deserve. Andrea Mantell-Seidel, founder of the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble, will bring her 4 dancers to St. Petersburg to celebrate that city's 300th anniversary (not Tampa's neighbor! We're talking Russia). They will be the only Americans dancing in the Goethe Institute's International Dance Festival. So show some love and send them off to the Russian Front with a reception in Little Havana. The bon voyage begins at 8:00 p.m. at the 6th Street Dance Studio, 1165 SW 6th St; 305-646-9960. Cost is $10. -- By Anne Tschida

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