Last year, during FOTOFusion '98, news of the relationship between Monica Lewinsky and President Clinton was just beginning to surface. But this year, now that an impeachment trial is under way, that relationship is having an indirect effect on the annual convention/seminar/exhibition devoted to photography. Some of the White House press photographers scheduled to appear at FOTOFusion '99, today through January 23 in Delray Beach, are stuck in Washington, D.C., for obvious reasons. Fortunately, seminars on White House coverage will be handled by other photogs, and besides, the event offers many additional areas of interest. In fact today's opening features an appearance by Leonard Nimoy, best known as Star Trek's Mr. Spock. But he's also an accomplished photographer, and at 3 p.m. today he'll guide visitors through the gallery containing his show, "SHEKHINA: Feminine Presence of God." Other event highlights include a slide lecture by Woodstock photographer Elliot Landy on January 21, and the opening of "David Hume Kennerly: Seinfeld, The End," a show of stills shot during the filming of the ballyhooed final episode. FOTOFusion takes place at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre Museum and Gallery (55 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach), and associated exhibitions are on view at other area galleries. Most events cost $3 each, except for the Nimoy tour, which costs $60. A complete schedule of events is available at the center. Call 561-276-9797.
January 20 Dave Barry, the South Florida humor columnist and author, is getting old. Actually, he's only 50 years old, but the way he tells it, he's falling apart. "Many bad things happen when you turn 50," he writes in Dave Barry Turns 50. "You can't see; you can't hear; you can read the entire Oxford English Dictionary in the time it takes you to go to the bathroom; and you keep meeting people your own age who look like Grandpa Walton (and those are the women)." But Barry doesn't just bitch about the present; he recalls growing up in the '50s, "an age so innocent that there could be a TV show featuring a main character called the Beaver." Barry will talk about and sign copies of his book tonight at Barnes & Noble Booksellers (591 S. University Dr., Plantation). Admission to the 7:30 p.m. event is free. Call 954-723-0489.