Some Sam Shepard moments
I first became aware of the passing of Shepard, who died effortless cool of Sam Shepard Sunday of complications from ALS, with a visual, in his portrayal of the by reuniting with “Paris, Texas” in rich and terminally ill farmer who whatever digital version I can find. served as a lonely pivot for TerBut I could not help but notice that rence Malick’s emotionally raw another quintessentially American and impossibly beautiful 1978 epic film, also devoted to brotherly love, “Days of Heaven.” is being hosted Sunday evening by
The next time I remember his the Wolfsonian-FIU at the Miami name surfacing was as one of the Beach Cinematheque. screenwriters, with L.M. Kit Car“The Straight Story” (1999), di
Get daily son, on Wim Wenders’ “Paris, rected with quiet discipline by
updates on Texas,” a stark and poignant 1984 David Lynch, stars Richard
South examination of romantic love, and Farnsworth as a 73-year-old Iowa
Florida paternal and fraternal devotion, man named Alvin who, not trusting
entertainalso set in my then-new home his eyesight, decides he will see his
ment and state, poetically rendered by Dutch dying brother in Wisconsin one last
things to do cinematographer Robby Müller. time by driving 300 miles on a
at South The characters Shepard helped tractor-style lawnmower. The trip
Florida.com create in “Paris, Texas” — espeis both a literal travelogue through
and on cially the estranged brothers the American heartland and a
Twitter at played by Harry Dean Stanton and purifying journey of remembrance
@Ben Dean Stockwell — conveyed their and redemption.
Crandell relationship in muted tones, intiFarnsworth was dying of mate pauses and asides that seemed prostate cancer as he made the film and, remarkably honest and true. It was a when the pain got too severe, took his own relationship between two men whose life a year after the release of “The Straight search for love and dignity played out Story,” which earned him a Best Actor Oscar against barren Western landscapes and nomination. inhospitable cities tangled in ribbons of The Wolfsonian is in a traveling mood this asphalt, an America that also felt very real. weekend, beginning 7 p.m. Friday when it
My plan this weekend is to honor the hosts its book-club discussion of “Travels With Charley,” John Steinbeck’s 1962 tale documenting his 10,000-mile road trip with his French poodle.
The Sunday screening of “The Straight Story” costs $11, $9 students and seniors, and the price includes a 5 p.m. tour of the photography exhibit “North and South: Berenice Abbott’s U.S. Route 1” and the 6 p.m. film across the street at the Cinematheque. Visit Wolfsonian.org.
Reminder: The annual Dine Out Downtown Delray runs through Monday, with lunch and dinner deals at many of your favorite spots, and some unexpected pleasures. For instance, 50 Ocean is charging $38 for a three-course dinner (ah, the beignets!), but you might also be interested in the more casual discount at Cream, the sweets emporium offering two free scoops of ice cream when you spend $10. Visit DowntownDelrayBeach.com.
Saturday is National Oyster Day, when Wild Sea Oyster Bar in downtown Fort Lauderdale will offer unlimited oysters on the half shell from 7 to 10 p.m. and two free drinks for $45 (the math works for me).
Jo Mersa Marley will play the second annual International Music and Food Festival on Saturday in Miami Gardens.