Where art my harmonica?
Some fascinating things have happened in the history of folk festivals. Dylan fans will remember how he shattered the rules of convention by wielding an electric guitar at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Shouts of "Judas!" could be heard. Bob responded by kissing the sacred world of folk music smack dab on the cheek. Oh, to have been there live... pick a testicle.
On Saturday, March 26, the Earth might not shake, but the Lake Worth Rotary Club will give you a chance to attend a real hootenanny at its Third Annual Lake Worth Folk Festival, being held at the American Polish Club (4725 Lake Worth Rd., Lake Worth) from 2 to 8 p.m. Local legends like Rod McDonald, Tracy Sands, and Bob and Jolene Patterson will be pickin' and a-grinnin'. Take a break from MTV and the radio for a day to hear songs that don't rely on gritty depictions of sexual prowess -- since the heart of folk is human rights, or the lack thereof. In this milieu of lobotomizing pop motifs, you might find that redeeming. Tickets cost $10 to $15, and children under age 10 get in free. Call 561-582-7600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. -- John Shannon
Rasta ladies set the record straight
On www.rastafarian.net, a 15-year-old boy writes, "Through the way of Rastafari, I have come across the fact that ganja is taken into consideration. I have only just recently tried this herb and have enjoyed it on all occasions... Is it still alright by Jah to smoke ganja without the consent of my elders?" Alas, if there had been a Rastafarian curriculum for him to follow, we would know how to answer his question correctly. (For the record, the adviser tells him to check his conscience on that one but adds that "Ganja is a cultural healing herb, and an important gift from Jah!") Thursday through Sunday, Rasta women convene at the Art Temple (7141 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach) for the Third Annual Empress Menen Earthlight Celebration/Rastafari Women's Convention to discuss Rasta education and clear up misconceptions about the movement. A $10-per-day donation is requested. Call 570-619-0108, or visit www.empressofzion.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Spring Has Sprung
And dogs sport the hats to prove it
You don't really need an excuse to get your dog gussied up in a pink tutu -- everybody's doing it -- but here's one anyway: Delray Beach holds its annual Easter Bonnet Dog Parade, starting at Worthing Park (SE Second and East Atlantic avenues) at 10 a.m. Saturday. In the olden days, it was considered a dis to Easter, the goddess of spring, to be seen in anything but spankin' new duds 'round the end of March. The wearing of three new things at Easter assures good luck in the coming year, and round bonnets are symbolic of the sun and its orbit. Enter your dog for a $2 donation and angle for prizes like Most Tropical or Most Frou-Frou Bonnet. Call 561-276-7511. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Eek! A Giant Hippo!
Wear a skimpy swimsuit and it'll be as easy as stealing candy from a baby. When the kids atop the Hippo, the world's largest inflatable waterslide, see you huffing up its 50-foot staircase, they'll move so you can launch your ass down the 150-foot length of the slide. The Hippo is stationed at Hollywood Beach (at the Broadwalk and Johnson Street) through Monday. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and all ages are welcome. Cost: $3 per ride. Call 954-921-3404. -- Deirdra Funcheon