| September, 2019

Pompano player wins tourney

Posted on 26 September 2019 by LeslieM

Pompano Beach’s Julia Vulpio returns a shot against Boca Raton’s Nina Gulbransen in the finals of the Women’s Open Division in the Delray Cup – Prize Money Open, Age Category and NTRP Championships at ProWorld Tennis Academy in Delray Beach. Vulpio won the title with a 6-4, 7-5 win. Photo by Gary Curreri

By Gary Curreri

In the beginning, Julia Vulpio wasn’t a big fan of tennis.

“At first, I didn’t like it,” said Vulpio, 18, of Pompano Beach. “I wanted to play with dolls and do normal kid’s stuff.”

She got her start when her father saw a poster of Argentinian tennis pro Guillermo Vilas on the floor for his academy and they went.

“It was closed for the year and my dad said since we are here, let’s play,” said Vulpio, who was age 4 at the time. She continued to play recreationally until age 9 when she had a breakthrough.

“I saw Rafa Nadal play at the French Open, and I said, ‘wow, I really want to play now,’” Vulpio recalled. “I love the competition. I like everything. I like the fighting. It is definitely mental, a lot of it.”

She cited her strengths as a backhand crosscourt, her slice serve and a topspin forehand.

Vulpio recently scored a 6-4, 7-5 win over Boca Raton’s Nina Gulbransen in the finals of the Women’s Open Division in the Delray Cup – Prize Money Open, Age Category and NTRP Championships at ProWorld Tennis Academy in Delray Beach. Not bad considering she hadn’t played in a tournament in a couple of months and had just been training.

“I just decided to go back and play a few tournaments,” said Vulpio, a Quinnipiac University commit. She is currently homeschooling to prepare. She has also been training at ProWorld for almost two years. She was a former No. 1 in France for girls 16s and was ranked No. 900 at WTA at age 17.

“It was a good match to start back,” she said. “Winning the tournament gives you confidence for sure, especially since it is my first tournament in a while.”

The tournament also featured Men’s Open singles, Men’s Open doubles, Women’s 3.5 NTRP singles and Men’s 4.0 and 4.5 singles play. There were 81 players in the event and in addition to players from Florida, there were also competitors from CA, TX, NJ , NY, MI, and PR.

“The tournament had about 80 players – 70 in the Open and 11 in the NTRP,” Tournament Director Lew Wolfe said.

Bucks win third straight game

After opening the season with two straight losses on the road, the Deerfield Beach High School football team have regained their winning ways with a third consecutive shutout following a 42-0 win over Oak Ridge (Orlando) at home on Friday night.

Senior quarterback Michael Pratt tossed three touchdown passes, while senior running back Jaylan Knighton topped the century mark rushing and added two touchdowns for the Bucks, who have defeated Blanche Ely (42-0), Zachary (La.) 52-0 and Oakridge in the team’s home opener.

Pratt, a Tulane University commit who transferred to Deerfield Beach from nearby Boca Raton in early August, will face his former team on Friday when the Bucks take on the Bobcats at home.

Pratt connected with Aydin Henningham, Xavier Restrepo and Jaziun Patterson for TD passes and Knighton, a Florida State commit, totaled 101 yards on the ground and scored twice.

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Honoring Service Dogs

Posted on 26 September 2019 by LeslieM

September is National Service Dog Month, which is all about honoring the hardworking dogs that live to assist individuals with varying degrees of disabilities, and who want to achieve as much independence as possible. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the many roles that service dogs play in people’s lives.

This month, once known as National Guide Dog Month, was established in 2008 by Dick Van Patten, an animal advocate, who was “inspired by what he experienced during a life-changing visit to the Guide Dogs of the Desert facility in Palm Springs, CA,” and, as a result, he launched a fundraising drive to benefit guide and service dog training schools throughout the country.

Service dogs can be any breed. Although Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds are some of the most commonly seen service dogs, absolutely any dog with the proper temperament, good health and the physical capability to assist with their human’s needs can be a service dog.

There are many distinct varieties of service dogs, including, but not limited to: Allergy alert, Autism assistance, Diabetic alert, emergency medical response, guide dogs, hearing dogs, seizure alert and wheelchair assistance.

