Night & Day

April 8-14, 1999

April 13
Growing up in Miami, comedian Rita Rudner didn't venture to historic Hialeah Park to see the horseraces. "I rode horses at summer camp when I was a kid," she told The Blood Horse interactive online magazine. "I never had any in-depth conversation with one, though. They're not big on witticisms." But now she and her husband, screenwriter-director Martin Bergman, own thoroughbreds, so don't be surprised if equine jokes show up in her standup routine. In her girlish whisper of a voice, Rudner delivers wry observations on daily life, which these days involves the ponies. "The more I know about [horseracing], the more exciting it gets," she told the industry mag. "And the more I think about it -- like 'Ah, this jockey is riding this horse again. He must like him very much.' -- the more interesting it gets." A subject with which Rudner is more familiar, relationships, is the topic of her book Rita Rudner's Guide to Men, which offers more real-life observations: Women like clothes, men like cars; Rudner likes cars because they take her to clothes. The comedian performs tonight at 8 p.m. at the Coral Springs City Centre Theatre, 255 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. Ticket prices are $17.50 and $27.50. Call 954-344-5990.

April 14
It sounds like a dream: a three-hour ride with 20 of your best friends on a yacht, during which hors d'oeuvres and wine are served, the food provided by chefs Gianni Respinto of Darrel and Oliver's East City Grill, Oliver Saucy of Cafe Maxx, Mark Militello of Mark's Las Olas, and Bryce Latham of Blue Moon Fish Co. Actually, it could happen. But only if you're the highest bidder for the trip being auctioned at Taste of the Nation, the annual gala fundraiser to combat hunger. More than 45 area chefs -- including those taking part in the dream trip -- will prepare specialties for this year's Perrier-Jouët Fleur de Champagne Chef's reception ($115 per person; 6 p.m.) and the main taste event ($55-$65, 7 p.m.) at the Broward County Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Also up for bid, during live and silent auctions, are California winery tour packages, rare wines, and sports memorabilia, including a Joe DiMaggio-autographed baseball. Proceeds will benefit local food banks and Share Our Strength, a national antihunger organization. Call 888-633-9861, ext 456.

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