Joey Galvan, Mark Stuart, Deane Cote, and Clark Stacer are all Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash. Don't be alarmed: It's not what you're thinking. We don't intend to be disrespectful. Nor do we mean to insinuate that over the years the late great Man in Black was doing more than his share of private entertaining of groupies while on tour. No, the aforementioned quartet make up a band from -- of all places -- San Diego, California. While they claim to sound nothing like the man in their moniker (who was okay with the use of his name, by the way), they do record songs with a countryfied bent, as evinced on the debut CD Walk Alone and their latest release, Distance Between. Get an up-close look and listen to the musicians whose work Billboard has described as alternating between a "hip twangfest & truck drivers on acid" tonight with Ordinary Language at the Poorhouse (110 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Doors open at 10:00 for the age 21-and-up show. Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 954-522-5145. (NK)
She's not only the world's bawdiest Korean-American girl next door, she's also a one-woman comedy revolution. At least that's what Margaret Cho's press package says about her latest concert tour, Revolution. The notorious Cho is back, no doubt with sharp sendups of her wacky family and San Francisco freak credibility. This time prepare yourself for a more politically charged Margaret as she takes on the axis of evil, Thailand's sex business, and more comedic morsels disguised as social issues. Cho takes the stage at 8:00 p.m. at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets range from $30 to $45. Call 305-673-7300. (JCR)
Some facts about legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius. He moved to South Florida as a teenager, where he honed his musical chops with bands like the Peter Graves Orchestra. He became a huge deal in the late 1970s as a member of the hyper-fusion jazz band Weather Report and went on to a successful stint as a session musician and leader of his own group, Word of Mouth. A troubled guy, he returned to his hometown and lived a sad life colored by mental illness, alcohol, and drug abuse. He eventually met his end by being beaten to death by a bouncer outside a Fort Lauderdale nightclub. Although he's never really been forgotten, Pastorius's work is being revived in the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, a pet project of his old crony Graves. Made up of fourteen musicians, the band has just released an album, Word of Mouth Revisited, which features guest shots by greats like Gerald Veasley, Christian McBride, and Marcus Miller to name a few. Hear them as they celebrate the new CD with an 8:00 p.m. performance at the Hollywood Playhouse Theater, 2640 Washington St., Hollywood. Tickets cost $15 and $20. Call 954-922-0404. (NK)
With an all-star lineup of some of the best merengue musicians on the planet, Viva El Merengue, the closing event of Race Week Miami, will get your booty moving in a Dominican minute. The kings of merengue Johnny Ventura and Joseito Mateo headline more than ten acts, which include Rubby Perez, Milly Quezada, Giovanny Polanco, and Junny. The big show begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Miami Arena, 721 NW First Ave. Tickets range from $38 to $69. Call 305-530-4400. (JCR)
That pink fleshy chunk floating in your egg drop soup is Serrano ham. In case you didn't know it, the escolar on the menu is a fish and the white stuff on your coconut vacherin is kalamansi cream. Such are the frontiers you'll traverse any time you attend a special event, or even an employee meal at Norman Van Aken's seminal culinary joint, Norman's. Tonight the chef presents his sixth annual Pleasures of the Palate, a tasty extravaganza designed to raise money for the Diabetes Research Institute. Accompanying the, uh, eclectic meal is harp music by Roberto Perera (to promote digestion, of course), followed by an auction led by food writer Lyn Farmer. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails are served at 6:30 at Norman's, 21 Almeria Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is $250 per person. Call 800-321-3437. (JCR)
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There's something absurd, dramatic, yet sensual and inviting in the images of today's Cuba. They hover somewhere among the ornately tiled floors, the distended belly of an adolescent, and the chintzy fantasy of Santería costumes. But for whatever reason we are drawn. In the exhibition "Cuban Interiors" at the Centro Cultural Español (800 Douglas Rd., Coral Gables), Dutch photographer Robert Van Der Hilst exposes and exploits the bittersweet phenomenon that is life in modern Cuba. The exhibition consists of more than 42 images of Habaneros in their homes. It runs through Friday, October 31. Admission is free. Call 305-448-9677. (JCR)
Winos of Miami, get your corkscrews ready! And designated drivers, hold onto those keys! The second annual Miami International Wine Fair is coming to the Hyatt Regency Hotel (400 SE Second Ave.) today through Sunday, October 5. Why do you care? Well, more than 1000 wines from more than fifteen countries will be available for sampling. You won't have to imbibe on an empty stomach either; food courtesy of top Miami chefs will be served too. In case you don't know what you're drinking, wine tasting courses will also be taught. A giant shop will also offer all manner of wines, so you can buy what you've tried and liked. And those are just a few of the events to intoxicate you into becoming a wine lover if you weren't already. Tickets cost $45 for one day and $75, plus a surcharge, for two. Call 877-577-9463. (NK)