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Rod MacDonald preaches to the smoke-hating masses
Rod MacDonald preaches to the smoke-hating masses

Events for June 5-11, 2003

THU 6/5

Tired of living in the basement of your parents' house and eating dollar-store macaroni and cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Well, if you can drag yourself away from Grand Theft Auto for a few hours, the South Florida Chamber of Commerce hosts the South Florida Expo and Job Fair. More than 150 exhibitors and employers offer their services for potential jobs in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties. Land your dream job, or something close to it, and finally pay off all those phone calls to psychic hotlines. Wyndham Bonaventure Resort and Spa Grand Ballroom (250 Racquet Club Rd., Weston) hosts the fair. Admission is $10 and the job-hunting starts at 5 p.m. Call 954-565-5750, ext. 121.

FRI 6/6

Antiques collectors are serious people, and they need an accordingly serious venue in which to facilitate their obsessions. As one of the largest shows of its type in the United States, the West Palm Beach Antique and Collectibles Show is that kind of place. Collectors, hobbyists, decorators, and designers dig and browse through a menagerie of antiques, art, clothing, furniture, and much more at the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach). Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors; children under 12 are admitted free. Call 561-640-3433.

SAT 6/7

Today, Funny Cide and Jose Santos try to make history at the Belmont Stakes, the final race of the Triple Crown. The feat has not been accomplished since Seattle Slew pulled it off in 1977 on his way to becoming the first (and still only) horse to remain undefeated through the classics and also the only Triple Crown winner to be purchased beforehand at auction (wow, that breeder's probably kicking himself to this day). We won't ask the same of Funny Cide, but a Triple Crown would be nice. And since Santos uses a cue ring, the win should be no problem. We're not sure what a cue ring is, and apparently no one else in the world has heard of the racing accessory either, but if the Miami Herald prints it, it must be true, yeah? While the Belmont takes place in New York, local fans can catch the action at the Palm Beach Kennel Club (Belvedere Road and Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach). The club features simulcasts of the race as well as 15 greyhound races with superfectas. As for us, we'll be in the poker room; stop by if you feel like losing. Call 561-683-2222.

SUN 6/8

Ever tire of smoky bars filled with loud drunken patrons? Well, we may not, but some musical connoisseurs find that that atmosphere doesn't lend itself to music appreciation. Hence, the development of house concerts. The idea of having concerts in one's own home has caught on among South Florida's folkies, with several die-hard fans turning their pads into concert venues in recent months. One of these gracious hosts is Dave Cambest, whose Glade's Edge House Concerts welcomes Rod MacDonald at 7:30 p.m. Opening for the politically charged folkster is Friction Farm, a duo made up of Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay. Known for his politically conscious lyrics, MacDonald has been getting up on his acoustic soapbox since the late 1970s. Recent songs have dealt with the 9/11 hijackers who lived in South Florida ("My Neighbors in Delray") and the dreadful Palm Beach County election of 2000 ("USA"). Tonight's concert is billed as a pre-prerelease party for MacDonald's sixth album, Recognition. Admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Call 954-742-9236.

MON 6/9

Since we had a grand total of zero hurricanes during last year's season, it goes without saying that we're due. Besides, the extended forecast (perhaps more accurately, the extended guesswork) for this year's hurricane season calls for 12 to 14 storms, with six to nine of them becoming hurricanes and two to four of those turning into major hurricanes. With that in mind, mayhaps you should either move out of the state or attend the Hurricane Preparedness Workshop. Speakers include representatives of the American Red Cross, Broward County Emergency Management, and the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Program. The four-hour program begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Yankee Trader Hotel (321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) and costs $65. Call 305-447-8600.

TUE 6/10

The Beach Community Center (3351 NE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale) celebrates its second anniversary from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today with a Luau Luncheon. Of course, it only makes sense that the City of Fort Lauderdale's Parks and Recreation Department's beachside community center would celebrate its anniversary in such a beachy way, and the center's luau-themed event is pono. Admission is $8. Call 954-828-4610.

WED 6/11

Legendary spiritual mentor Bhagavan Das has had quite a life. At age 18, he left home to travel to India, where he became a yogi and discovered that his purpose in life was to find God. He spent six years in India and Nepal, where he studied Hinduism and Buddhism. Once he came back to America, Das collaborated with poet Allen Ginsberg and Zen spiritualist Alan Watts. He even recorded in Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland studios, where he produced his first album, titled AH. More recently, Das has collaborated with Mike D of the Beastie Boys for the recording Now. But don't think Bhagavan Das is selling out to the corporate world. You can witness his wisdom for yourself when he visits the Yoga Warehouse (508 SW Flagler Ave., Fort Lauderdale) for an evening of high-energy devotional call-and-response chanting known as kirtan at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Call 954-525-7726, or visit

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