Selected Calendar Events for the Week of August 4, 2005


Monday: Party. Tuesday: Party. Wednesday: Party. If that looks like the entries in your datebook, be sure to add tonight's Ketel One Party at Doraku, Benihana's boutique sushi lounge (1104 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). From 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., you can savor five-dollar Ketel One vodka cocktails poured through four-foot ice sculptures and snack on complimentary hors d'oeuvres, including sushi and yakitori, prepared by executive chef Hiro Terada. If you can't make it to tonight's swanky party, you can always stop by for Doraku's Happy Hour (Monday through Friday, from 5:00 to 8:00) for two-for-one libations and appetizer specials. On Fridays you can also nosh on a tasty and free happy-hour buffet. Call 305-695-8383, or visit (LO)


Wendy Doscher-Smith is smitten with paw prints. "Feet on people disgust me," Doscher-Smith says with disdain. "But anything that is attached to a dog is just somehow better," she smiles. The meaty paws of her adopted beagle, Franki-Jo, immediately entranced the creative writer/photographer. Soon she was obsessed, stopping strangers on the street to photograph their dog's paws. Enjoy Doscher-Smith's unique vision at the opening reception of her exhibit, PAWS: A Foot-O-Graphic Tribute. She juxtaposes the feet of shelter dogs and pampered pooches, purebreds and mongrels. The quirky, cool exhibit will launch a month of Dog Days of Summer screenings at the Miami Beach Cinematheque (512 Española Way, Miami Beach), films you can bring your pet to. Party with your four-footed buddy tonight at 7:45. Admission is free. A portion of the evening's photographic proceeds will benefit the Humane Emergency Animal Rescue. Call 305-673-4567, or visit Visit for a complete list of pet-friendly film screenings. (PEGY)


Vivica A. Fox has been in the fame game for a while. She's starred in films such as Set It Off, Independence Day, and Soul Food, and appeared as a judge on the reality television show The Starlet. She reinvented herself in Quentin Tarantino's revenge flick Kill Bill. Now Fox will bring her earthy sex appeal to a magazine rack near you. She's signed on as the editor-at-large of Jolie, a glossy publication devoted to the beauty-conscious ethnic woman. You can party with Fox tonight at the Jolie Pretty in Pink affair. Expect to see an array of celebrities strutting the pink carpet tonight at 11:00 at Prive, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is $20. Call 305-531-5535, and learn more at (PEGY)


Whether they're leaping or lounging, or you happen to have a big one in your back yard that you can't afford to feed anymore (like the Dead Milkmen), lizards continue to grow in popularity as pets. Today iguana mamas and bearded dragon daddies can pack up their loving lizards and bask in a reptilian roundup at the annual Lizard Day celebration at the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium (3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami). You can enjoy arts and crafts, a lizard egg hunt, and a scavenger hunt, as your scaly sidekick snacks on cricket brittle and mealworm rice. Yum! And don't miss a rare showing of the Mexican beaded lizard and the Gila monster -- the world's only venomous lizards. Bring your cold-blooded friends to the museum from 10:00 to 6:00; registration for the Lizard Showcase, featuring prizes for "Best of Show" and "Largest All Around," begins at noon. Admission ranges from six to ten dollars, but one free admission ticket is available for each lizard entered in the competition. All venomous or protected species you bring must be accompanied by a permit. Call 305-646-4200, or visit (LO)


s part of Miami Art Museum's "marking time: moving images" exhibition, Miami-based artist Wendy Wischer presents her large-scale outdoor light projection of moon phases in Full to Wailing and Back Again. A mirror image of the moon can be seen on the wall of the Central Support Facility (50 NW Second Ave., Miami) while driving south on I-95. "The intention of the piece is to have the viewer notice the projection and then look up to the sky, associating it with the performance that is constantly within our perception, yet sometimes overlooked," the artist states. Although the moon will remain in the sky for the duration, the projection will be on view only through August 18, from sundown to sunrise. Call 305-375-3000, or visit (LO)


God, I hope I get it, I hope I get it!" They may not be auditioning for A Chorus Line, but young thespians turning out for tonight's Miami Children's Theater auditions will likely be singing to themselves those lyrics from the famous musical. The MCT, which was formed in 1996 by Angela Ardolino, is a professional training program for children and young adults (between the ages of three and nineteen) with dreams of Broadway. This coming season's productions range from the musicals Guys & Dolls and Seussical to the classic play The Diary of Anne Frank. Young people interested in auditioning for Disney's Aladdin should come prepared with a one-minute monologue and sixteen bars of a song. The drama will unfold from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Alper JCC Theater, 11155 SW 112th Ave., Miami. Auditions for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will be held tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Coral Gables Youth Center Theater, 405 University Dr. Call 305-233-2206, or visit (LO)

WED 10

The concept of the Cornerstone Experimental Art Space (2013 N. Miami Ave., Miami) is charming and inspirational. "It's like a co-op," explains resident talent Andrio "Rio" Chavarro. "My neighbor, Josh Weiss, runs the music section. Fiorella Podesta curates the gallery aspect. I run the theater; I'm going to be putting together a play soon," the actor/musician explains. Like their friends from Monkey Village before them, the residents of Cornerstone keep creativity and friendship as an ideal. On Wednesday nights anyone with a song to sing, a story to tell, or a rhyme to spit is welcome to share the Cornerstone Stage Experience. "First, we usually have our set group of resident poets, actors, musicians, and artists -- the universal jam band so to speak. Then we open the mike up for visiting artists. It's a very loving space; everybody gets to know each other on a personal level," says Chavarro, who also plays host for the free-spirited session. The creativity begins flowing at 9:00. Admission is three dollars. Call 305-299-5919. (PEGY)

By Lyssa Oberkreser and Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik