This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

 THU 21

After seven days and more than 150 films, including 11 world premieres, six U.S. premieres, and 43 Florida premieres, the Palm Beach International Film Festival finally calls it a wrap at 7 p.m. at the Muvico Parisian 20 at CityPlace (545 Hibiscus St., West Palm Beach). The closing ceremonies, hosted by Judge Reinhold, include the Florida premiere of the film Checking Out starring Peter Falk, Judge Reinhold, David Paymer, and Laura San Giancomo. Following the film, the Competition Film Awards recognize the best film, best director, best performance by an actor/actress, and audience favorites in three categories. Afterward, the crowd moves to Canteen (1 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach.) for a wrap party. Ticket price is $25 per person. Call 561-833-2310, or visit www.pbifilmfest.org. (PAL)

FRI 22

Moolaadé: Protecting girls from the knife
Moolaadé: Protecting girls from the knife

Even though 4/20 was Wednesday, it's never too late for an event featuring nearly witty stoner puns. Nickel Bag of Funk #3, which goes down tonight at I/O Lounge (30 NE 14th St., Miami), touts itself as a "bass-head's Super Bowl;" a play on words so clever it deserves a New Times rim shot (bud dum dum CHING). But if you enjoyed Nickel Bag of Funk and Nickel Bag of Funk #2, then you'll likely be thrilled about this jungle music megaparty. Featuring Bass Junkie, Phoenecia, Silver, and Stu from Cause4Concern, there will be all kinds of popping and locking going on and maybe even a break-dance fight. Tickets to the 18-and-over show cost $10 to $20. Call 305-358-8007, or visit www.iolounge.com. (PAL)

SAT 23

It's only for women and couples, and it's called Climax. So we'll leave it up to your libidinous imagination as to what might go down at Sonar (2006 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood) tonight. Hint: It could include live dancers, shot girls, and "visuals," plus a lingerie contest with $100 in prizes. If there's anywhere north of South Beach that attracts guys who can afford the $100-and-up bottle service and the experimental girls who are drawn to them, Sonar would be it. Call 954-920-8777. (DF)

SUN 24

It's fishy! It's dishy! It's clam-tastic! It's a celebration of the crustacean at the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, where you can sample fish sausage, crab muffins, and grouper pancakes. Or, uh, foods like that. You can also see the Supremes and Eric Burdon and the Animals (on Friday); John Kay and Steppenwolf and Badfinger (on Saturday); and Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and Jo-El Sonnier (today, during a special Sunday Cajun Show). All entry fees go to charity, so don't be shellfish! Admission costs $8 per person; kids under 10 get in free. Call 954-941-2940. (DF)

MON 25

We should have told you earlier, but this is the beginning of TV Turnoff Week. Obviously, the day is a statement about America's couch culture, but beyond that, it's also a great opportunity to piss people off. There's still time to log onto www.adbusters.org and order your TV-B-Gone -- a remote-control device that slips on your key chain and enables you to wander around illicitly snapping off idiot boxes wherever you see them. They're only $13 Canadian! Imagine the fun you could have near the wall of TVs in Best Buy! At sports bars! Near the simulcast at the greyhound track! Or near the security desk at the airport! The armed guards love pranksters -- really! (DF)

TUE 26

To say that artist Dan Rizzie makes collages of flowers would be like saying Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is just some oil painting of a chick. After a childhood spent in Egypt, Jordan, and Jamaica where his father was stationed in the diplomatic corps, Rizzie's work first received national recognition in Texas. He's also been included in numerous museum collections. Preferring aged deconstructed surfaces to pristine canvas, Rizzie incorporates vibrant color, various materials, vintage patterns, and rich texture in his brilliantly orchestrated compositions. His attention to texture has led him to mix paints with coffee grounds and dirt to achieve the desired effect. He also keeps stores of materials, vintage paper, and scraps of old wallpaper that often make their way into works. The result is pieces that present the viewer with beautiful, simple designs that are innovative yet elegant. The Armory Art Center of the Palm Beaches (1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach) will display his work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free. Call 561-832-1776, or visit www.armoryart.org. (PAL)

WED 27

Fifty-two of the 53 critics who reviewed the film Moolaadé on rottentomatoes.com, plus 100 percent of the average people who commented on it, say that it's awesome. The film was made by Africa's founding father of cinema, Ousmane Sembene, who's now 80-something. It explores the common practice of female circumcision -- and, if you can believe it, does so in such a way that it's not depressing but vibrant and enlightening. One viewer even compared it to My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The plot revolves around four young girls in Burkina Faso who are about to undergo the "purification" ritual but instead flee to the home of a woman who protects them from the knife and triggers a village standoff. (Moolaadé means "sanctuary"). The movie kicks off the Miami African Film Festival. It will be shown in Fort Lauderdale (at Sunrise Cinema Riverfront 15, 300 SW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale ) on April 29, but you can meet the director in person if you hustle to tonight's screening at Sunrise Cinema Intracoastal 8 (3701 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach). Tickets cost $10. Call 954-558-0841. (DF)

 
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