She has no problem grilling politicians on TV, but ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts does have a soft side, which she reveals in her new book, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters. If you're Roberts, that's a good thing: Her 82-year-old mom, Lindy Boggs, is the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. But the book isn't about keeping up with a firebrand mom. The thin volume of anecdotes and inspirational stories is for women like Roberts, who early on was a working mom balancing family and career. One story recounts how Roberts searched frantically for a baby sitter while on deadline for a National Public Radio piece she was writing on the 1978 Panama Canal Treaty. Roberts will speak at 8 p.m. at the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center (9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton). General admission tickets cost $20, $50 for preferential seating and dinner. Call 561-852-3259.
Unlike other monsters, vampires don't just attack their victims; they seduce them with personality and charm, then get what they want -- blood. In the hands of edgy playwright Steven Dietz, Bram Stoker's book about the most famous vampire of all becomes the humorous yet horrific stage version, Dracula. Dietz's interpretation depicts turn-of-the-century London as a society obsessed with sex and titillated by pagan ritual. But when Count Dracula turns up, they get more than they bargained for. The Palm Beach Community College Theatre Program presents Dracula today through November 1 at the Duncan Theatre, 4200 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices range from $5 to $12. Call 561-439-8141.