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The affordable and recyclable art up for grabs at Studio 18 in the Pines' "Trash 2 Art" exhibition should serve well as last-minute stocking stuffers. Take, for instance, Eugenio Jaramillo's sculptures of owls, with plumage made from luggage zipper pulls that were ripped off baggage while traveling on conveyor belts at the Miami International Airport; and Diane Caulfield-Dorn's film-inspired purses, crocheted from VHS tapes of "Forrest Gump," "Terms of Endearment" and other classics. They join nearly 100 works at Studio 18 (1101 Poinciana Drive, Pembroke Pines), and will be on display through Dec. 28. 954-961-6067 or
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Christmas week should be particularly interesting if you're Jewish in South Florida: Hanukkah has long since passed, and that holiday with a jolly fat man as its mascot holds little appeal. A worthwhile compromise may be the trio of MatzoBall gatherings at South Florida hotspots, the Jewish-themed series of singles mixers founded 27 years ago by Boca Raton resident Andrew Rudnick. The MatzoBall, returning on Christmas Eve, offers a night of partying, new friendships and the possible kindling of romance at Il Bacio restaurant in Delray Beach, Liv nightclub at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach and Pangaea and Gryphon at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood. Each party is open to anyone between the ages of 21 and 49. $30. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 561-300-4222 or
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by Phillip Valys, SouthFlorida.com Monday: "Trash 2 Art" at Studio 18 in the Pines Tuesday:MatzoBall in South Florida Wednesday:Christmas Day buffet at Riverside Hotel Thursday:"Forbidden Broadway" at the Kravis Center Friday: Eric Biddines at the Arts Garage Saturday: "The Lion in Winter" at Palm Beach Dramaworks Sunday: State Ballet of Russia's "Cinderella" at the Parker Playhouse.