Skate rats and nouveau punks will be getting their fiercest attitude together as Linkin Park, the rocking clash of old-school hip-hop and hard-driving rock and roll, brings its Meteora tour to town. The altmetal quintet packs a loud and energetic wallop despite the fact that its members are all twelve years old (just kidding). Singer Mike Shinoda promises some new songs and other surprises. Rockers P.O.D., Hoobastank, and Story of the Year play opening sets. Be sure to keep your hands up. Crowd surfer alerts will be on high. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. at the Office Depot Center, 2555 SW 137th Way, Sunrise. Tickets cost $34.50. Call 954-835-7825. (JCR)
Zits, rejection, rock and roll, drugs, war, J.Lo, Snoop Dogg. High school kids have a lot to write about. The area's best slam poets will be going at it head to head during the first South Florida High School Poetry Slampionship. Be ready to hear the unleashed angst of ten top area poets, who sling their words like fists in the air that say, "I'm here and I'm aware." Between poets DJ Epps will be spinning tunes. Part of the proceeds benefit the FIU Upward Bound Pre-Collegiate programs for disadvantaged students. Young creative minds always deserve the much-needed support they crave. They may also teach you a thing or two about the very world in which you live. The Slampionship begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Polish American Club of Miami, 1250 NW 22nd Ave. Admission costs $8 and $10. Call 786-210-5570. (JCR)
Forget about wearing your Manolos today, gals. When your honey suggests the two of you bond outdoors via the Big Cypress Swamp Slosh Hiking Trip, you know there is really no place for $500 footwear in the mucky goo that can be the Everglades. If you're a good sport and decide to go along on the slosh, put on your hiking boots and head over to A.D. Barnes Park Nature Center (3401 SW 72nd Ave.), where you'll hop in a van destined for the Loop Road. Once the vehicle stops, you'll enter the Everglades on foot and discover all sorts of magical naturey stuff: birds, otters, deer, snakes, and alligators. We suggest bringing plenty of water, sunscreen, insect repellent, a pair of waders, and, if you can get your hands on one, a head-to-toe plastic bubble suit. A baseball bat might be a good idea too. The fun runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost is $30. Call 305-662-4124. (NK)
Oh, for the days when professional basketball players weren't alleged murderers or accused rapists and when they didn't show up on TV dressed in very unflattering white wedding dresses (apparently Vera Wang hasn't created her line for drag queens yet). We yearn for the more innocent days of pro sports, when the Harlem Globetrotters filled the arenas with players named Geese, Curly, and Meadowlark, serving up their neat tricks and goofy antics. But even those days are long gone. Since it was established in 1927, the team has been to more than 100 countries, played more than 20,000 games, and now boasts 25 guys with monikers such as Brandon, Bubba, and Shark. At 4:00 this afternoon, they take to the court at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd. Tickets range from $12 to $100. Call 786-777-1250. (NK)
How rebellious are the musicians of Rebel? Do they play intricate baroque favorites on steel drums, electric guitars, or maybe annoying synthesizers? Nope. They actually use -- hold onto your socks, now -- original instruments! Strings and woodwinds to be specific. Who knows what the possibly insubordinate bunch will play when they show up as the third act in the nine-day Tropical Baroque Music Festival V, presented by the Miami Bach Society. Just be sure one of the Bach family will be included somewhere. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, 536 Coral Way. Tickets cost $25 and $35. The festival continues at various venues through Sunday, March 14. Call 305-669-1376. (NK)
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A monkey (or is it a chimp?) wearing glasses while hanging casually from a tree in the simple, serene style of a Chinese landscape. That's all we need to convince us of the supreme talent, the utter genius of artist Laura Owens. Oh yeah, there's that sense of humor too. Yes, for us monkeys plus wit equals good art. Originally from Ohio, the California-based Owens is burning hot right now, with works in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Centre Georges Pompidou. Now through Sunday, May 9, at our very own Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami), you can get a good look at about 40 of Owens's eye-catching paintings made from 1997 to the present. South Florida is the last stop in the first major survey of her work, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-893-6211. (NK)
Your fingernails are chewed down to the nub. There are patches of scalp showing from your unconscious habit of pulling out your hair. Coffee stains are all over your car, and you just can't help screaming at the television. Dude, you have to find a way to maintain. Before you really blow a gasket, check out the 24th Annual Conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Jerilyn Ross, president of the association, and Dennis Charney, chief of the mood and anxiety disorders research program at the National Institute of Mental Health, will be on hand to talk you down from your self-imposed ledge. These docs will give tips on how to diagnose and treat your ailment. Don't freak out. Breathe and relax. The seminar begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 400 SE Second Ave. Admission is free. Call 202-745-2100. (JCR)