This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

THU 10/23Don't miss your last chance to catch the Andreas Feininger exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach). The son of one of the master instructors at the Bauhaus, Feininger trained as an architect in Germany before moving to Stockholm, where he took an interest in photography. Shortly after immigrating to New York in 1939, he became a staff photographer for Lifemagazine, where he worked for 20 years. His photos chronicled the cityscapes of New York City in the 1940s, whether it was nature, people, or panoramas of the urban jungle. One of his most recognizable photos is of the Brooklyn Bridge at night. Check out the exhibit, which closes Friday. Call 561-832-5196.

FRI 10/24Are you tired of hanging out in smoky bars and having to yell to have a conversation? Have you ever thought about hanging out at the library? In Greenacres? Well, tonight, in honor of "Teen Read Week," Miami jazz/rock/ hardcore soldiers Pygmy play at the Greenacres Branch Library (3750 Jog Rd., Greenacres). Enjoy a night of good-natured fun, soda, and pizza. It's just like being back in middle school but without worrying about your dad coming to pick you up in his pajamas. The show starts at 7 p.m., and ages 12 and older are welcome. Call 561-641-9100.

SAT 10/25So you're a comic-book nerd -- uh -- collector. What do you do for Halloween? You did the Boba Fett costume in 1998, and the Sailor Moon costume is sooo AnimeCon 2001. Well, if you take advice from Tate's Comics (4566 N. University Dr., Lauderhill) and visit their Halloween Sale-A-Bration this weekend, you might get some ideas. Besides discounts on back-issue comics, anime, and T-shirts, you can meet Darth Vader, receive a Halloween goody bag, and -- brace yourself -- meet members of the 501st Legion Imperial Stormtroopers Costuming Club. Just for the record, the Stormtroopers have also appeared at blood drives, holiday parades, and the opening of a Gateway store. We know they really, really like Star Wars, but those costumes have got to be a bitch in South Florida. The sale takes place at 10 a.m. today and Sunday. Call 954-748-0181.

More fun than dildo-juggling midgets: It's Mindless Self Indulgence!
More fun than dildo-juggling midgets: It's Mindless Self Indulgence!

SUN 10/26Peter Tosh may not have gotten as much recognition as former Wailers' bandmate Bob Marley, but he was just as important in capturing the militant political climate of Jamaica in the 1970s with songs like "Stepping Razor," the anthemic "Get Up, Stand Up," and the acclaimed 1976 album Legalize It. In honor of Tosh's birthday (which was actually October 19, but Jamaicans have made an art form out of taking their time), a "Peter Tosh Tribute Concert" takes place at Bayfront Park Amphitheater (301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Lucky Dube, Edi Fitzroy, Andrew Tosh (Peter's eldest son), Everton Blender, Amadi, Half Pint, Mykal Rose, Nadine Sutherland, Malachi, and Tony Rebel all perform. The concert starts at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $30. Call 305-891-2944.

MON 10/27Just in time for Halloween, it's Mindless Self Indulgence! Let's look past blathering testimonials from some of nu-metal's biggest stars, like Jonathan Davis of Korn, who claims MSI "ruined my life." We all know being in Korn did that. The New York City-based quartet's latest album, Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy, is a whirling dervish of hip-hop and industrial beats, B-movie camp, and crotch-kicking guitars nailed down with singer Little Jimmy Urine's cartoonish vocals. And with songs such as "Cocaine and Toupees" and "I Hate Jimmy Page," you kind of have to look past their on-stage getups and realize that a band that tours with Insane Clown Posse can't possibly take itself too seriously. Mindless Self Indulgence plays the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) today and Tuesday. Shows start at 8 p.m. Call 954-564-1074.

TUE 10/28Remember that movie Dutch, with Ed O'Neill from Married with Children? He takes his girlfriend's spoiled kid on a road trip, and they hate each other. But in the inevitable Hollywood ending, they learn to put up with each other and learn a valuable lesson, blah, blah, blah... Well, that's the same story with Kikujiro, the 2000 film from Takeshi Kitano. Kitano gained international recognition for his overly graphic Violent Cop series but decided to take a different road with Kikujiro. The film was allegedly inspired by the Wizard of Oz, and the basic premise is a road trip in which Kitano himself is the foul-mouthed chaperone for a little boy who wants to go and find his estranged mother. After gambling away all the money his wife gives him to accompany the kid, shenanigans involving gangsters and bikers ensue. It never gets too violent, and the kid is so damn cute, so it's fun for the whole family. The film screens as part of the "Off the Wall Film Series," which takes place outside of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Starts at 8:30 p.m. Call 561-582-0006.

WED 10/29And for those for whom every day is Halloween, it's the Art of Noise 2003 tour with Amon Amarth, Goatwhore, Kreator, Nile,and Vader at the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale). It's a metal quintuple-threat! If you're going to venture to the Culture Room on a Wednesday, you more than likely know what you're getting yourself into. But for those who get their metal news from Headbanger's Ball (which is currently back on MTV again and can hopefully pry the dying channel out of the lifeless hands of Jessica Simpson's Idiot Parade), you might not know who the hell these guys are. And that's OK. Just make sure to bring earplugs, kiddies! Show starts at 7 p.m. Call 954-564-1074.

 
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