In Sidney Lumet's 1976 film Network, Peter Finch plays a washed-up television anchorman who begins to lose his sanity. When in a rage he encourages his audience on live television to stick their heads out their windows and shout at the top of their lungs "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore," it's a moment of lunacy that touches a nerve. Soon everybody's hollering and the madman becomes legend. That same year real audiences stood up in local theaters cheering Rocky Balboa as he took on Apollo Creed in the Oscar-winning best picture Rocky. Which reality is more lucid? The fictional depiction of a population following a madman, or the very real moviegoers shouting at the top of their lungs at a screen? Movies make people crazy. Join the Florida Psychoanalytic Society's forum "Psychoanalysis and Film," where the movie Adaptation will be shown and dissection of the mind in movies will follow. The session begins at 7:30 p.m. at South Miami Hospital's Education Center, 6200 SW 73rd St., South Miami. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Swinging that chicken around may seem like animal cruelty to some; to others it's an essential part of a Santería ritual. Santería, the mysterious Afro-Cuban fusion of African religion and Catholicism, is one of many examples of "Preserving African Culture in the Diaspora." And the myriad ways that happens is exactly the topic up for discussion at 3:00 today in the commission chambers at the Government Center (111 NW 1st St.). Local historian Marvin Dunn will lead the talk, featuring several guests such as Thomas Katamila, news editor of the Namibia Press Agency, and Desire Jean-Claud Augustave, director of the Nelson Mandela Center for African Culture in Mauritius. Admission is free. Call 305-375-2177. -- By Nina Korman
Radio legend's discourse discussed
National Public Radio host Terry Gross seems to know everything. Having interviewed more than 9000 subjects on her show Fresh Air, Gross has chatted up celebrities of every ilk, from prostitutes to politicians. You can say she's talked to everybody who is somebody. Gross has inquired about what chimpanzees say to one another and the end of the universe. But great heartache occurred when rock legend Lou Reed walked out midinterview. Because her show was recently axed by local NPR affiliate WLRN-FM (91.3), her appearance today at FIU's Green Critics' Lecture Series is the only chance you'll get to hear her locally. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. at FIU's Green Library, 11200 SW 8th St. Admission is free. Call 305-348-2890. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Miami Beach before it was photogenic. Miami Beach before it was Miami Beach! The Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive has the gorgeous or possibly hideous pictures of the celebrated sandbar in its early years (we're talking 1910, folks) and later days among its collection of home movies, news reports, and tourist films. Dubbed Miami Beach on Film and Television, the restored footage, some of it never exhibited before, is being shown tonight at 6:00 and on weekend mornings through the end of March at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free. Call 305-375-1505. -- By Nina Korman
Bashes raise moolah for museum
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Psst ... got the password? Then you might have a chance to partake of the hooch, gamble your life savings away, and do the Charleston to the sounds of the Peter Duchin Orchestra at the Prohibition Gala, one of many events during A Very Wolfsonian Weekend, the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum's multiday fundraiser. The 7:30 p.m. Jazz Age high jinks and a 10:00 p.m. afterparty take place in a former bank, downtown's Alfred I. Dupont Building (169 E. Flagler St.). An opportunity for more fun or some serious hangover recovery arrives tomorrow at noon at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort's Club Tropigala (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), where Baghdad-born, London-based architect Zaha Hadid (right) will deliver a talk about her maverick creations. Tickets to the gala cost $300; the afterparty costs $75; and the lecture costs $20. Call 305-535-2631 about the gala and 305-535-2680 about the lecture. -- By Nina Korman
A Movable Munchie
It might have been a prank, but somehow Alice B. Toklas, the long-time companion of Gertrude Stein, is thought to be the originator of the space cake. That's right. Included in Toklas's 1954 cookbook is the recipe for "Haschich Fudge." Scholars such as Kathleen Dixon Donnelly say that Toklas was duped by mystic surrealist Brion Gysin, who gave her the recipe. Donnelly claims Stein discouraged guests from getting shitfaced at her salon. Still there's poetry to the prank. Toklas describes the treat as "the food of Paradise" that brings on "brilliant storms of laughter." Best of all, she gives the following mantra for all potheads to remember: "Almost anything Saint Theresa did, you can do better." Trip on that. Donnelly speaks at MiamIntelligence at 7:00 p.m. at the Miami Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave. Admission is $10. Call 305-773-8408. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez