Max Mermelstein is said to be the greatest informant in U.S. law enforcement history, but the man who brought down the Medillin cocaine cartel had vanished into the FBI Witness Protection Program for a quarter-century when filmmaker Brett Tabor went on a quest to find Mermelstein and tell his story in a major motion picture. In this week's New Times feature, Gus Garcia-Roberts tells the story, which is soon to be a movie, of The Man Who Made It Snow.
In Stage, Brandon K. Thorp reviews The Year of Magical Thinking, a play based on Joan Didion's book of the same, about coming to terms with the death of her husband.
Fashion photographer Richard Avedon's works are being displayed at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. New Times art critic Michael Mills notes the flair that Avedon had for capturing personality in a picture, not just for his celebrity subjects but in nameless models.
Xaviera Hollander has a flair all her own. The self-described "Happy Hooker" will be a special guest at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Monday night, for a book signing and screening of her autobiography's film adaptation. Riki Altman previews it in this week's Night & Day section.