In the United States, there is no required gear for service dogs. Vests, harnesses and jackets are commonly seen on working service dogs; but, by law, the dog isn’t required to wear anything in order to work in public. However, there are many reasons why service dogs should wear vests.

The single most important reason is that vests mark the dog so there is less confusion in public. This will help save time and effort in many situations, and will keep the dog ready to help if need be. Wearing a vest is also a way many service dogs distinguish working and playing/relaxing. When a service dog is wearing a vest, they are more alert and ready to take action, if necessary.

Additionally, there is no required documentation, registration, certification or paperwork required in order for a dog to be a service dog. While all of the above may be offered by service dog programs, it is not necessary by law.

There are two questions that may be asked to determine whether an animal qualifies as a service animal:

• Is the animal required because of a disability?

• What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?

According to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), the definition of service animal excludes animals that provide comfort and emotional support, but that are not otherwise trained to perform tasks for a person with a disability. Public places remain obligated under both federal and state law to allow service animals to be present.

According to Florida Statute 413.08, “A person who knowingly and willfully misrepresents herself or himself, through conduct or verbal or written notice, as using a service animal and being qualified to use a service animal or as a trainer of a service animal commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.”

People with a disability have a right to have their service dog accompany them, but businesses and other places where service dogs are allowed, have a right to not have their operations interrupted by a dog who isn’t properly trained. Service dogs must exhibit excellent manners and behavior in public.

Thank you to all service dogs for your hard-work and dedication!

Jo Jo Harder, is a Boca Raton based author, stylist, producer, pet lifestyle expert, CEO and creator of America’s Top Dog Model Contest. Jo Jo has been at the helm of America’s Top Dog Model ® brand since 2005, and her unique approach to discovering, developing, and managing top dog models has gained international attention. America’s Top Dog Model’s new reality series “How to Get to the Top” season one, can be viewed on YouTube. www.americastopdogmodel.com.

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Sid Haig & the evolution of cinema

Posted on 26 September 2019 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

Before there was “Spooky Empire” in Orlando, there was Petey Mongelli’s inaugural monster conventions in Broward County until Hurricane Wilma hit in 2005. With roadshow buzz about Rob Zombie’s directorial debut House of 1000 Corpses and buzz about the sequel, The Devil’s Rejects, Sid Haig was one of his featured guests. When I met him at his booth back then, we talked about Spider Baby and his film debut with Lon Chaney Jr.

Haig talked about Chaney’s professionalism and generosity on the set of this low budget, but happy production.  Haig seemed pleased when I mentioned he was carrying the torch from Lon Chaney Jr.’s generation for today’s filmmakers.

Since Sid passed away last Saturday morning, the outpouring of grief from fans and the motion picture industry has become overwhelming on social media. He was not a regular on Entertainment Tonight type news programs, but Sid Haig’s legacy is secure to anyone who ever met him or enjoys a master thespian performing his craft.

Last week, this columnist wrote about the marketing strategy for 3 from Hell, which involved limited time on the big screen — three nighttime weekday screenings. On the fourth day, the home viewing release date – Oct. 14 – was launched. 

Without the marketing might (and theme parks) of  Disney and Universal Studios, independent filmmakers are getting creative in seeking distribution and widening the profit margin. Case in Point — El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie — This film was secretly produced in New Mexico, while the fifth season of the television show Better Call Saul was being produced in the same territory. Utilizing much of the cast and crew of the Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul universe, it was a surprise to learn that El Camino will be available on Netflix on Oct. 11.  However, there will be limited screening in major cities like Miami. (I am hoping for something more local).    

Speaking of local, The Deerfield Beach Percy White Library will be hosting “Local Creative Talent Film Producers” on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.  The producers and creative force behind Dead Ant will be in attendance and will host a panel. Starring Sean Astin, Jake Busey and Tom Arnold, Dead Ant is a monster movie/ musical comedy about a one hit wonder heavy metal band that gets stranded in the Joshua Tree Desert. Think This is Spinal Tap meets Tremors.

For almost two years, this columnist has written about the “evolution” of the motion picture industry. With the recent releases of 3 from Hell and El Camino, we are witnessing the business paradigm shift in the motion picture world. With local festivals like the upcoming Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, cinema consumers have the opportunity of better choices.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 26 September 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Sept. 11: A woman reported her Honda Civic stolen from a parking lot at 4550 NW 18 Ave.

