Few directors are as capable of polarizing an audience as David Lynch. Many cineastes worship his enigmatic imagery, deliberate use of sound, and anything-but-linear plot lines. Typically a Lynch movie will cause average moviegoers to scratch their heads and mutter curses under their breath. His films undoubtedly capture the spirit of Halloween: the fear of the unknown, a celebration of the bizarre, and the potential for real horror. For Lynchian thrills, look no further than the Miami Beach Cinematheque (512 Española Way, Miami Beach). Tonight, following a screening of Mulholland Drive at 8:30, actor and filmmaker Richard Green, who played the role of Bondar, will discuss the film's more inscrutable twists. Following that screening, Green will present his own documentary, I Don't Know Jack, which uncovers the bizarre death of Jack Nance, the frizzy-haired star of Lynch's classic Eraserhead, and conduct a séance in an effort to contact the deceased actor. Call 305-673-4567, or visit www.mbcinema.com. (PEGY)
They might look cute and snuggly, but as the world's largest land carnivores, polar bears should not be hugged. The seal-munching adult males can weigh as much as 1700 pounds and measure nearly ten feet from nose to tail, so try not to sit behind one at tonight's "Tracking the Polar Bear" lecture by Dr. Jon Aars, a research scientist and polar bear specialist with the Norwegian Polar Institute. Dr. Aars has done extensive research on population demography and genetics, and is working on a project to study the implications of changing climate on seals, bears, and ice. Following the cool bear lecture, you can take off for Mars with Dr. Donald Parker. A retired physician and life-long astronomy buff with a specialty in solar system research and planetary photography, Dr. Parker will present "Mars: Still a Planet of Mystery." A telescopic viewing of the red planet will follow. The free lectures begin at 7:00 at the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Call 305-646-4234, or visit www.miamisci.org. (LO)
So what if the song's chorus extols the pleasures of puffing 'dro "In da Wind" -- the essential message in Trick Daddy's toe-tapping hit was this: He loves the kids. So much so that T-Double-D has created a charity organization expressly to give back to children in impoverished communities. The creatively spelled Trick Luvs da Kids Foundation is hosting its first Party Halloween Spooktacular to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. This adults-only fundraiser will feature musical performances by up-and-coming local talent, and a celebrity-studded crowd partying waterside at the beautiful Solo on the Bay (10880 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach). Costumed revelers can compete for prizes including cash, vacation packages, and iced-out his-and-hers watches beginning tonight at 9:30. Regular admission is $25. Enjoy VIP all-inclusive fun for $100. Call 786-597-4009, or visit www.trickdaddydollars.com. (PEGY)
! Bark! Woof! Bark! Hey! What's with the ruckus? Bark! Oh, you silly dogs are trying to decide what to wear to the "Howl-O-Ween Brunch" at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Today from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., pups can chomp on delicious grilled lamb or chicken with rice, vegetarian entres, and gourmet mint dog biscuits, while parents dine on tasty omelets, crpes, and panzella. After licking your chops and wiping your paws, don your costumes and try to snag a scariest, most original, or best pet/person costume prize. Admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and pets eat free. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami and Adopt-A-Pet. Call 305-749-1814 for reservations. (LO)
Boo! It's All Hallow's Eve, a night when little princesses, pirates, and ninjas will outnumber sunburned tourists on Miami Beach. Tonight from 5:00 to 7:00, children decked out in their finest plastic masks and tiaras can gather enough candy to last until Christmas at the Lincoln Road Halloween Festival (between Pennsylvania and Meridian avenues, Miami Beach). Clowns and performers will be wandering the streets to scare um, entertain the kids as well. Big ghouls and boys can join the adult festivities and costume contests from 8:00 to midnight. Call 305-604-CITY. As long as you're haunting Lincoln Road, you should stop by SushiSamba Dromo (600 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. for its annual Spooky Kabuki Halloween Party. Costumed guests will be treated with free Japanese candy, and plain-clothes revelers will receive a Japanese mask to get them in the mood. While you're waiting for the costume contests, you can sip on Jack-o'-tinis, made with plum sake, pumpkin pie mix, pumpkin smash schnapps, litchi pure, and mango juice. Call 305-673-5337. (LO)
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We've noticed that several of our friends who've taken ceramics classes have a lot of handmade ashtrays around the house, and our buddies don't even smoke. But we don't attribute those trite creations to a lack of skill so much as uninspiring instructors. Ceramist and resident director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana, Josh DeWeese, states on his Website that he tries "to make pottery which is successful in several ways; comfortable to use, enjoyable to look at, and interesting to think about." Let DeWeese light your creative fire with his free observational workshops today and tomorrow from 9:00 to 4:00 at the UM Ceramics and Sculpture building (1300 Dickinson Dr., Coral Gables). Tonight from 7:00 to 9:00, DeWeese will also present a free lecture that will make you want to get back behind the wheel. Call 305-284-2792. Visit www.deweeseart.com/josh to see samples of the artist's work. (LO)
Meet Sig McCartney. He loves baseball so much that he's opened a themed sports bar in a small South Florida town. Sig passes his time happily, serving suds to visitors who come to check out the neighborhood spring training camp. He doesn't make a whole lot of money but finds rewards in the form of friends, family, and love until the camp decides to move out of town, taking Sig's passion and livelihood along with it. The dilemma faced in Passin' It On revolves around America's favorite sport, but the play confronts deeper issues about family and sacrifice. Catch this poignant production tonight at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, 3500 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove. Tickets range from $35 to $45. Call 305-442-4000, or visit www.cgplayhouse.com. (PEGY) By Lyssa Oberkreser and Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik