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saturday
august 30
The Amazing Royal Crowns: They play rockabilly hard. They play rockabilly fast. They play the most devastating rockabilly this side of the Reverend Horton Heat. The punk devil children of Dick Dale, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lux Interior (the Cramps), and Jon Spencer, Providence's Amazing Royal Crowns offer frantic, wild-energy, punk-and-roll wailings on their self-titled debut CD. Coming off an extensive East Coast tour, the Amazing Royal Crowns (not to be confused with the swingin' Royal Crown Revue) dip down into South Florida for a supersonic, synapse-snapping show tonight at 10:00 p.m. at Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE Second Ave.). Expect a hot show: This band has blown crowds away ever since its psychobilly show hit the road with the Rev and fellow New Englanders the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Double Agents and the Psychonauts open the show. Admission to this eighteen-and-over show is five dollars. Call 757-1807.

Freedom of Expression Rally: Noam Chomsky wrote, "It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies." If you fancy yourself an intellectual (what the heck, go anyway), join the Weeds tonight at 9:00 p.m. at Sunflower Recording Studios (1914 Hollywood Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) for an open-mike free-expression extravaganza. Led by writer/publicist/musician/poet Adam Matza, the Weeds is a rhythmic spoken-word-and-percussion project devoted to intellectual, emotional, political, and social expression. As part of this evening, guest artists Kathy Fleischmann, Dominic Traverzo, Steve Buxton, and Stanley Gemmell, among others, will speak or perform. Feel free to grab a mike and express yourself. Admission is as free as expression can be. Call 954-537-3161.

Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show/Fort Lauderdale Fall Home Show: See Friday.

American Indian Powwow: See Friday.

sunday
august 31
MoJazz's Last Chance: This is getting depressing. Local live music in South Florida is cursed; venue after venue has closed down (please God, spare us Churchill's). Tonight we mourn the loss of yet another great joint, MoJazz Cafe (928 71st St., Miami Beach), which closes its doors tomorrow morning after four and a half years of providing live jazz. Owner Mo Morgen says the club's eight-and-a-half-year lease has been sold to a group that is planning to open a restaurant and music club (um, isn't that what MoJazz was?). So tonight's your chance to start mourning the demise of yet another institution at a reunion of the MoJazz Band, along with guest artists of the past. Dolph and Tony Castellano, Lew Berryman, Bill Peeples, Federico Britos, Mel Dancy, Mike Gerber, Melton Mustafa, Ira Sullivan, and Morgen himself are among the many musicians that will jam from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. There's no cover before 9:00 p.m.; $20 (includes two drinks) from 9:00 till midnight; $10 after midnight; free after 1:00 a.m. Call 865-2636.

The Mango Kings: Turnberry Isle Resort & Club (19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura) hosts its second annual culinary festival, titled "The Mango Kings," tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Ocean Club. This flavorful journey through the capitals of American cuisine includes South Florida's famed Mango Gang -- Norman's Norman Van Aken, Chef Allen's Allen Susser, and the Turnberry Club's own Todd Weisz -- and other guest chefs from around the nation. Taste succulent yellowtail snapper prepared by Tavern on the Green's Patrick Clark (New York), Chinese lacquered duck as done by Sapphire's Kevin Graham (New Orleans), gazpacho cooked up by Four Seasons chef Hubert Des Marais (Palm Beach), cinnamon quail smoked by Red Sage/Coyote Cafe chef Mark Miller (Washington, D.C./Santa Fe, et cetera), and onion tamales created by Star Canyon's Stephan Pyles (Dallas). Each dish will be paired with a fine wine. Suddenly we're hungry. Tickets cost $75, and all proceeds benefit the American Institute of Wine and Food. Call 933-6500.

Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show/Fort Lauderdale Fall Home Show: See Friday.

American Indian Powwow: See Friday.

monday
september 1
Labor Day Irish Music Festival and Picnic: Step lively this Labor Day as the Irish Cultural Institute of Florida hosts its annual Irish Music Festival at Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach). Two stages offer continual traditional Irish music by the Irish Times Band, Noel Kingston, Echoes of Erin, and Avalon, plus marching bagpipers and colorful stepdancers. Enjoy volleyball and horseshoes while the wee lads and lasses take in puppet shows and carnival rides. And check out the Irish marketplace for nifty Celtic crafts. The fest runs from noon to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free (although there is a one-dollar park-entrance fee). Call 954-946-1093.

Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show/Fort Lauderdale Fall Home Show: See Friday.

American Indian Powwow: See Friday.

tuesday
september 2
Robert Huff: Miami-Dade Community College's Kendall Campus Art Gallery (11011 SW 104th St.) opens its 1997-98 season with an exhibition of works by one of the longest-standing members of its arts faculty. Artist Robert Huff has taught art at MDCC since 1969, and his works have been presented extensively in Florida as well as throughout the rest of the U.S. and in Germany. Huff's works straddle the line between sculpture and painting by combining their defining elements; some three-dimensional works have patterns on them drawn in pencil and painted in acrylics and oils. The exhibition is on view through through September 19. Gallery hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Thursday, and Friday, and noon to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission is free. Call 237-2322.

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