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FIU honors Amy Tan

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You know Amy Tan as the author of The Joy Luck Club and other popular novels and as the “lead rhythm dominatrix” of the literary world’s best (or is it worst?) band, the Rock Bottom Remainders.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, Florida International University Creative Writing Program and Department of English will honor Tan for her work with the Lawrence Sanders Award in Fiction.

Tan will attend the ceremony, which takes place at the Wolfe University Center Ballroom on FIU’S Biscayne Bay Campus at 3000 NE 151st St. in North Miami. Tickets are free, but seating is limited; reserve yours at

Connie Ogle

Movie time

Miami natives Matty and Cathy Beckerman are premiering their IFC Midnight film Alien Abduction!, a thriller based on the true story of North Carolina's otherworldly Brown Mountain Lights at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Tower Theater. Director Matty Beckerman, producer Cathy Beckerman and writer Robert Alvin Lewis will be on hand for a postscreening Q&A.

“My family in Miami have traveled every summer to the mountains of North Carolina since the 1970s. The phenomenon known as The Brown Mountain Lights has been linked to disappearances in the region for centuries, and I had to expose it to the world,” Matty Beckerman told us.

For tickets, go to The Tower Theater is located at 1508 SW Eighth St. in Miami.

Oh, Flo

There's some movement in a case brought by Natasha Georgette Williams, the model suing Flo Rida (real name Tramar Lacel Dillard) for child support of her unborn child. The Miami-based rapper has admitted to participating in the act that may have created a baby with that woman, but he's still skeptical that he's the father. Williams' lawyer Raymond Rafool told us, “Shame that Flo Rida attempts such character assassination of the mother of his child all to avoid his moral and financial responsibilities to his child. But, at least he made some progress from denying he knows Natasha to ‘OK, we had sex’ — surely he knows where babies come from.”

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