Sept. 12: It was reported that a vehicle was entered at 1771 NW 2 St. and credit cards were stolen. The credit cards were used at various locations.

Sept. 12: A woman reported her Toyota Prius stolen overnight from 466 Lock Rd.

Sept. 14: A woman reported her vehicle at 620 SE 10 St. broken into and her purse with credit cards stolen.

Sept. 14: A woman reported her car parked at 3851 NE 4 Terr. broken into and her purse, wallet, watch and driver’s license stolen.

Lighthouse Point

Aug. 28: Police responded to a delayed fraud that occurred at 4820 N. Federal Hwy. The employee said a fraudulent check was cashed by a former employee who was recently fired from the company. The employee was contacted and said she did not know how the $2,000 check was deposited into her account and would stop by the business to discuss it. She never did and her phone was turned off.

Aug. 28: Police responded to an audible alarm call in the cabana area at 2308 NE 30 Ct. A worker said he accidentally tripped the alarm while performing work there.

Aug. 28: Police responded to an alarm call of interior motion at 2331 NE 47 St. Police responded and found the home secure.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 26 September 2019 by LeslieM

Largest Expo & Golf Outing

Thursday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Deer Creek Golf Club

2801 DC Country Club Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL, 33442

Package includes 9 holes of golf, food and drinks, motivational speakers and seminars about health & wellness, business – franchise, medical, travel, fitness and investments. Hosted by the Greater South Florida Chamber of Commerce. Find out details by calling Rob at 954-580-8802.

Born Just Now

Thursday, Sept. 26 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

A fellow of the Sundance Institute Documentary Program, Robert Adanto earned his MFA in Acting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He made his directorial debut with The Rising Tide in 2008, a feature-length documentary exploring the explosive Chinese contemporary art scene, and continues to produce award-winning films that have been presented at international film festivals and leading museums around the globe. This month, explore his film Born Just Now, which takes an in-depth look at the Belgrade-based performance artist Marta Jovanović and her challenges. Part of Montage series. For more info., visit https://ccpompano.org.

Technology Workshop: Hacked

Thursday, Sept.26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort(Royal Palm A Ballroom)

2096 NE 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Three Florida cities have been hit with data breach and ransom. Presenters will offer a security briefing. In addition, they will discuss the rise of ransomware, the dark web and what to do before, during and after a breach. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more info., and to purchase tickets visit, www.deerfieldchamber.com.

Networking at Night: You had me at Aloha

Thursday, Sept. 26, 5 to 7 p.m.

Hampton Inn

660 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come out for networking at night and enjoy a fun and relaxed luau party with live music, appetizers and raffle prizes. Tickets for members are $20, $30 for non-members. Includes two drink tickets. For more info., and to purchase tickets visit, www.deerfieldchamber.com.

Marcos Conde solo exhibition

Through Friday, Sept. 27

Bailey Contemporary Arts

41 NE 1 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

ArtLit live painting competition winner Marcos Conde is featuring his work in a solo exhibition at BaCA’s West Gallery. Marcos Conde is a South Florida based artist that develops art and design for a diverse set of clients. His focus is in developing art projects that display “the aspects of nature and the use of a vibrant appearance.”

Movies in the Park — Dumbo

Friday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.

Community Park/Multi-Purpose Field

1700 NE 8 St.

Pompano Beach, FL, 33060

The City of Pompano Beach Parks & Recreation Department invites you to their first ever Movies in the Park event. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come enjoy a featured presentation at the park under the stars on the fourth Friday of every month at Community Park. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Art Day

Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Schmidt Center Gallery and Ritter Art Gallery

777 Glades Rd.

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Visit the Florida Atlantic University Galleries for Family Art Day for afternoon filled with hands-on art activities, interactive tours and a scavenger hunt with giveaway prizes. Family Art Day is taking place at the Boca Campus, in both the Schmidt Center Gallery and Ritter Art Gallery, and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

Sabados De Salsa Series

Saturday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Come out for an exciting evening of Salsa! Start out with a one-hour Latin Dance Class by Casa Salsa Dance Studios, and then practice your new moves to the tunes by DJ Artie Bronx, who will play the latest in Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cumbia in between three sets of The David Luca Band. This eight-piece salsa band performs the classics in Salsa from Adalberto Santiago, Pete “Conde” Rodriguez, Ismael Miranda, Ruben Blades, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe and Cheo Feliciano. Alex Bezianis will be your master of ceremonies. This is be a night to remember! Light snacks and cash bar. $20 General Admission; $15 Pompano Beach Residents. To buy tickets visit https://ccpompano.org.

