Folk art featuring saints and Clinton
Not to be confused with the chicken neck-wringing, mojo-flinging local sort, these santeros are artists who hail from the American Southwest. "I think this exhibit -- in a Miami context used to Afro-Cuban Santería -- is interesting, but these santeros create unusual work that has rarely been seen here," explains curator Elizabeth Cerejido of the Frost Art Museum's new show.
"The Saint Makers: A Living Tradition in American Folk Art," opening tonight at 8:00, features nearly 80 bultos and retablos from the Chuck and Jan Rosenak Collection, created by contemporary artists from New Mexico and Colorado. Influenced by European Baroque art and its religious iconography, the santero tradition dates to the 1700s and has evolved in modern times to depict quirky motifs such as Nicholas Herrera's sardonic interpretation of President Clinton's visitation by the Virgin Monica (left). Slick Willie, is that a miracle in your pocket or are you just happy to see us? The works are on view through December 4 at the Frost Art Museum at FIU, SW 107th Avenue and Eighth Street. Call 305-348-2890, or visit www. frostartmuseum.org. --Carlos Suarez De Jesus
Astronaut Ice Cream Is Real
"The space program isn't real, it's just a movie," a friend's mom once tried to tell us. We shook our heads and continue to make fun of her to this day. But for those who still believe that the moonwalks took place in the comfort of a Hollywood sound stage, the new IMAX 3-D film Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D will give them more fodder for their case. Presented and narrated by the less slobbery half of Turner & Hooch, Tom Hanks, the film melds previously unreleased NASA footage with CGI imaging and live-action renditions to put you on the moon right next to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Fly to the moon today through November 13 at the Museum of Discover & Science Blockbuster IMAX Theater, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets range from $12 to $14. Call 954-463-4629, or visit www.mods.org for showtimes and a schedule of special events. -- Lyssa Oberkreser
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Bids to help the kids
The International Kids Fund is a Jackson Memorial Foundation philanthropic program that provides medical treatment to critically ill children from Latin America and the Caribbean. Tonight IKF is launching a new annual fundraising event with the inauguration of its Latin American Art Auction. Renowned and emerging Latin American artists, including José Bedia, Liliana Porter, Roberto Marquez, and Carlos Cruz-Diez, have donated their works to benefit children in need. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as you bid on your favorites tonight from 7:00 to 11:00 at Miami Art Central, 5960 SW 57th Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $50. Call 305-355-4999, or visit www.internationalkidsfund.org. -- Lyssa Oberkreser