This Week's Day by Day Picks

THU 5/22Eleanor Hoh grew up in Hong Kong, where her mom's cooking left an indelible desire for the meals of Asia. When the young girl moved to England, widely renowned as the Land Fine Cuisine Forgot, Hoh yearned for the food she enjoyed in Hong Kong. Hoh now finds herself in South Florida with the desire to pass on a little of the knowledge she has gained over the years. Hosted by Kitchen Works (1808 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), Hoh's Easy Asian Cooking course promises to teach participants in two hours what it took Hoh years to learn. Abandoning exacting recipes for more fun and stress-free flow charts, Hoh guides students through three dishes illustrating her approach. Class begins at 7 p.m. today, with future classes on June 17 and July 24. Admission is $40. Call 305-865-9297.

FRI 5/23Oh, if only "One Sure Bet" had happened a few years earlier, and in D.C. instead of at Southcoast Psychotherapy & Education Associates Inc. (5301 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. 270, Boca Raton). Maybe then, Bill Bennett could still be seen as the moral, virtuous conscience of our nation. But no, Bennett is a degenerate gambler, and now the association tries to prevent others from traveling his path with "One Sure Bet," a workshop that takes place at 7 p.m. Dr. James Cocores, Southcoast's medical director, leads the workshop and describes pathological gambling. The doctor maintains that betting can create chemical changes in the brain and body that are essentially identical to cocaine. And while we're not ready to believe that a solid dose of booger sugar produces the same effect as hitting a trifecta, we'll leave this to the experts. Admission is free. Call 561-241-6628.

SAT 5/24Sure, lots of bands these days have sold out, but are you ready to get Soul'd Out? The Billabong Pub (3000 Country Club Ln., Hallandale) offers a night of funkafied booty shakin' with a performance by the boys of Hashbrown. These guys have been around for years and still can get a crowd all riled up with their infectious brand of rock/soul/funk. And then put on your dancing shoes and get ready to get down with yo bad self as DJs Uti and Boogie Waters spin a whole lotta funk and soul. And there are beer specials all night. That's more than 100 damn beers to choose from. Get up -- get on up! Starts at 9 p.m. and costs $3. For those 18 and older. Call 954-985-1050.

SUN 5/25 Tony Rock has seven brothers and one sister. Good Lord, that's a lot of kids! So naturally, he had to fight for the spotlight as a little one. And yes, Chris Rock is his brother. But Tony's not satisfied with riding his brother's coattails all the way to the top. He set out on his own, doing standup comedy across the country. Rock's also hosted the Comedy Centralshow Battlebots and performed live at the Apollo. So while certain siblings are off doing bad comedy (Head of State? More like of Head of Straight... to Video!), Tony's heading to Uncle Funny's (9160 State Rd. 84, Davie) to unleash his wicked sense of humor on the unsuspecting masses. Show starts at 8 p.m., with opening act Butch Bradley. Cover plus two-drink minimum. Call 954-474-5653, or visit www.unclefunnys.net.

MON 5/26Now that you've got a blessed day off for Memorial Day, after taking a moment to memorialize, maybe it's time to look around your domicile and recognize that many of those who fought and died for our country would look at your home and think they had returned to the war zone. It is, to put it in a not-so-subtle way, time to redecorate. Luckily, today is the last day of the Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show, which takes place from noon to 7:30 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Although the show has gone on since Friday, today is probably the best day to attend, as Michael Payne of HGTV's Designing for the Sexes presents seminars at 1 and 3 p.m. to teach couples how to overcome their differences of opinion. And when it comes to home décor, it goes without saying that men and women will have differences of opinion. Now then -- where can I put up my deer head and neon beer sign? Admission is $8, $1 for children age 11 and younger. Call 954-765-5900.

TUE 5/27Now that Jeb Bush has recommended a grand total of zero dollars and zero cents for art funding and anti-art crusaders such as Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani have managed to turn major cities into cultural wastelands, maybe it's time for you curators and artists to learn how to beg for cash properly. The Broward County Commission's Cultural Affairs Division presents a grant-writing program at the Broward County Main Library (100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) at 2 p.m. With the July 1 deadline for the Design Arts Program only weeks away, this workshop shows Broward-based organizations that are also potential contributors to the beautification of Fort Lauderdale how to convince the powers that be that their art is the best art. Call 954-357-7530.

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