Until Sigourney Weaver portrayed primatologist Dian Fossey in the 1988 film Gorillas in the Mist, Dr. Jane Goodall -- one of Fossey's mentors -- was a familiar name mostly to those in zoology circles. Through information provided in the movie, subsequent published works, and a scientific study proving that the genetic makeup of a human is only one percent different than that of a chimp (which explains your ex-'s behavior), primatology became more popular. Now even a monkey's uncle knows that, when it comes to chimp knowledge, Goodall is the world's ape authority.
Thursday, the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) hosts "An Evening with Jane Goodall," beginning with a 6:30 p.m. showing of the IMAX film Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees. In the film, Goodall ventures into the world of chimps living in Tanzania as they hunt, play, and communicate. Afterwards, she will conduct a Q&A and make herself available for handshaking and literate conversation. Tickets to the event cost $150, with proceeds benefiting both the museum and the Jane Goodall Institute, a global nonprofit. Special screenings of the film will also be available to the public on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to another IMAX film that day. Call 954-713-0930. -- Riki Altman
And guerrilla projection
When filmmaker Gary Davis wants to make a movie, he doesn't worry about no stinkin' permits. If he wants to run through the mall with "robbers" shooting "guns," he doesn't notify the security guards; he just does it. If he wants to meet a bunch of "vampires" at Taco Bell in a limousine, he doesn't ask some chihuahua to give the nod; he just does it. And when he wants to show his movies, he doesn't wait for a Hollywood distribution deal. He just commandeers the projection at Boynton Cinemas (9764 S. Military Trl., Boynton Beach). At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Davis shows A Sinner's Prayer, about a Christian crime boss. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, he shows Sweet and Innocent. And Friday, he premieres his martial arts action film, Jade and the White Tiger. This, Davis says, will be "a big Hollywood-type opening night with airplane searchlights, limos, the stars of the movies, and so on." Call 561-795-6339 or the cinema: 561-366-7500. -- Deirdra Funcheon
The Write Stuff
Wolfe it down
Often appearing in his trademark white suit, "new journalist" daddy -- and dandy -- Tom Wolfe is in town to talk up "The Third Millennium and the Spirit of the Age" at the Society of the Four Arts (2 Four Arts Plz., Palm Beach) at 3 p.m.Tuesday. Wolfe has chronicled the ages of late 20th-century man through pioneering literary journalism like The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (about '60s drug culture) and The Right Stuff (which followed jet jocks and astronauts), as well as through popular literary fiction bestsellers like The Bonfire of the Vanities (about the greedy '80s) and the current I Am Charlotte Simmons (about college co-eds). Tickets are $25 (free for Four Arts members). Visit www.fourarts.org or call 561-655-7226. -- Dave Amber
The Man, the Ego, the Mustache!
Before Bill O'Reilly, there was ABC News fixture John Stossel -- owner of a self-righteous 'tude and a broom-like 'stache. The 20/20 co-anchor and author of Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media comes to Florida Atlantic University (777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton) at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a talk sponsored by Freedomworks.org. The talk is free -- but freedom isn't. Call 561-392-4432. -- Deirdra Funcheon