This Week's Day-by-Day Picks
If you're a butterfly lover and feel as if there's no one else out there who understands your winged desires, take heart. The North American Butterfly Association holds a meeting for the Broward County Chapter at the South Plantation High School Media Center (1300 SW 54th Ave., Plantation) at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring seeds, plants, books, or anything else Lepidoptera-related and be ready to discuss topics such as endangered species of butterflies in Florida. There will be a raffle to raise money for the upcoming national butterfly count in July. The meeting is free. Call 954-382-2631.
Why should the act of dragging yourself from bar to bar stop at New Year's Eve? Get back into your weekly habit and shine up those drinking shoes with the help of Sevens, a trio of West Palm Beach-based Brit-popophiles. They've declared Fridays in January to be Pub Crawl Nights. That is, they stop at a different bar every Friday night and ambush the crowd with a good-natured bitchslap of '60s rock 'n' roll, and then everyone proceeds to get blitzed. Good times! If you missed last Friday's show, you have a chance to redeem yourself tonight at Brogue's Irish Pub (621 Lake Ave., Lake Worth) at 9 p.m. Call 561-585-1885. If your liver is still kickin' next Friday, pick up your glasses, lads and lasses, and catch Sevens at O'Shea's Irish Pub (531 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) at 11 p.m. Call 561-833-3865.
The Secret Woods Nature Center (2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach) has put together its third-annual Dance with the Moon. The folks at the park couldn't have picked a better, and yet a worse, time, depending on your perspective. With the recent Phish shows and Jam Cruises, South Florida has more than its share of freewheeling hippies these days. That could mean a good turnout for the concert. On the other hand, all those fans mean lots of competition for the fledgling festival event, which takes place from 3 to 11 p.m. Folksters Beuwolf Riggins and Muscadine Wine kick off the show, with a group of musicians from Grass Is Dead and Almost Acoustic Band hitting the stage at 5 p.m. Finally, headliner Sunny Weather plays at 8 p.m. The headlining band serves to show what a preponderance of jam bands there is in South Florida right now. Just the night before this, Donna the Buffalo -- that other Cajun/zydeco/folk/rock/country band from Ithaca, New York -- played in Fort Lauderdale. The two bands may be eerily similar, but it just goes to show what a banner month this has been -- and will continue to be -- for the jam-rock set. Admission is $10. Call 954-791-1030.
Today is the exciting conclusion of Tropobex 2004. The awesome event began Saturday at the Pompano Beach Civic Center (1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach), with hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. No doubt everyone who attends either day of the Tropobex gathering will come away with words of wisdom that will alter the course of their lives -- the words in question most likely printed on a three-by-five index card. So what is this Tropobex? you ask. Why, only the annual Tropical Post Card Club Show and Sale! Knowledge of this event certainly gave us some life-affirming knowledge -- there really is a club/group/society/cabal for everyone. I mean, not just a postcard club -- that, apparently, wasn't esoteric enough -- no, we need to specialize it further still. Those people who collect postcards of wintry images will find no welcome here! In any case, the event features 37 postcard dealers (again, you learn something new every day -- bet you don't even know one postcard dealer, much less 37) from all over the United States. Admission is $2. Call 305-666-0219.
The Delray Beach Public Library (29 SE Fourth Ave., Delray Beach) hosts a classic of 1930s Hollywood when Nothing Sacred screens at 1 p.m. The 1937 film, starring Fredric March and Carole Lombard, is perhaps the quintessential "screwball comedy," which also happens to be the theme of the library's film series. The plot has remained fairly fresh over time -- so much so that it was remade into the Martin/Lewis film Living It Up in 1954. But we'll take the original for the simple reasons that it takes place in 1937 New York City and is filmed in Technicolor, offering a rare colored glimpse into the Big Apple of more than 60 years ago. Call 561-266-9490.
You may recognize Michael York from his role as Basil Exposition in the Austin Powers trilogy, Brian Roberts in Cabaret, or Logan 5 from the 1976 sci-fi disaster Logan's Run (a film that succeeded in making audiences more frightened of the special effects than of turning 30). But you might not know that York is also an accomplished Shakespearean actor. He performed in national productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet in his formative years as an actor, and he's getting back to his thespian roots during a lecture at the Society of the Four Arts (2 Four Arts Plz, Palm Beach). Will and I is York's one-man tribute to the Bard, combining personal anecdotes with selected Shakespearean passages. Foppish dandies and theater buffs unite at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 561-655-7226.
In South Florida, one could argue that if anyone can truly be said to be living in the Deep South, it would be us. But when you hear that phrase, the last thing that comes to mind is our neck of the Southern woods. No, the Deep South seems to be comprised mainly of those white men with Confederate flags on their pickup trucks that seem to be all the rage this political year. Bush has 'em, Democrats want 'em, and all they want is to catch NASCAR on TV, which could stop them from going to the polls entirely. For a more accurate assessment of Southern living than we may be able to come up with way down here, why not catch Janet Williams at Uncle Funny's (9160 State Rd. 84, Davie)? Also known as "The Tennessee Tramp," she opens her show today and performs through January 18. Admission varies but includes a two-drink minimum. Call 954-474-5653.
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