Calendar for the week

august 8
Self: The songs on the Tennessee-based band Self's debut album Subliminal Plastic Motives (Zoo) move with the groove of one marvelously mutant mind, that of 22-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer Matt Mahaffey. In this collection of a dozen tunes that Mahaffey wrote, performed, and produced, grungy, crunchy guitars meet liquidy, quasi-industrial dance synths and samples over funky bass lines. The band takes the stage tonight at Respectable Street Cafe (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) with openers the Drag. Admission is seven dollars. Doors to this eighteen-and-over show open at 8:00. Call 407-832-9999. (GC)

Diva: In the male-dominated world of jazz music, Diva stands out as a band in which women deliver the hot licks rather than being relegated to the roles of singer and pianist. This fifteen-piece, all-woman band was formed in 1993 by veteran manager Stanley Kay, who at the time was conducting a band featuring drummer Sherrie Maricle. Kay held nationwide auditions to form the core group of Diva musicians; some of Diva's members are alumnae of big bands such as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoski, and Doc Severinsen's. Diva performs tonight at 8:00 at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables). Tickets cost $20. Call 448-7421. (GC)

Clyde Butcher: Deep in the Everglades, Clyde Butcher goes waist-deep into the saw grass marshes, looking for all the world like a vacationing Santa Claus with an old-fashioned camera. The black-and-white images he produces are even more startling: giant prints in which lighting and contrast are used to capture this rapidly disappearing Florida landscape in mystical, silver detail. The Lowe Art Museum (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables) opens an exhibition of Butcher's works with a book-signing reception tonight at 7:30; the artist will be on hand to discuss his works at 8:00. The exhibition is on view through September 8. Admission is five dollars for tonight's lecture and reception, four dollars during regular museum hours. Hours are 10:00 to 5:00 from Tuesday through Saturday (noon to 7:00 on Thursday), and noon to 5:00 on Sunday. Call 284-3603. (GC)

august 9
Vincent Bugliosi: The man who took on Charles Manson in the courtroom and in the best seller Helter Skelter tackles O.J. Simpson in his latest book, Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder. Los Angeles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi had never lost a case when he put Manson and his "family" behind bars; as he did for the Manson case in Helter Skelter, Bugliosi documents and interprets the mountains of evidence that he believes point to Simpson's guilt in Outrage. He also details how, in his opinion, prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden failed to present much of this evidence to the jury and were unable to stand up to Judge Lance Ito. Books & Books hosts an evening with Bugliosi tonight at 8:00 at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (GC)

Robert Klein: Comedian Robert Klein isn't merely a funny guy: He's a true Renaissance man: He's a former member of Chicago's Second City, a Grammy nominee, and a veteran of Broadway and Hollywood. Recently Klein has appeared on the hit television shows Sisters and Grace Under Fire, and on Broadway in The Sisters Rosensweig with Madeline Kahn and Jane Alexander. Klein performs tonight and tomorrow night at 7:00 and 10:30 at Uncle Funny's Comedy Club (9160 SR 84, Davie). Admission is $20 (there's a two-drink minimum). Call 954-474-5653. (GC)

Miami Rock Festival: Those wild men of the airwaves, WAXY-AM (790)'s the Beast and Baker, kick off their second annual Miami Rock Festival tonight at Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE Second Ave.). This live, local music extravaganza beginns with punkers the Holy Terrors, happy hardcorers Endo, wacky rockers Egg, and heavy, heavy bands Crease, Basketcase, and Medicine Ball. The rest of the weekend highlights Miami's own singer-songwriters: Get in touch with your feminine side tomorrow with performances by Diane Ward, Amanda Green, Jolynn Daniel, Gigi Denisco, Karen Friedman, Amy Baxter, and Nicole Miranda, then get macho on Sunday with music by Matt Sabatella, Rene Alvarez, Dennis Britt, Jeff Rollason, Matthew Shippey, and Mr. Entertainment (Steven Toth). Bands play almost nightly through the month until Labor Day (September 2), when it all comes together for the Beast and Baker BBQ. Showtime each night is 9:00. Admission varies each night from no cover to about three dollars. Call 757-1807. (LM)

Body Building and Fitness Championship: Some of the nation's buffest men and women flex their muscles and strike poses at the 1996 Southern States Body Building and Fitness Championship, being held this weekend at the War Memorial Auditorium (800 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale). The event is the largest amateur championship on the East Coast and will be televised on ESPN. Tickets cost eight dollars for tonight's 7:00 fitness championships and tomorrow's 9:00 a.m. prejudging exhibitions, and sixteen dollars for tomorrow evening's 6:00 show. Call 954-761-5380. (GC)