Long before tabloids hit the newsstands in England, the Japanese were scrutinizing their own version of royalty. When Japan's military regime was overthrown in 1868, power was restored to the royal family in the person of a young, progressive Meiji Emperor. His openness allowed Western culture to wash over Japan, and soon Victorian carpets and Western-style fabrics, chandeliers, and architecture were adopted. The emperor's palace was one of the first places to get a makeover, and his adoring public, not allowed inside, hungered for glimpses of his pad and his lifestyle. Artists brought them images in the form of woodblock prints, many of which were published in magazines and newspapers. More than 60 of them are on view in "Imaging Meiji: Emperor and Era, 1868-1912 Japanese Woodblock Prints From the Collection of Jean S. and Frederick A. Sharf." The exhibit remains on view through April 4 at the Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach. Admission prices range from $2 to $4.25. Call 561-495-0233.
The book "Let's Face It, Men Are $$#%\$": What Women Can Do About It sounds like a male basher, and at 300 pages the hardcover version could do some damage if used as a weapon. But it was actually written by two men, psychologist Barry L. Duncan and coauthor Joseph W. Rock, who target a female audience. With years of counseling experience, Duncan suggests why some women are drawn to problematic men, whom he places in categories such as the Ice Man, Don Juan, and the Mama's Boy. The book provides descriptions of each type as well as tips on how to build self-esteem and end destructive relationships. Duncan will talk about and autograph copies of the book at 7:30 p.m. at Liberties Fine Books, 888 Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Call 954-522-6789.