Though it started yesterday, SunFest continues through Sunday in West Palm Beach along Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Drive, bringing you the very best in... well, let's not delve into hyperbole. Many media outlets with music coverage, including New Times, have derided SunFest in general and this year specifically. Looking at the entertainment lineup, we must reaffirm our opinion. Though crowds will be entertained, a bit more effort in the quality department could have resulted in a fine festival. Sheryl Crow headlines today, with James Brown performing before closers Powerhouse on Friday, while Saturday includes Nothing Rhymes with Orange, John Mayer, and America. The festival wraps up Sunday with Bob Dylan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the Yellowjackets headlining on the three stages. Mayer alone is enough to doom a festival to mediocrity, and Brown and Dylan, while unarguably legendary and talented, are, alas, past their prime. Here's hoping next year's festival tries to find the very best of today's acts. Tickets cost $17 or $35 for a five-day pass. Seniors age 65 and older pay $8, while kids age 12 and younger are admitted free. Call 800-SUNFEST.
Frightfully obnoxious comedian Gilbert Gottfried begins a two-day gig at the New York Comedy Club (8221 Glades Rd., Boca Raton) at 9 p.m. If one word describes Gottfried, it is loud -- that word describes his voice, his clothes, more or less everything about the man. This is not the refined, subtle comedy of, say, the Three Stooges. Though his most recent national exposure has been through the Howard Stern Show, Gottfried's booming whine has landed him a variety of film and television roles, including, perhaps most famously, as the parrot in Aladdin, in which he somehow managed to transfer his melodramatic mannerisms to a cartoon bird. Amazing. Admission varies, but a two-drink minimum applies. Gottfried continues his run Saturday at 7, 9, and 11 p.m. Call 561-470-6887.
Although festivities leading up to the Air and Sea Show have been building since Monday, April 28, when the Enterprise Battle Group arrived, the show itself kicks off today and carries through until Sunday. The display of American naval and aerial might goes hand in hand with the jingoistic times we live in, though some of the best displays of airplane acrobatics come not from the military but from civilian barnstorming squadrons. Of course, the USAF Thunderbirds and the Navy's F-18 Hornet demonstration team make for some grand maneuvers, but other groups such as the Red Baron Pizza Squadron's World War II biplanes prove equally impressive. If nothing but the top military aircraft will get you cheering, the show also promises a flyover by a B-2 stealth bomber, fresh from lobbing precision-guided death all over Baghdad. The show begins at 10 a.m. both today and Sunday along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Best viewing locations are between Las Olas and Sunrise boulevards, but be prepared for serious traffic. In fact, you're much better off taking the shuttles from various locations around town. Call 954-527-5600, ext. 4.
The term trash culture takes on a whole new meaning in Pablo Cano's latest exhibition, "For Heaven's Sake." The Miami-based performance artist transforms discarded items such as beer cans, broken umbrellas, and guitar parts into the arms, legs, and heads of quirky marionettes. Backed by a tap-dancing hippopotamus, a robotic mouse, and other oddballs, a young girl encounters heaven. Just when you think things are starting to get weird, the music comes in. A few jazzy song-and-dance numbers later, these debris-laden puppets have tap-tap-tapped their way into your heart. Or maybe they've unearthed a long-repressed memory that sends you spinning into the bowels of a trashy puppet nightmare. Either way, it's an interesting show at 2 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami). Call 305-893-6211.
We all remember Michael Jackson's Pepsi commercial conflagration. There have been tons of jokes at his expense. The sixth-annual Hair Explosion is not one of them. Natural Trend Setters, an urban salon in Fort Lauderdale owned by Yanique and Simone Hylton, hosts the event. The two-day show kicks off on Sunday with an awards presentation and styling techniques for ethnic hair. Today's events include discussions, hands-on seminars, and competitions in braiding, weaving, extensions, and lock maintenance for stylists. Poetry, music, clothing, and jewelry are also featured both days at the African American Research Library (2650 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale) Tickets are $35. Call 954-486-1414.
The Morikami Museum (4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach) holds its first Florida-Japan Summit today and Wednesday in celebration of 150 years of warm relations between the United States and Japan -- except for that bit in the 1940s, of course. The summit kicks off today at 2 p.m. with tours of the Morikami's Japanese Gardens, though the heart of the event is Wednesday, when Dr. Morris Mark, president emeritus of the University of West Florida, opens by discussing the ties between Japan and the United States. Following panel discussions throughout the day on a variety of subjects, Consul Gen. Ko Kodaira offers closing marks on the past 150 years. Call 561-495-0233.
So you found out your boyfriend is cheating on you. You're fiery hot with anger. But there, on your windshield, is a card. You open it up and try not to gag. Among a gauzy canvas of leaves and glittery paint is this message: "When I want to escape to a place where I know I can be myself... all I have to do is find you." Aww....how sweet. If you think it's hard trying to read those lines, think of the folks whose job it is to write them! The Hallmark Writers on Tour comes to the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Center (21050 95th Ave., Boca Raton) at 3 p.m. to introduce you to those very people. Get inside the minds of Dierdra Zollar and Jim Howard and figure out what makes their prose so damn heartwarming. Call 561-852-3241.