This Week's Day by Day Picks

Thursday July 24

As you crunch your way through a box of Goobers while watching 2 Fast 2 Furious, you might mistake that sweat rolling down your temples as the product of too much excitement. Or you might blame it on the air conditioner in the theater being on the fritz. Wrong on both counts. What you're really experiencing is a hot flash. One of the many bonuses of menopause! Yes your hormones may be in turmoil, but you don't have to be. Making Sense of Menopause is what you should be doing and menopause expert Dr. Neil Goodman can help. You won't even have to leave the movie theater because Dr. Goodman is coming to the AMC Sunset Place 24 in the Shops at Sunset Place (5701 Sunset Dr., South Miami) to chat about "the change" at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; popcorn and soda will be provided. Call 888-542-8589 to R.S.V.P.

Friday July 25

Cleopatra, Mata Hari, and Salome will all come to life tonight and do a little belly dance for you. What sounds like the result of too long a drag on the opium pipe is really Supplemented Silence, a one-woman multimedia belly-dance/silent film extravaganza starring dancer/actress Noura Aphrodite. She'll provide the sensual moves to accompany the silent classic The Thief of Bagdad. Tamalyn Dallal, Bozenka, and Hanan will open the presentation as the aforementioned historical figures. Denise Marino's photos of belly dancers will also be on display. The show goes on at 8:00 tonight and tomorrow and 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, 518 Española Way. Admission is $30. Call 305-673-4567.

Saturday July 26

The unmistakable influence of Africa throughout the world is showcased from noon to 11:00 p.m. today during the Africando Arts & Culture Folklife Festival at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.). Vendors from Africa (Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and more) and the Caribbean (Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Mauritius, the Bahamas, and other islands) will hawk their countries' products. Performers such as the Senegalese National Ballet and steel pan players from Trinidad and Tobago will entertain. And tasty fare from around the world will satisfy appetites for ethnic eats. Admission is free. Call 305-751-1471.

Sunday July 27

More than just a lonely lout in a ten-gallon hat singing about his dead dog and unfaithful woman, country music concerts have evolved. Just ask the top-selling country duo of all time, Brooks & Dunn. When they put on a show, they bring a few friends with them. Actually the motley crew is more like a circus, or what they call their Neon Circus & Wild West Show. In addition to performers on the bill like Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Aaron Lines, fire eaters, knife jugglers, stilt walkers, rodeo clowns, and a mechanical bull are guaranteed to keep attendees amused for hours. Showtime is 3:00 p.m. at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets range from $23 to $50. Call 561-793-0445.

One-third of the folks who incorporated the city of Miami 107 years ago were African American. The eighteenth annual Post Centennial Tea thrown by the Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida is a way of recognizing them and other of Miami's African-American pioneers. Join the celebration in their honor today at 4:00 p.m. at the St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, 1328 NW Third Ave. Admission is free. Call 305-636-2390 for more details.

Monday July 28

Don Francisco is Jewish? No me digas! Turns out the host of Hispanic television's very popular and long-running game/variety show Sabado Gigante was really born Mario Kreutzberger to German parents who settled in Chile. The Don will tell his life story (in English!) tonight at 7:00 during a presentation at the Jewish Museum of Florida (301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). The lecture will not be taped for a TV show, so keep your colita still and in your chair. It all coincides with the current exhibition "El Viaje ... The Journey," which via poetry and artwork details the plight of so many displaced Jews who went from Europe to Latin America. Those like Don Francisco who eventually made their way to Florida are featured as well. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-672-5044.

Tuesday July 29

Does that empty pit in your stomach mean you're hungry for love? Or are you just plain hungry? Either way is okay for Andrew Marc Rothschild. The executive chef of the Forge will teach you to get to anyone through their tummy when he kicks off the Flirting with Food cooking series at 7:00 tonight at Cookworks (Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., second floor). You don't have to do anything but kick back and watch the chef cook up some foods that might stoke your libido or someone else's. Afterward you get to devour a delicious meal and leave doing the dishes to others. Admission is $50. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Call 305-861-5005.

Wednesday July 30

Sure you've heard plenty of hype about hip, happening downtown Miami, but other than the occasional visit to the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, do you really hang out there at all? Didn't think so. Did you know that after regular business hours there are some restaurants that actually stay open and wouldn't mind if you came in and had a meal? We didn't either. The Downtown Miami's Best Awards might help change your perception of the city as a barren wasteland after 5:00 p.m. City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and the Downtown Miami Partnership are making sure you know there's life in downtown with a cocktail party featuring tastings from ten (ten!) eateries, giveaways, contests, entertainment, and more. The fun goes on from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 400 SE Second Ave. Admission is free, but you must R.S.V.P. Call 305-379-7070.