In the granddaddy of rockumentary films, Dont Look Back (1967), filmmaker Donn Alan Pennebaker plays the fly on the wall to Bob Dylan's angry young man. Pennebaker follows the 23-year-old Dylan, cinema verite-style, on his 1965 tour of England, capturing some of the folk-rock demigod's last pre-electric performances in grainy black and white. Long concert sequences include performances of the classics "The Times They Are a-Changin'," "Maggie's Farm," and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." It's bare-bones Bob -- Dylan, his voice, and his guitar. And while he bares his emotions, as well as his political views, in his music, Dylan off stage is defiant and difficult. Montage scenes intercut with concert shots show him doing verbal battle with bewildered reporters, answering questions with questions. Is this the true Dylan, or just an act to cover up the real man? Either way, Pennebaker shot it as he saw it, setting the tone for documentaries to follow. Rereleased in late 1997 on its 30th anniversary, the film runs through July 23 at the Alliance Cinema, 927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Admission is $4 to $6. For times call 305-531-8504.
Broward County has the largest resident British population in Florida, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. And many of the transplants are single, according to Patricia Kawaja. "When they come to America, they tend to come alone," she explains. Kawaja runs the British Network, which offers business and social networking opportunities to local Brits -- and the Yanks who want to meet them. "There's a lot of Anglophiles here," says Kawaja. So every couple of months, she gives singles from both sides of the pond a chance to meet and mingle at a BritSingles Party. "There's a natural rapport among the Brits, but Americans want them, too," she claims. The next party will be held tonight from 8 to 11 p.m. at Lord Nelson Pub and Eatery, 320 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale. Cover is $7. Call 954-565-3429.