Timothea Beckerman grew up in a musical family in a musical city. By age nine she was singing and dancing in the New Orleans clubs where her mother kept bar, then quit school after sixth grade to perform in local revues; as a thirteen-year-old she was being booked all over the Big Easy and the rest of the Gulf Coast, doing gigs with Earl King and Neville brothers Aaron and Art. Beckerman had been married twice and made plenty of bad decisions before she was out of her teens, earning her the right to play and sing the blues. The now 46-year-old's soulful, sultry voice is the perfect instrument for her self-described "New Orleans funk, brass, down-home blues type of stuff." Audiences can hear for themselves tonight through Tuesday at Evangeline, 211 S. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Showtime Monday through Thursday and Sunday at 9 p.m.; 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Two-drink minimum, no cover. Call 954-522-7001.
You'll feel better about all of the stuffing you stuffed yesterday as you propel your kayak gently through the water on the Holiday Morning Paddle to Munyon Island. The 50-acre island, part of John MacArthur State Park in northern Palm Beach County, is the destination of an ecotour that departs from nearby Adventure Times Kayaks, 521 N. Lake Blvd., North Palm Beach. Paddlers begin with a half hour of equipment and safety instruction before dipping in for a leisurely sightseeing and bird watching foray. The trip includes a walk through woodlands on the undeveloped island's trails. The group meets at 8:30 a.m., and the trip to the island can take 30 minutes to an hour depending on tide, wind, and the individual paddler's level of experience. The tour costs $30 per person, including instruction and equipment. Call 561-881-7218.
Squeeze owner Jack Kearney describes tonight's Turkey Fest post-Thanksgiving revelry as "a bohemian kind of venture." Wine and cheese will be served, ska bands will provide tunes, and gobs of Day-Glo paint will be available for amateurs and serious artists alike to spread on the club's paper-covered walls and tabletops. The experiment has been conducted numerous times over the past two and a half years, and the theme this time out is "Freestyle Turkey." Says Kearney: "When people have a theme to go on, they have more fun with it." Judges will place stickers on the works they like best, and the piece awarded the most stickers will win its creator(s) a prize: a T-shirt, a CD, even a bar tab. The winning artwork will remain on display for several weeks. Expect performances by King 7 and the Soulsonics, plus Gigolo Big and the Barflies. The fest gets started at 9 p.m. Cover ranges from $5 to $7. Squeeze, 2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-522-2151.
Grammy Award-winning pop superstars Peabo Bryson, Patti Austin, Sheena Easton, and James Ingram join together in the holiday spirit for The Colors of Christmas concert. Backed by a full orchestra and choir, the four artists meld their distinctive voices to bring contemporary stylings to Christmas standards. Sprinkled throughout the show will be solo performances by each singer. The event starts at 8 p.m. tonight -- a second show is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday -- at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets range in price from $20 to $50 and can be obtained by calling the box office at 561-655-6664.
Hey! Ho! Let's go -- to the Ramones Cover Fest! Local and regional bands vie for a $400 cash prize tonight as they pump out the most authentic, intense set of Ramones cover songs that they can muster. Who knows if the judges will take appearance into account, but the skinny, pasty, hair-over-the-eyes look couldn't hurt. Booked at press time were the Commandos (a.k.a. Shrill), Vein, Plastics, A Pack of Wild Lovers, and Ball Bags. It all goes down starting at 9 p.m. at Respectable Street Cafe, located at 518 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Cover for the pseudo-Ramones battle is $5. Bands interested in getting into the act can call 954-525-8577.
Don't let that pretty, tinkling, synth-piano figure fool you. Right behind it are the other elements of KMFDM's seemingly disparate musical amalgam: grinding guitars, vitriolic lyrics (at least the English ones), samples, deep-groove dance beats, and horns -- sometimes all incorporated in the same song. It works. The hard-edged German techno-rock unit put out its first recording in 1986 and seems poised for greater stardom as masses flock to worship at the electronica altar. On the group's most recent outing (its ninth), founders Sascha Konietzko, En Esch, and Gunther Schulz are joined by a stable of collaborators: Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Abby Travis (Beck, ex-Elastica), and William Rieflin (Ministry, RevCo), among others. The new album's title is a strung-together collection of cartoonish symbols: an explosion, a skull and crossbones, a bomb, a psychedelic swirl, and a clenched fist -- which taken together constitute the anarchic stance of KMFDM and its music.KMFDM spin-off Pig opens the 8 p.m., all-ages show at the Chili Pepper, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $12 to $14. Call 954-525-5996.