This Week's Day-by-Day Picks
THU 24 You gotta admire a comic with real range -- someone who can impersonate Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joan Rivers. Pablo Francisco knows full well how to turn his gifts into laughs. The comedic machine gun delivers more laughs per minute than most standup comics, morphing in and out of personalities in a barrage of nonstop hilarity. While Francisco sticks to his roots as host of Si TV's Latino Laugh Festival: The Show, that doesn't preclude him from making jokes about NASCAR fans, Viagra, and homey-sexuals -- his idea for a movie about gay gangstas. Just imagine the marketing potential. It'd give a whole new meaning to the phrase, "I'm gonna pop a cap in your ass." Francisco performs tonight through Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $21.20. Call 561-833-1812.
FRI 25 Right about now, the average club-hopper is ruminating over the perennial Friday-night quandary: What should it be this week? Rock? Pop? IDM? But you don't have to choose when you can find it all In the Garden. For the past three months, the back patio at Respectable Street (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) has hosted the diverse sounds spun by Whiteroom Records artists... and the free-wheelin' party atmosphere that surrounds it. In the Garden runs the musical gamut without being different for difference's sake; it's still cohesive. And good. DJ Dale Nibbe sums it up thusly: "We play a wide variety of music that doesn't get enough attention, and it's always different each week." Like what? Well, there's the new (Choral, Magnetic Fields, British Sea Power), the old (Buzzcocks, Television), and the really old (Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan). And if that's not enough, there are $1.50 domestic beers, and -- here's the kicker! -- old-school video games played on a TV screen. Contra, anyone? The night starts at 11 p.m. and is free. Call 561-832-9999.
SAT 26 Ah... the old greats of black-and-white film. Clark Gable. Katherine Hepburn. Jimmy Stewart. Cary Grant. Remember them? Well, here's a refresher then -- a double-shot of cinematic gems featuring The Philadelphia Story and It Happened One Night, shown at Huizenga Plaza (corner of Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale) as part of Maroone Moonlight Movies. The night's entertainment seems to follow a theme, as both movies pair a beautiful, rich heiress entangled in a sticky love triangle with a news reporter (talk about the good old days!). It should be noted that in It Happened One Night, Gable took the bold move of not wearing an undershirt. Pretty edgy stuff for 1934! The evening opens with live entertainment at 7 p.m. The screenings start at 8. Call 954-760-9898.
SUN 27 Japanese writing is so beautiful, it's like art in its own right. That's why the Morikami Museum (400 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach) presents a whole exhibit of noboribata, the gorgeous advertising banners that fly from storefronts throughout the island nation. "Message on the Street: The Banner as Advertising Medium in Japan" includes an extensive collection of these six- to seven-foot-tall banners, written in three Japanese scripts: kanji, hiragana, and katakana. You might want to stop by and see if one of the curators can help you translate that tattoo you got in Cancun. You trusted that it said Angel, but it probably says, Whoppers: two for a dollar. Call 561-495-0223, or visit www.morikami.org.
MON 28 Everybody knows that when a university bestows the title of "adjunct professor" on an employee, it's just a fancy way of saying, "Congratulations. You get to do all the work of a tenured professor without the job security, the benefits, the bigger paychecks, or the opportunity to take 'sabbaticals' and 'research' the design patterns of the leopard-spotted whooping crane from a beach in the Dominican Republic. Have fun starving!" All year, the adjunct art professors at Broward Community College (3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie) have been stuck indoors looking at sorry-ass drawings of stick figures and trying to BS some flattering comparison to the work of Willem de Kooning. But now it's summertime, and they're done. They've taken over the school's hallowed art gallery, and they say, "Kiss My Adjunct" with an exhibit of their work, on display through July 3. Call 954-201-6984.
TUE 29 Talk about heartbreak. It's bad enough if your husband cheats on you -- but when he cheats on you with your sister? That dude is a serious dog. Or could it be that you're a miserable wench and he's just following his heart? And your sister: babe or bitch? In the British film The Heart of Me, it's not so clear-cut. Check it out today at 5 or 7:30 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). We warn you: Get hopped up on your favorite caffeinated beverage first. The film (which, by the way, stars Paul Bettany of A Beautiful Mind fame and drama queen Helena Bonham Carter) is emotionally intense, but it moves like a soap opera on Quaaludes. Tickets cost $6. Call 954-525-3456.
WED 30 You may remember Flickerstick as the embattled band of drunkards on VH1's Bands on the Run, in which they battled three other bands to earn that ever-elusive Holy Grail of rock 'n' roll -- a major label record contract. And you're forgiven if you had assumed the hard-drinking Texans had gone the way of MC Hammer's bank account. After signing with Epic Records in 2001, Flickerstick was soon dropped and eventually picked up by the indie label What Are Records. Flickerstick's story -- chock full of drinking, fighting, and relationship problems -- would make for a good episode of VH1's Behind the Music, had the network not already documented the band's offstage shenanigans. Although that'd be far less insulting than being featured on Where Are They Now? Flickerstick stumbles into the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) at 8 p.m. after an opening set by Octave. Tickets cost $5. Call 954-564-1074.
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