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The Week Ahead: June 14 to 20


Auditions for “The X Factor” at BankUnited Center at the University of Miami, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables; 1 p.m.; free;

This week, Miami is ground zero for “The X Factor,” Simon Cowell’s post-“American Idol” singing competition show that sounds exactly like “American Idol.” Cowell and the show’s other judges – including, presumably, Ms. Paul Abdul – will be on hand, recording auditions with talented and not-so-talented South Florida hopefuls. Free tickets are available on the show’s website. By attending, you may catch the very first glimpse of the next pop sensation.


Def Leppard at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $30 to $150;

The British classic rock act Def Leppard is known for a number of things. They were one of the first bands to deliberately butcher the English language as a way to make their band name sound cool and distinctive; we might not have a Limp Bizkit, Korn or Linkin Park without them. They’re also responsible for the some of the most-played staples on classic rock radio, including “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Love Bites.” Of course, they’re most known for their drummer Rick Allen, who lost an arm in a car accident in the ‘80s and continued drumming for Def Leppard anyway – an inspirational story whether or not you give a hoot about the band’s music.


Bob Graham at Books and Books at Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 6:30 p.m.; free; 954/262-0255

First-time fiction writers are often told to “write what you know.” Former Senator and presidential candidate Bob Graham has done just that with his new thriller “Keys to the Kingdom,” which is practically a fictionalized account of his previous nonfiction book, “Intelligence Matters: The CIA, the FBI, Saudi Arabia, and the Failure of America’s War on Terror.” It centers on a retired U.S. Senator and co-chair of the 9/11 Congressional Committee, who suggests in a New York Times op-ed that Saudi Arabia was behind the Sept. 11 attacks. Graham will speak and sign copies of his book.

Bloomsday Celebration at O’Shea’s Irish Pub, 531 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 5:30 to 8 p.m.; free; 561/833-3865

or This is my pick for the weirdest, coolest event of the week. Bloomsday is an annual festival dedicated to no one other than James Joyce — particularly the author’s 500-to-700-page tome (depending on the edition) “Ulysses.” The hero of that book is Leopold Bloom, who makes his way across Dublin on a single epic day – June 16. So every year at this time, Joyce groupies gather to celebrate the author’s work. The literary organization Blue Planet Writers’ Room hosts the O’Shea’s party, which includes live Irish music, readings from “Ulysses” and a James Joyce look-a-like contest.


Opening night of summer exhibitions at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood; 6 to 9 p.m.; $4 to $7; 954/921-3274

Motocross fans should flock to the always interesting Art and Culture Center starting Friday night to see “Ryan Humphrey: Fast Forward.” The New York-based contemporary artist creates artwork from BMX bikes and vice versa. Included among the two- and three-dimensional works is a large-scale, floor-to-ceiling installation of bikes attached to the gallery walls. In its two smaller rooms, the arts center will feature the street photography of skateboarding legend Ed Templeton and the quasi-abstract water photographs of surfer Michael O’Brien. All of the shows run through Aug. 14.

The Jet Life tour at Club Boca, 7000 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $20 to $30;

Boca isn’t really known for its nightclubs, but that doesn’t mean a few of them don’t exist. Marketed as a Miami/Fort Lauderdale-style haven for clubgoers in Palm Beach and North Broward, Club Boca tonight is hosting the national tour of the hip-hop imprint Jet Life, headlined by its prolific star Curren$y, a protégé of Master P and Lil’ Wayne. Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Fiend, Corner Boy P, Nesby Phips, Monstabeatz and Smoke Dza join him for this nightlong party.

Opening night of “The Soft Skin” at Tower Theatre, 1508 S.W. Eighth St., Miami; showtimes pending; $7 to $8; 305/643-8706

It looks like the Tower, a wonderful Little Havana cinematheque, will be the only theater in South Florida opening the new 35mm reissue of “The Soft Skin,” a 1964 drama by Francois Truffaut, one of the early progenitors of the French New Wave cinema movement. An adultery-and-revenge tale about the affair between a successful literary magazine editor and an airline stewardess (that’s what they called them back then), “The Soft Skin” was seen by many as a disappointing follow-up to Truffaut’s universally admired early works, “The 400 Blows” and “Jules and Jim.” It’s ripe for reevaluation, so see for yourself if it holds up. 561/392-8920. denise

Steve Cole at Club 303, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd. in Royal Palm Place; 7 p.m.; free; 561/395-2929 or

Royal Palm Place continues its series of national jazz acts, up close and intimate at its upscale Club 303, for the inviting price of nothing. This weekend, it’s Chicago-bred saxophonist Steve Cole. Boasting an impressive five-album archive for labels such as Warner Brothers and Atlantic, Cole is supporting his latest release “Moonlight,” a collection of vintage pop songs and standards — from “Cry Me a River” to “The Long and Winding Road” — that he set against an orchestral backdrop. Expect a romantic evening of classic favorites jazzed up and reborn with contemporary flavor.


Miami Dance Project: “Alice in Wonderland” at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 7 p.m.; $23 to $33; 305/374-2444

Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” has undergone a number of dynamic adaptations in its century-and-a-half-long existence, from numerous films to musicals, operas and ballets. Information is pretty scant about how exactly the Miami Dance Project will interpret the classic story when it dives down the rabbit hole Saturday. The dance school teaches students to be well-versed in a number of styles, from ballet to hip-hop to their unique Autism Movement Therapy, so expect some surprises.


Opening night of Audrey Hepburn retrospective at Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 6 p.m.; free to $5; 954/525-3456 or

Is there a lovelier way to beat the summer heat than with Audrey Hepburn? The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival presents a full week of Hepburn movies – 15 in all – plus six parties and two book signings by film biographers (read about one of them in next week’s Week Ahead blog). The festival kicks off tonight with “War and Peace,” King Vidor’s epic 1965 adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy masterwork, with Hepburn opposite Henry Fonda. Future screenings include “Charade” (June 22), “Robin and Marian” (June 24) and “Funny Face” (June 25).

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