It goes without saying that the world has changed since the horrific events that happened on this date two years ago. The day will be full of memorials, but none so dramatic as the minutes in which the two planes slammed into the World Trade Center. In remembrance of the victims of all faiths and backgrounds who died in the terrorist attacks, leaders of Miami's Muslim community will gather at the Torch of Friendship this morning to pray for peace and meditate about the impact the events have had on these times. With a backdrop of patriotic music, American flags will be passed out as well as hugs of condolences. The gathering begins at 8:00 a.m. at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Admission is free.
He may have the biggest mouth in rock and roll and the most annoying screech, but legions of men and women would do anything to get into Steve Tyler's spandex trousers. Same thing goes for the devotees of Kiss, who will come armed with undies and glamour makeup to shout out for their pop culture idols. Tonight both Aerosmith and Kiss join forces at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre (601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach) in a nostalgic show of outrageous loud rock music that parents once feared. Today, though, expect a good showing of the suburban minivan crowd to show up, painted and plucked and ready to jam out. Opening for the dinosaurs is Saliva. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $135. Call 561-793-0445.
A chair is a chair is a chair -- a play on Gertrude Stein's famous phrase may not be appropriate when referring to Trinidadian artist Francisco Cabral's muse. Cabral's manic installations take chairs and turn them into vehicles for his controversial messages. His show, "Same Plane of Existence," takes residence in the burgeoning hub of creativity in the farmlands, ArtSouth Sanctuary (240 N. Krome Ave., Homestead). While it may be a long drive from the heart of Miami to reach it, the show offers an opportunity to change your scenery and expand your creative horizons. The opening reception begins at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-247-9406.
Artifacts such as ancient mitts, termite-scarred bats, moldy pictures of Babe Ruth, and of course baseball cards offer the promise of being somebody's million-dollar ticket. It's wishful thinking, but there is a good selling price for items in pristine condition that played a part in history. Louis Tiant's World Series cup might cover a couple mortgage payments. How about Pete Rose's little black book? Hmmm. Experts from Professional Sports Authenticator, the largest sports memorabilia appraiser service, will be assessing the values of souvenirs and other sports items, Antiques Roadshow-style, during the Florida Marlins Memorabilia Day scheduled before the start of the Fish's game against the Atlanta Braves. The fair begins at 10:30 a.m. outside Pro Player Stadium, 2269 NW 199th St. Admission is free with game ticket. Call 305-626-7400.
Life is just no fun without bread or spaghetti. Are not jelly doughnuts and chocolate éclairs food for the soul? Getting fit and trim does wonders for your appearance, but dropping those last ten pounds and keeping them off is a Sisyphean task at least. Tonight acupuncture specialist Paul M. Murphy shows you how to eat well and keep the pounds off (and he just may walk on water) with a special dinner workshop for a lucky fifteen participants. The dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call to reserve, 305-442-4408.
The members of Prole take alternative music to a new level. With a lineup of players from Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, and the U.S., the driving band is not your ordinary assemblage of rockeros. They sing in Dutch and French as well as English and Español. They are known to recoil at the use of electronic beat machines -- their hard-driving guitar sound, balanced with even-tempered vocal deliveries, brings odd styles together. They describe their music as having an alt-Southern rock and postpunk feel. Tonight they perform with Clambake and Tereso. The show starts around 9:00 p.m. at Churchill's, 5501 NE Second Ave. Call 305-757-1807 for details. Wednesday 9/17
Liberty City has been through rough days. Historically it's been known as a dangerous hood, with its darkest day marked by the 1980 riots. But 23 years later the community is turning things around. Black business groups and professionals are working to bring economic development into the area. Today the Old Carver Theater (6050 NW Seventh Ave.) reopens with Liberty City: Past, Present, Future, an art exhibit and cultural event that will feature a speech by local artist and historian Marvin Weeks. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-758-2272.
Drugs and sex with jailbait could best describe the themes of Steely Dan, perhaps the coolest white jazzy funk band of the 1970s. The band named after a steam-powered dildo that an evil German lesbian prostitute, uh, consumes, in William Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch continues to buzz along. They may be older, but some say Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have never sounded better -- though it's hard to believe they could top earlier compositions such as "Kid Charlemagne" and "Hey Nineteen." Tonight they perform at West Palm Beach's Sound Advice Amphitheatre (601-7 Sansbury's Way). The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $77.50. Call 561-793-0445.