This Week's Day by Day Picks
The City of Lake Worth is swiftly becoming the latest "it" town in that vast expanse of strip malls between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Certainly, Delray Beach has had its moments, but Lake Worth is slowly becoming a town that has something for everyone, from the blues of the Bamboo Room to a new jazzy resident at GulfStream Hotel (1 Lake Ave., Lake Worth). The Dave Hubbard Trio now performs at the hotel's Lake Avenue Grille from 8:30 to 11:30 every night. Hubbard has performed with jazz/pop luminaries such as Ray Charles and George Benson, and his own trio does the sort of acoustic modern jazz that fits in perfectly with an upscale restaurant setting -- loud enough that appreciative jazz aficionados can give it a good listen but quiet enough that diners can have a conversation. The trio's concerts are free. Call 561-540-6000.
Although Palm Beach-based quartet Legends of Rodeo has stated before in the pages of New Times that it shies away from the emo tag, there's always a fairly heavy amount of thick-rimmed glasses and T-shirts with subtly ironic slogans in the crowd. Still, for folks who prefer their rock music with a bit more bite, don't let those indie looks stop you from checking out the band when it mounts up and puts in an appearance at Respectable Street (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) at 9 p.m. Contrary to popular belief, the band has always been quicker to cite Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen as influences than, say, the Promise Ring or Sunny Day Real Estate. The Briteside opens for the local stalwarts, and admission costs $5. Call 561-832-0706.
We here at New Times receive a plethora of press releases for New Age-type seminars and events, but "At the Threshold: A Journey to the Sacred Through the Integration of Jungian Psychology and the Expressive Arts" takes the cake for the most amorphous display of pretentiousness. The Center for Jungian Studies hosts this personal documentary by Carolyn Fay, who takes Carl Jung's approach to psychology and integrates it into dance therapy. Fay "creates and holds sacred space within herself and in her studio," and her students "explore unlived parts of themselves inside that safe container." Whoa. If you're not confused, then this event is for you. Enjoy the film and dinner at Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Film starts at 3:30 p.m., and admission is $65. Call 954-525-4682.
Well, it pretty much goes without saying now that Islam is on the ropes. Despite the constant harping on the fact that most Muslims are decent folks, you know America has a serious problem with the entire religion when even the Tri-County Women Islamic Committee calls its panel debate "Islam: Contribution or Threat to American Society?" The patently obvious answer is that fundamentalism, whether Islamic, Christian, or in any other form, is the real threat to American society. But we wouldn't want to get Pat Robertson's panties in a bind, would we? Still, the conference does represent a good-faith attempt to bring disparate religions together, with speakers from Boston and Hartford Seminary as well as a panel of local Jews, Christians, and Muslims. It all takes place at Knight Alumni Hall (Nova University East Campus, 3100 SW Ninth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 561-865-2931.
The great Hunter S. Thompson once said, "It's better to be functionally drunk than dysfunctionally sober." Words to live by, especially for Richmond, Virginia, rawkers River City High. Yes, it's time to whip out your studded belts, slap on those mesh trucker caps, grab some Miller High Life, and get ready for an alternative (or should we say "y'all-ternative"?) to the whiny rock that usually finds its way to South Florida. River City High won't turn down for anyone. Its latest album, cleverly titled Won't Turn Down, takes power pop, drags it through the mud, and breaks a beer bottle over its head while simultaneously hitting on your girlfriend. Dude! River City High plays with Don't Look Down and Jacob's Ladder at the Factory, 2674 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. $8 at the door. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 954-564-7625.
Forget all the singles parties, dating services, and self-help books. Author and hypnotherapist Barbara Yudell's new book, Discovering Soul Connections, offers readers insight into who they are, who their soul mates are, and what your past lives held. Get this: Yudell's own past lives have included being an empress in Austria, a Native American woman, and a Hawaiian woman who was thrown into a volcano. She also teaches that spiritual symbols are all around and that they can help you discover what you will do in future lives, and who you are compatible with. So if your present life sucks, don't worry. Yudell discusses her autobiography at 2 p.m. at West Boynton Beach Branch County Library, 9451 Jog Rd., Boynton Beach. Admission is free. Call 561-734-5556.
After weeks of staring with envy at all the boaters cruising down the Intracoastal, you've finally done it. You've saved up some money, sold all your stocks and your car, mortgaged the house, and now you're ready to buy a boat. But there's just one more little problem. You don't know the first thing about piloting a boat, do you? Well, that's where U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 52, comes in. You can take the Coast Guard's four-week boating skills and seamanship course Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., starting today, at Lighthouse Park (Federal Highway and Alternate A1A, Jupiter). The class costs $35 and includes materials. Call 561-575-6652.
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