This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

THU 22

Dude, you've been sporting a soul patch and toting around that ragged copy of On the Road since you left Evergreen State College in 1993. Don't you think it's time to update your look and your book? You can take care of both issues tonight when Miami Living magazine teams up with The Art of Shaving and Books & Books at the Bal Harbour Shops (9700 Collins Ave., second floor) to present a Night of Grooming and Intellect. After enjoying free Dewar's cocktails and tasty hors d'oeuvres, you can indulge in a refreshing warm towel shave. Once you're cleaned up, wander over to Books & Books to peruse the stacks and receive a twenty percent discount on all new fall releases. (Women dig men who read.) Get a mini makeover for your body and mind -- and score a free gift bag -- from 7:00 to 9:00. Call 305-864-3434, ext. 147, to RSVP. (LO)

FRI 23

Smith & Wollensky has established a reputation for excellent service, an upscale ambiance, and mouthwateringly delicious steak. This week the chain steak house can also be known for offering a lunch menu that will leave gourmands reeling. This is the last day of Wine Week, five decadent days during which vintners from around the world offer glasses of their potent elixirs for thirsty lunchtime crowds. For a mere ten dollars more than the price of lunch, you can sip offerings from the likes of Iron Horse, Piper Sonoma, Robert Mondavi, Chateau St. Jean, and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to Citymeals-on-Wheels. Cancel that afternoon meeting and head to Smith & Wollensky, 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-673-2800, or visit (PEGY)

SAT 24

Although the opening night of the New World Symphony's new concert season isn't for another few weeks, you can enjoy an evening of beautiful music tonight when conductor Alasdair Neale leads the entire symphony in a special program, Symphonic Relief: A Hurricane Benefit Concert. Leonard Bernstein's popular Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Sergei Prokofiev's moving Suite from Romeo and Juliet are on the bill, in addition to Lichtenstein Triptych, a new work by American composer Kenji Bunch. To get in the mood, view a presentation of Roy Lichtenstein's art (transmitted via Internet2) by Columbia professor Graham Bader at 7:00. The concert begins at 8:00 at the Lincoln Theatre, 541 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $15, but additional donations will be accepted. If you can't make it to the show, listen to a live broadcast of the concert, cohosted by WFOR Channel 4 chief meteorologist Bryan Norcross and Live from Lincoln Center commentator Martin Bookspan, on WLRN-FM (91.3). Call 305-673-3331, or visit (LO)

SUN 25

For anyone who thinks a hairdressing salon is a utilitarian place where the stink of chemicals hangs low in the air, a visit to your friendly neighborhood Aveda salon is in order. This company started the environmentally friendly ball rolling in 1978, and today it is caring for the Earth and helping society at the same time. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the folks at Van Michael Miami (1667 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach) will do their part to help by opening their doors Sunday for a fundraising event. Proceeds from cut and color services will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. "Being a part of the Aveda network, we tend to attract like-minded people. Our clients are very interested in giving back to society and the environment," says co-owner and salon director Cynthia Winston. That's salon-speak for "make your appointments early." Get prettied up this afternoon from noon to 6:00. Call 305-534-6789 to make an appointment, and visit to learn more. (PEGY)

MON 26

Do you have the card? You know, the one that gives you free access to books, DVDs, Internet terminals, homework tutoring, art exhibits, and a myriad of programs for children, teenagers, and adults? The American Library Association and Miami-Dade Public Libraries will be celebrating Library Card Sign-up Month for a few more days, and they're promoting the annual event with the catchy slogan, "The Smartest Card. Get It. Use It @ Your Library." Marivi Prado, public affairs officer for the Miami-Dade Public Library System, has observed an increase in library card registrations this month: "The key factor is that we have so many newly arrived residents discovering our services." You can apply for your card anytime online, or at any of the 40 library branches or the bookmobile. Call 305-375-BOOK, or visit (LO)

TUE 27

Everyone knows that the rain forests in Central America, Africa, the Amazon, and southern Asia are threatened by human greed. Man has depleted these fragile ecosystems for lumber, to build modern highways, and to poach colorful, tropical birds and exotic animals. Similar destruction is happening in our oceans. Learn more when John McManus, director of the National Center for Caribbean Coral Reef Research, presents "Coral Reefs: Our Underwater Rainforests." This informative lecture will reveal the startling decline in native coral species and highlight the vital research being conducted at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (4600 Rickenbacker Cswy., Virginia Key). As part of the school's KEY!Notes series, the public is invited to the first in a monthly sequence of fascinating, free talks that will feature issues specific to our precious South Florida environment. The discussion begins this evening at 6:00. Call 305-421-4700, or visit (PEGY)

WED 28

The ghoulish visage of The Phantom of the Opera has haunted moviegoers since 1925, when the "man of a thousand faces," Lon Chaney, first personified the horrendously disfigured composer condemned to haunt the dark recesses of the Paris Opera House. Gaston Leroux's romantic horror has been made into numerous film and television versions, and the tale found legions of new fans when Andrew Lloyd Webber debuted his thrilling theatrical version in 1986. With grandiose, soaring songs like "Think of Me" and "All I Ask of You," the operatic musical has won every major theater award, including the British Olivier and Evening Standard Awards, as well as seven Tony Awards. The wildly successful Phantom will haunt South Florida with a five-week engagement that begins tonight. Hear "The Music of the Night" at 8:00 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets range from $20 to $58. Call 954-468-3326, or visit (PEGY)

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