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What did Miró's parents do to him?

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In Barcelona, he was the man. In the art world, he was the numero uno surrealist. But before Joan Miró's tremendous success, he enrolled in business school at 14. Later, Miró quit an accounting job to dazzle the world with oodles of doodles shaped like noodles. So parents, be warned: Pushing kids toward a career of spreadsheets and risk-management meetings could lead to a life of drawing lumpy amoebas.

"He was breaking rules and boundaries, moving toward a more expressionist form of painting," says Samantha Salzinger, curator of exhibitions at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (1650 Harrison St.), where the exhibit "Joan Miró: Illustrated Books" debuts this weekend.

So should business-minded parents urge kids to corner the market on images that have no corners? Surely reading Miró's books would be a good start for how to market such ideas. Miró was involved in 250 volumes in his career, ten of which can be viewed in the traveling exhibition. Having created the books by collaborating with like-minded French poets, Miró; provided his own visual narrative, using his signature surrealist iconography.

"Joan Miró: Illustrated Books" opens at 7 p.m. Friday and runs through April 24. English translations are provided, and more than 100 of Miró's images are displayed. Call 954-921-3274, or visit -- Jason Cottrell

I See

Said the blind mountain-climber

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Because you can draw only so much inspiration from the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Unity of Delray Beach Church (101 NW 22nd St., Delray Beach) offers the monthly program "Movies with a Message," featuring films that enlighten and entertain. This Friday, the church screens the critically acclaimed documentary Farther Than the Eye Can See, which follows blind mountain-climber Erik Weihenmayer and his team during its 2001 ascent of Mount Everest. But that's not all. The second film, Click Three Times, is an amiable short about an encounter between a mentally challenged girl and her, um, fairy godmother. Hmm... sounds like something we might hear at the Michael Jackson trial. The screenings start at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a donation is welcome. Call 561-276-5796. -- Jeff Megahan

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Jason Cottrell
Jeff Megahan

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