The Broward County chapter of the Sierra Club gives new meaning to the concept of dining along the water. Forget about admiring the view from a patio or deck; the group's Canoe Under the Full Moon outing is much more than a moonlight paddle -- it's also a candlelight dinner. After dropping the canoes in the water at Westlake Park (751 Sheridan St., Hollywood), diners will paddle their way around the lake to build up an appetite, then gather around a larger boat. There, the club will dish out a catered dinner of lasagna, salad, and wine to munch on board the canoes, with both moonlight and candlelight supplying the ambiance. The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is suitable for both beginner and intermediate canoeists. Cost is $25 for Sierra members and $30 for nonmembers. Call 954-733-7772.
Just to prove that the holistic-healing fad has already been co-opted by big business, Omega Institute and New Age Publishing have put together the Healing the Whole Self conference. Taking place today through Sunday at the Wyndham Resort & Spa (250 Racquet Club Rd., Fort Lauderdale), it costs $299 for three days of lectures, workshops, and feel-good, mind-expanding exercises such as yoga. The seminars are led by some of the big names in alternative healing and holistic philosophy, including Maya Angelou, Marianne Williamson, and Bernie Siegel. And since almost all of the speakers have already shared their knowledge in books, a bookstore will be set up on site. But if you don't have the three C-notes needed to cultivate inner peace and wisdom, there's a cheaper option: A $65 ticket gets you in the door for tonight's conference-opening concert and lecture at Sunrise Musical Theatre (5555 NW 95th Ave., Sunrise). The evening, which begins at 7 p.m. with music by New-Age singer-songwriters David Roth and Fred Johnson, features talks by Angelou and Williamson. Call 954-389-3300 or 954-523-3309.
Giacomo Puccini's most enduring opera, La Boheme, revolves around four bohemian-type artists in 1830s Paris. To update the piece, the producers at the American Opera Music Theatre Company moved the setting to beatnik-era Greenwich Village, but the characters and story line remain the same. In the opening scene, Marcello, a painter, and Rodolfo, a poet, try to work in the cold as the last embers of a stove fire smolder. When their roommates, Colline, a philosopher, and Schaunard, a musician, return home, the group blows off the landlord -- who's come looking for the rent -- and, in true starving-artist fashion, head for the local cafe. Except for Rodolfo, that is. He stays behind and, while his friends are out, falls in love with a sickly neighbor, Mimi, whose illness eventually brings the group closer. La Boheme will be performed at 2 and 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets cost $23 (matinee) and $28 (evening). Call 561-243-3183.
In the play Fixing Frank, Jonathan is a gay therapist and his lover, Frank, is a journalist. After Jonathan discovers that one of his colleagues is offering a "cure" for homosexuality with a combination of therapy and pills, Frank puts on his investigative-reporter hat and finds that previous clients of the rogue therapist have gone berserk after his treatments. Frank's plan is to write an expose after posing as a gay guy who's unsure about his sexuality. After taking the therapist's pills, he finds himself actually questioning his sexual identity. So has he been "fixed" or brainwashed? The only way to find out is to see this timely Public Theatre production, which finishes its run at the Museum of Art Auditorium (1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) today. Prior to today, showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Today's showtimes are 2 and 7:30 p.m. A free champagne reception follows tonight's performance. Tickets cost $18. Call 954-568-2243.
At first glance they look like garbage cans that have been thrown into a golf course's sand trap by a bunch of delinquents. But if you look closer, Dennis Oppenheim's wire-mesh containers look more like giant wineglasses, which makes sense when you notice that the "garbage" pouring forth is actually pigment -- red spilling from one, white from the other, blending to form pink at the bottom of the "trap." Color Mix and other large-scale assemblages and sculptures by Oppenheim are on display at Eaton Fine Art, Inc. (435 Gardenia St., West Palm Beach) through January 3. The artist's first "earthwork," Oakland Wedge, was shown in 1967. Since then, Oppenheim has created works that address society's mix of chaos and order in ironic ways, and he's used multiple forms of media to deliver his message: body art, performance art, video, plastic, steel, glass, wood, and found objects. His show runs concurrently with "Paul Manes: Still Life & Rain." Admission is free. Call 561-833-4766.
"The Sounds and Images of Art Nouveau" is the first in a new series of concerts that mixes art with music at the Norton Museum of Art. The sounds will be provided by the new 20-piece Chamber Orchestra of the Greater Palm Beach Symphony. Conductor James Brooks-Bruzzese and symphony co-chairs John and Joan Tighe sat down with a catalog of works by Art Nouveau progenitor Alphonse Mucha (18601939) and picked selections by some of Mucha's contemporaries. Works by Elgar, Debussy, Mascagni, and Janacek will convey the mood of Mucha's works on view at the museum in "Alfonse Mucha: The Spirit of Art Nouveau." During the program Brian MacFarland, the museum's education curator, will provide background information on Mucha and show slides as the orchestra performs. The images include a series of promotional posters featuring actress Sarah Bernhardt, decorative panels with a sun-and-moon motif, and a fan featuring poppy-and-iris graphics. The Mucha exhibition remains on view through January 7. Admission to the concert, which begins at 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Wednesday, is $25. The museum is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 561-832-5194.
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