Do It Today: Viva Cuba at Tampa Theatre, David Kushner at the Jewish Book Festival and Peelander-Z at the Orpheum

[image-1]The fifth annual Jewish Book Festival features a star-studded line-up of first-rate authors at venues throughout Tampa.

Meet David Kushner, author of Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon and the Fight for Civil Rights in America’s Legendary Suburb, tonight at 7 p.m. at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Kushner is a current-affairs writer from the Big Apple who's also an adjunct journalism professor at New York University, commentator for NPR and writer for GQ,, Wired, The New York Times and Rolling Stone.

Kushner also wrote the books Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids: How a Gang of Geeks Beat the Odds and Stormed Las Vegas, and Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture. According to his website, each of his book is in development for film. Fancy. Admission is a suggested donation of $3. 2713 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa; for information, call the Jewish Community Center at 813-769-4725.


And for something completely different ... head out to the Orpheum to see Peelander-Z with TsuShiMaMiRe. The NY-based Japanese trio (or self-styled "Japanese action comic punk band hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander") plays punchy punk with a garage pop slant in coordinating yellow, red and green costumes, and are known for silly on-stage antics. The all-girl-trio opener is a likewise spazzy band that combines pop, punk and hard rock with offbeat lyrics. Sounds like a super-fun double-header. (Music Editor Leilani Polk, who's happily away on vacation, contributed to this item.)

Cuba: It's an island nation so close ... yet so far away. Experience the parallels and disconnects cinematically by way of Viva Cuba tonight at Tampa Theatre. The theater presents a special one-time-only screening of the 2005 film as part of the statewide Arte Latin culture festival. The critically acclaimed, coming-of-age road movie centers on a Romeo and Juliet-like friendship between two children whose parents' differences threaten to tear them apart. film critic says it's "a gratifying treat." 7:30 p.m., 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. $9, $7., 813-274-8981.


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