Night & Day

February 5-11, 1998

February 8
Florida has the highest bicycle-accident rate in the nation, but don't let that stop you from pedaling for pleasure. Organizers of the Tour of Boca have got you covered, so to speak. Boca Raton police officers run interference in their squad cars (one ahead and one behind the pack) during the sixteen-mile trek, and support vans tag along with parts, tools, and medical supplies in case of breakdowns -- mechanical or human. A twelve-mile-per-hour pace makes for a leisurely, noncompetitive day of cycling. The group departs from Patch Reef Park and stops at the halfway point, Rutherford Park, for a rest and refreshments before returning to the road. Nearly 200 cyclists turn out for the tour, sponsored monthly by the Boca Raton Bicycle Club. You must be at least ten years of age to participate, and kids under age fourteen must be accompanied by an adult. Helmets are required. Cost is $2. Riders gather at 12:30 p.m. and depart at 1 p.m. Patch Reef Park is located on Yamato Road west of Military Trail in Boca Raton. Call 561-360-0030.

February 9
In magician David Copperfield's latest show, Dreams and Nightmares, audiences see him get "cut in half" by a laser beam and walk through the whirling blades of an industrial-sized fan. He also performs some slight-of-hand tricks, just to prove that not everything is done with mirrors. Of course, with the big stunts, there's lots of potential for bloodshed. But let's be honest here: Would the perfectly coifed magician ever risk ruining that trademark white shirt of his? Judge for yourself when the quintessential illusionist brings his latest spectacular to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale) for four performances. Tonight's shows begin at 6 and 9 p.m.; showtimes Tuesday are 2 and 5 p.m. Ticket prices range from $31.75 to $47.75. Call 954-523-6116.

February 10
Leave the opera glasses at home and break out the Groucho glasses. Hilarious soprano B.J. Ward takes the stuffiness out of opera with her one-woman show, Stand Up Opera. An actress and singer with a four-octave range, she performs an aria, then uses clever observations and comic timing to lampoon the plots. Ward came up with the idea for the show several years ago, when she was hanging out with her husband-to-be, Gordon Hunt (Helen's dad), in his house. While Hunt was cooking up eggs in the kitchen, Ward spontaneously performed an opera spoof in the living room. Soon Opera and Omelets was born, and Ward took the show to cabarets and small theaters, then on to larger venues. The renamed show will offer Ward's take on Puccini, Verdi, and other famous librettists today at 2 p.m. at Bailey Concert Hall, Broward Community College, 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie. Tickets cost $15. Call 954-474-6884.

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