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November 27
Timothea Beckerman grew up in a musical family in a musical city.
By age nine she was singing and dancing in the New Orleans clubs where her mother kept bar, then quit school after sixth grade to perform in local revues; as a thirteen-year-old she was being booked all over the Big Easy and the rest of the Gulf Coast, doing gigs with Earl King and Neville brothers Aaron and Art. Beckerman had been married twice and made plenty of bad decisions before she was out of her teens, earning her the right to play and sing the blues. The now 46-year-old's soulful, sultry voice is the perfect instrument for her self-described "New Orleans funk, brass, down-home blues type of stuff." Audiences can hear for themselves tonight through Tuesday at Evangeline, 211 S. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Showtime Monday through Thursday and Sunday at 9 p.m.; 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Two-drink minimum, no cover. Call 954-522-7001.

November 28
You'll feel better about all of the stuffing you stuffed yesterday as you propel your kayak gently through the water on the Holiday Morning Paddle to Munyon Island. The 50-acre island, part of John MacArthur State Park in northern Palm Beach County, is the destination of an ecotour that departs from nearby Adventure Times Kayaks, 521 N. Lake Blvd., North Palm Beach. Paddlers begin with a half hour of equipment and safety instruction before dipping in for a leisurely sightseeing and bird watching foray. The trip includes a walk through woodlands on the undeveloped island's trails. The group meets at 8:30 a.m., and the trip to the island can take 30 minutes to an hour depending on tide, wind, and the individual paddler's level of experience. The tour costs $30 per person, including instruction and equipment. Call 561-881-7218.

Squeeze owner Jack Kearney describes tonight's Turkey Fest post-Thanksgiving revelry as "a bohemian kind of venture." Wine and cheese will be served, ska bands will provide tunes, and gobs of Day-Glo paint will be available for amateurs and serious artists alike to spread on the club's paper-covered walls and tabletops. The experiment has been conducted numerous times over the past two and a half years, and the theme this time out is "Freestyle Turkey." Says Kearney: "When people have a theme to go on, they have more fun with it." Judges will place stickers on the works they like best, and the piece awarded the most stickers will win its creator(s) a prize: a T-shirt, a CD, even a bar tab. The winning artwork will remain on display for several weeks. Expect performances by King 7 and the Soulsonics, plus Gigolo Big and the Barflies. The fest gets started at 9 p.m. Cover ranges from $5 to $7. Squeeze, 2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-522-2151.

November 29
Grammy Award-winning pop superstars Peabo Bryson, Patti Austin, Sheena Easton, and James Ingram join together in the holiday spirit for The Colors of Christmas concert. Backed by a full orchestra and choir, the four artists meld their distinctive voices to bring contemporary stylings to Christmas standards. Sprinkled throughout the show will be solo performances by each singer. The event starts at 8 p.m. tonight -- a second show is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday -- at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets range in price from $20 to $50 and can be obtained by calling the box office at 561-655-6664.

Upcoming Events

November 30
Hey! Ho! Let's go -- to the Ramones Cover Fest! Local and regional bands vie for a $400 cash prize tonight as they pump out the most authentic, intense set of Ramones cover songs that they can muster. Who knows if the judges will take appearance into account, but the skinny, pasty, hair-over-the-eyes look couldn't hurt. Booked at press time were the Commandos (a.k.a. Shrill), Vein, Plastics, A Pack of Wild Lovers, and Ball Bags. It all goes down starting at 9 p.m. at Respectable Street Cafe, located at 518 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Cover for the pseudo-Ramones battle is $5. Bands interested in getting into the act can call 954-525-8577.

December 1
Don't let that pretty, tinkling, synth-piano figure fool you. Right behind it are the other elements of KMFDM's seemingly disparate musical amalgam: grinding guitars, vitriolic lyrics (at least the English ones), samples, deep-groove dance beats, and horns -- sometimes all incorporated in the same song. It works. The hard-edged German techno-rock unit put out its first recording in 1986 and seems poised for greater stardom as masses flock to worship at the electronica altar. On the group's most recent outing (its ninth), founders Sascha Konietzko, En Esch, and Gunther Schulz are joined by a stable of collaborators: Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Abby Travis (Beck, ex-Elastica), and William Rieflin (Ministry, RevCo), among others. The new album's title is a strung-together collection of cartoonish symbols: an explosion, a skull and crossbones, a bomb, a psychedelic swirl, and a clenched fist -- which taken together constitute the anarchic stance of KMFDM and its music.KMFDM spin-off Pig opens the 8 p.m., all-ages show at the Chili Pepper, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $12 to $14. Call 954-525-5996.

December 2
You can leave the tire chains in storage. Luckily Las Olas Boulevard will be closed between SE 6th and SE 10th avenues during the snowstorm predicted to hit the area tonight during the nineteenth incarnation of Christmas on Las Olas. So park outside of the snow zone and stroll through the man-made flurries while enjoying Christmas music by local choruses, choirs, and marching bands. Most of the shops along the dining and shopping corridor will be gussied up for a holiday decorating contest, and food vendors will be selling festive fare. Santa himself will put in a personal appearance sometime during the evening, and historic Stranahan House will open its doors for a free public viewing. The event, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m., is free. For more information call 888-452-7652.

The British press has dubbed Tap Dogs, the all-male beefcake dance revue from Australia, "testosterone tap." It debuted Down Under in 1995, finally hitting U.S. shores for a Spring 1997 tour. Choreographer Dein Perry, who has won the prestigious Oliver Award for the show, was earning his union papers as an industrial machinist in the steel town of Newcastle, Australia, when the idea for Tap Dogs came to him. The refined, traveling version of the show features six steelworker studs in jeans, tank tops, and heavy black work-boots tap dancing on a metal stage rigged with ropes and girders. It opens tonight at 8 p.m. for a run through December 21 at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets range in price from $39 to $42.50. Call 954-763-2444.

December 3
Meet Me in St. Louis, opening tonight in Boca Raton, brings with it a timely holiday connection and a homecoming for one of its stars. The stage musical adapted from the 1944 Judy Garland film of the same name features the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Local-girl-done-good Nancy Spiegel plays Judy (the character originated by Garland), who is overwhelmed by her family's intention to move from St. Louis to New York City, breaking up her neighborhood friendships and budding romance with the boy next door. Actor-singer Spiegel was raised in Broward County and got her start on-stage in Boca Raton in a Little Palm Children's Theatre production. She returns home for this Royal Palm Dinner Theatre Centre's staging of St. Louis, which runs through March 8. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; matinees are at 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets cost $41 to $49 and include the meal. Call 800-841-6765.

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