This Week's Day by Day Picks

Thursday 5/1

"Get drunk with a hunk!" exclaims the press release promoting the Miami Beach Firefighters Celebrity Bartender Night. While it's unlikely the firemen (or women) will be raising a glass and getting sloshed alongside you, they'll be picking up the cocktail shakers and mixing all sorts of libations for you. The whole shebang benefits Saturday's Miami Beach Relay for Life, which raises money to fight cancer. Make the hotties feel at home by ordering a drink that includes a lovely flambéed floater. Drink up from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Wish restaurant in The Hotel, 801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free, but the boozy beverages will cost you. Call 305-531-2222.

Friday 5/2

We've heard of the Boys Choir of Harlem, the celebrated ensemble founded in 1968 by Walter J. Turnbull in order to expand opportunities for underprivileged black youngsters in New York City. Who knew that in 1979 Turnbull created a female counterpart to the lads' group, aptly named the Girls Choir of Harlem? Veterans of the prestigious stages of the Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, and Lincoln Center, the gals perform a benefit in our town for another -- albeit younger -- vocal institution, the four-year-old, 50-member South Florida Boys Choir, which is set to open its own academy catering to kindergarten through the eighth grade in the fall. Curtain goes up at 8:00 p.m. at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Tickets range from $20 to $50. Call 305-234-8769, ext. 102

Saturday 5/3

With rumbling foot stomps, fluid arm movements, and piercing cries, Clarita Filgueiras is unleashing the devil in South Florida. The former principal dancer of a New York flamenco troupe, Filgueiras is doing what comes naturally to all genuine flamenqueros -- conjuring a bit of duende, that wild and passionate spirit that inspired Lorca and lives at the heart of the Andalusian art form. Filgueiras is debuting her newly formed company, Flamenco Puro, tonight at Roxy Performing Arts Center (1645 SW 107th Ave.). Be prepared for a hauntingly beautiful mix of songs and dances that are rooted in ancient Spanish, Arab, African, and Gypsy traditions. Performances take place at 8:00 tonight and 3:00 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets cost $18. Call 305-226-0030. (JCR)

Sunday 5/4

What makes us want to smash Dixie Chicks records? How about their infinitely unoriginal version of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" or their "tattooed" naked bodies on the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine (keep the physiques exposed and cover those faces, girls!). The fact they socked it to their fellow Texan George W. Bush about the war we initiated in Iraq? That doesn't bother us one bit. Voicing opposition to anything is what being an American is all about, so even if their prepackaged country caca annoys us and their faces make us want to run for the hills, we have to give them a few brownie points for having guts. We're starting to reconsider, though, after learning lead singer Natalie Maines told ABC's Diane Sawyer that she regretted her "choice of words" about our beloved president. Sheesh, despite death threats and plummeting record sales (which have recovered, by the way), you'd think they'd stand (naked or clothed) by their statements. Anyhow, if the Chicks can do no wrong for you, at 7:30 p.m. you might want to head to Sound Advice Amphitheatre (601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach), where they'll duck debris and attempt to put on a show. Joan Osborne (remember her?) opens. Tickets range from $35 to $65. Call 561-793-0445.

Monday 5/5

Take off your clothes -- and check yourself out! We're not exactly urging you to hold a magnifying glass up to your cellulite-ridden thighs and criticize. No advocates of anorexia are we here. Just nagging you to take a good look at your skin -- every inch -- and search for anything that looks odd. See, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. And for the past nine years, the first Monday of the month has been designated Melanoma Monday, or to put it more nicely, National Skin Self-Examination Day. Don't chuckle: One in five Americans deals with skin cancer. So if in your search, you happen to notice something on your bod that appears rather weird, hightail it over to your dermatologist ASAP. Or if you'd rather have a professional carefully examine your bumps, moles, and freckles, an army of volunteer dermatologists will offer their services free this month. Find one at

Tuesday 5/6

"Oye, music veeps and industry bigwigs, check this out!" That's what the organizers of the Latino Heritage New Music and Art Showcase are saying to the Latin music industry honchos in town this week for the Billboard Latin Music Conference. The producers of the event are hoping the hotshots will veer off into Club Ibiza (411 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) tonight to catch some of the freshest Latin popsters around, including rockero bands Eklipse, Factor Sur, and sexy salsera Shelina. The musicians will perform in hopes of reeling in big recording contracts as well as raising money for the In Excellence Latino Heritage College Scholarship, a fund that helps young Latinos finish college. The event will also feature the work of several young, undiscovered artists. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Admission is ten dollars. Call 305-651-2951.

Wednesday 5/7

ZZ Top is not dead. Nor did it rise from the dark side with its opening act, Ted Nugent. If you thought worms would be finished gnawing the bones of these rock and roll geezers by now, you might be in for a surprise. The old farts are back, playing a beer-soaked, titty-flopping triple bill (with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Double Trouble) called the Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers Tour at West Palm Beach's Sound Advice Amphitheatre (601-7 Sansbury's Way). Hell, with Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, and even Styx and Kansas continuing to tour these days, it makes you wonder if some of these shows might be underwritten by Viagra. Supplemented by Geritol or not, ZZ is always a safe bet for kick-ass rock and roll. Just remember the ass may be sagging a little and the sharp-dressed man may actually be flaccid. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets range from $22.50 to $47.50. Call 561-793-0445

By Nina Korman & Juan Carlos Rodriguez

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