Love Story

Religious Riddle

SAT 11/6

The Bible says: "Judge not lest ye be judged." But then there's: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." Jeez, talk about flip-flopping. Watch a devoutly Catholic gay couple try to navigate the maze that is their religion in Saints and Sinners: A Love Story. This timely documentary begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Bill Cosford Cinema, second floor, Memorial Bldg., University of Miami, Coral Gables. Tickets cost $6. Call 305-284-4861 or visit www.miami.edu/com/cosford.htm. -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik See What I See

Silent auction of outsider art

SAT 11/6

Echo McCallister spent a soul-withering stretch of his life hidden from view in the entrails of West Virginia's notorious Spencer State Hospital, where he whiled away the days in silence, drawing his interior world on matchbooks, cigarette boxes, and tin can labels before he was discovered. Today the autistic McCallister resides in a halfway house where his creativity is nurtured. At 58 he enjoys acclaim as one of the nation's most gifted outsider artists. National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill (NAEMI) is conducting a silent auction tonight to benefit the publication of the forthcoming book Echo the Silent Outsider. Since 1988, NAEMI has conducted annual searches of psychiatric institutions across America, providing artists like Echo McCallister the opportunity to showcase their talents. The auction features works from NAEMI's permanent collection. Look through Echo's eyes today from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Borders Gallery, 1601 SW First St. Call 954-922-8692 or visit www.naemi.org. --Carlos Suarez de Suarez

Sand Between Their Toes

SUN 11/7

Let the folks up north build their snowmen. South Floridians do their thing at the beach -- wearing little more than shades and sunscreen. With simple substances such as sand and water, talented sculptors build amazing pieces. They use forks, spatulas, and the like as carving tools to bring out elaborate details. Teams from the architecture and design fields are putting their artistic inspiration to work during the seventh annual SandBlast competition today, as part of a range of activities sponsored by the American Institute of Architects. In previous events, teams built such varied sculptures as sunbathers, vehicles, flags, sandcastles, and Sponge Bob Squarepants. Spectators are invited to watch and vote for their favorites. Admission is free. Today between noon and 4:00 p.m. hit the beach at the Palms Hotel, 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-448-7488 or visit www.aiamiami.com. -- Patti Roth

 
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