The debut album from the California quintet Incubus is titled S.C.I.E.N.C.E., and the music sounds like an experiment: Take a beaker of guitar-driven rock; add a flask of funky grooves and goofy lyrics à la Primus; mix in a test tube full of hip-hop; and heat slowly over a burner of electronic soundscapes. A recipe like this is bound to blow up -- either by going up in a puff of smoke or providing listeners with a charge. Individual results may vary according to musical tastes. So break out the lab reports and hit the Button South (100 Ansin Blvd., Hallandale) for the band's show tonight. Tickets cost $10. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 954-454-3301.
Author Sandra Jackson-Opoku first visited Africa in 1974 as an exchange student in Nigeria. During her year there, she began a travel journal, in which she'd later include reports and anecdotes from trips throughout North America and the Caribbean. Although she was on the road, the places were secondary to the people she encountered, mostly strong-willed black women. Versions of those characters ended up in Jackson-Opoku's first novel, The River Where Blood Is Born, which won the 1997 Best Fiction of the Year Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library. From the viewpoint of various characters, she tells the story of several generations of black women throughout the African diaspora. There are many stops along the way: the 18th-century African Gold Coast; a passage on a slave ship that ends up in antebellum Barbados; the U.S. and Canada during the 1970s; London in the '80s; and, finally, Africa. Jackson-Opoku speaks about her book at 7 p.m. tonight at the Bienes Center For the Literary Arts, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free; reservations are suggested. Call 954-357-7348.