Peace!

Human rights groups demand peace, justice, and a day at the beach

SUN 9/7

When our dearly beloved commander in chief landed on that aircraft carrier with a big "Mission Accomplished" banner behind him to declare major fighting over, we were at once pleased with the results and nauseated by the photo op. Pity that those "results" were a bit overrated -- more people have died since the announced end of major fighting than died in the actual combat phase. Can you say quagmire?

Well, the folks with the Broward Antiwar Coalition sure can. Heck, they were saying it before this whole mess in Iraq started. And now that the antiwar dissent about "winning an easy war but facing an impossible peace" seems to be vindicated, that group along with more than 25 other antiwar, political, and human rights groups rally to bring the troops home. A mile-long march begins at 6 p.m. at Hollywood Beach North Park and ends at Hollywood Beach Theater (Broadwalk and Johnson Street, Hollywood). Events at the theater include speeches, music, entertainment, a large drumming circle, and featured speaker attorney Lynne Stewart. Admission is free. Call 954-817-4392, or visit antiwarbroward.org. -- Dan SweeneySAT 9/6Moonlight Movie Madness

The free film screenings at Huizenga Plaza (southeast corner of Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale) reach a pinnacle of achievement this month with the screening of Young Frankenstein, the greatest Mel Brooks comedy ever -- yes, it even beats Blazing Saddles, or so we say. Denying his horrific heritage, young Dr. Frankenstein (pronounced "frahnk-en-steen," not "frank-en-stine"), played by Gene Wilder, travels to his infamous grandfather's castle, there to suddenly gain an obsessive desire to continue his ancestor's work once he spies his grandfather's dusty tome, How I Did It. The result is a grunting groaning Peter Boyle, whose rendition of "Puttin' on the Ritz" is one of the great triumphs of Brooks' filmmaking career. Should've won an award. Show starts at 8 p.m. Call 954-760-9898. -- Dan Sweeney

SAT 9/6In Cars

Watch out for flying testosterone

As if South Florida weren't already auto-obsessed, Rick Case Auto presents "Music, Cycles, Cars and Stars." What exactly does that entail, you ask? Well, if you think your car or motorcycle is hot stuff, you can enter it in the event's judged competition for a chance to win $10,000 in prizes. But wait -- there's more. Country songstress Patty Loveless, Blue October, Frankie J, Zay, and Strawberri all perform, and Party 93.1 DJs are on hand to spin the dance jams, yo. Other attractions include family activities, a car cleaning clinic, 101.5 Lite FM's karaoke finals, and Mark Martin's number 6 Viagra NASCAR! The festivities kick off at noon at the Office Depot Center, 1 Panthers Pkwy., Sunrise, and tickets cost $50. Parking is free. Call 954-377-7419. -- Audra Schroeder

 
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