“My Own Cruising Journal”

Art show opening

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5 to 7 p.m.

Sample-McDougald House Museum

450 NE 19 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33061

See Pat Anderson’s art capturing Flagler Railroad to Brightline, to Virgin Trains USA. You will see moments of the construction of the Panama Canal and the beauty of the Bahamas prior to Hurricane Dorian, and more. Pat will entertain you with a painting demo and discussion of two decades of plein air paintings. $10 admission includes bubbly & light bites. Buy a piece of art or hear more about Pat’s classes. Monies to rebuild Abacos to be handled by Rotary and Lee Waldo. (There will be classes also coming up at the historic home. To register for class, it is $100 for four or $30 per class. Call the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center at 954-786-4111). For more info., visit www.PatAndersonArtist.com.

National Night Out

Thursday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park – Bald Eagle Pavilion

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Annual event designed to strengthen our neighborhoods through public safety and community partnerships. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know your BSO deputies and firefighters, and unite with your neighbors. There will be music, food, activities, game truck, bounce house, BSO demos, hay rides and smores. For more information, contact Deputy Carlos Periu at 954-592-5211.

Monthly Business Breakfast:

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Thursday, Oct.3, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Hotel

2096 NE 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Learn what it takes to succeed in business and in life! Create win/win relationships, master the power of language and uncover the secret of internationalism so that it aligns with personal and professional goals. Tickets for members are $25 and $30 for non-members. To purchase tickets visit, www.deerfieldchamber.com.

Save the Date:

Dunn’s Run

Sunday, Oct. 6, 7:30 a.m. (Race begins)

Deerfield Main Beach Parking Lot

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The 23nd Annual Dunn’s Run benefits The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. The Dunn’s Run has earned its reputation as the race that signifies the start of the running season attracting over 2,000 runners, walkers and participants. One of the largest racing fields in the Tri-County, this event, which is fun for everyone regardless of ability, attracts the masses. Starting Line location: Intersection of Ocean Way & SE 2 Street — Deerfield Beach Main Beach Parking Lot. Hillsboro Blvd South of Federal will close at 7 a.m.

Pick-up packet on Sept. 28 at Two Georges at The Cove from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1754 SE 3 Ct. in Deerfield or on Oct. 5 at Jersey Mike’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2350 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. 102 in Pompano.

You can register online at https://www.firstgiving.com/event/bgcbc/23nd-Annual-Dunn-Run-5K-Run-Walk-5-Mile-Run.

Deerfield Beach Woman’s Club Upcoming Trips:

Murder Mystery Train

Friday, Nov. 8 until Saturday Nov. 9

Jump aboard for an overnight trip to Ft. Myers. This trip includes one night at the Hyatt Place hotel with hot breakfast, a trip to Depot Museum, a visit to Miromar Mall with coupon booklet, and a visit to Tin City sit-down dinner & show on the Mystery Dinner Train. The price is $222 per person and all inclusive. Don’t miss out. For more information and to make your reservation, call Sally at 954-427-2175.

Day Trip to Bayside Marketplace, Miami

Thursday, Dec. 5

Lunch at Bubba Gump, known for the Forrest Gump movie, and a 1 ½ hour sightseeing boat tour. The price is $75 and all inclusive. To make reservations call Sally at 954-427-2175. Hurry seats for this trip will be going fast.

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Are you ready?

Posted on 26 September 2019 by LeslieM

When it comes to being on the alert and ready at any moment to do the job, it’s hard to beat the Pony Express. This historically famous mail service between St. Joseph, MO, and California depended on constant movement and readiness. Relay stations were established every 10 to 15 miles. A rider would shout aloud as he approached a station, giving the station master very short notice that he needed to be outside waiting with a fresh mount. We have this service’s intriguing example of what it means to be ever watchful. (Today in the Word, Dec. 1997, pg. 17).

