The title of Andrew Weil's book 8 Weeks to Optimum Health sounds a tad too optimistic. He obviously has supreme confidence in the holistic health system and clean living prescribed within, but has he really seen the shape most Americans are in? Gotta wonder, because two months would be a miracle turnaround for a lot of us. Anyway, while 8 Weeks doesn't break any new ground in health research, it turns the insights outlined in Weil's bestseller Spontaneous Healing into a step-by-step program for daily living -- and into another bestseller. In it Weil covers everything from a low-fat diet and antioxidant vitamins to breathing exercises and cleansing fasts. Local husband-and-wife chiropractors Valerie and Kirk McVay will present a lecture on the book tonight at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 11820 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. The 7:30 p.m. talk is free. Call 954-441-0444.
Deep in the heart -- or at least in some part of the anatomy -- of Texas, dwell the denizens of Tuna. The fictional third-smallest town in the Lone Star State is the setting of the Tony Award-winning Broadway comedy hit Greater Tuna, which has two male actors playing 38 men and women characters -- half of the population of the tiny, zany berg. The plot revolves around the two anchors at OKKK Radio, which allows for a parade of over-the-top, stereotyped guests on their show: harried housewife, portly sheriff, flirty waitress, gonzo gun-shop owner. On air, Baptists, rednecks, sexual deviants, football coaches, hunters, animal lovers, and beauty queens are slammed in sort of a theatrical version of comic Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck" routine. The winning titles of the town's junior high school essay contest, for example, are "Living With Radiation," "The Other Side of Bigotry," and "Human Rights, Why Bother?" Tuna will be staged today and Saturday, and again June 12 and 13 at the Township Center for the Performing Arts, 2452 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek. Curtain is 8 p.m. Tickets cost $12.50. Call 954-970-9935.
There's real fishing. There's fishing on TV. Then there's virtual-reality fishing, which combines the thrill of the real thing with the butt-numbing comfort of watching it on the tube. The device is actually a TV with a fishing line attached to the screen. With a rod and reel hooked up to the line, a living, breathing angler battles an on-screen fish that reacts to his or her movements. Meanwhile, a computer scores the angler's savvy: If the fish is swimming away hard and the line goes slack, the big one got away. Women anglers will get to practice on the device during this weekend's "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" seminar. Boat-trailer handling, cast netting, and live-bait rigging are also covered during the two-day course. "We jokingly call our seminar the 'no-yelling' school of fishing, because this is one of the objections women have to learning from their significant other," claims organizer Betty Bauman. The seminar, starting at 8 a.m. both days, is held at the Marina Bay Resort and Marina (2175 State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale). Cost -- including meals and door prizes -- is $75, plus an additional $12 to $75 for the half-day fishing trip that follows the instruction and $50 to stay at the resort tonight. Call 954-475-9068.
"Ballads have to be lyrical monsters for me to consider singing them," says Trace Adkins. "But with the up-tempo stuff, you can sacrifice a little profundity." Profundity? Country music has never been known for its profound lyrics. After all, how much philosophical musing does it take to pen a tune about heartbreakin' women or a trusty pickup truck? But today's country-music superstars are smarter and hipper than their predecessors. Adkins is considered part of the "new traditionalist" country movement, the first generation of country singers who grew up listening to rock 'n' roll in addition to Merle Haggard and who bring enough rock swagger to their tunes to appeal to a wider pop audience. Clint Black also fits that mold. In fact, he helped create it, breaking through in the early '90s and paving the way for megastar Garth Brooks. Relative newcomer Adkins is coming into his own, having won the 1997 Top New Male Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music. But on the Clint Black/Trace Adkins tour, Black's name is still in bigger letters as the headliner. The Kinleys open for Black and Adkins tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-966-3309 or 954-523-3309.
"A Question of Truth/Verdad," the English-Spanish, bilingual traveling exhibition currently at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, aims to demonstrate how scientific "truth" is influenced by the cultural, personal, and political stances of researchers. And exhibit creators don't waste any time driving their point home. At the Gateway, the exhibit entry area, visitors are stopped and "screened" before being allowed in, giving them a dose of simulated discrimination. In the Truth Trek Starlab component of the show, ethnocentric perceptions of the stars and planets are presented from the points of view of various cultures, from the ancient Greeks to American Indians. And at the Change This Art Interactive Wall Sculpture, kids will create pictures of people -- presumably of various ethnic backgrounds and mixtures -- on a huge magnetic wall. Guided tours are available through September 6 every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and every Sunday at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. The museum, open daily, is located at 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $5 to $6. Call 954-467-6637.
Don't let the kids have all of the fun -- and broken bones. Young in-line skaters are more pliable than adults anyway, so at this In-Line Hockey Camp grownups can grind it out and bash shins with those of equal bone density. In-line or roller hockey is played on a hard-surfaced court surrounded by a wall like an ice hockey rink, and a rubber ball is used for a puck. It's one of the fastest growing recreational sports around, and during the camp, beginner to intermediate players age eighteen and older will learn the skating and stick techniques they need to tear it up in scrimmages at the end of each session. The camp is held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through July 7 at C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines. Cost is $65 per person, which includes skates and protective gear. Call 954-437-2650.
"We've got tree frogs, rat snakes, gopher tortoises, skunks, and water turtles," says Sirce Kwai Giveon, teacher of the Nature Drawing class at Dagger Wing Nature Center. "And a couple of weeks ago, we had a bald eagle just land and stand there for an hour." Set up right in the nature center, students in the beginner class have plenty of interesting subject matter -- even without eagle landings. The class also treks outdoors to the center's boardwalk, where waterfowl occupy the surrounding wetlands. And the students are as diverse a lot as their animal subjects: recent regulars include a 5-year-old boy and an 81-year-old woman. "I help people draw," says Giveon, a professional artist. "Or just let them do their stuff." No grades. No pressure. Just paper, pencils, critters, and fun. Class is held every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Cost is $3. The center is located at South County Regional Park, one-half mile west of State Road 7 off Yamato Road, Boca Raton. Call 561-488-9953.