They say that behind every good man, there's an even better woman. Behind James Joyce, there was Sylvia Beach, who was driven to bankruptcy by publishing his scandalous masterpiece, Ulysses. Behind Pablo Picasso stood Gertrude Stein, who discovered and promoted this then-unknown artist while employing a young errand boy by the name of Ernest Hemingway. Behind these remarkable women there glimmered Paris, providing inspiration, bohemian glamour, and that certain je ne sais quoi to creatively minded immigrants long before World War II. Paris Was A Woman reveals the contributions of this diverse group of women through interviews and film clips. See this inspiring documentary tonight at 7:00 at the Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. Admission costs $15, inclusive of museum admission. Call 305-673-7530 or visit www.bassmuseum.org. (PEGY)
Irma Flaquer was a brave woman. As the author of Lo Que Otros Callan, or "What Others Don't Dare Write," she dared to expose the foibles of presidents and politicians in Guatemalan newspapers. She lived through government-organized beatings, a car bomb that peppered her body with shrapnel, and drive-by shootings at her newspaper office. Then, on October 16, 1980, she vanished. Irma Flaquer was kidnapped, and her son, Fernando Valle Flaquer, was murdered. June Carolyn Erick was so inspired and shaken by the story that she wrote Disappeared: A Journalist Silenced in commemoration. Erick will read from her book tonight, and Anabella Flaquer, Irma's sole surviving sister who has lived in Hialeah for the past 30 years, will join her to discuss crimes against journalists. That's tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408 or visit www.booksandbooks.com. (PEGY)
Dress up your Chihuahuas and poodles and be prepared to parade them around at the Pet Rescue party for pets and their pals. Pet Rescue is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter that provides care to stray and abandoned dogs and cats until they are adopted. The shelter has more than 80 animals displaced by this summer's hurricanes who are in need of new homes, so you may end up going home with more dogs than you came with. There will be games, prizes, and plenty of treats for you and your pals to enjoy. And make sure those dogs know how to prance and strut down a runway because they are going to have to work it in a fabulous fashion show. The pet party is today from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the future site of Gables Marquis Condominiums, 3232 Coral Way. Call 305-461-0039 or visit www.petrescuemiami.com. (LO)
Kyle Broflofski lamented being a lonely Jew in South Park and sadly sang "It's hard to be a Jew on Christmas/My friends won't let me join in any games." But Kyle just needs to bring his friends to the eighth annual Miami Beach Community Chanukah Celebration and show them that Jews know how to party, too. Get your thrills on the carnival rides, nosh at the kosher food court, and pick up the last of those eight presents at the gift bazaar. The event is free, but three dollars will buy you unlimited spins on the carnival rides. Volunteers also will be collecting donations of new toys and books for children's charities at the entrance today from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center, 4221 Pine Tree Dr. Additional parking is available at the 42nd Street municipal garage. Call 305-534-3206. (LO)
Lena Le Brock is working her way to becoming an exercise icon. When this fitness diva isn't doing her thing at fancy gyms, teaching classes that get the heart and the libido pumping, she's showing thrill-seeking ladies the art of striptease in private classes. Lena leads exercise classes like no other. Cardio StripHop isn't quite stripping, and it isn't quite hip-hop. "It's hip-hop with a feminine touch," Lena explains. "Feminine," meaning that this is one workout you'll want the guys to watch you do. Participants move to everything from Led Zeppelin to hardcore hip-hop and reggae, learning all the latest steps from music videos while cranking up the heat with props like cowboy hats, stripper poles, and chairs. Learn sexy moves from a sexy instructor at 7:30 p.m., at Gold's Gym, 1427 E Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park. Tonight's class is free. Call 786-317-1935 or visit www.lenafitness.com. (PEGY)
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You shouldn't make a big decision like picking out glasses while you are drunk! For those who prefer the four-eyed, sexy librarian look to contact lenses, your glasses are your biggest accessory, so you'd better love them. But sometimes you are mesmerized by a window display and just stumble into a fabulous little store. Luckily, the little store was See (921 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), and Alex Rouvier and store manager Rohan Sayroo knew how to handle a couple of tipsy girls in search of new specs. In minutes, Alex had picked out the perfect pair of funky frames and scheduled an eye appointment, "for when you are not seeing double." See has its own line of unique frames, supports community activism, and welcomes you to bring your pets by to be photographed for their display. See is open today from 12:00 to 9:00. Call 305-672-6622 or visit www.seeeyewear.com. (LO)
Years of Chateaubriand and crème brûlée are bound to take their toll on your arteries, which is why Jacques Pepin is pushing aside the heavy French cuisine and teaming with his daughter Claudine to talk about healthy, low- cholesterol cooking. Jacques and Claudine Pepin have joined cardiologist Dr. Theodore Feldman and dietitian Maye Musk for a new informational cooking program called Mixing It Up: How Facts, Family, and Culinary Creations Can impact Cholesterol. But would the late Julia Child approve of her former colleague's transformation? (Shh! Don't tell Claudine, but her dad's Website, www.jacquespepin.net, still has plenty of recipes for when you want to be bad and eat something fattening and naughty.) Recipe tips and light refreshments will be served during tonight's free cooking demonstration and cholesterol health discussion, from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Omni Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon Ave. Call 866-745-3620 or visit www.mixingitup.info. (LO)