Matthew 25:1-13 details a parable of the kingdom of heaven that Jesus gave to His disciples to teach their need to be watchful and ready for His return. Two groups of virgins were distinguished by their preparedness: those having extra oil were considered wise, while those who only had what was in their lamps were considered foolish. All of them were waiting expectantly for the Bridegroom to come. Verse 5 relates: while the Bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept. When he finally came, only those who were ready (who could light their lamps because they had reserve oil), were able to go with him to the wedding.

The need for preparation extends to any area of our lives and Christian walk where we anticipate opportunities for advancement and advantage or have an expectation of God to manifest His blessings upon us. Will you be ready when an opportunity knocks at your door? Are you prepared for God’s blessing? It’s not enough just to expect His favor and the fulfillment of His promises. We must be prepared for them. An opportunity loses its value if you are unable to seize it.

According to Merriam-Webster, preparation is the “activity or process of making something ready or becoming ready for something.” This may involve education such as needed for a career or information regarding an appealing opportunity. It will require discipline to remain focused on the goal while avoiding distractions or discouragement. Patience and perseverance will be a necessity to endure the length of time the process may take. In the end, however, we will find ourselves ready and positioned to maximize the opportunity when it comes.

The danger in not being prepared is that, like the foolish virgins, when the time arrives for God to move, we may miss out on His blessing, favor, or power. Harrison Ford was a struggling actor in Hollywood getting small parts and supporting his family by working side-jobs as a carpenter. He was building cabinets at the home of George Lucas when he was given a supporting role in the film American Grafitti. That led to an opportunity to audition for Star Wars where Lucas was so impressed by Ford’s ability that he offered him the role of Hans Solo, and the rest is history. The carpenter became a successful leading actor because he was prepared.

Will you be ready for your next opportunity? Are you prepared for a demonstration of God’s favor in your life and circumstance? Are you ready to meet the Bridegroom? What steps do you need to take to position yourself for what you desire or intend for your future? You must remember that expectation coupled with preparation, will bring about manifestation. We must be ready!

Bishop Patrick L. Kelly is the pastor of Cathedral Church of God, 365 S. Dixie Hwy., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. 954-427-0302.

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Jr. Anglers Day postponed to Sept. 28

Posted on 20 September 2019 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach would like to notify the public that the Jr. Anglers Day, presented by FishAngler, scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 21,  has been postponed to next Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  due to the high winds and incoming inclement weather.

This decision has been made in an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of participants and an enjoyable day on the water.

For additional information, please contact the Special Events Office at 954-480-4429.

*The Coastal Cleanup has also been postponed.

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St. Pat’s Irish Pub celebrates grand opening

Posted on 19 September 2019 by LeslieM

Tommy Vincent, Kelly Turmaine, Melissa Wendel and owner Patrick Bogart get ready to drink Irish car bombs at grand opening event. Photo courtesy of Weekend Broward.

By Rachel Galvin

It was quite a party at St. Pat’s Irish Pub on Saturday, almost “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day.” Even though they actually opened a while ago, the restaurant and bar celebrated their grand opening Sept. 14, including having a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Bill Ganz and Commissioner Todd Drosky also made an appearance. Owners Tiffany Casso and Patrick Bogart were thrilled. Many guests had a drink and enjoyed the music of the band, Just Like We Practiced, who played in the back room.

They have live music every Friday and Saturday. They also have open MC Pro Jam on Tuesdays, Poker and Bike Night on Wednesdays, Ladies Night on Thursdays and specials all the time. Look for offers like $6 burgers and half off wings, and more. Their Happy Hour is from 4 to 8. They also have Taco Tuesdays for $2 and “football specials.”

Since the space was taken over from American Bar & Grill, it was renovated. They moved the stage from the north wall to the east one to make it more visible to the whole bar. They put in tables and chairs, in addition to a pool table and Jenga, back there. They also have other games like foosball, a golf game, an arcade game, ping pong, darts and more.

They have basically the same menu as American Rock, but have added some Irish specials. They are going to bring in some more.

“We are a hometown local bar,” said Bogart. “We don’t really compete with anyone around here. We compete more with places in Ft. Lauderdale.”

Casso added, “I live here in The Cove. I love Deerfield. It is my home and we want to build something for everyone and continue to grow with Deerfield and make it better and better.”

St. Pat’s Irish Pub is located in The Cove Shopping Center at 1600 E. Hillsboro Blvd. For more information, call 954-428-4539 or find them on Facebook.

