You could just stay home, smoke a bowl, and watch a movie, or you could give those tiny brain cells a workout with some mind-tingling poetry. Tonight at 8:00, the Literary Salon salutes the cinema and pop culture with "At the Drive-In," a mixed-media presentation of poetry readings and short films about poetry. Guest poets Jim Brock and David Trinidad will throw out some words between the films A Tale of Two Balls, by Justin James, and Alex Lerner's The Story of Luke, while Nick Carbo presents his visual poem Can You Lower Your Trope, Please? Put away the bong and head to the Luna Star Caf, 775 NE 125th St., North Miami. Call 305-799-7123, or visit www.literarysalon-miami.com. (LO)
It's 11/11. Make a wish! While some might simply find it a coincidence when they happen to glance at a digital clock that reads 11:11, others believe a deeper, other-worldly force is behind this numeral combination. In The Search for 11:11: A Journey into the Spirit World, George Mathieu Barnard introduces readers to the 1111 Spirit Guardians, our planet's helpers who serve as ethereal couriers between angels and humans. Many around the world believe that seeing the time at 11:11 is a signal of the guardians' appearance. If you happen to be staring at the clock at 11:11 this morning, make a wish that you'll meet a promising date at tonight's "Singled Out in South Beach" hosted by Krys K. at the Press Room (1233 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Hoping to attract "professional singles with personality and intelligence," Krys K. is also organizing a speed-dating segment for those looking for more than just mingling. The happy hour and free appetizers begin at 6:00, and you can meet your possible mate at 7:30. Admission is free, but registration for the speed-dating costs $20. Call 305-401-3870, or e-mail email@example.com. (LO)
Crime scenes even fake ones are as fascinating as they are sickening: the body lying in wait as police detectives begin their investigation and a photographer documents the positioning, blood spatters, and prints left at the scene. Law & Order producer Dick Wolf even published a book of the grizzly photographs that series photographer Jessica Burstein takes during the filming of each show. The book, Law & Order: Crime Scenes, prompted an exhibition held earlier this year at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography in Rochester, New York. Local artists Brad Kuhl, a photographer, and Monique Leyton have collaborated on their own collection of works depicting crime scenes and emergency situations. "Tapage," inspired by the media and public's morbid curiosity, features acrylic tape collages of police hauling off a criminal, firefighters at a wrecked car, and a woman whose blond hair is streaked with red in the piece She never left her desk. Gawkers are welcome tonight from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Octopus Building, 169 NW 36th St., Miami. Call 305-490-6906, or visit www.cjazzart.com. (LO)
The center of culture on Miami Beach, the Wolfsonian-FIU (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), is about to celebrate a decade of great work with A Very Wolfsonian Weekend. "We really wanted to celebrate the connection of the institution to the community that has supported us for the last ten years," explains Cathy Leff, director of the Wolfsonian. Festivities include a Veterans Day ceremony, a posh grand gala, and an affordably elegant Mambo Party at the Biltmore. Today from noon to 6:00 p.m., everyone is invited to a free community open house and family fun day. Browse the latest exhibition, "In Pursuit of Pleasure: Schultze and Weaver and the American Hotel." While the little ones enjoy storytelling, games, and creating their own artworks, check out "Ten: A Decade of Collecting," an exhibition that traces the Wolfsonian's evolution from a private individual's vision to an institution blessed with art from major international collectors. Call 305-531-1001, or visit www.wolfsonian.org. (PEGY)
The Miami Book Fair is kind of like that Beatles song: It's getting better all the time. The 2005 lineup includes luminaries from the fields of fiction, journalism, art, music, and television, all united for a common cause shilling their latest tomes. To kick off this year's celebration, fans of literature with a capital L will crowd the second-floor auditorium at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave., Miami) at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 13, to hear the golden words that spill from Margaret Atwood's lips. Then at 7:00 p.m., outspoken 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace will share some of his adventures in journalism from Between You and Me: A Memoir. Tonight at 7:30 in Chapman Hall, the acclaimed Marilynne Robinson will spend an evening with admirers of her beautifully restrained fiction, and read from her award-winning Gilead: A Novel. Admission is free. Call 305-237-3258. or visit www.miamibookfair.com for a complete schedule of events. (PEGY)
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If the nonfiction books mentioned in this week's picks have sent you searching for your library card, you'll want to hop on C-SPAN's Book TV Bus, a 45-foot-long mobile television production studio chugging across the country to promote Book TV, C-SPAN2's 48-hour weekend programming devoted to nonfiction books. Heavy on history, politics, and biographies, the programs include author interviews and book discussions, so you are guaranteed to feel smarter after watching for just a few hours. Get on the bus tonight from 5:30 to 8:00 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408, or visit www.booksandbooks.com. Go to www.booktv.org to learn more about the program and the bus. (LO)
The shocking twists and graphic gore of a horror flick can jolt you out of your seat, sure. But what gives an audience the sick thrill of anticipation is a well-orchestrated score. The plaintive wail of a violin, the dramatic plucking of a harp, and the discordant shrieks of wind instruments get your heart pounding and your palms sweaty. Case in point, the Munich Symphony Orchestra's performance in Silence of the Lambs. The orchestra won the ASCAP Award for its work in Jonathan Demme's psychological thriller and now is coming to thrill local fans. Enjoy exquisitely rendered symphonic music tonight at 8:00 at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets range from $30 to $85. Call 305-808-7446, or visit www.concertfla.org. (PEGY)