It's OK if Mexican immigrants want to clean our half-million-dollar houses... but when they move into our neighborhood? Hey, that might lower our property values! That's the basis of the conflict that happened recently in Farmingville, Long Island -- which is not too far from what's happening in, say, Lake Worth. Farmingville, the documentary that captured the ensuing nastiness on film, won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was called "one of the most important documentaries in years" by CNN. The movie shows today at 6:30 p.m. at Old School Square (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach). A conversation with its director, Carlos Sandoval, follows. The $25 ticket includes refreshments. Call 561-243-7922.
The age-old quandary for those trying to sustain a career in the music industry is trying to hold tight to their roots while not falling into the throes of tired musical formula. Take Tool, for instance. While Tool fit right in with the Korn crowd, the band's more arty tendencies were evident. And in 1999, vocalist Maynard James Keenan took that approach full circle -- A Perfect Circle, as it were. Whereas Tool penned songs like "Prison Sex" and "Jerk-off," A Perfect Circle offers more experimental orchestrations like "3 Libras." The circular ones take the stage at Mizner Park Amphitheater (433 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) after openers the Burning Brides at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $35. Call 561-962-4109.
Probably one of the most caricatured segments of the political population is the group known as animal rights activists. It's unfortunate too, because their message -- that big corporations blithely run tests on animals as if they're disposable objects -- often gets lost amid the spray-painted billboards and front-page photos of naked protesters (the latter being the absolute worst way to get Joe Public's attention). So when the animal huggers call for a boycott, it's best when they just stick to the facts and keep their clothes on. Such is the case with today's Global Procter & Gamble Boycott, organized by In Defense of Animals, which has been fighting the corporation's testing on our furry friends since 1989. With more than 300 products, Procter & Gamble may seem like a hard shop to pass up. But its list of mostly hygienic products is not unavoidable. Visit www.pandgkills.com and you' ll think twice next time you put on that Cover Girl mascara.
If you're like most people (i.e., not especially wealthy), chances are you don't have an extra thousand bucks to plop down for a giant pop-art sculpture for your living room. But that doesn't mean you can't dream! So while your wallet may not be fat enough for such luxuries, a trip to Creations Home Furnishing Design Center (111 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach) is tantamount to an afternoon at a fine art gallery. But Creations is not just a store; it has its own pop culture showcase exhibits as well. Current showcases feature clothing worn by stars like Marlon Brando, Madonna, and Cindy Crawford. Still, the main attraction is the huge variety of paintings, sculptures, chairs, tables, vases, and other home items. Call 561-266-6666.
When Michael Kiriacon began giving lectures at Wild Oats Supermarket (2501 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), his buddies laughed. "Get out the bunny rabbit food! Make sure you got some carrots!" That made Kiriacon want some new friends. He found 'em in the scores of people who came to his talks, changed their lifestyles, and went from "looking like a barrel on legs" to being svelte and "well-oiled." Check out the lecture called "Alkalize to Lose Weight and Energize," during which Kiriacon will help you kick your addiction to "the poor man's cocaine" (sugar) and pick out yummy, natural foods you can "shove in the hole in front of your face" instead. When he changed his lifestyle, he lost 60 pounds, and his obnoxious friends weren't the only thing that disappeared. The fist-size tumor that was stuck in his prostate? That went bye-bye too. The talk is free and starts at 7 p.m. Kiriacon speaks on the last Monday and Thursday of each month. Call 754-423-3412.
Before it fell victim to the clutches of commercialism, pop-punk actually did mean something. Because it was punk, the pop part of it had that extra passion that comes with being a teenage outcast. And you could actually hear the influence of first-wave punk bands, something that seems to elude the tenth-rate Green Day clones of today. Broward County's the Adequits take a good decade-and-a-half step back to those bygone days when the mark of the Descendents was still felt and the Ramones were more than just a name to drop to bolster one's punk cred. The female vocals of Kerry O'Connor sound more like the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde than, say, Gwen Stefani. Check out the Adequits at Tarpon Bend (200 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) for its monthly battle of the bands, called "Born To Be An Effen Rock Star" and hosted by Teri Catlin. Also vying for the $100 cash prize are Beddy Ford, Skin Trade, Orijins, Boom Boom, and Lindsay Wynn. The free show starts at 9 p.m. Call 954-523-3233.
We're not exactly sure why Karma Swanepoel, a pixie-ish white girl from South Africa, is living in Plantation right now or what exactly the status is of her band, Henry Ate, which released four albums on the other side of the ocean. What we do know is that her being lost is our find. Sources tell us she has an amazing voice, and her influences run from Terence Trent D'Arby to the Postal Service. Go to the Poor House (110 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale) tonight and give her a nice warm, South Florida-style welcome. No, not by selling her some crack and inviting her to hang with you at Spearmint Rhino -- but by bringing her a dose of your sunshiny smile and clapping. Loudly! The show starts at 10:30 p.m. Call 954-522-5145.