Night & Day

september 24
Foreign correspondent Michael Z. Wise comes to the Wolfsonian-FIU (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) this evening at 6:30 p.m. to talk about Germany and its search for a new national identity through architecture. Wise has been studying the controversial $12 billion redesign of the newly unified Berlin as Germany's capital city, and he recently wrote about the process in his book Capital Dilemma: Germany's Search for a New Architecture of Democracy. He'll discuss his book -- which examines architecture's connections with politics, history, and public memory -- and answer questions afterward. Admission is free. Call 305-531-1001. (NK)

september 25
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and the Ohio Players have about 70 years of combined experience belting out R&B and funk. Fifty-two-year-old Beverly first hit the road when he was a teenager and hasn't slowed down since, eventually creating Maze and guiding them through eight gold records and a string of hits, including "What Goes Up," and "Traveling Man." The Ohio Players formed way back in '59 and blossomed in the mid-Seventies when they began laying down funky tracks like "Fire" and the energetic "Love Rollercoaster." Check out these veterans as they shake up the James L. Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave.) tonight starting at 7:30. Tickets cost a steep $52.50 and $62.50. Call 305-372-4634. (LB)

september 26
Torch, folk, country, rock: Name the style of song and Amy Carol Webb can write it, play it, and sing it. The child of entertainers (her father was a pianist and her mother a singer), Webb, it was clear, would join the family business at an early age. As a three-year-old she began singing. By age eleven she was playing the guitar. And by the time she reached her early teens, penning her own songs became the next natural step. She's been at it for a while now -- even pausing to marry and raise two sons -- and lucky for us, she has yet to give up. Listen to Webb's powerful voice and poignant songs and help her celebrate the release of her new album, Songweaver, tonight at 8:00 at Power Studios, 3701 NE Second Ave. Admission is seven dollars. Call 305-573-8042. (NK)

september 27
As an eight-year-old boy, Mestre Didi, then known as Deoscoredes Maximiliano dos Santos, was initiated into the Afro-Brazilian candomble religion. His mandate was to make ritual emblems out of symbolic materials -- cowrie shells, leather and textiles, and palm ribs -- that were specifically created for religious ceremonies. These days Mestre Didi is an 82-year-old high priest who keeps creating sculptures but no longer speaks outside of sacred places. His wife, Juana Elbein dos Santos, an anthropologist and expert on Afro-Brazilian religions, thankfully does and this afternoon at 3:00 she'll present a slide lecture about art and mythology in relation to her husband's 35 works now on view for the first time in North America in the exhibition Mestre Didi: Sacred Afro-Brazilian Sculpture at the Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-673-7530. (NK)

Need a fix of Frank Sinatra and friends after being utterly disappointed by that lame Rat Pack movie HBO was touting recently? Get over to the Miami Shores Performing Arts Theater (9860 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores) today at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. for A Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Friends. Vocalist Larry Branchetti, who sings and swings like the chairman used to during the years he was with Capitol Records, puts on this show along with impressionists Pat Louis Sapia and Alden McKay, doing their best Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and Sammy Davis, Jr. They even throw in Liza Minelli (hey, where's Shirley MacLaine?) in the form of impersonator Lucky Syms. Tickets cost a non-Vegas $12 and proceeds go to the theater, which always seems perilously close to shutting down. Call 305-751-0562. (NK)

Two-wheeled excitement returns to Coconut Grove after a five-year hiatus when The Great Coconut Grove Bicycle Race takes off today. An annual event, the race had ceased after its founder and promoter, Joe Avalos, died in 1993. But cycling lovers have brought it back. The event runs from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and features male and female cycling professionals from all over the world (look for recent Cuban defector Ivan Dominguez, who holds the world record in the 4000-meter), who'll speed through downtown Coconut Grove and compete for thousands of dollars, as well as events for amateur cyclists and activities for kids. Registration fees range from $15 to $25, but if you just want to watch, admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami and the Shake-A-Leg Foundation. Call 305-445-1230. (NK)

september 28
A droning Beck, a bouncing Bjsrk, a wailing Yoko Ono -- accompanied by her son Sean and his band Ima -- and a hollering, rapping trio known as the Beastie Boys. What do they have in common? In 1996 they performed at the first Tibetan Freedom Concert held over two days in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, A Tribe Called Quest, Cibo Matto, John Lee Hooker, Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, and many other acts showed up too, as did a slew of Tibetan monks parading about in their mustard-colored robes. If you weren't lucky enough to be there, you can feel like you were tonight at 7:30 when the documentary film Free Tibet screens for one night only at AMC CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove. Tickets cost $6.50. Proceeds benefit the Milarepa Fund, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's own nonprofit organization supporting the struggle for Tibetan freedom from China's evil clutches. Call 305-448-2088. (NK)

september 29
Cesar Becerra is a 26-year-old Miami historian who has spent almost half of his life researching, documenting, lecturing, and commemorating many of the things that make South Florida unique. Tonight at 7:00 Becerra concludes A Decade of Discovery, his month-long tribute to his ten years as a historian, with a slide show and lecture titled "The Early Pioneers of Biscayne Bay Country" at the Coconut Grove Library, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove. Admission is free. Call 305-442-8695. (NK)

september 30
When you were a school kid the month of February was significant for two things: Valentine's Day and Black History Month. Although you always got the same candy hearts and valentines every year, Black History Month, with its yearly theme, always brought something new. (Okay, mentioning George Washington Carver -- Mr. Peanut Butter himself -- was one constant too.) The Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History is the organization that, among many other things, comes up with the annual theme for Black History Month. For the first time in the group's 83-year history, it is holding its convention in Miami at the Wyndham Hotel (1601 Biscayne Blvd.) today through Sunday. The public is invited to participate by attending luncheons, panel discussions, a Pan-African bookfest, and taking black history bus tours. Registration ranges from $30 to $90. The fee for some special events ranges from $30 to $60. Call 305-636-2390. (