Calendar for the week

october 24
Felix Morisseau-Leroy: "Young men, are you beating your drum or just kidding/give me the sticks, I'll teach you/or help you cultivate your field/and from however far one hears the message/from however far this Vodou is heard/from evening to morning/from however far one has run to come/one knows that this is it/the real thing." Felix Morisseau-Leroy, Miami's great Haitian man of letters, will recite his poems (such as this excerpt from "Natif-Natal") tonight in conjunction with the exhibition "Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou" at the Center for the Fine Arts (101 W. Flagler St.). Morisseau-Leroy, who has been called the Haitian Dante, will read in Creole and English during this rare appearance. The event starts at 7:00. Admission is five dollars. For reservations or more information, call 375-1727. (JC)

Expressionist Exploits and Surreal Sensations: The Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) and the Florida International University School of Design continue their series of milestone avant-garde art films from the Twenties with two films about the Big City. First up is Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler's 1921 short film Manhatta, which illustrates Walt Whitman's poems about New York City through the use of high-angle shots of skyscrapers and pedestrians. The main feature is F.W. Murnau's first American production, 1927's Sunrise, a silent film that explores a love triangle by juxtaposing the temptations of the city with the innocence of the country; its impressionistic use of mist, blurred exposures, and radical camera movement makes the film one of the visual triumphs of the silent-film era. Both films screen at 7:00 p.m. Admission is three dollars. Call 535-2634 for details. (GC)

Jewish Book Fair: Some of the brightest voices in contemporary literature and nonfiction address a wide variety of issues that affect all Americans, and Jews in particular, during the sixteenth annual Jewish Book Fair at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center (11155 SW 112th Ave.). The fair opens tonight at 8:00 with Rabbi Harold Kushner (author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People) exploring the age-old issues of guilt and forgiveness in his latest book How Good Do We Have to Be? Admission is ten dollars. On Sunday at 11:00 a.m. the fair continues with a look at the rise of Jewish organizations as J.J. Goldberg discusses his book Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment. Admission is five dollars. At 12:30 on Sunday, psychiatrist Dr. Harriet Lerner discusses Life Preservers: Staying Afloat in Love and Life. Admission is five dollars. On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., best-selling author Olivia Goldsmith (First Wives Club and Flavor of the Month) speaks at the annual Women's Day Luncheon at Signature Gardens (12725 SW 122nd Ave.) about her latest book, The Bestseller. Tickets cost $40 and $60. The book fair continues through November 21; upcoming events include readings by Lev Raphael and Marlene Adler Marks. See future editions of "Calendar Listings" for more information, or call 271-9000, ext. 268, for a complete schedule. (GC)

Hardhats: Playwright Rafael Lima cuts through the stereotypes about blue-collar workers and relationships among men in this black comedy-drama, opening tonight at the 3rd Street Black Box (230 NE Third St.). The play, which debuted at New York City's Manhattan Theater Club, is directed by Carbonell Award-winning actor Chaz Mena and stars local actors Paul Tei and Erik Fabregat as the humorous Smitty and the tragically heroic Becker. Tickets cost $12. After tonight's opening, performances take place Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., with a 2:30 matinee on Sunday, through December 1. Call 754-8948. (GC)

october 25
Danny Hoch: The Miami Light Project opens its 1996-97 Contemporary Performance series with the Florida debut of mercurial actor Danny Hoch at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Queens native Hoch, whose astute social criticism and turn-on-a-dime impressions of New York City characters have led to comparisons with Eric Bogosian, John Leguizamo, and Spalding Gray, performs his 1994 Obie Award-winning one-man show Some People, in which he portrays characters such as Blanca the Puerto Rican bombshell, a manic Latino radio DJ called the Caribbean Tiger, and Polish plumber Kazmierczack. Performances are tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00. Tickets cost $18 ($25 for tickets and admission to tonight's opening night gala). Call 531-3747. (GC)

Coral Gables Oktoberfest: Celebrate the spirit and culture of Germany as Mozart Stube Restaurant (325 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables) presents its third annual Oktoberfest. This street festival, taking place today through Sunday, features rivers of German beer (a dozen selections), miles (or should we say kilometers?) of traditional foods, and live music by German and Austrian bands. Festival hours are 2:00 to 11:00 tonight, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. tomorrow, and 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Call 446-1600. (GC)

Festival Miami: The University of Miami School of Music wraps up its annual classical music festival with two final concerts. Tonight at 8:00, tenor Joseph Evans and pianist Russell Young present the one-act play Letters to Puccini, in which the composer's life is reflected in excerpts from his operas. Tickets cost eight dollars. Tomorrow soprano Marvis Martin and clarinetist Margaret Donaghue join conductor Thomas Sleeper and the University of Miami Symphony Orchestra to perform Shostakovich's Symphony no. 1 (which won him international fame at the age of twenty) and the U.S. premiere of Richard Strauss's Romance for Clarinet and Orchestra in E flat. Tickets range from $18 to $35. Both concerts are at Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables). Call 284-4940. (GC)