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THU 23

If Judas Priest's current success proves anything, it's that even metalheads have moved into the 21st Century. When head Priest Rob Halford announced in 1998 that he is homosexual (not the biggest shocker), it could have spelled death for his metal career. But when Judas Priest did a reunion tour last year, fans showed that black leather rock knows no sexual preference -- and that the stereotype of Priest fans as slow-witted Beavis and Butt-head types ("Breakin' the law/Breakin' the law") just ain't true. Halford and pals rock it out tonight with Queensryche at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre (601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach). Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 to $49.50. Call 561-793-0445. (JB)

FRI 24

Colin Quinn knows a thing or two about tough crowds. Last fall, Comedy Central canceled his show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Several years before that, the network aired a live performance of the comic dropping more bombs than an F-15 over Tikrit (Quinn frantically admitted he was tanking, and the whole episode was embarrassing even for the audience). Fortunately, Quinn's smart and funny enough to have survived the roller-coaster ride that is the comedy business. After all, he's been at it for 20 years now, from MTV's Remote Control to his Broadway endeavor, Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake. Quinn performs Thursday through Saturday at the Palm Beach Improv at CityPlace (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $21.30. Call 561-833-1812. (JB)

SAT 25

The Hollywood Jaycees Annual Bachelor Auction had to be canceled last month due to uncooperative skies. Today, the guys -- 20 lifeguards, firemen, and policemen, plus Michael "The Hunk" from 101.5 LiteFM -- reconvene and slip into their (heart-shaped) "for rent" signs. Funds will be used to buy school supplies for underprivileged kids. The auction lasts from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Hollywood Beach Bandshell (A1A and Johnson Street, Hollywood). Call 305-715-2137. (DF)

When roots reggae artist Chrisinti released his first album, Comfort My People, in 2001, he was considered a rising star. Fans couldn't wait for the devoted Rastafarian (whose name means "Selassi I Child") to release a second album. Four long years later, here it comes. Today, Chrisinti drops his second release, ...Again, from Eight76 Records. His labelmate, Evette, will share the stage during a double record-release party at Empire Nite Club (6029 Miramar Pkwy., Miramar). She celebrates her first disc, called Lately. The concert is hosted by DJs Richie B. of Hot 102 FM and Jamusa of WAVS-AM (1170). Doors open at 9 p.m.; show starts at 10. (DF)

SUN 26

You haven't seen Fort Lauderdale until you've seen it from the ocean... while standing aboard a catamaran... with a glass of bubbly in your hand. OK, make that a plastic cup of bubbly. The Spirit of Lauderdale -- light, fast, and 50 feet long -- is a sailor's wet dream, but it's still a boat, people! Once the folks from Tropical Sailing pull away from the dock, they'll offer you beer, wine, or champagne from their cooler. If you need glass flutes and a bottle of Cristal, bring it yourself. Seriously -- you're allowed. The company's afternoon cruise (from 1 to 4:30 p.m.) takes you through the Intracoastal, out to the ocean, and to John U. Lloyd State Park, where you can snorkel or jump on a water trampoline during a 45-minute break. The Champagne Sunset Cruise (6 to 8 p.m.) is all about staying on the water and chilling. Considering that it can cost $1,000 a day to charter a catamaran by yourself, the $25- to $35-per-person charge is a steal. However, when the handsome first mate holds your hand and helps your buzzed self off the boat, please remember that Tipping is not a rural village in China. Depart from the Bahia Mar Marina (801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Call 954-579-8181, or visit (DF)

MON 27

The dangerous consequences of President Bush's "abstinence only" solution to the AIDS epidemic make Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign seem like a well-meaning gaffe. And it's further proof that the terms Bush administration and reality are mutually exclusive. Fortunately, modern science hasn't eluded everyone. Because it understands that AIDS is more than a disease of promiscuous drug addicts using broken condoms, Planned Parenthood is offering free HIV testing and counseling today. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., anonymous, confidential screenings are held at the following centers: Fort Lauderdale (3475 N. Dixie Hwy., 954-561-1905), Pembroke Pines (263 N. University Dr., 954-963-9889), Boca Raton (455 NW 35th St., 561-368-1023), and Tamarac (7152 Nob Hill Rd., 954-721-5580). Visit (JB)

TUE 28

"The goal... is to seek out high-quality people who are qualified to join our school and will be a good addition to our student body." Dang -- what is this? Harvard? No -- even better. It's the Bushido Knights Ryu martial arts academy (130 NE First Ave., Hallandale Beach), where, the staff says, "you will get stronger" but you will also develop "self-discipline, focus, awareness, confidence, motivation, self-respect, concentration, self-control, personal growth, goal-setting, leadership skills, public speaking skills, persistence, emotional control, fear control, rapid decision-making, and more." The school must be pretty confident in its product because it is willing to let you try classes for free for up to two weeks. Start with tonight's "Way of the Warrior" class from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 954-455-1005, or visit (DF)

WED 29

Todd Rice, a cast member of the Laughing Gas improv comedy troupe, is also known as some of the characters he plays -- like the Rev. Billy Ray Tallywhacker or Charles P. Diddywitz III. To do improv well, Rice says, "You recognize elements in yourself that are odd and push them. You combine your odd ideas with [your fellow cast members'] odd ideas and come up with something totally unexpected. It's like lightning in a bottle." Tonight, Laughing Gas performs pro bono to benefit Gilda's Club, a cancer-fighting organization. Tickets to "Improv at the Improv" cost $10. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Hollywood Improv (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Call 954-981-5653, or visit (DF)

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