This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

THU 26

Memorial Day may be on Monday, but the weekend starts Thursday with a little game of "Drink Drink Goose," as it were. There's no better way to get loose than with a little Grey Goose. But at Pepper's Café (3828 N. University Dr., Sunrise), there's No Grey Goose If U Don't Get Loose. Of course, loosening up won't be a problem with DJs Papo and Smiley turnin' the tables with some hip-hop and reggae. The party starts at 11 p.m. Admission costs $5 for college students with a legitimate I.D. (we all know you're not Heywood Jablowme from Fartmouth College). Everyone else pays $10. As always, you have to be 18 to get in and 21 to get loose. Call 954-578-5900. (JB)

FRI 27

After some well-publicized run-ins with some bottles of wine and some child endangerment charges, comic Paula Poundstone is now a law-abiding, Diet Coke-guzzling single mother. "The majority of her time," says her bio, "is spent at home, with her children, where she watches steadily improving cartwheels, denies junky snacks, tries desperately to remember the parts of speech, corrects long division, listens to Nancy Drew read aloud, overcooks noodles, and tries to explain that life isn't always fair, but that right now it's Thomas E's turn to use the pogo stick." Uh-oh -- that leaves her dangerously close to a complete loss of comedic sensibility. Case in point: There's a whole section of her website where you can ask Poundstone to ask her cat a question. What's the deal with that? We know there's a sassy, smart, and funny lady under all that Rosie O'Donnell-style nonsense; Poundstone used to write for Mother Jones, and she's required to be sharp and quick-witted in her recurring role on the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me . So we're giving her the chance to redeem herself tonight through Sunday at the Improv (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood). If she calls anyone a "sweet patootie," she's off our list. Tickets cost $23.32. Call 954-981-5653. (DF)

SAT 28Hollywood Babylon, eh? All right, so no one can argue that Tinseltown is the epicenter of scandals and strange behavior. But if you look around, you can find Babylonian aspects in any town -- especially in Babylon, New York. Gregg Tomé should know; he grew up there in the '70s. Tomé has a vivid memory of the town's colorful characters, nine of which he re-creates in the one-man performance Back to Babylon. The monologues are as varied as the characters, who include a young wrestler struggling with his sexual preference (and his drug-selling dad); a fast-driving teen heading toward the inevitable; and a guy who thinks the town's sewer system killed his father. Damn -- we thought it was Fatty Arbuckle. Back to Babylon opens tonight at the Cuillo Centre for the Arts (201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach). The show takes place at 8 p.m. every Saturday through June 18. Tickets cost $15. Call 561-835-9226. (JB)

SUN 29If BradLeo and the Consumers died of consumption, then BradLeo and the Heartstoppers were born out of a cardiac arrest. Indeed, Orlando's premier peddlers of Stiff Records-style rock 'n' roll are coming to town for a little defibrillating. The Heartstoppers pick up right where the Consumers left off, pumping out tunes that'll resuscitate even the most broken spirit. These guys wear their hearts on their sleeves; no, really -- they actually don "heart-sleeve" armbands (and sell 'em too). Fans of Graham Parker and Nick Lowe, take note. Oh, and if you like a little comedy with your rock, BradLeo is known to bust out some amusing one-liners. Well, they're funny after a few drinks, at least. The Heartstoppers bring the beat tonight with the Hooples at Maguire's Hill 16 (535 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The free show starts at 10 p.m. Call 954-764-4453. (JB)

MON 30

Listening to those old Ramones albums just isn't the same now that three-quarters of the band is dead. Watching bands of 16-year-olds butcher Ramones songs makes one understand why Joey used to sing, "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment." And there's a sizable contingent of purists who scoff at Marky Ramone's current tribute tour, which rolls in tonight to the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale). Naysayers argue that Marky's not a real Ramone, having joined after the band's alleged golden years ended (and because he can play more than one drum rhythm). Funny thing is, many of those same curmudgeons will show up anyway. This is, after all, a full-on tribute act. Unlike Marky's last band, the Intruders, this one's all Ramones, all the time. The show starts at 8 p.m. with the Livid Kittens, Ginger Snapped, and Ate Away. Tickets cost $15. Call 954-564-1074. (JB)

TUE 31The old saying goes, "You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose." What if you want to pick your guitar -- or your fiddle, or your mandolin, or your dobro or banjo -- with your friends? In that case, head to the Bamboo Room (25 S. "J" St., Lake Worth) for its newly reinstated Roots Jam. Hosted by local virtuoso Billy Gilmore (who "can play anything with strings," according to the Bamboo Room's manager, Rolland Wolfe), the monthly event is like an open-mic night for fans of folk and bluegrass. It's free. Sign-up begins at 8 p.m.; the music starts at 9. For ages 21 and up, please. Call 561-585-2583. (DF)

WED 1John Webber, manager of Wine World (1201 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. 5D, Fort Lauderdale) is excited about his industry these days. "In the last 20 years, we've experienced a golden age of great winemaking. There's hardly a bad wine out there." If you want to move past the chardonnays, cabernets, and merlots of Publix, to know the good from the bad and the nasty from the dee-lish, then Webber suggests you "build up what we call a tasting memory." Translation: Try lots of wines. A good place to start? Wine Down Wednesdays,a joint production between Wine World and its adjacent restaurant, Casa D'Angelo. These weekly tastings feature appetizers -- like bruscetta, olives, and cheeses -- plus several wines based around a theme. (One week, it was "Spanish Reds"; another Wednesday featured "South of the Equator" wines from Chile, South Africa, and Australia.) The event costs $15 and lasts from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 954-416-1234. (DF)

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