Tied Down

Paula Poundstone balances kids and comedy

FRI 9/9

Long before Brit gender-bender Eddie Izzard was performing his comedy routine in a dress, heels, and makeup, Paula Poundstone was getting laughs in the not-so-ladylike fashion of a suit and tie. "I guess I am the 'woman in the tie,'" says the 45 year-old comedian. "I didn't set out to be that, though. I just saw this tie I was into, bought it, wore it, and kind of liked the look."

The 30-year veteran of the comedy game has set out to provide a home for her adopted children. Many comedians enjoy partying when away from the stage, but Poundstone claims, "I never leave the house unless it's for work." What comedian would want to leave behind what Poundstone calls a "great source of material"? "These kids make you never need to write another thing."

Poundstone gets away from home this weekend to perform Friday through Sunday in front of "one of my favorite crowds" at the Palm Beach Improv at CityPlace (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach). "The South Florida audiences have always been good to me," she says, then thinks of Hurricane Katrina. "Then again, they might just be happy to be indoors." Tickets cost $24. Call 561-833-1812, or visit www.palmbeachimprov.com. -- Tim Hammill

Be Scene

Same kids, new venue

SAT 9/10

If the Pompano Indoor Skatepark had closed several months ago, rather than at the end of August, there'd be lots of displaced scenesters in North Broward. But it held out just long enough for a new venue to spring up in its place -- a venue with a fitting name. It's the Scene (2480 Hammondville Rd., Ste. 5, Pompano Beach), and it's causing Miami-based bands and West Palm Beach-based bands to flock to an area typically reserved for turnpike-bound commuters. The Scene is equal parts recording studio and live music venue. The stage is roughly the same size as that of Fort Lauderdale's now-defunct Music Factory, albeit with better acoustics. Saturday's gig features the Mission Veo, Leading the Heros, and the Madd Agents. The all-ages show costs $8 and starts at 7 p.m. Call 954-582-0800, or visit www.scenesound.com. -- Jason Budjinski

Stage Fright?

No, he's really frozen

SAT 9/10

Imagine if theater worked like a TV dinner, if the actors merely thawed out the ingredients and relied on the audience to cook them into a play. That's the idea behind Frozen Dinner Theatre, which thaws out the play Frozen Styph on Saturday at Kol Tikvah (6750 University Dr., Parkland). The story is built around Maxwell F. Styph, a frozen foods company CEO who made like one of his veal cutlets and entered a deep freeze. While actors play the roles of Styph's family, friends, and business partners, audience members add their own testimonies in memorial to the frozen stiff, er, Styph. Tickets cost $36 and include dinner, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 954-346-7878. -- Jason Budjinski


Hey, That's My Carro!

FRI 9/9

Subject to Tow-Away may seem like an unusual name for a band. But in Brazil -- translated as Sujeito a Guincho -- it's a musical term for fudging your performance. Fortunately for the five clarinet players who bear that name, slip-ups aren't part of Friday's performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $19.50 to $24.50. Call 954-462-0222. -- Jason Budjinski

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Tim Hammill
Jason Budjinski