The Far Side

Lost souls, past lives revisited

SAT 1/24

In Frank Capra's 1937 classic, Lost Horizon, our handsome protagonist Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) is haunted by a strange feeling of déjà vu while lost in the Himalayan utopia, Shangri-La. "I sense I've been here before," he tells the beautiful doe-eyed Sondra (Jane Wyatt). "Everything is somehow familiar."

The strapping leading man is overwhelmed by the beauty all around him. He's puzzled after being kidnapped by a gun-wielding Chinaman and brought there. He's even more confused by feeling at ease in the new and exotic paradise. Yet one question keeps gnawing at him.

Why was he brought there? He searches the luscious Sondra for an answer.

"You've always been a part of Shangri-La without knowing it," she utters moments before they kiss.

The silver-screen lovers would fit right in at the Body, Mind, and Spirit Expo this weekend at the Coconut Grove Expo Center (2700 S. Bayshore Dr.), where an army of psychics, yogis, and angels (yes, angels) can help sort out human dilemmas. There may even be a sherpa or two channeled from Capra's mythical paradise.

Featured lecturers such as Karon Korp will be on hand to "awaken your spiritual memory." According to the catalogue, Korp heard a thunderous voice in her bedroom that told her of the 12 keys to enlightenment. (Sorry, sour-apple martinis did not make the list.)

Healing meditations, tantric meditations, and soul therapy meditations from Ani, a Buddhist nun from the church of Shambhala, will be offered as well as a dose of Divine Intervention Spontaneous Remission, billed as "the loudest, most specific prayer that calls together the forces of nature."

Sounds like fun.

Best of all you can get pictures of your aura, before and after it is aligned to connect directly with "the sacred heart of God." Think of it as a metaphysical makeover. But there's no guarantee of your winding up smooching with a gorgeous Himalayan nymph.

The expo opens at 10:30 a.m. today and Sunday, January 25. Admission is $8. Call 541-482-3722. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Bow Wowed

Pooch Parade

SAT 1/24 On television dogs are celebrities, seemingly everywhere -- commercials for more than just puppy chow, long-running sitcoms like Frasier, reality shows if you consider The Osbournes and their overflowing house/kennel, and even music videos if you're hip to foul-mouthed puppet Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's latest tune, "I Keed." In Miami Beach this weekend a certain kind of dog -- dachshunds -- will be flying. Not to worry, the toxic silicone fumes swirling through the air haven't helped them sprout wings. The big-schnozzed pups will just be held aloft by their owners as they serenade them with the "Dach Song" and then take them on a stroll around Lummus Park (Ocean Drive and 9th Street). It's all part of the 2nd annual Dachshund WinterFest, not a starchy dog show but "a social gathering of dachshunds and their people" says founder Ruth Remington (owner of dachsie Audrey Hepburn, above). Remington, a transplanted New Yorker, was inspired by the twice-yearly celebrations she and Audrey used to attend in Washington Square Park. Now local dachsies have their chance to bask in the sun. The fest begins at noon. Admission is free. Call 305-695-2744. -- By Nina KormanWell Cultivated

Gables gives market lots of class

SAT 1/24 Leave it to the pristine City of Coral Gables to take something casual like a farmers' market and make it into a rigidly scheduled affair. The city must be doing something right, though: The event is entering its 13th year. Among the produce, flowers, plants, and gourmet goodies are classes galore. At 9:00 a.m. local experts conduct gardening workshops. Cooking demonstrations are held courtesy of local restaurants like Mundo, Les Halles, and Chispa at 10:00 a.m. And kiddie activities keep the little ones entertained at 11:00 a.m. New this year is an 8:00 a.m. tai chi class led by Al Agon of Perfect Balance, so you can get your chi flowing correctly to spend lots of dough. The market runs from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. every Saturday through March 27 on the street between Coral Gables City Hall and Merrick Park, 405 Biltmore Way. Admission is free. Call 305-460-5311. -- By Nina Korman

Deep Thoughts

FRI 1/23While slipping a buck into a go-go boy's waistband recently, I stopped to wonder about the meaning of life. Is existence just a chain of moments fueled by the libidinous quest for sex? Or is there something more meaningful than an anonymous cheap thrill? I looked to the Venezuelan gyrating in tightie-whities for a sign. "Okay," I said to myself, "I can live with that." But if the frivolity of South Beach does not satisfy you, you might get a better answer, we're guessing, from a better suited (or at least clothed) advisor. Andrew Cohen, founder of What is Enlightenmentmagazine, will be gyrating his noggin tonight in his philosophical discussion titled "Why On Earth Are We Here?" Think of it as a thinking person's lap dance, which is not too different from a mind fuck. The discussion starts at 7:30 today and Saturday at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr. Admission is $20. Call 305-673-7500. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

 
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