Boca's got the je ne sais quoi

WED 6/29

Invited to gawp at the surreal boulevards of gay Paree through the lusty lens of a brilliant photographer, you see it as an opportunity to fantasize about sipping absinthe with your ex-patriate Jazz Age friends. But, alas, you're no Hemingway -- rather, just another ugly American inspired more by the likes of Steve Martin as you order escargots only to ask the waiter why there are snails on your plate. Still, you can linger awhile on the banks of the Seine by catching the featured works of revered Parisian shutterbugs Robert Doisneau (1912 to 1994) and Brassaï (1899 to 1984), whose exhibits open Wednesday at the Boca Raton Museum of Art (501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton). Their scene-setting photo-realism is more than a vicarious visit to Paris; it's a trip to the very edge of the artistic world... without the distracting air sickness (or that legendary attitude). -- John Shannon

Also opening Wednesday is the 54th Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, the state's oldest juried art exhibit, featuring roughly 1,000 pieces.

All three exhibits run through August 28. Admission costs $8 but is free on Wednesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. Call 561-392-2500, or visit

Taped Crusader

B.G. -- Before Gibson

SAT 6/25

What do Hitler's autograph, a fast-paced romp through Europe, and a cup full of Jesus' blood have in common? No, it's not the newest Dan Brown novel; it's the 62nd-highest-grossing movie of all time -- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which you can see for free Saturday night. This is the last of the trilogy that will answer the questions you've been pondering since the second movie was released 21 years ago: What made Indy scared of snakes? Why is he named after the Hoosier state? And where did he get his hat? The film is shown at Huizenga Plaza (corner of Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale) as part of the Maroone Moonlight Movie series. Bring a chair or blanket, and don't forget cash to buy snacks; the proceeds benefit local charities. The screening starts at 7 p.m. Call 954-525-3456, or visit -- Jake Smith

Trash Collectors

One man's art

THU 6/23

Yoko Ono displays a decomposing apple as an art piece. Velvet paintings of wide-eyed children that used to be yard-sale staples now go for big bucks on eBay. As always, art is wide open to interpretation. Local artist Joe "Ressarts" Strasser follows this idea in his pieces that, while not set for the Met, add a beating pulse of inspiration to the outsider art movement. In "Trash Art" -- on display at the RaZoo Gallery (3038 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) through July 15 -- Strasser uses such street-life essentials as musicians and strippers, using acrylic house paint on wood, canvas, and various found objects. Remember -- not everyone has curbside recycling. Call 954-663-3888. -- Terra Sullivan

School Daze

MON 6/27

Everyone knows that one guy who just won't graduate from college not because he's slow but because, well... it's too much fun. So if you're one of the so-called "nontraditional students," you can probably relate to the movie Glory Daze, which will be shown Monday at the Rose & Crown Pub (3680 W. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). The screening takes place at 10 p.m. Admission costs $4. Call 954-731-6245. -- Jason Budjinski

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Jason Budjinski
John Shannon
Jake Smith
Terra Sullivan