Taishi one on

TUE 12/13

The lives of geishas are particularly intriguing to those of us in Western culture. These women, with their flawless façades, are so well-versed in the arts of hostessing, beauty, and manipulation that they could be seen as the Navy Seals of proper etiquette. While most of us modern women have daily routines that are slightly less glamorous than those of geishas, we can still find common threads of experience with these perfectly postured escorts. We feel kinship with these awesomely coifed temptresses as we habitually pick at that itchy part of our scalps. We herald their mastery of the male gender as we recall the occasion on which the lazy-eyed pizza deliveryman refused our advances. We admire their attention to detail in performance dance as we reflect upon the evening we enthralled an audience with a body-shot-infused, bartop version of our aerobic dance routine. (Yes, the establishment's ceiling — that's where our bras disappeared to.)

This Tuesday, Taishi (a group of young professionals who volunteer as "ambassadors" for the Morikami Museum) welcomes the community to a private viewing of the new film Memoirs of a Geisha at the Boca Raton Muvico (3200 Airport Rd.), followed by an informal discussion about Hollywood's interpretation of geisha life versus reality. Cocktails flow at 5:30 p.m.; show starts at 6:30. Tickets cost $23, and all proceeds benefit the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Call 561-495-0233, ext. 240. — Jamie Laughlin

First, Bass

And drums

FRI 12/9

Friday night, two drum 'n' bass wünderkiddies hop across the pond to bathe us in the sonic glow of tunes like "The Book of Bad" and "Miami Flashback." But those are just the old crowd favorites. Bad Company UK (a.k.a. DJ/producers Vegas and Maldini) are also dropping a new double CD, called Bad Taste. As our friends over at One Scene United put it, Bad Company UK is "known for their genre-defining and defying dark and heavy bass lines, crisp and chattering snares, and deliciously twisted percussion." During the evening, they'll turn the turntables over to DJ Mendez and his dance tunes. The gentlemen drop their needles in the wax and give us all 12 inches (or at least press "play" on the CD changer) at Club I/O (30 NE 14th St., Miami) alongside Chino and the Engineer. An "OldSkool hip-hop battle" goes down in the bar room. The party lasts from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Admission costs $15. Call 305-552-5505, or visit www.evilbase.com. — Deirdra Funcheon

Murder, Mystery, Marijuana

Reliving the '60s

FRI 12/9

Three people meet in Boston in the late '60s. Thirty years later, they're still struggling with the ramifications of their counterculture actions. That's the premise of Backward-Facing Man, the first novel from Don Silver. It's a jumbled jigsaw of compelling characters, history, fact, and fiction. Patty Hearst even plays a part in the framework of this complex thriller about love, loss, and betrayal. Silver once worked in the music business with artists like Barry Manilow and Air Supply and had a top-ten disco hit himself in the early 1980s. He will speak and sign copies of Backward-Facing Man at Murder on the Beach Bookstore (237 NE Second Ave. Delray Beach), Friday at 7 p.m. Call 561- 279-7790, or visit www.murderonthebeach.com. — Shawn McKee

Lei It On

FRI 12/9

At Friday's Party in Paradise at Club Boca (7000 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton), you don't have to be 18 to get in — 15's the magic number. Anyone with 15 years and 15 bucks to their name is down for a night of hip-hop, R&B, and reggaeton, courtesy of DJ Jazz. Ladies get free Hawaiian leis, and guys get to make sex puns. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 561-715-0858. — Jason Budjinski

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Deirdra Funcheon
Jason Budjinski
Jamie Laughlin
Shawn McKee