This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

THU 8/21So the grass on your front lawn is filled with brownish splotches, and your only concession to landscape fashion is a pair of garden gnomes. Sounds like it's time for Secret Woods Nature Center's (2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach) Summer Landscape Series. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., participants learn how to create a landscape that will be easy on the eyes and the wallet. Learn how to save money on cooling and water bills while attracting wildlife to your home. And of course, the class will also help you improve your yard's look. In tonight's session, Broward Community College horticulture instructor David McLean, who also owns Trinity Gardens Nursery, offers basic tips on landscape maintenance as well as on how to properly plan your landscape. Admission is free. Call 954-791-1030.

FRI 8/22"You know your poor ass boyfriend can't buy you no jewelry/Can I buy you drinks, or do you just want the money?/You know I got more money than a girl like you could spend/You must not of saw my Benz/I'm the man, girlfriend." Those lyrics from the latest Bum Ruckus album, Tulips on an Organ (give it a minute), are pretty romantic, no? And coming from a ska-rap-rock group, that's pretty impressive. This South Florida sextet is keeping the ska scene alive, a scene that is fading decidedly faster than Michael Jackson's nose. Come see the boys toot their horns at the Factory (2674 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). River City Rebels open, and show starts at 6 p.m. Call 954-564-ROCK.

SAT 8/23Here's your chance to see our pick for Best Rock Band from this year's Best Of issue. And, for those who didn't read this year's Best Of issue (we know there must be somebody who didn't see it, though we can't imagine how it could've happened), the band in question is Pygmy. Secret Service and Our Nation of Thoughtlessness open at 6 p.m. at the Showroom (601 NW Fourth Ave., Boca Raton). So what made Pygmy our pick for Best Rock Band? You'll have the answer when you see the five-piece hardcore/jazz/rock fusion combo. With energetic numbers that slow down and speed up like some sort of frantic sonic roller coaster, Pygmy sounds... well, it sounds like Pygmy. And in this day and age, any band that can sound original and different must be doing something right. Admission to the all-ages show is $3.

SUN 8/24The last few weeks of summer is the time that truly tries South Florida. Months of downtime have passed by with little or no tourist dollars flowing into the coffers, and one cannot expect this to change until at least October. For a place like Native Village (3551 N. State Rd. 7, Hollywood), a traditional Native American village that relies heavily on the tourist trade, these months are an absolute killer. To generate an extra bit of cash flow, the Village is putting on a concert series, which kicks off at 5 p.m. today and will continue each week through October. Aside from open-mic and animal performances, the Providence and Gilded Lily are set to perform at this inaugural show. The money raised not only ensures Native Village's survival but also goes toward building larger enclosures for the venue's tiger and black bear -- both of which, it goes without saying, need their space. Admission is $5. Call 954-961-4519 for directions or 954-829-3299 for details on the concerts or to volunteer your band for a future show.

MON 8/25 Bob Nelson may look familiar, but you just can't place him, right? He has that ubiquitous "nice but slightly weird" look to him, like your friend's dad who would embarrass you when you came over to their house by putting on a fake moustache and pretending to fall down the stairs. Well, besides a cameo in Kindergarten Cop, Nelson has been featured in two of his own HBO specials; The Ninth Annual Young Comedians Special, where Bob presented his classic football piece, and It Ain't Easy Bein' Me, where he introduced one of his most popular characters, Jiffy Jeff. Nelson also starred in his own one-hour special, Nelson Schmelson.And now Bob brings his zany comedy to South Florida for the Palm Beach Improv's (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach) "Christian Night." Yes, you heard right: No cursing or you have to put a nickel in the Swear Jar. Nelson performs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Call 561-833-1812.

TUE 8/26What's up with all those darned tornadoes lately? Consider it Mother Nature's way of shuffling you to the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) for Weather, Waves, and Weird Science. This hands-on exhibit allows visitors to experiment with wind, sand, gravity, clouds, and ocean and turbidity currents (which happen during earthquakes) and view the Circling Wave Umbrella, which shows how waves travel through matter. Check out the weirdness Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Call 954-467-6637.

WED 8/27Who's always wanted to see his local weatherman behind the bar pouring drinks? As part of "Celebrity Bartender Night," WPTV-TV's (Channel 5) chief meteorologist, Steve Weagle, along with Kriess Collection owner John Paul McDonald, kicks it Tom Cruise-in-Cocktail-style at Amici (288 S. County Rd., Palm Beach). Yeah, Weagle can do more than just give you a five-day forecast. How about a five-day hangover? Take that, Al Roker! Belly up to the bar and order a round, at least so you can tell your friends the weather guy got you three sheets to the wind (pun intended). All tips go to support the South Florida Science Museum. The event starts at 6 p.m. Call 561-832-0201.

 
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