This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

 THU 10/30

As if we didn't have enough yachts in town already, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show drops anchor at six locations in Fort Lauderdale today: Radisson Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Broward County Convention Center, Marriott Portside Marina, Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel and Marina, Hall of Fame Marina, and Las Olas Marina. Through Monday, the show features more than $1.6 billion worth of boats, yachts, superyachts, and accessories -- why, if proceeds went to Iraq, we could occupy the country for at least another day! Kidding aside, some of the superyachts featured at the show are admittedly impressive. Take the Perfect Prescription -- a monstrous 177-foot yacht with accommodations for ten guests and 12 crew members, a spa, two theaters, 12 plasma screens, and even a freaking wine cellar, fer Christ's sake. Of course, the multimillion-dollar price tag is equally jaw-dropping. The folks at the boat show claim to have a boat for any budget, though, so if you're looking to get sailing, they've probably got a boat for you. Runabouts, high-performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bow riders, catamarans, trawlers, and the aforementioned superyachts are all available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Admission is $14 a day, $22 for a two-day pass, or $55 for a five-day pass. Call 800-940-7642.

FRI 10/31

The boat show keeps cruisin' this week.
The boat show keeps cruisin' this week.

Did you know that Krispy Kreme uses enough chocolate per year to fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools? And in two minutes, America's Krispy Kreme stores produce enough donuts to make a stack the height of the Empire State Building! Stoners and fatties unite! It's the Krispy Kreme Costume Contest! Yes, those purveyors of doughy, organ-clogging orgasmic goodness are sponsoring a contest at two stores in Palm Beach County. Anyone who visits Krispy Kreme (640 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach, or 201 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach) in costume receives a free glazed donut. But wipe that drool off your chin, because the top three finalists receive a BUCKET of hot, yeasty, glazed donuts. That's just so wrong, it's right. The costume contest starts at 5 p.m. Call 561-998-1995.

SAT 11/1

Fiddler Records is once again churning out that good ol' Florida noise, this time in the form of its latest signing, Salem. If you've ever lived in Gainesville or know anyone who's lived in Gainesville, then you've probably heard of As Friends Rust. Salem is ex-members of that band, and they make a stop in Delray Beach in support of their new album, Love It or Leave Me. Dry your eyes, kids. It will stop hurting soon. The Big Collapse also perform. Head over to Dada, 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Show starts at 10 p.m., and DJ Mana spins power pop, garage, Brit pop, funk, and soul for all the kids until 2 a.m. Call 561-330-3232.

SUN 11/2

Have you ever just wanted to hear songs from the movies without having to watch them? Too much visual stimulation and they come up short on the aural side? Well, you're in luck! The Flamingo Freedom Band presents its Reel Music concert at Religious Science (1550 NE 26th St., Fort Lauderdale). The FFB performs selections from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Psycho, Star Wars, and the James Bond series, and the evening also includes a movie trivia contest and free movie passes from Sunrise Cinemas. Don't let the fact that the concert's at the Church of Religious Science scare you away. The celluloid fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 954-792-1320, or visit www.flamingofreedomband.com.

MON 11/3

MGM in the 1920s was a star factory, consistently churning out images and icons that became synonymous with the concept of glamour, haute couture, and high society. It was said that the studio had "more stars than there are in heaven." As a tribute, the Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) presents Hollywood Glamour Photography: Ruth Harriet Louise at MGM. As one of the few women in her field at the time, Louise photographed hundreds of starlets, leading men, and directors. The exhibition features 80 vintage prints and portraits of megastars like Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, and Fred Astaire and touches on the days of celebrity fascination, before reality TV made fame creepy. They danced, they sang, and they generally didn't look like blithering idiots on desert islands or chasing men with oversized pectoral muscles. Ah, how we yearn for days gone by. Fashion and glamour photographs from George Hurrell and Edward Steichen are also on display. Visit the exhibit through January 18. Call 561-832-5196.

TUE 11/4

Take your budding scientist to the Children's Science Explorium (Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trl., Boca Raton) at 4:30 p.m. for the explorium's microscopic event. That's an event to teach children ages 6 to 8 all about microscopes, not an event that's really, really small. In any case, participants get to eyeball slides of plants, animals, and more under the microscope. It's a learning thing. And even better, it's free. Call 561-684-1168.

WED 11/5

Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, and that means large meals with many guests. If you haven't done this before, you may feel like you need to take some sort of course in hosting a party. That is, if you haven't done this before and you're really, really neurotic. But even if your neuroses are relatively in check, you can get a few good tips by attending Ugly Sisters Cook Up a Storm. A La Carte Catering (a.k.a. the Ugly Sisters) shows participants how to make easy holiday appetizers and offers tips on how to properly host your next gala. The sisters dish it out at the Edward Smith Family Nutrition Center (1 NW 33rd Ter., Fort Lauderdale) from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $20, with proceeds benefiting the Cooperative Feeding Program. Go online at www.feedingbroward.org.

 
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