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Nathanson's off the sofa and into the SoFla.


Here's something you don't normally get from a singer/songwriter performance: comedy. But that's part and parcel of a Matt Nathanson show. Though his songs mostly appeal to the heart, the San Francisco-based musician isn't above tickling the audience's funny bone as well. It's just Nathanson's way of connecting with his ever-increasing fan base. After four full-length albums on the indie label Acrobat, Nathanson joined the majors in 2003, releasing Beneath These Fireworks on Universal Records. His latest collection of ear candy -- which is sweet, indeed -- ranges from folk balladry ("Little Victories") to folk-rock ("Suspended") to pop-rock ("Curve of the Earth"). Catch Nathanson as he joins Matt Wertz and Kate Earl tonight at the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale). Admission costs $10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Call 954-564-1074. (JB)



Events for this week

As a six-foot-five, 300-pound black man, Patrice O'Neal isn't one to ignore the comic material inherent in his DNA. O'Neal isn't afraid to joke about his size, which, coupled with his race, can be a source of panic for white women sharing the sidewalk with him late at night. But if ever there's a homicide in his hood, O'Neal has an alibi -- he was out shopping and has the receipts to prove it. "I collect receipts 'cause it's a trail of where you've been," he says during a bit on Comedy Central Presents. "I never go more than a half hour without buying something 'cause you can kill someone in half an hour... and you need an alibi." O'Neal performs tonight and Saturday at the New York Comedy Club (8221 Glades Rd., Boca Raton). Tickets cost $15 to $20. Call 561-470-6887, or visit (JB)


Quite a few famous actors celebrate birthdays today: Matt Damon, Chevy Chase, Paul Hogan, Sigourney Weaver, Nick Cannon... and that's just for starters. But the biggest cinematic birthday celebration isn't for an actor; it's for a film. The 70th Anniversary of Bride of Frankenstein is celebrated today at the Broward County Main Library (100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The event kicks off at 1 p.m. with a discussion, followed by a screening of the film. The first 25 people to show up get a free copy of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (It used to be a book, you know). Those who don't make it in time for the free book still have a chance to win a free pass to Screamfest 2005 in November. The screening and the screaming take place inside the library's auditorium. Call 954-357-7444. (JB)


So you've sashayed past the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue a thousand times and seen the mysterious lounge on the corner, its floor-to-ceiling windows, and its unassuming purple neon sign. But you've never parted its drawn white curtains and ventured inside. When visiting the Riverwalk complex, it's tempting to beeline for Hooters and its hot waitresses, what with their panty hose underneath their little orange shorts. Next time you're there, though, try taking a detour into Karma Lounge (4 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) -- but only if you want to discover the hippest spot this side of the Broward County line. Inside, you'll find mod seating, trippy lighting, and an inviting bar. Tonight, there's an additional temptation: globetrotting DJ Ivano Bellini, who's one of the DJs largely responsible for South Beach blowing up. He was on board at Space from its humble beginnings and still spins during the famous "Sunrise Sessions" on the superclub's terrace, as well as at Gryphon and Nikki Beach. Bellini also started a record company (Sounds for People), has his own Sirius radio show, and speaks four languages. He takes over the decks at Karma Lounge from about 11 p.m. until 4 a.m. Tickets cost $10 to $15. Call 954-523-7159. (DF)

MON 10

There's no magic formula for being a good band photographer. Having backstage access, however, sure helps. For that matter, so does a solid musical background, as evidenced by the work of photographer/jazz musician Al Stewart. Sure, Stewart didn't need to understand blues scales to snap a decent picture. But it certainly helped him capture the images in "Al Stewart: View from the Bandstand," currently on display at the Sugar Sand Park Community Center (300 Military Trl., Boca Raton). Because of his dual roles, Stewart always found himself in the right place at the right time to shoot the right subjects -- musicians like B.B. King, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong as well as personalities like Johnny Carson and Jackie Gleason. Stewart didn't need a press pass; he was with the band. The exhibit runs through November 15. Call 561-347-3900. (JB)

TUE 11

You don't need a college degree to become a great film director. Look at Louis C.K. -- he made Pootie Tang without any fancy MFA. (That is not a sarcastic remark, by the way! Sa-da-tay!) On the other hand, film school might give you a head start in the industry. Still, you're a little skeptical about the Palm Beach Film School. After all, the $6,990 tuition for a 16-week class isn't exactly chump change. But then, UCLA isn't exactly in our backyard, and the PBFS at least lets you attend night classes, make your own film, and use high-tech equipment like Avid editing machines. How about this? Before you register for the next semester (which starts October 18), judge the quality of the school by its output of student films. Tonight, see Anna (a love story), The Story of El Bano (a comedy), Closing In (a psychological thriller), Bleeding for Bob (a horror film), Solid (a drama), and Capitol Executions (a futuristic drama). The screenings take place at 7 p.m. at the BMC Cinema (4076 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Admission costs $5. Call 561-242-9190. (DF)

WED 12

"Called the Son of Heaven, the Emperor of China was destined to keep harmony between Heaven and Earth. The Emperor ruled at the center of everything on Earth, while his counterpart, the Emperor of Heaven, ruled the skies. To protect his power, the Emperor only let certain officials, or people with ties to the government, study astronomy. If enemies knew how to read celestial events, they might try to overthrow the emperor." So reads the introduction to "Dragon Skies: The Astronomy of Imperial China," an exhibit on display at the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) through January 2. The show includes all kinds of clever inventions and 13 hands-on stations. Call 954-467-MODS. (DF)

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