Won't You Be My Neighbor?

FRI 6/20

Game show fanatics, unite! Robby Kendall has created a completely original game show called Know Thy Neighbor. Kendall, who also wrote and directed the popular local play Victoria Place, takes four couples -- two straight, one gay male, and one gay female -- and pits them against one another to see who knows the most about their neighbors. "I liked the idea of a game show that could be marketed towards mainstream audiences as well," Kendall says. "Everyone wonders what their neighbors do behind closed doors." The show's questions are split up into four categories to enlighten, or possibly to embarrass, the four couples. "There's a category called 'In the Mind,' which is essentially trivia questions from geography to Will and Grace, and the couples have to choose who won't know the answer," Kendall explains. "The other three categories deal with how the couples met and with money and bedroom issues. The couples have to choose which other couple they think fits the description, based on a preshow interview we've done. For instance, one of our couples exchanged rings at the Eiffel Tower. The other contestants have to figure out who it might be." The team that thinks it knows the most could win free massages, complimentary movie tickets, or even cold, hard cash. This ain't no Newlywed Game. And don't expect Charles Nelson Reilly, either. Know Thy Neighbor premieres at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (1717 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) at 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per ticket, $15 per couple. Call 954-525-7703. -- Audra Schroeder

THU 6/19

Collecting Boca

The Boca Raton Museum of Art (Mizner Park, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) should bring in both connoisseurs of fine art and dilettante browsers with its easily recognized names and its variety of works. "Boca Raton Collects: Selections from the Isadore Friedman Collection" features more than 40 works by prominent names such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Roy Lichtenstein, Red Grooms, and Larry Rivers. Showing at the same time is the "52nd Annual All Florida Competition," an exhibit of 100 works from Floridian artists, and "Diaspora: Homelands in Exile," which includes 25 black-and-white pictures from Frederic Brenner's photographic record of Jewish life around the world. The exhibits are on display through August 17. Call 561-392-2500. -- Dan Sweeney

SAT 6/21


Getting sleepy... sleepy... don't smoke!

Are you a chain smoker? Morbidly obese, perhaps? Or maybe you quit smoking only to gain 40 pounds, you porker. Well, if any of these situations applies to you, North Broward Medical Center (201 E. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach) may have your answer. The center holds hypnosis programs for smoking cessation and weight reduction this Saturday, the former from 10 a.m. to noon and the latter from 1 to 3 p.m. For the first 45 minutes, participants get a free orientation to decide whether they want to "go under." After that, $59 gets you a hypnosis session, a behavior modification booklet, audiocassettes to listen to at home, and unlimited free repetitions if the hypnosis shouldn't take. We'll reserve some level of skepticism toward hypnosis, but with a free orientation and unlimited return sessions, this may be the best bet for true believers. Call 800-848-2822. -- Dan Sweeney

THU 6/19

Naked in the Stacks

Men let it all hang out

In galleries and in advertising, gorgeous guys are stripped down to their bare essentials. For all this arty exposure of the male physique, we can thank women's liberation.

That's the opinion of author and performer David Leddick, a South Florida resident who's written several books on the subject of naked men. He says there's a parallel between women's level of power and the popularity of nude male images.

Leddick and Fort Lauderdale photographer Dennis Dean will discuss the subject of naked men in art and advertising at the Broward County Main Library (100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) at 7 p.m.

"This is not an evening for gay men to talk about male nudes,'' Leddick says. "This is an evening for everybody to discuss the importance of the emergence of the male nude in our world today." -- Patti Roth

FRI 6/20

Red, White, and Tableaux

Countless people have seen the painting of three customers lost in thought at an all-night diner, illuminated only by fluorescent lights. Edward Hopper's Nighthawks is a simplistic, stark rendering of American life, yet it has become a classic. The Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St., Miami) gets down to basics with its new exhibit, "American Tableaux." This little slice of Americana art features paintings, installations, prints, and photographs from artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Kara Walker, and Hopper and explores the mythic, epic, and homegrown aspects of American life, from the early 20th Century to the present. The exhibit runs until September 7. Call 305-375-3000, or visit www.miamiartmuseum.org. -- Audra Schroeder

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