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Markings, musings, and... haiku?

SAT 12/10

Hanne Niederhausen is obsessed with shape, line, and mark-making in general. For this German-born Boca Raton resident, inspiration comes in the form of dance and music, as well as from her love of books, printing, and even the gentle curvature of calligraphy. Niederhausen brings a sense of adventure into exploration of the beauty of every word, line, or shape. Keith Bradley started his career as a chef. Today, he is whipping up whimsical masterpieces in the form of creative creatures. The award-winning artist is best-known for his metallic sculptures of horses, bulls, cats, and dogs that often end up in the public arena or simply in someone's front yard. Liana Moonie explores the art of restriction by taking an idea and compressing it through the beauty of haiku. In this simple form, the aesthetic quality — the essential gem of the idea — shines through. Combined with painting, Moonie unfolds a thought-provoking work of art. So what do these disparate artists share? Well, the Coral Springs Museum of Art (2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs) has found a way to combine their styles into one exhibit, which opens Saturday and runs through February 18. Call 954-340-5000, or visit — Rachel Galvin

Huda Known?

Hairy trumpet player gets the chick

THU 12/8

The conflict in the Middle East is easy to ignore, so long as it remains an impersonal fight resplendent with car bombs, grenade launchers, and warriors whose names are hard to pronounce. But when you look at it through the eyes of a Christian-Arab woman named Huda, who falls for a hairy, homely, short — yet charming! — Russian Jewish trumpet player who just moved to her Israeli town, well, then the conflict becomes a little more intriguing and understandable. Set in Haifa in 1982, just before Israel invaded Lebanon, A Trumpet in the Wadi is an Israeli film based on an acclaimed novel of the same name. It manages to find humor and tenderness in a sad and complicated situation, and it screens tonight as part of the Maroone Moonlight Movies series at Anniversary Park (20th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood). It's free and starts at 7 p.m. Visit — Deirdra Funcheon

This Blows

But that's a good thing

THU 12/8

At the Habatat Galleries (608 Banyan Trl., Boca Raton), glass becomes both practical and beautiful. Now in its 23rd year, the annual "Contemporary Glass" exhibit features the exquisite work of more than 60 artists from all over the world, demonstrating some 400-plus glass-blown art pieces, including an eight-foot chandelier by the groundbreaking and glitzy Dale Chihuly. On Thursday and Friday, a chartered bus takes visitors to see more of Chihuly' s influential works at Fairchild Gardens in Miami. Meanwhile, informal lectures are presented every half hour at the gallery, and William Carlson gives a glass-blowing demonstration. You have until January 7 to check out the exhibit. Don't blow it. Call 561-241-4544, or visit — Rachel Galvin

Zoom Suit Riot

SAT 12/10

The Coconut Creek Community Center (1100 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek) gets an Area 51-style makeover Saturday as the animated film Zoom Suit takes the screen. It's the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers an alien battle suit — one with secret powers. Isn't that every adolescent's fantasy? The free screening of Zoom Suit begins at 7 p.m., followed by Polar Express. Call 954-545-6670. — Jason Budjinski

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Deirdra Funcheon
Rachel Galvin
Jason Budjinski

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