Sure, everyone always assumed that Barbie liked Ken best they had that dream house together, and Ken always was a spiffy dresser not to mention that hair. But while Ken was upstairs perfecting his John Edwards coif and probably fantasizing about Skipper Babs was out in her dream car cruising for G.I.s, men of steel, hunky hulks. Because the truth is, dolls are for girls; a woman needs a man of action. So its no surprise that Its Not a Doll, Its an Action Figure was put together by a woman, guest curator Anna Pants, whose blog, nerdsquared.com, pays homage to the action figure. Opening with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday and running through July 31, the exhibit features photos, drawings, paintings, and other artwork depicting plastic men of action. Admission is free, and regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Located upstairs inside Tates Comics, 4566 N. University Drive in Lauderhill, the Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery is the ideal real-world place for these fictional Fabios. So Barbie, say goodbye to Ken and Hello, He-Man. Call 954-748-0181, or visit tatescomics.com/bearandbird.
Fri., June 18, 7 p.m.; Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.; Sundays, noon. Starts: June 18. Continues through July 31, 2010