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The Incredible Hunk

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 it’s no surprise that “It’s Not a Doll, It’s an Action Figure” was put together by a woman, guest curator Anna Pants, whose blog,, 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 Tate’s 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
Fri., June 18, 7 p.m.; Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.; Sundays, noon. Starts: June 18. Continues through July 31, 2010
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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