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Best of the week: witchcraft, skulls and yacht races


Ever the champion of making the literary world safe for genre fiction, author Michael Chabon added another novel to his resume, "Telegraph Avenue," his first in five years. The author's newest yarn, set inside a used vinyl shop on the "ragged fault line" between Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., reads like a cheesy blaxploitation film and a Tarantino movie rolled into one. Chabon heads to Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, at 8 tonight for a free meet-and-greet.


The venerable Symphony of the Americas orchestra returns for its 25th season Tuesday at the Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, leading off with a concert of arias taken from zarzuelas, which are a Spanish and Cuban theatrical operatic form. The program "In Celebration: Hispanic Heritage" features tenor Rolando Sanz, soprano Susana Diaz and Miami native soprano Carolina Castells. Paintings from Cuban artist Hector Cata will be on display above the performers onstage and inside the lobby. $62-$85. 954-462-0222 or


They were the Hatfields and McCoys of the high seas: in the late 19th century, competitive yacht racing between the United States and Britain for the America's Cup turned fierce (fiercer than, say, an episode of "America's Next Top Model"), leading to allegations of cheating, disagreements over rules and ill will between countries. Railroad baron Henry Flagler didn't race, though he held a keen interest in the yachting craze and owned several sailing and steam yachts. Rare regatta trophies and paintings related to Flagler's yachts are being featuring in the new exhibit "Capturing the Cup: Yacht Racing During the Gilded Age," opening Wednesday and running through Jan. 6 at Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Admission: $3-$18. 561-655-2833 or


Tonight's fourth annual Inferno exhibition at the Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., in West Palm Beach, sounds closer to a Halloween gala than an art show: Patrons in costumes will sip complimentary beer and wine while watching live glasswork demos from artist Rocio Bearer and grooving to sounds supplied by West Palm reggae-influenced band the Moska Project. The 7-10 p.m. exhibition contains 25 booths of dark art, featuring decorated sugar skulls. $10. 561-832-1776, ext. 33, or


“You've gotta get up close like this and bada-bing!” comes the infamous line from Sonny Corleone, a.k.a. James Caan, to his younger brother Michael in “The Godfather.” We’re not saying you’ve got to bada-bing the man – that would be obnoxious – but you’ll at least get close to the star of South Florida-set biopic “Brian’s Song” (arguably his greatest role) when king Caan walks the red carpet tonight to open the 27th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Caan and Dabney Coleman (“Nine to Five,” “Boardwalk Empire”) will each collect a Lifetime Achievement award at the 7:30 p.m.-midnight gala, set at the Sport of Kings Lounge (501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach). Bailee Madison (“Bridge to Terabithia”), a 12-year-old Fort Lauderdale native, will also be on hand at the gala, which will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and displays of high-end muscle cars from the Warren Henry Auto Group. FLIFF closes Nov. 11. Info: $75-$100 FLIFF members, $100-$125 non-members, 954-525-3456 or


In artist Cary Polkovitz's "Tell-Tale Heart," a violet-faced man in a business suit presses a cheek to the floorboards. Just below, half-covered in darkness, the corpse of his victim peers up at him. If an Edgar Allen Poe reference isn't macabre enough, "The Skull Show," the inaugural exhibition at tattoo parlor Ink and Pistons Tattoo Shop and Slushbox Art Gallery, delivers the horror art in abundance. About 40 artists will participate in Amanda and JR Linton's 2,500-square-foot art space (2716 S. Dixie Highway, No. 101, West Palm Beach). The opening reception is 7-11 tonight. Free. 561-832-4655 or


The routinely rocking space inside Revolution Live (100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale) will be transformed into a craft fair for Sunday's Indie Craft Bazaar: Witchcraft. The show features 65 independent artists and vendors and is billed as a pop-up shop where patrons, aside from buying handcrafted soaps, threads and cupcake jewelry, can trick-or-treat among the tables. Because, yes, adults need candy too, along with $3 mimosas. The first 100 guests will receive swag bags. Noon-5 p.m. $5 cover.

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