Night & Day

February 11 - 17, 1999

february 16
Novelist and screenwriter Susan Isaacs (Compromising Positions) knows the movie business and she has a beef about it. (Uh, who doesn't?) Her quarrel: Films like Thelma and Louise and G.I. Jane aside, Hollywood is loath to portray today's women as the strong creatures they really are. She argues that point and many others regarding feminism in popular culture in her new book, Brave Dames and Wimpettes: What Women Are Really Doing on the Page and Screen. She reads from her latest work at 8:00 tonight at Books & Books, 296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408. (NK)

february 17
Hard to believe it's so tough to get a decent bagel in this town, when areas such as Miami Beach boast a rich and varied Jewish history. After World War II, half of the Beach's 40,000 population was Jewish, but life was far from paradise. During those years outright discrimination flourished. Many hotels, country, and social clubs were "restricted," meaning they openly barred Jews from their premises; that is, until residents made a stink and local and state ordinances were passed making discrimination based on religion and race illegal. Jewish institutions began growing slowly and Jews joined the political fray, with fourteen serving as mayor. Learn more about the Beach's fascinating Jewish yesterday and today at the exhibition Deco to Deli: The Jews of Miami Beach: 1945-Present, which runs through May 5 at the Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-672-5044. (

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