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Clyde Butcher Shares a piece of paradise

Posted on 19 September 2019 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

A glimpse of the paradise in our own backyard and beyond is captured in large scale black and white photographs created by prolific photographer Clyde Butcher, whose work is currently on display at the Old School House at 232 NE Eller St. in Deerfield Beach. The exhibit started on Sept. 7, runs Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Sept. 28. $5 (donation). You can also buy one of his books or a book on Deerfield history and other items.

When asked why the Historical Society brought his artwork to be on display, Historical Society President Emily Lilly said, “I’ve appreciated his work for many years. I love the reasoning behind his photos. They not only tell a story, but tell us to look at the environment in an appreciative way. He has been one of my educators. He’s expressed the love of our state and beyond and that’s what I like.”

“Clyde’s photography is definitely a personal experience,” said Poppi Mercier, who was volunteering at the event on Saturday, “Everybody loves it. The Historical Society is thrilled. It is surprising how many people have seen his work before and still come back for more. I can understand it. Every time you look at it, you see something totally different. The black and white makes you pay attention to the details.”

For more information on Clyde Butcher, visit www.clydebutcher.com. For more information on the historical society, visit www.deerfieldbeachhistoricalsociety.com/

The Historical Society is participating in Free Museum Day on Sept. 21. Not only will this exhibit be open, but also the Butler House, as well as the local train museum, all for free. See ad on this page for details.

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Born Just Now documentary At Pompano Cultural Center Sept. 26

Posted on 19 September 2019 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

For Marta Jovanović, art is everything. Her medium of choice is herself, whether she is smashing eggs, being tied up, or having pig hearts pelt her body. Her performance art is entrancing and inviting, as she welcomes the viewer into what she is trying to convey. She covers topics from what it is to be a woman and an artist, to finding beauty in unique places, to the brutality and heartbreak of war and conflict.

The unfolding of her story is brilliantly told by documentary filmmaker Robert Adanto. With captivating and, at times, disturbing visuals, he follows the life of this Serbian artist, who has suffered through an abusive relationship, the misunderstanding of her work and the accusation that she has wasted her life on art rather than creating a family.

You can feel her angst, her anger brewing inside waiting to bubble out. Like a rebel punk, Jovanović is filled with fury but, instead of exploding it out, she channels it in specific and thought-provoking ways that push the boundaries. She sets fire to convention in the same way she lights her old wedding dress on fire, burning away thoughts of her ex-husband and letting that dream that once was die away, while perhaps unveiling something about relationships and what they should and should not be.

There is a certain freedom in it and that is something she seems to have in spades, but does she really? Like all of us, she struggles with her own identity, but, in her case, she holds it up, like an open wound for the world to see, throwing caution to the wind and shoving it in the faces of art-loving bystanders whether they like it or not.

Documentary filmmaker Robert Adanto.

Adanto has created another masterpiece with this film. Like his previous films: The Rising Tide, Pearls on the Ocean Floor, City of Memory and The F Word, Born Just Now focuses on art and culture and makes celluloid magic. His films have been shown in over 40 international festivals, as well as having exhibitions in museums and elsewhere worldwide. Adanto is a fellow of the Sundance Institute Documentary Program and earned his MFA in Acting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He was the head of the Film and TV Production program at NSU University School from 2012 to 2016, but now is teaching speech & debate and Model UN at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, NY.

Adanto met Jovanović in 2013 when doing follow-up interviews for The F Word, which explores feminist performance. One of the people he interviewed suggested maybe adding Jovanović into the mix for that film, but when he read a book she gave him about Jovanović, he realized that her work would be better showcased in a film all its own. He spoke with her and decided to start shooting in 2016. Production began in Belgrade and he had a small crew of locals there help him with shooting, in addition to shots he had a second cinematographer capture in New York.

Born Just Now made its UK-premiere last week in London and will be screening in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the end of the month. Clips from his past art documentaries are in a special exhibition at the Art & Culture Center in Hollywood called F.A.R. (Female Artists Revealed), which will be on display until Oct. 27.

Born Just Now is coming here to the Pompano Beach Cultural Center (50 W. Atlantic Blvd., in Pompano Beach) on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. as part of their Montage film series. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.ccpompano.org.

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