I Know Why

The Cajun bird sings

 SAT 4/2

Attention, all crawdaddies 'n' mommies -- here comes crawfish stew, crawfish kebabs, and crawfish étouffée. In Bubba-speak, it's time to come out for a big taste of the Big Easy at the First Annual Palm Beach Cajun Blues Crawfish Festival from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Meyer Amphitheatre (105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach). Along with the crawdads -- a.k.a. crayfish -- Bourbon Street favorites like spicy jambalaya and powdered-sugar beignets will be plentiful. Wash it all down and cop a buzz at the Blues Café & Capt. Morgan Hurricane Bar while listening to headliners the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Neville Brothers. If you don't remember Aaron Neville, imagine you're cheering up a friend, suggesting that "everybody plays the fool sometimes." Then, suddenly, mid-lyric, someone rips your sleeves off and kicks you in the balls. Though the falsetto may clash with his gumbo-fed biceps (which are so big that Bush wants to drill them for oil), no one questions his soulful masculinity. They will, however, question yours if you don't come get yo'self some red beans and rice! Tickets for the festival cost $17 in advance and $20 at the gate. Call 561-799-7966, or visit www.palmbeachfestivals.com. -- John Shannon

Finest Hour

Why do these guys have the blues? Are they all outta red beans and rice at the Crawfish Festival?
Why do these guys have the blues? Are they all outta red beans and rice at the Crawfish Festival?
What's InStyle this season?
What's InStyle this season?
Grab a paintbrush and volunteer, Broward!
Grab a paintbrush and volunteer, Broward!

Be a better person -- have a martini

THU 3/31

Ever get that twinge of guilt when the big-enough-to-feed-a-village bar tab arrives? Well, no more. Leave it to the not-so-puritanical Fort Lauderdale crowd to figure out a way to channel socializing toward a good cause. For more than a decade, the Young Professionals for Covenant House has managed to trade libations for donations. And it's worked. According to the group's website, they've raised $1.2 million for Covenant House Florida, which helps runaway, homeless, and at-risk youths. So how do the Young Professionals do it? One happy hour at a time. For this group, drinking doesn't mean dysfunction; it means a function. The next social is at Bahia Cabana (3001 Harbor Dr., Fort Lauderdale), where admission gets you two drinks and appetizers. Shannon Stout, vice president of the group, says she expects 250 "never boring" people, aged 27 to 45, to mingle, network, and cocktail from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Admission costs $15, $10 for members. Call 954-568-7901, or visit www.youngpros.net. -- Jason Cottrell

Inside In Style

Release your inner beauty queen

SAT 4/2

That outfit. Your hair! Your face! Darling, wazzup? You need remodeling. OK, don't listen to us about the crow's feet and bags under your eyes. Go see the pros. In Style magazine is bringing a veritable pu-pu platter of lifestyle enhancements during "Inside In Style" to the Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa (4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Get a beauty consultation and some minispa treatments. Sit up-close for fashion runway shows, and, of course, shop. It's kind of like a county fair -- except the carnies may be botoxed, bikini-waxed, and calf-implanted. Tickets cost $15 ($10 in advance). Who'da thunk the inside life would come so cheap? Go to www.instyle.com/insideinstyle, or call 800-755-8536. -- Dave Amber

Give and Ye Shall Receive

SAT 4/2

Have weeks of debauchery left your karma needing a kick? Volunteer Broward Day at Snyder Park (3299 SW Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) gives you an opportunity to make up for your less evil transgressions. Hundreds of volunteers will engage in a service project benefiting ten nonprofit agencies. Lend a hand at 8 a.m. Saturday. Your soul will thank you. Call 954-522-6761, or visit www.volunteerbroward.org. -- Paul A. Leone

 
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