This Week's Day-by-Day Picks
Isadora Duncan may be best remembered for her freakish death: Her long, iridescent scarf, trailing out of her speeding roadster, got stuck in the spokes of a back wheel and strangled her. It was a shocking ending to a shocking life. Duncan, now considered the mother of modern dance, fascinated observers both on and off the stage. Bored with stiff movements that characterized dance at the turn of the 20th Century, Duncan combined fluid, natural movement with carefree athleticism (skipping, leaping, running). Duncan was also a feminist; she did not believe in marriage and had two children out of wedlock by two different men. The show celebrating her life is aptly titled "Isadora. No Apologies." Lori Bellilove & Company perform at 8 p.m. today, Friday, and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (1770 Monroe St., Hollywood). Call 954-921-3274.
When the DJ starts blasting "Hot in Herre" by Nelly, go ahead and take off all your clothes. Down to your swimsuit, anyway. Such behavior is appropriate -- expected, even -- at Lake Worth Beach, where the city hosts the last of its seasonal bonfires on the beach at 7 p.m. After you've thanked the cops for shutting off the parking meters, examined the merchandise in the beachfront shops, and helped the firemen toss wooden pallets into the flames, ask the DJ to play "Bye, Bye, Bye" and dedicate it to winter. Shed the obligatory tear for the 65-degree temps we won't see for a while, and then get back to the party. Spin the R. Kelly and sing loud, sing proud: "I'm like 'So, what? I'm drunk'/It's the freakin' weekend, baby/I'm about to have me some fun!" The beach is located at Lake Worth Road and A1A, Lake Worth. Call 561-533-7359.
The principle of Kujichagulia, translated as "self-determination," is a fundamental tenet of the Kwanzaa holiday, which dedicates its second day solely to the belief that one should control all aspects of his or her identity and lifestyle. And for gay and lesbian African-Americans, the idea of self-determination is a cornerstone of their existence in a society that's not always the bastion of tolerance it should be. To celebrate Kujichagulia, Gay Black Pride South Florida holds several artistic and cultural events Saturday at different locations in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the opening celebration (which includes a free open bar!), the organization, together with the International Fellowship of Independent Churches, sponsors an ecumenical church service, an award ceremony, a daytime picnic, and a club event. Call 954-772-4056.
The Florida orange: It has long been a staple of the American breakfast and a faithful bedside companion when you've got a cold. Just slice it, peel it, and eat it. But how often does it end up on your dinner plate? Actually, there are lots of meals you can make using our state fruit: orange chicken, orange soufflé, orange meringue pie, mandarin orange cake, and the myriad sauces you can create to top just about anything. Maybe you have your own favorite recipe, in which case you should drop by the "Orange Cook-Off Contest" at Davie Town Hall (6591 Orange Dr., Davie), part of the 67th-annual "Orange Blossom Festival." Orange pork chops, roast beef and moro orange salad with citrus dressing... Before long, you'll be the Bubba Gump of orange dishes. The judging starts at 1 p.m. Orange you excited? Call 954-791-8693.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better-known as revered author Dr. Seuss, has fascinated countless children with his star-bellied Sneetches and foxes in socks. Who else could write one of the most acclaimed children's books ever (Green Eggs and Ham) using only 50 words? While the good doctor's been dead for more than a decade, he continues to inspire generations from the great Whoville in the sky. His 100th birthday will be celebrated throughout the world on March 2, but the Boca Raton Public Library (200 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton), lights the candles a day early for its "Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash" beginning at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy some refreshments (sorry, no green eggs and ham). Only a Grinch would stay home. Call 561-393-7923.
Lauren Greenberg was "horrified, like everybody else" about the 2000 presidential election debacle. But did she just sit at home in Boston, making fun of things George W. Bush would say -- like "It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it"? No! She hopped a plane to Palm Beach County to film the madness. The result: her documentary, Trouble in Paradise, which follows five Floridians whose lives were drastically changed by that election. Greenberg's subjects include Thomas Johnson, a pastor who filed a lawsuit to reinstate the voting rights of 620,000 ex-felons, and Bob Kunst, who was motivated to run for office using the slogan "No More Bushit." Trouble in Paradise premieres at the Carefree Theatre (2000 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach) at 7 tonight. Greenberg sticks around for a Q&A after the screening. Admission costs $10. Call 561-833-7305.
Dana Carvey's coming to town, and he wants to pump (clap) you up! The Emmy Award-winning comedian and Saturday Night Live alumnus drops by the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) to help exercise your funny bone. Carvey is best-known for his memorable SNL characters, such as Church Lady, Wayne's World cohost Garth, and Hans, the accented bodybuilder, as well as his numerous celebrity impersonations, including George Burns, Mickey Rooney, and George H.W. Bush -- the latter earning Carvey an invitation to the White House. Just imagine what it's like being invited to dine with the President after you've impersonated him on network television. If it were Bill Clinton, the prospect might seem like a wild night on the town; but the elder George Bush? Well, you'd be guaranteed a broccoli-free night and maybe a few words on "the vision thing" over the pie la mode. The show starts at 8 p.m. Call 561-832-7469.
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