Studs and the City

Saturday July 26

Do you ever need an excuse to go watch hot men lurking poolside on Miami Beach? What if funds are raised for Care Resource, South Florida's oldest and largest HIV/AIDS not-for-profit organization? Then surely local event wizards Brian Z. Guertin and Tony Miros (a.k.a. Mr.Nightlife) can lure you to tonight's first Mr. Miami International Contest, held at the Flamingo South Beach (1500 Bay Rd., Miami Beach). The hunk fest will feature 12 studs competing in front of a panel that includes a delegation from Playgirl magazine and local media. The winner will represent Miami in gay and straight events worldwide. A precontest bayside reception begins at 8:00 p.m. Rachel Panay provides vocal entertainment. Contest is at 8:30 followed by the VIP After-Glow Celebration. Admission is $20; $40 for VIP seating and extras. A portion of proceeds will benefit Care Resource. Call 305-206-3562 or visit www.mistermiami.com. -- By Margaret Griffis

Saturday July 26

Sea Span Play

Venture to almost any nightclub in Miami and sooner or later you'll catch DJ Le Spam and the Spam Allstars pounding out their ass-shaking amalgam of live and recorded music during one of their 800 weekly gigs. They're everywhere, every day, at all times. But now you don't even have to be on dry land to hear them. The ubiquitous band has taken a gig on a cruise ship! At 7:30 tonight, you can board a SeaEscape cruise at Port Everglades and as you lose your money at the gaming tables or to the one-armed bandits, and stuff your face at the buffet, you can also groove to the Liquid Vibe, featuring the music of, okay, we're not going to say their name again. Fare is $29.95 plus tax and security charge for Florida residents. Photo ID is required. Call 954-453-3333. -- By Nina Korman

Saturday July 26

Culture

A New Day

"Many people in Miami are sick of listening to ugly commercial music and need some alternatives," claims promoter Ana Martinez. Her solution: Thursdays Unpublished, a weekly gig for local songwriters and poets at Havana Dreams Restaurant (9735 NW 41st St.). At 8:00 p.m. Cuban troubadours Manolo Camejo and Carlos Cenzano kick things off. Both left Cuba 11 years ago, but rocker Camejo has lived in Miami since 2001. Cenzano arrived here in 1992 and has worked as a Spanish literature teacher ever since. Now it's time to grab the guitar and let it all out. Call 305-716-4999 for reservations. Cover is $5. -- By Javier Andrade

Friday July 25

Leo Ain't Lyin'

Da Vinci tells all

Hey, art lovers, bet you never dreamed you could unravel the mysteries of the Mona Lisa or take part in an interactive discussion with Leonardo da Vinci about his art, life, music, and studies of flight and anatomy. Well, at 8:00 tonight you'll be able to talk to the maverick painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, and inventor in person -- sort of. No time travel is required. Just a visit to South Beach, where scholar/actor Robert Dawson will bring Leo to life during a special presentation by MIAMIntelligence, a nonprofit group devoted to increasing South Florida's cultural options. Leo will hold court at Britto Central (818 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free; seating is limited. RSVP to [email protected]. -- By Jodi Nabel

Saturday July 26

Hard Time

Peek into Cuba's prisons

Imagine if criticizing President Bush landed you in prison. That's the sort of repression experienced by an untold number of Cubans on the wrong side of Castro's revolution. Filmmaker Rafael Lima's documentary Presidio -- The Trip Back offers a glimpse of what incarceration was once like with a look inside two of Cuba's notorious prisons, where many of Castro's political enemies endured years of hardship. Lima takes you inside La Cabana and El Presidio, while retracing his steps 42 years earlier when he visited his father and two uncles, three pilots who later faced the firing squad. The film screens daily at 2:30 p.m. through the end of July at the Casa Bacardi Cinema at the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables). Admission is $5. Call 305-284-2822. -- By John Anderson

Monday July 28

Good Taste

Diners who glance around restaurants eager to see what others are eating, wanting to sample this and that, can get their fill during Taste of the Nation tonight at 7:30 at Turnberry Isle Resort & Club (19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura). Serving enticing edibles: about 65 South Florida restaurants participating in the Miami Spice promotion, which will offer specially priced menus during August and September. Proceeds from the event will benefit anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Tickets cost $75; $150 ensures admission to a VIP cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. Call 305-935-2900 or see www.miamitaste.com. -- By Patti Roth

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