Kevin Spacey is working overtime. He spent his own cash and five years struggling to make his latest film. The actor has a lot on the line with this labor of love that brings Fifties crooner Bobby Darin to vivid, complicated life, from his meteoric rise to his untimely demise. Spacey directed, co-wrote, stars, and even sings the soundtrack of Darin's brief, tragic life in this film, and the promotional tour for Beyond the Sea has this well-respected actor making all the usual PR stops: Jay Leno, Ellen, Regis and Kelly. Besides the exhausting talk show circuit, the Academy Award winner is embarking upon a ten-city tour, on which he puts his money where his mouth is. Catch the Beyond the Sea Big Band Tour tonight at 9:00 at Barton G, 1501 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $75 plus a two-drink minimum. Call 305-672-8881 or visit www.bartong.com. (PEGY)
A cold front has finally provided the nippy weather we need to get into the holiday groove, so now is the time to put on that Santa sweater, fill a thermos with hot cocoa, and drive around with your friends to look at Christmas lights. Maybe you have been slack about decking your halls, but the Enchanted Place Neighborhood Association has created a magical spectacle of light displays and festively decorated homes to inspire oohs and aahs. You can trip the light fantastic from 6:00 to 11:30 nightly through December 31 at NE 137th Terrace and Sixteenth Avenue. The event is free, but volunteers will be on hand to collect donations to benefit Care Resource's Youth and Families Counseling Programs, including the Youth Net peer education group and the Youth Health Intervention Project. The latter aims to increase HIV and AIDS awareness among African-American and Latino young adults. Call 305-576-1234 ext. 257. (LO)
The presents have been opened, dinner is over, and the family is sacked out in front of the TV watching A Christmas Story and laughing at that kid who's about to shoot his eye out with a brand new Red Ryder BB Gun. Thank everyone for your gifts, tell them you love them, and not to wait up, because you are ready to dance all night at the Space Christmas Party. Resident DJs Oscar G, Cedric Gervais, and Tony Tone will be spinning with Ivano Bellini and Vertigo, and they promise to keep the beats bumping until dawn so you can sweat it out on the dance floor and burn off all those glasses of eggnog. Grab a cute dance partner to twirl and maybe you'll score a date for New Year's Eve. Doors open tonight at 10:00 at Club Space, 34 NE Eleventh St. Call 305-375-0001 or visit www.clubspace.com. (LO)
Your family came all the way down from their freezing homes up north to spend the holidays with you. Yeah, right. Sure, they traveled south because they miss you, but they also want to see Miami and enjoy time outdoors without mittens and snow shovels. The weather is perfect for walking around South Beach and perusing the tables at the Lincoln Road Market on Miami Beach. From Washington Avenue to Meridian Avenue, you will find produce, flowers, antiques, and crafts. Shop late in the afternoon for the best bargains, including one-dollar bunches of flowers. Yeah, that's right, flowers for a buck. After shopping, take a walk down to the beach to catch the last few minutes of pink and purple skies and watch the big ships go off to sea. Your family will dig you the most. The market is set up from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (LO)
Whether you clamped metal skates onto your Buster Browns with a key, slipped your feet into some tall, lace-up roller boots, or strapped into some flashy, futuristic-looking inlines, one thing remains true: Rollerskating rocks. Roll back to the good old days when you ruled the rink at the Super Wheels Old School Throwback session. Get on down to the Eighties freestyle music or take a break from the rink and snack on chicken wings, conch fritters, and garlic mushrooms. Leave the youngsters at home -- this rollerskating party is for adults only. For the old fool who's so cool, quad-style lace-up skates as well as new school inline models are available for rental. Strap 'em on and bust a move from 8:30 to 11:30 tonight at the Super Wheels Skating Center, 12265 SW 112th St. Admission is seven dollars plus skate rental. Call 305-275-7466 or visit www.superwheelsmiami.com. (PEGY)
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Lagomorph lovers might be disappointed to find out this isn't really a movie about rabbits, but How to Draw a Bunny, John Walters's 2002 Sundance Special Jury prize-winning film is a fascinating documentary on the life and mysterious death -- although it is thought that he planned his drowning on Friday, January 13, 1995, off Sag Harbor, Long Island, as his final performance piece -- of New York collage artist Ray Johnson. Often described in biographical references as "the most famous unknown artist," Johnson was known by many in the art scene, but no one really knew him well. Walters tries to meet the man behind the enigma by tracing his life from his hometown of Detroit to the Pop art world of New York. The film starts tonight at 8:30 at Miami Beach Cinematheque, 512 Española Way, Miami Beach. Tickets range from eight to ten dollars. Call 305-673-4567 or visit www.mbcinema.com. (LO)
When Jason Robert Brown decided to compose a Broadway-style play that told the story of a relationship's meandering death, he set out on the road less traveled. Brown combined his penchant for unique storytelling with infectiously poppy songs, and the end result was The Last Five Years, a spare, moving tale of deviating dreams and cross-cultural love that made Time Magazine's best of 2001 list and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics. The relationship between Jamie, a good Jewish boy and Kathleen, a nice Irish Catholic girl, is ruminated upon and deconstructed through songs such as "Shiksa Goddess," "Still Hurting," and "The Schmuel Song." Catch this off-Broadway musical today at 2:00 or 7:30 p.m. in the Stafman Lounge of the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach. Tickets range from five to ten dollars. Call 305-932-4200, extension 127. (PEGY)