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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

THU 30

"When's the last time you saw a band fronted by a dreadlocked Appalachian Mountain dulcimer player?" So begins the e-mail we received from Orlando's Mohave, which promises to be a bit different from the average band. And sure enough, Mohave makes good on its word, mixing upbeat bluegrass and roots rock with Native American chanting, tribal beats, and ritualistic percussions -- with mountain dulcimer front and center. That's not as strange as it sounds, really. The band still plays structured songs with time-tested lyrical topics like traveling, drinking, smoking a doob, and enjoying a nice Georgia peach (use your adult imagination). Of course, that doesn't preclude Mohave from breaking out with an impromptu jam session. The band is, after all, performing at the Bamboo Room (25 S. "J" St., Lake Worth). The show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $5. Call 561-585-2583. (JB)

FRI 31

Hey! Ho! Let's go! No, really, we mean it. Pimps too. Tonight's the Pimp 'n' Ho party at the Factory (2674 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). We're not exactly sure what the night entails, but we do know that the Factory is the home of "legendary wet T-shirt contests" and really cheap drink specials. If you wear a pair of alligator shoes, listen to a bunch of Too $hort, and introduce yourself as Payroll, you should be all set. Call 954-564-7625. (DF)


The Trumansburg, New York-based sextet Donna the Buffalo hits Key West next week for a seven-day jam, but not before a prime-time slot Saturday night at Revolution (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). If you see more out-of-state license plates than usual, it's probably "the Herd" -- the Buffalo's dedicated fanbase that travels the country like latter-day Deadheads. So you'd be right to assume the band's music falls somewhat into jam-band territory, infusing folk rock, reggae, country, zydeco, and Cajun styles. Lyrically, the band flaunts its progressive politics and idealism in songs like "Riddle of the Universe" and "Revolution." It's probably safe to say that, given the venue, the band will most likely include the latter on its set list. It's just too obvious. The Buffalo roams after an opening set by Crazy Fingers at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $18. Call 954-727-0950. (JB)


If Jon Stewart gives somebody a nod, we give 'em a nod. And since he tapped comedian Lewis Black to appear on his show to do a weekly two-minute rant session titled "Back in Black," we've been nodding a lot. And laughing. But we got into the game late. Lewis, now in his mid-50s, has been doing standup since the 1970s, when he was at Yale getting his MFA. A theater rat who's written more than 40 plays, Black has only recently felt the tremors of the superstardom he so richly deserves. Not that he's been hurting for material, with the Bush administration in office. "Nothing is a bigger irritant than stupidity," he told the Times Ledger, "and most people don't get to yell about it. And I think they laugh because they go, 'I was thinking that, but I didn't say it. '" Black performs with Todd Glass at the grand opening of the Improv at Paradise Live (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood) from Thursday through today. Tickets cost $20, $65 on New Year's Eve. Call 954-981-5653, or visit (DF)


We're not rumpologists or anything (have you heard about that guy who tells people's futures by reading the wrinkles on their butts?), but we think the Miami Heat are going to do pretty damn well this season. Naysayers might argue that one Shaquille O'Neal does not equal a championship team, but the gentle giant and his teammates seem to have a fire under their collective asses. But whoa! Here come the Seattle Supersonics, one of the best teams in basketball. No worries. Shaq will send 'em all the way back to the Space Needle, crying "Bill Gates! Shaq hurt me! Wah!" Eye some serious b-ball on the court at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $220. Call 786-777-HOOP, or visit (DF)


CNN is lies! All lies! Iraq really is ripe for democracy, and only a sore-loser liberal would tell you otherwise. Just ask Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, the neo-con who served as top civilian administrator after the war. When Bremer gave a private lecture after returning home, those bin Laden-loving hippies in the media wasted no time twisting his remarks to undermine President Bush's Iraq policy -- or so Bremer tried to tell us after he let loose a few unflattering truths. Four days later, in a New York Times article, Bremer reiterated his belief that Iraq is central to the war on terrorism. Well, no shit, Sherlock; it certainly is now. Here's to hoping that Bremer has a few Freudian slips today as he discusses "Iraq and the War on Terrorism" at the Society of the Four Arts (2 Four Arts Plz., Palm Beach). The lecture starts at 3 p.m. Call 561-655-7226. (JB)


The national mood since September 11, 2001, has gone from United We Stand to red versus blue to agree with me or get a foot in your ass. Maybe a little World War II nostalgia will help you forget all the campaign signs nicked from your yard before the election. So for a quick dose of retro, try the exhibit "July 1942: United We Stand," which opens today at the Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History (322 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach). "July 1942" is based on the original Smithsonian exhibit in Washington, D.C., and features 88 magazine covers from members of the National Publishers Association (now called the Magazine Publishers of America), who were urged to put Old Glory on the cover of their July 4 issues. If anything, it'll be amusing to see Time magazine donning nearly the same cover as Ladies' Home Journal and Popular Mechanics. Yep, that's our free press in action. The exhibit runs through March 13. Call 561-243-2662. (JB)