Miami Free Times: Peculiar Playmates, Algonquin Night, Brazilian Films

Monday - Sunday: With all the attention to The Heat Lightning's Jersey Shore sock puppets, maybe you should check out more softies (and hardies) at Broward's Bear + Bird Gallery. "Peculiar Playmates: Curious Sculptural Artworks," which opened this past weekend, includes handmade oddities, including stuffed softies and ceramic figurines that are both anthropomorphic and monstrous. So maybe Sock Snooki makes an appearance?

On Thursday, enjoy a free night of imbibing and book talk. Labeled Algonquin Night, the Books & Books evening begins and ends with free wine and beer tasting with expert critics. In between, hear from author Brock Clarke (An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, Exley) and from the indie imprint Algonquin Books. Limit your intake, as Dorothy Parker said, "Three drinks and I'm under the table, four and I'm under my host." If you've read this far, you're probably an Algonquin Table fan, so here's a creepy/wonderful video where some fool animated a portrait of Parker:


You're not going to believe this, but opening night of the

Brazilian Film Festival is free. They'll show the winning short and

feature films from last year's festival at Lincoln Road's Colony

Theatre. Watch "Sildenafil," a short film where a wife force-feeds

Viagra to her hubby, who suffers all the side effects without any of the

hard-ons. In the feature film that follows, In Therapy, a bored woman

named Mercedes enters therapy only to have it screw up every detail of

her life. We guess they hope you enjoy them so much, you'll show up to

one of the other 28 films. Check back for our Brazilian Film Festival

guide later this week.

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