This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

TUE 18

There's a sense that America has turned more conservative this past decade, but that's hard to quantify or prove... unless you look at the history of Grammy nominations. Whatever happened to 1993, when GWAR was nominated for its long-form video, Phallus in Wonderland? With all the change and uncertainty in the world these days, it's comforting to know that the Earth still circles dutifully in its orbit and that the band comes to a dark room near us every few months, spitting green blood and blue semen, decapitating creatures on-stage, and thrashing out hits like "Saddam a Go-Go." Frontman Odorus Urungus and the rest of GWAR play the Culture Room at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $22. Visit www.cultureroom.net. (DF)

WED 19

Hop on and help Katrina victims... at 4 p.m. or 4 a.m.
Hop on and help Katrina victims... at 4 p.m. or 4 a.m.

As a child, Miami artist Carlos Villa was so smitten with nature that he had to re-create it on canvas. Now as an adult, Villa continues to visually express his wonderment with the natural world -- and he does it with the freshness of a youngster. Villa's works are a dreamlike introduction to the animal kingdom, best exemplified in the mixed-media piece Love All the Animals. Villa turns the fantasy element up a notch in paintings like The Rain Has Stopped, bringing to mind Where the Wild Things Are, what with the strange, half-man/half-animal creatures. But the real attention-getter is Butterfly Man, a superhero-like character with colorful wings and (gulp) an exposed member big enough to distract any would-be villains. Villa's exhibit is on display now through October 29 at the Stonewall Library and Archives (1717 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Admission is free. Call 954-530-2723. (JB)

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