Mark Curry grew up wanting to be like his hero, Richard Pryor (aside from that little freebasing mishap). Of course, achieving that level of comic godhead is unlikely for anyone -- who can top Pryor? -- but Curry has done pretty damned well for himself. Not many standup comics can say they survived five years of network TV, which is how long Curry lasted on ABC's Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. While his Comedy Central show Don't Forget Your Toothbrush didn't fare as well, it sure beats his old gig of opening for Whitney Houston at Super Bowl XXVI. Damn -- Richard Pryor, Whitney Houston... is it any wonder Curry speaks to kids about the dangers of drugs? Curry performs tonight through Sunday at Improv at Paradise Live (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tickets cost $18.02 to $21.20. Call 954-981-5653. (JB)
As the 1980s drew to their much-needed end, the Boston straight-edge band Slapshot felt it safe to proclaim "Punk's Dead, You're Next" -- signifying an impending boot party on the head of any punk rocker who dared turn up at hardcore shows. Fifteen years later, it's safer than ever to be a punk (whatever that means). Or is it? This is, after all, South Florida; touring punk bands aren't always welcome with open arms. Sometimes they receive a shower of steel-toed boots. Just ask Total Chaos, the politically charged punkers who met such a fate during their first visit to Fort Lauderdale ten years ago. Let's hope the guys have a better time tonight as they join the Mary Tyler Whores, F.A.T.E., Red State Riot, and Empty Wallet at the Music Factory (2674 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8. Call 954-564-ROCK. (JB)
You don't need Gallagher around to have yourself a good ol' "watermelon sacrifice." That's a main attraction at the annual Cajun Zydeco Festival, going down at Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach) from Friday through Sunday. Of course, there's also live crawfish, gumbo cook-offs, and hot 'n' spicy Cajun/Creole food. Of course, there's also entertainment -- from guys like Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, and CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Of course, there's also a kids' area. And please tell us, what festival would be complete without the world's largest rocking horse? Tickets cost $17, $30 for a three-day pass. Call 954-771-7117, or visit www.cajun-fest.com. (DF)
Ditch that VHS copy of Carmen Electra's Aerobic Striptease and learn the real deal during a striptease workshop taught by living, breathing, writhing instructor Kira Fleischman. "Learn sexy moves that are a bit on the erotic and outrageous side," Fleischman says. "Learn to shed your clothing with finesse and work it. All bodies, bold and beautiful as well as skinny minnies, are welcome." You do, however, have to have some confidence in that body, 'cause the clothes will come off. Kira suggests wearing high heels and a white bra and undies; she'll provide the "surprising and fun props." You don't have to get totally naked, "but one dance, under unique conditions, will be very safe to take it all off for." Ladies only, please. The class takes place from 7 to 9 tonight at Kiradance (21000 Boca Rio Rd., Ste. A-28, Boca Raton), and it costs $20. Call 561-488-7045. (DF)
"Come out and get an education in the first moments of Goth, while getting your ya-yas out." So reads the invitation to Bloody Mondays, hosted by Scarymary Santa (look for the leggy lady in the red vinyl hot pants who's most likely brandishing a whip or rubbing a dagger between her thighs). Throughout the night, check out local films like The Electric Nun and Fetish in the Graveyard. Then watch a performance by Timb -- who has been likened to "Weird Al being sodomized by Ween while attending a David Bowie concert." DJ Reptile keeps things shaking on the dance floor until Scarymary and the Pussybones' set at midnight. Single women and everyone dressed goth-style get in free; otherwise, it's $5. Open bar from 9 to 10 p.m. The madness happens at the Rose & Crown Pub (3680 W. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Call 954-731-6245, or visit www.scarymarysanta.com. (DF)
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If you're gay or like gay people as friends, you are welcome to the Mack Mixer martini nights, a "straight-friendly" networking shindig that happens at rotating locales every Tuesday. This week, things get shaken and stirred at Posh Lounge (110 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale), starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but the triple sec-laced concoctions will run you $6 to $7 a pop. That's OK, because we're not just talking about standard martinis but about liquid yumminess like Bacardi Big Apple Tart-Tinis, Stoli Elit-chee Martinis, and Posh Cosmo-tinis -- all of which have been on the menu at one Mack Mixer or another. Call 954-763-3553, or visit www.mackmixer.com. (Drink recipes are available on the site too!) (DF)
Nowadays, when one thinks of the word passion, it conjures the image of Mel Gibson and his crusade against good filmmaking. Forgotten is the fact that passion is something felt by the rest of us mere mortals and our overfed libidos. Nowhere is the temptation greater than at nightclubs -- those darkly lit dens of iniquity and deafening music. So to further fan the flames of our burning loins, tonight sees the grand opening of Passion Wednesdays, a weekly dance party inside Passion Nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (5763 Seminole Way, Hollywood). The main room features DJs George Acosta and Erik Velez and lots of fevered dancing; Room II kicks it old school (and new) with DJ Trauma spinning hip-hop and R&B. Guys, here's a quick tip: Women drink free all night. Nothing spells passion like a few Jack and Cokes down the hatch. Doors open at 10 p.m. Call 954-321-3443, or visit www.passionnightclub.com. (JB)