This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

 THU 23

Unless you have plane tickets to Atlanta, Montreal, or Philadelphia, tonight's your very last chance to check out one of the Marlins' regular-season games. You ought to go -- if only to insure yourself as a "real fan" should the Fish pull off another magical surprise, clinching the wild card, powering through the playoffs, and winning the World Series again. We know they have it in 'em! Help the hometown honeys -- when the Phillies pitcher takes the mound tonight at Pro Player Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami), chant, "We want a pitcher, not a belly-itcher!" Or, even better, "We want a pitcher, not a cup of beer!" Gets the crowd going every time. The game starts at 7:05 p.m., and tickets cost $6 to $75. Call 305-626-7492, or visit www.flamarlins.com. (DF)

FRI 24

Tiësto brings the happy-happy joy-joy to the party.
Tiësto brings the happy-happy joy-joy to the party.

We have to wonder if we should take up a collection for Party 93.1 to buy some new CDs. Sometimes the station's playlist seems limited to just one track: "Traffic" by superstar DJ Tiësto. Not that we really mind. The beats get us amped every time they spin, and the lovely Tisto was voted the number one DJ in the world by DJ Magazine -- twice. Ever so humble, T says, "I couldn't believe it. I thought somebody was trying to fool me" about being the first DJ ever invited to perform for millions at the Olympic games. If that's not enough to make you love him, just listen to him say in his little Dutch accent, "My ears are still there but sometimes I hear, when the music is too loud on me, a little beep in my ear." Or "That's how I want people to remember me by. If they ask about Tisto, you know that happy DJ from the 21st century." Tisto and five other DJs spread the smiles at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre (corner of Biscayne Boulevard and NW First Avenue, Miami) beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $30. Call 305-375-0001, or visit www.cooljunkie.com. (DF)

SAT 25

If you're one of those poor saps who thinks you're a bona fide opera singer every time you step in the shower, here's your chance to find out whether you truly have a golden voice -- or if it's just soap in your ears. Compete in today's Singing in the Shower Contest, held at Pembroke Lakes Mall (11401 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines), and you could be on your way to singing the National Anthem at a New York Knicks game. But first you must do a phone-in audition and prove your pipes to the judges. Then you have to show up at the mall, take the stage -- er, shower -- and do some karaoke (don't worry; you can keep your clothes on). The regional winner gets a VertiSpa hydro-massage system and an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the national competition in New York City. The singing takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Call 888-242-2442, or visit www.americanstandard-us.com. (JB)

SUN 26

Soulfly? Who's that? Blowfly's mild-mannered cousin of funk? Actually, Soulfly is about as far from funk and disco as you can get; it's the band led by Max Cavalera, former frontman of Brazilian metal titans Sepultura. Like most old thrashers trying to sustain a career in today's Limp Bizkit-influenced climate, Cavalera has gladly picked up the nu metal torch and burned most traces of his previous band's hyper-speed attack. Soulfly's latest album, Prophecy, is similar to past efforts but with one notable improvement -- the omission of "special guest" collaborators (that means no more Sean Lennon) -- though, this time around, Cavalera's ever-changing band includes former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. So all is well on the metal celebrity front. Soulfly performs at 7 p.m. tonight with Twisted Method and Twelve Tribes at the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $16.50 to $18. Call 954-564-1074. (JB)

MON 27

Maybe it's the complicated finishing process, or all that equipment you have to use. Or maybe just the fear of getting dirty. Whatever the reason, ceramic art doesn't always get its due in a field largely dominated by painting. This makes an exhibit like Christine Federighi's "Landscape Journey" all the more impressive. Heavily influenced by Native American artists (as well as all tribal art), the University of Miami art professor creates a canvas out of each intricately crafted sculpture. The spiral figures and painted spheres are more than abstract shapes; they represent Federighi's battle with cancer. It's part of the artist's aim to "reveal the poetics of self." The exhibit runs through October 1 at the Palm Beach Community College Eissey Campus (3160 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Call 561-207-5015. (JB)

TUE 28

The revolution is here! Like, tonight! And it won't be televised. But that doesn't matter -- it's happening right in Himmarshee. After months of anticipation, Revolution, the newest incarnation of 100 SW 3rd Ave. (formerly the Edge, Chili Pepper, Star Bar/Venu) opens tonight. And what better band to kick off the club's inaugural show than Jamaica's legendary Wailers? In its heyday (when Bob Marley was alive), the Wailers fought for more than the right to party. But that was long ago. Since then, legal problems and the shadow cast by Marley's death have kept the band from strolling down Easy Street. And then there's all those trendoid college students cheapening the music's message, reducing it to background tunes while they do keg-stands. Shit, maybe the revolution will be televised. On Fox. Who Wants to Overthrow the Government? The revolution starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Call 954-727-0950. (JB)

WED 29

So... 185 guys walk into a bar. There's a Catholic, a Protestant, and a Jew... OK, so maybe our jokes are played out, and we're in need of some schooling in the comedy department. Maybe we should be one of the guys -- or girls -- who walk into the Gay Improv Group at Art on the Edge (3076 NE 12th Ter., Oakland Park). The weekly comedy workshops are led by James Jana, a recent transplant from the Chicago arts scene (think Second City and the Groundlings). The class costs $8 per session, and it lasts from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call 954-563-0160 or visit www.ArtOnTheEdgeInc.com. (DF)

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