Slick Stuff

Lake Worth needs earplugs!

FRI 10/21 Sure, a movie called Blow Me could be about a lot of things. But since it springs from the quirky cranium of Lake Worth's merry prankster Kenny 5, there's nothing prurient or suggestive about its content. "Brutal hurricane footage with noise" is how he describes it. Blow Me will be one of 15 short films Kenny will show at his festival called "Slicker Than a Weasel, Grimy as a Nelly," an assortment of underground cinematic weirdness from all over the country. Contributors range from 6 to 46 years old and include some of the kids Kenny taught at the now-defunct Palm Beach Institute for Contemporary Art. Expect some primitive lo-fidelity animation, "disgruntled robots and monsters," a couple of films from Kenny's old Motor City comrade Warn Defever (of His Name Is Alive fame), unspecified "surprises," and plenty of free popcorn. Bear in mind, since it's Kenny 5 at the controls, things could get noisy. "Slicker Than a Weasel" takes over the Klein Dance Performance Space (811 Lake Ave., Lake Worth) for two showings on Friday, first at 8 and then at 10 p.m. Admission is $5, and seating is limited; call 561-586-1889 to reserve seats, or e-mail majicrobotfilms@earthlink.net. Jeff Stratton

Lend Some Hope

And some cash too

THU 10/20 La Ceiba, Honduras, may not be a common sight on the nightly news. It may not have suffered a hurricane, earthquake, or a U.S.-led invasion. But the poverty is just as real, which is why a group of Miami residents came together to form La Ceiba Project. Operating through the Grameen Foundation, La Ceiba Project raises money so Honduran women can educate themselves and become self-sufficient entrepreneurs. This Thursday, the organization employs the help of local artists for "Art Lends Hope," which takes place at Alpine Jaguar (6606 N. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale). The $25 admission benefits La Ceiba Project and includes an art show, live auction, cocktail reception, and open bar. The art show features locals like Lauri Blank and a "20th Century Masters Collection," including signed prints by Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and more. Blank is on hand to sign her works. The show starts at 7 p.m. Call 305-751-5005. Jason Budjinski

Who Are You Wearing?

Marrero knows

THU 10/20 If the self-esteem vacuum that is America's Next Top Model makes you reach for the remote, perhaps Carlos Marrero's illustrations will seem a stylish alternative. Since obtaining an arts degree in 1989, the Fort Lauderdale-based illustrator has padded his résumé with some of the biggest clients a freelancer could hope for, including stores (Abercrombie & Fitch, Neiman Marcus), magazines (People, Vogue), and newspapers (New York Times, Miami Herald). Marrero not only has an eye for fashion but a keen knowledge of the female figure. So who needs Janice Dickinson? An exhibit of Marrero's illustrations is on display now through October 29 at Stork's Café (2505 NE 15th Ave., Wilton Manors). Call 954-567-3220. — Jason Budjinski

All's Well with Allsburg

TUE 10/25 It's safe to say that author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg knows success. After decades of watching the awards pile up, two of his books became blockbuster movies — The Polar Express and Jumanji, which includes Monkeys on Table (above). A Van Allsburg exhibit opens Tuesday at the Armory Art Center of the Palm Beaches (1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach) and runs through November 19. Call 561-832-1776. — Jason Budjinski

 
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