This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

THU 18 Tammy Pescatelli gets around more than a 14-year-old on MySpace. The Cleveland-born comedian was a finalist on Last Comic Standing (seasons two and three) and a fashion cop for Us Weekly and played poker against the pros on GSN. Somewhere in the middle of all that, Pescatelli managed...
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THU 18

Tammy Pescatelli gets around more than a 14-year-old on MySpace. The Cleveland-born comedian was a finalist on Last Comic Standing (seasons two and three) and a fashion cop for Us Weekly and played poker against the pros on GSN. Somewhere in the middle of all that, Pescatelli managed to squeeze in a few late-night TV appearances (Leno, Miller). Because her last name is so obviously Italian, you might think that Pescatelli's shtick is full of jokes about the Mafia and growing up in a big, wacky family. That's not all she quips about. But if Pescatelli had to perform at a Soprano family reunion, it's safe to say she wouldn't be leaving in lead overshoes. Pescatelli performs Thursday through Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv at CityPlace (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $15.97. Call 561-833-1812, or visit (JB)

FRI 19

Say what you will about Mike Lowell's hitting this season. The third baseman is paid $7.5 million but has a batting average of just .240. That, however, ignores the very important fact that balls stick to his glove like flies on, well, honey. On top of that, after an amazing play the other day, people are saying he may have a career in acting. Lowell used the ole hidden-ball trick, in which he kept the ball in his glove while a runner was on third base. The runner (Luis Terrero of the Arizona Diamondbacks) assumed Lowell had given the ball to the pitcher, that the ball was out of play, and that it was safe to take a few leading steps off the bag. Not so! Lowell tagged out the space cadet, and the Dbacks' third-base coach went home hoping he'd still have a job the next day. Just another reason the Golden Glove might go home with Lowell this year. See more Fish-y tricks at Dolphins Stadium (2269 NW 199th St., Miami) as the Marlins face the Dodgers for a four-game home stand tonight through Monday. This evening's game starts at 7:35. Call 305-626-7324, or visit (DF)

SAT 20

There's a reason India's film industry is called Bollywood -- Hollywood's fingerprints are all over it, what with all the pop music and dancing in its productions. But if that's what sells, who cares about tradition? Well, the Shakti Dance Company sure does, as it performs Sant Meera tonight at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The dramatic performance tells the true story of Meera, an Indian princess who gives up her life -- literally -- for Krishna. Full of stunning costumes, chilling music, and poignant acting, the play and its 20-person ensemble revive the spiritual tradition of Indian theater. It's like a Herman Hesse novel come to life. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20 to $49. Call 954-462-0222, or visit (JB)

SUN 21

Mr. August (otherwise known as Pete from the Palm Beach County Fire Department) not only likes to go flying, shooting, and diving; he also holds three college degrees. And he looks good with his shirt off and soot smeared on his cheekbones. Mr. September -- a cutie named Bor from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue -- intrigues us with his love for surfing, motorcycles, and country music. (Then again, he is an Aries -- extroverted and assertive.) Meet the stars of the South Florida Firefighters Calendar from Thursday through today as they go on a tricounty tour to peddle their wares for charity. The models sell and autograph calendars (cost: $15) Thursday night at Amika (1532 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), Friday night at the Round-Up Country Western Club (9020 W. State Rd. 84, Davie), Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Aventura Mall (19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura), and today from noon to 6 p.m. at the Town Center Mall (600 Glades Rd., Boca Raton). Proceeds will be donated to charities that fight drug addiction, including Neighbors 4 Neighbors and Here's Help. Visit (DF)

MON 22

As if the call of awesome shoes weren't enough to get you down to Don Carter's University Lanes (5325 S. University Dr., Davie), the bowling alley has thrown in a state-of-the-art laser light show and a live band for good measure. "Lightning Strikes Live," a new weekly event, features three giant screens that drop down over the lanes, plus a fog machine! You can also get $1 drafts and $2 kamikaze shots. And oh yeah, there's bowling. Now all you need is a turkey (three strikes in a row). Tonight's party lasts from 10 p.m. until midnight. The featured band is the Kindreds. The cover is $5; it's another $10 for unlimited bowling, which includes shoe rental. Call 954-434-9663. (DF)

TUE 23

When you're line dancing, says instructor Rose Rosson, "You forget all your problems and you concentrate on learning the steps, and it's exciting. And when you finally get it, you feel good about yourself, and when you leave here, you're happy." So tell your shrink to take you off the Zoloft, and hoof it down to Hagen Park (2020 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors), where Rosson will teach you steps like the Grapevine ("It looks like a traveling grapevine," she says), the Kickball Change ("It kind of looks like you're playing kickball") and the Triple-Step ("Like a cha-cha step or a polka"). The Beginner Line Dance Class attracts fun-lovers of all ages, from a bunch of 17-year-olds to a handful of seniors. "There are great people here and a lot of fun," Rosson says. The class lasts from 7 to 8 p.m. and costs $5. No partner is necessary. Call 954-390-2130. (DF)

WED 24

It may be known as a venue where free-formin' jam bands and balls-to-the-wall punk groups hold gigs throughout the week. But there's a new Open Mic Night at Alligator Alley (1321 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park), and it's open to more than just musicians. "The emphasis is on it being nonstructured," notes owner Carl Pacillo (a.k.a. Kilmo). "It's open to all types of performers: poets, rappers, comedians, magicians... even sword-swallowers." Of course, creative combinations are welcome too; ever tried swallowing a drum stick? Alligator Alley's Open Mic Night takes place every Wednesday. Signup starts at 9 p.m., and the impromptu fun lasts till 2 a.m., if need be. There' s no cost to get in or perform. Call 954-771-2220, or visit (JB)

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