Hey! It's that comic in the Hawaiian shirt! You know you've seen him; he's been everywhere from Good Morning America to Jimmy Kimmel Live. Well, he has a name, and it's Gabriel Iglesias, a.k.a. Picachu (yes, like the Pokémon character). Sure, Iglesias is a Latin comic, but he's not a "Latin" comic. Jokes about donkey-riding Mexicans may work for Carlos Mencia, but Iglesias cools it on the ethnic jokes, preferring a more personal, biographical approach. This includes many cracks about his considerable girth, which, of course, can be almost as offensive as "beaner" jokes. But hey -- that's show biz, vato. Iglesias performs tonight through Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $15.97 to $18.10. Call 561-833-1812, or visit www.palmbeachimprov.com. (JB)
Events for the week of October 13-19
Film companies feared their own demise when television was invented. Travel agents were scared their livelihoods would be threatened when Orbitz.com was launched. Now, rock stars have reason to tremble as their hallowed domain -- the tour circuit -- is taken over by computers. Groupies give way to gamers as the Seasons of Extreme tour takes over America. The three-month, ten-city road trip stars the new Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840, "Intel's first dual-core processor-based platform" -- which gives your PC the power of two processors in one. It's kind of like an Xbox 360 for your desktop. "Serious gamers" (is that an oxymoron?) are invited to see what the thing can do before sparking up their credit cards. Demonstrations and giveaways (pizza, video cards, processors, and motherboards) take place between 2 p.m. and 3 a.m. (!) at Nexus Experience (6830 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton), a video gaming center. The event is free. Call 561-862-0137, or visit www.nexusexperience.com. (DF)
Considering that the Hawaiian alphabet has only 13 letters, there's always the danger of meaning to call someone beautiful (nani) but accidentally calling him an endangered Hawaiian native goose (nene). Practice your pidgin with Hawaii lovers from far and wide at the fifth-annual Ho'olaule'a (which means "to celebrate") at Carlin Park (400 State Rd. A1A, Jupiter) from 9 a.m. to sunset. A blessing and opening ceremony kick things off island-style at 9:30 a.m., followed by an Iron Chef Cook-Off. Kumu hula (hula master) Chinky Mahoe teaches dance classes for kids and adults; slack-key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. gives lessons (and jams throughout the day); you can also learn how to fire-knife dance. It's BYOB, but food vendors will be on site, and there's a local-style potluck that begins at noon. Bring a dish for 15 to 20 people to get in on that. The event is produced by Hawaii Calls Florida, and it costs $5 in advance. RSVP for classes (which cost extra). Call 561-262-0696, or visit hawaiicallsflorida.org. (DF)
If a luau's not quite your speed, go a little faster at the 24-hour Spin-a-Thon that Delray Beach Mayor Jeff Perlman has organized to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. It lasts from 8 a.m. today through 8 a.m. Sunday. Thirty stationary bikes at the Fitness Studio (111 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach) can be "rented" for $100 an hour. (This is where sponsors come in!) Proceeds go to the American Red Cross. Call 561-272-8033, or register online at www.fitnessstudiodelray.com . (DF)
When local legends King Coleman and Blowfly made their joint comebacks two years ago at I/O (30 NE 14th St., Miami), fans of the unlikely soul brothers rejoiced. Well, tonight's show at I/O is no less historic, as it adds a third legendary name to the mix -- Rudy Ray Moore. Aside from playing the lead role in the classic blaxploitation flick Dolemite, Moore recorded raunchy, X-rated comedy albums that made Redd Foxx sound like Red Skelton. Moore's albums were so dirty, store owners would hide them behind the counter. He was like the 2 Live Crew of the '70s. Moore's latest project is a voice-over in the animated film Lil' Pimp, which stars anyone from Bernie Mac to William Shatner and Danny Bonaduce. Who says pimps don't have crossover appeal? Moore performs with Blowfly and a Creepy T's-backed King Coleman tonight at 8. DJ Le Spam keeps the beat between sets. Tickets cost $15. Call 305-358-8007. (JB)
The Warped Tour and Ozzfest are like night and day, right? The former is full of pop-, ska-, and emo-flavored punk, while the latter is the soundtrack for evil (Jada Pinkett Smith's "spiritual" hardcore band notwithstanding). But if there's any band that would fit comfortably on both tours, it's Avenged Sevenfold. A quick listen to its latest album, City of Evil, shows a band with roots running deeper than the last Slayer album. When's the last time you heard a metal album with oohs and ahhs or a punk band with seven-minute songs? So put your NOFX and Metallica back patches on your jean jacket for tonight's show at Revolution (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Opening are Opiate for the Masses, Saosin, and Death by Stereo. The all-ages show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $17. Call 954-727-0950, or visit www.jointherevolution.net. (JB)
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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)
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)