Years in the making, the long-awaited Coral Gables Art Cinema will finally open to the public this weekend. Located in the lower level of a parking garage at 260 Aragon Ave., across the street from Books
& Books, the cinema is equipped with state-of-the-art projection systems (35mm as well as digital), comfortable seating and cafe-style food and drinks. Programming director Robert Rosenberg has high expectations for the theater, hoping to build it into a cultural center that will play host to live music, poetry readings, book signings and celebrity Q&As. The second floor of the theater will eventually house small art exhibitions and a museum showcasing the evolution of cinema. Unlike other single-screen art-houses in the area, such as the Cosford and the Tower, the Coral Gables Art Cinema will operate seven days per week, giving area filmgoers plenty of chances to catch the latest independent, foreign or repertory title. The opening week film, beginning Friday, is “Freakonomics,” an omnibus documentary about economics, causation and causality codirected by four top documentarians. For show times and information, call 786/385-9689.
The must-attend art event this weekend is no doubt “Art Fallout,” a day for contemporary art in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s hip FAT Village district. The event, presented to celebrate October’s Arts and Humanities Month, takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at three gallery spaces: Girls Club, at 117 NE Second St.; 18 Rabbit Gallery, at 17 NW Fifth St.; and 1310 Gallery, inside Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts at 1310 SW Second Court. The 18 Rabbit exhibition. titled “Altered States,” centers on mind/body relationships and features the work of nine local artists. The show at 1310 Gallery is titled “The Myth of Power” and features more than 40 regional artists riffing on notions of power. Admission is free for this event, and the exhibitions will be on display through mid-November. For information, call 954/828-9151.
South Florida theatre has just entered its most bustling time of the season, with four shows opening this past weekend from Coral Gables to West Palm Beach. This weekend, it’s relatively quiet, with just one show opening, but it’s a notable one. The Women’s Theatre Project, housed in Sixth Star Studios in Fort Lauderdale, will be presenting Sarah Jones’ “Bridge and Tunnel” from Friday through Nov. 7. The one-woman monologue show stars Karen Stephens as 14 characters, each of a different ethnic background, who collectively embody the melting pot of New York City’s outer boroughs. When the play debuted on Broadway in 2006, it ran for 213 performances and took home a Tony award. Tickets are $25 adults and $15 students. Call 954/462-2334.