French film homage
Though he's probably best known for the 1991 historical drama Tous les Matins du Monde (All the Mornings of the World), French director Alain Corneau has cooked up a few noirish potboilers in his day as well. In Serie Noire (Black Series), Corneau takes hard-edged American style pulp fiction and Frenchifies it, as dimwitted Frank, a door-to-door salesman, gets himself involved with the beautiful nymphet Mona, and subsequently with Mona's murderous ambitions, on one of his house calls. It's all part of a six-film, three-weekend exploration of Corneau's diverse body of work. He has also dabbled in comedy and musicals. The minifestival is at the Bill Cosford Cinema on the University of Miami campus. Also showing is the three-hour biopic Fort Saganne starring Gerard Depardieu, which traces the life of Charles Saganne from peasant to military greatness. Police Python 357 screens tonight at 7:00 on the second floor of the University of Miami's Memorial Building. Admission is $6. Visit www.miami.edu/com/cosford.htm for other films and showtimes. Call 305-284-4861. --John Anderson
Anyone who has ever had to share living quarters with another person should certainly appreciate the sentiment behind the award-winning Neil Simon play The Odd Couple. First a play, then a movie, then eventually a beloved TV classic starring late legends Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, The Odd Couple deals with the kooky antics of an obsessive-compulsive neat freak with latent homosexual undertones, Felix Unger. Upon separating from his wife, Unger moves in with slovenly, beer-chugging Oscar Madison, and the laughs begin. Catch the Miami Stage Company's opening night of the play that launched a thousand wacky-roommate sitcoms tonight at 8:00, at the Alper JCC Theatre, 11155 SW 112th Ave. Tickets cost $18. Call 786-263-0041 or visit www.miamistagecompany.com. -- Kris Conesa
Gas prices ignite local artists
With gas over $2 a gallon at the pump, it's no wonder that starving artists who find their macaroni and cheese funds running near empty are fuming. Artists and activists Nicole Gugliotti and Agatha Ware Romero may not be able to shell out for a full tank, but they can nicely afford to dump a barrel of conceptual tar on those dastardly petrol profiteers. Fashioned from Wal-Mart cardboard, their life-size sculptural installation of a gas station convenience store and a Hummer SUV, This Means War, is a political investigation of America's preoccupation with convenience, comfort, and gas that hot-wires the senses. Fuel up on their protest performance tonight at 7:00 at the Bas Fisher Invitational in the Design District's Buena Vista Building, located on the corner of NE 29th Street and Second Avenue. Call 954-547-0496. -- Carlos Suarez de Jesus
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