Calendar for the week

Sprung Monkey: The Theater (3339 N. Federal Hwy., Oakland Park), a new nightclub and concert hall, opens its doors tonight with a show by San Diego-based surf punks Sprung Monkey. After making a splash in surfing and skateboarding circles with their Surfdog Records debut album Swirl, and while touring with Pennywise, Sick of It All, and 7 Seconds, this fast-paced, Dick Dale-influenced quintet recently contributed a track to the MOM (Music for Our Mother Ocean) compilation to benefit the environmentalist Surfrider Foundation (featuring tunes by the Ramones, Pearl Jam, Porno for Pyros, and several other punk and alternative bands). Local punks Quit and the Vacant Andys open the show. Tickets to this all-ages show cost five dollars (six for ages 20 and under). Doors open at 8:00. Call 954-565-1666. (GC)

Lion Splash '96: Celebrate the birthday of Jamaica's national hero Marcus Garvey at the first annual Lion Splash reggae extravaganza, taking place today from noon to midnight at Florida Memorial College (15800 NW 42nd Ave., Opa-locka). The lineup features Screwdriver, Contractor, the Abyssmians, Jesse Genda, Stereo Man, Jah Locks, Junior Biggs, Scion Success, Roger Ranks and Marcia Ball, Richie B., Malachi Smith, and many others. Admission is free. Call 954-433-2943. (GC)

Skavoovie and the Epitones: Boston-based ten-man ska band Skavoovie and the Epitones fuses rock-steady and ska with the classic sounds of swing and jazz for a toe-tapping good time. Fat, juicy horn arrangements hark back to the big-band era on the Moon Ska Records debut effort Fat Footin'. Skavoovie gets groovy tonight at 8:00 at the Edge (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), with openers King 7 and the Soul Sonics (featuring former members of the Jive Step Bunch) and the Rug Cutters on the patio stage. Tickets to this all-ages show cost seven dollars. Call 954-525-9333. (GC)

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Priscilla Forthman: There are no sunny, tourist-filled beaches here: Local photographer Priscilla Forthman's color photographs freeze the ocean in the early-morning hours, when the waves quietly wash on empty shores. Forthman captures the beauty and serenity of South Florida's beaches in an exhibition titled "By Land, Sea, and Air," on view through November 8 as part of the Metro-Dade Art in Public Places program at Miami International Airport (Concourse E, Departure Level). Admission is free. Call 375-5362 for more information about the program. (GC)

Theatre with Your Coffee?: This Hollywood-based organization usually presents readings of new plays by local actors and playwrights twice a month at the Hollywood Boulevard Theatre (1938 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood), but this week the troupe goes national with three one-act plays. In Frank Talk, by San Diego native Michael P. Conley, two New York actors share their experiences in the biz. Spouses, by Virginia-based writer Jack O'Donnell, looks at the communication problems of a married couple. And New York playwright Peter Ramsey's Isadora Duncan and the Twelve Apostles follows a trendy couple on a visit to an art gallery. Admission is five dollars. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. Call 460-2234. (GC)

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Overtown: Miami's Little Broadway: During the Sixties, the Overtown area of Miami was a Southern mecca of black entertainment, its clubs and theaters hosting acts such as Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke. These performances are captured in a retrospective photographic exhibition that traces Overtown's entertainment history, on view at St. Thomas University School of Law Gallery (16400 NW 32nd Ave.) through September 24. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 8:00 a.m. to midnight from Monday through Thursday; 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday; and 9:00 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. Call 628-6570. (GC)

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Hootie & the Blowfish: They've turned a distinct lack of personality into a regular-guy image even Huey "Hip to Be Square" Lewis would admire; they've sold enough records (well, well over fifteen million of 1994's Cracked Rear View and the new Fairweather Johnson and counting) to ensure them a spot on platinum-monger Michael Jackson's envy list; and they've embodied the bar-band-makes-good element of the American Dream about as well as anyone from the past twenty years. Yep, life is sweet for Hootie & the Blowfish. How'd it all happen? How did this bland, innocuous foursome become the knighted rulers of contemporary pop? Who knows. Using a food metaphor, let's just say that given the choice of a hot, heaping plate of spicy spaghetti or a bowl of thick, tepid oatmeal, some folks will flock to the murky mush. Whatever the case, Darius Rucker and pals will be playing tonight at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre (601 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $23 and $25; showtime is 8:00. Call 407-795-8883 if you need to know more. (JF)

Bad Company: As the old fart parade marches on with tours this summer by the likes of the Sex Pistols, one band that never really went away rolls into the Sunrise Musical Theatre (5555 NW 95th Ave.) tonight at 8:00. The members of the British band Bad Company were stars before they put out their debut album in 1974: Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke were members of Free, Mick Ralphs was in Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell played with King Crimson. After 23 years, six gold and platinum albums, and several personnel changes, the band continues to tour and record. Tickets cost $10.50 and $16.75. Call 954-741-7300. (GC)

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