The Final Frontier
Explore South Florida's galactic connections
Outer space travel always seems so romantically accessible in classic television shows. But decades later we're still stuck riding unreliable elevators instead of teleporting Star Trek-style, and though the Mini Cooper is tiny, it's nothing like the fold-up briefcase-size vehicle George Jetson tucked under his arm. Still, Lou Ellen Kramer thinks we've come a long way since the days of Lost in Space. Kramer and fellow archivist Barron Sherer will show the footage to prove it in the latest installation of the Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive's Video Rewind series, aptly titled "Spaced Out." Peer into past visions of the future with flickering, retro newsreels and inadvertently hilarious, quaint government-approved documentaries that trace our local connections to the space race. Go where no man has gone before this afternoon at 1:00 at the Miami-Dade Public Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Admission is free. Call 305-375-1505, or visit www.fmia.org. Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Upon encountering the uninhibitedly zany work of self-taught artist Matt Lamb, one usually walks away feeling as if doused by an invigorating bucket of joy and swept into his vision of a childlike utopia. His jubilantly naive paintings spill over with imaginary creatures, remarkably complex surfaces, and riots of luscious colors, and exude a feeling of whimsical fantasy. They may remind Lamb how lucky he is to have escaped death's door: The paradoxical multimillionaire outsider, who calls himself "a pilgrim in an alien world," is a former funeral home magnate who was misdiagnosed with a fatal illness before selling his business and pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming a painter.
Author Richard Speer will sign copies of Matt Lamb: The Art of Success tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, coinciding with an exhibit at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, 169 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables. Call 305-444-4493. Carlos Suarez De Jesus