Beginning with her work among the chimpanzees of Tanzania in 1960 through her research while living among the chimps at the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in Africa and the eventual creation of the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 to further the study of Gombe chimps, no one has done more to further our understanding of chimpanzees than primatologist and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall. Period. Goodall is one of those lucky few who can claim to be the best in her field. She's the Jimi Hendrix, the Cy Young, of chimpanzee study. Her writings, particularly The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior, are the definitive scientific work on our closest animal relative.
Of course, Goodall is now a touch over the hill to be slogging it out in the forests among the monkeys, so instead, she's taken on a much more daunting task -- journeying from concrete jungle to concrete jungle, more than 300 days a year, in an attempt to educate students about chimps, conservation, and environmentalism. That quest takes her to Florida Atlantic University's University Center Auditorium (777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton) at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20, though FAU students and faculty can buy tickets for $15. Call 561-297-3737. -- Dan Sweeney
Writer offers "Corporal" discussion
The Schmidt Center Gallery (Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton) opens its latest exhibit, "Corporal: Contemporary Women Artists from Latin America," on Saturday. The exhibition focuses on female Latin American artists who use the physical body as a means to explore other issues, including life and death, myth, and sociopolitical topics. While "Corporal" is on display through January 24, the university celebrates the opening with a lecture from writer Elena Poniatowska at 7 p.m. Friday at FAU's University Theatre (777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton). Poniatowska, whose works have focused on the problems facing women and the poor in Mexico, discusses "The Literature that Springs from the Streets." Her own work is a fine example of what can come from studying people on the street and seeing what one finds. Four honorary doctorates, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Mexican National Prize for Literature can't all be wrong, after all. The lecture is free. Call 561-297-2724. -- Dan Sweeney
Two Thumbs Up
Film critic gets cancer, writes autobiography for son, doesn't die
Long-time Good Morning America film critic and entertainment editor Joel Siegel has dodged two cancer-ridden bullets now, though at one point, he felt his survival was iffy enough to warrant the autobiography Lessons for Dylan, chronicling his life and adventures in journalism for his son. Happily, he can tell the kid about all that on his own now, though the book remains a fine autobiography. Siegel comes to the David Posnack Jewish Community Center (5850 Pine Island Rd., Davie) to discuss the work at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $25. Siegel appears as keynote speaker for Jewish Book Month, though more than a dozen other authors appear throughout October and November. Call 954-434-0499. -- Dan Sweeney
Sugar with Your Tea?
The ninth-annual "Tea Dance and Drag Show" takes place at Kashmir (1651 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach) to raise funds for the "AIDS Walk for Life" in December. There might not be actual tea, but the Divas, an eight-man drag troupe, put on a bona fide show featuring all your favorite hits from the '70s, the '80s, and today. Show starts at 4 p.m. and costs $10. Call 561-472-3022. -- Audra Schroeder