Just a Phase

Lunafest passes through

SAT 11/6

What? No Jet Li movies at Lunafest?
Mike Gorman
What? No Jet Li movies at Lunafest?
What the !@#$?
What the !@#$?
The dark continent lightens up!
Mike Gorman
The dark continent lightens up!

How can you perk up downtrodden women without stuffing thousands of plastic surgery dollars into their chest compartments? Easy. Go to the movies. Lunafest -- a national showing of short films by, for, and about women -- explores the mysterious craters and dark sides of the gender gap. In Little Black Boot, a girl goes all drag king to win the heart of a prom princess with the help of a fairy godfather. In La Milpa/The Cornfield, 93-year-old Angela remembers the social rejection she suffered as a result of her Mexican Revolution romance. Other shorts include bra-training by a Jewish grandmother and group therapy for Cinderella. This celebration of strong, sexy women of all ages, cultures, and sexual orientations gives the audience a soul-soothing, Botox-free lift. The light of this traveling moon festival shines down on the Delray Beach Playhouse (950 NW Ninth St., Delray Beach) at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The $35 ticket includes a meal and a raffle. Proceeds help fight breast cancer. Call 800-696-8349. Lunafest will also be presented at Fort Lauderdale's Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St. ) at 5 p.m. November 13. Tickets for that showing cost $20. Call 954-525-FILM, or visit www.lunabar.com/lunafest. -- Julienne Gage

On a (Hand) Roll

"Sushi for Dummies"

SAT 11/6

Do you think "wasabi" is Mr. Miyagi's first name? Do you think a hand roll is an Atkins-friendly substitute for bread? If so... well, quite frankly, you're not so smart. But there's hope for you yet: the "Sushi for Dummies" class. Learn about this popular cuisine from master sushi chef Mark Lee on Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. at Grumpy Dick's Seafood Grill & Bar (801 S. University Dr., Plantation). Students in the class will get to sample Lee's creations and enjoy a glass of sake (which rhymes with rocky, Einstein). You can take a sushi mat home afterward to show others how to wrap small chunks of raw fish in the icky green stuff you see at the bottom of the ocean. Does that sound tasty or what? The class costs $20. Call 954-452-1952 to register. -- Jeff Glauser

Trashy Magazine

A heartbreaking work of staggering genius

THU 11/4

"Beat up pillow. Hide from yourself. Brush hair the wrong way. Run into a wall. Pretend you're on a talk show. Tape mouth. Spin. Clean up." This list was written by a child. It was dropped somewhere in Boulder, Colorado, picked up by a stranger, and sent to the office of Found magazine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was published alongside other funny, heartbreaking, and just plain weird items -- photos, notes, ticket stubs, napkin doodles -- that were discovered on streets, in abandoned houses, and on subways around the world. Magazine founder Davy Rothbart (who brilliantly parlayed his idea into a book deal and regular stints on National Public Radio) comes to Dada (52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach) with lots of stories at 8 p.m. Thursday. Bring something you found. Call 561-330-3232, or visit www.foundmagazine.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon

Out of Africa

FRI 11/5

There won't be any elephants, but you can find nearly every other hard-to-get African product at the African Cultural Fair and Expo Friday and Saturday. About 150 vendors are coming across the Atlantic to show their wares -- everything from shea butter to antelope headdresses -- at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa (250 Racquet Club Rd., Weston). There will be free beauty makeovers and workshops and a fashion show benefiting AIDS victims. Call 954-217-9600. -- Deirdra Funcheon

 
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