If there's one thing we know here at New Times, other than hard-hitting investigations and witty critique, it would definitely be shameless self-promotion. In the spirit of previous articles about New Times BeerFest and other events related to your favorite altweekly, we offer you this official announcement: Billy Shakespeare's Measure for Measure opens at On the Boards Theatre (56 N. Federal Hwy., Dania Beach) today, directed by none other than New Times theater critic Ron Mangravite. This play's got everything you'd expect out of the Bard (by that, we mean Shakespeare, not Mangravite): sex, violence, bizarre plot twists, and deeply nuanced characters. This being one of Shakespeare's comedies, you can expect a happy ending, at the very least. The play runs through July 27. In any case, we look forward to our theater critic's glowing review. Call 954-924-6278.
Where's a guy supposed to go to get his roots rock these days? Any local fans of the genre will tell you the answer straight away -- Alligator Alley (1321 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park). The Alley may not be what it once was, that sprawling complex farther west that closed down several years ago, but the smaller Alley boasts the same large sound. Fans of alt-country and roots rock can sample one of the best local acts in the business tonight when the 18 Wheelers take the stage at 9 p.m. Along with a handful of other acts such as Jim Wurster and the Atomic Cowboys and the Dharma Bomb, the 18 Wheelers are responsible for keeping the Americana torch burning here in South Florida. And admission to the band's show is free. Can life get any better than this? Perhaps, but certainly not for free. Call 954-771-2220.
Wine! The fruit of the vine. Interesting hobby to the cultured. Sweet precious life to the wino. Wine is many things to many people, and nowhere is this truth more self-evident than at the New River Fine Art Gallery (914 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). In fact, the gallery's new exhibit, "The Art of Wine," focuses entirely on this, one of mankind's oldest experiments in the art of inebriation. From 6 to 9 tonight, guests can sample wines from around the world while looking over the gallery's exhibit, which focuses thematically entirely on the subject of vino. Artists such as Thomas Arvid, Kery Hallam, Jordi Prat Pons, Malva, and Karen Stene reveal the relationship between fine art and fine wine. Reservations required. Call 954-524-2100.
What is it about Christopher's (2857 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) that just invites romance? Is it the breathtaking Intracoastal view? The refined upscale ambiance of its roomy bar and dining area? Or is it the fact that it has singles events there every week? Ah, yes. Perhaps that's it. And speaking of which, Tres Chic Events presents its first "Get Out and Meet Someone Special Summer Singles Dance Party." Once you catch your breath from saying that name three times fast, you can mingle, jingle, and even tingle with other singles and enjoy a buffet, dancing, and a DJ spinning everything from oldies to today's hottest tunes, for just $10. Who says money can't buy you love? Starts at 8 p.m. Call 954-458-9914.
There seems to be a sudden craze over Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's classic children's book. And while it's not going the way of Harry Potter, the tale does create a magical and fantastical landscape that kids and adults can relate to. The Young at Art Children's Museum (11584 State Rd. 84, Davie) presents an exhibition for those of us who don't want to grow up. Where the Wild Things Are provides opportunities for hands-on interaction with Sendak's stories and characters. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress up like a "wild thing," don a wolf suit like Max, and create their own artistic masterpieces while listening to classical music. Kids can get involved in hands-on activities such as bookmaking, illustration, and creative writing. Exhibit runs until September 8. Call 954-424-0085.
Now that the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra is on semipermanent hiatus, that group's Beethoven by the Beach summer festival cannot, of all things classical, be counted on to provide entertainment for fans who thirst for such sounds. Happily, the Symphony of the Americas arrives in South Florida just in time to remedy that. The symphony presents the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center (1770 Monroe St., Hollywood) at 8 p.m. If you don't happen to be a big fan of Felix Mendelssohn, don't worry -- the orchestra's repertoire includes everything from baroque to contemporary, from classical to jazz. But, hey, why not get into Felix? Known for his mastery of counterpoint, Mendelssohn was a child prodigy. (But then, weren't all classical composers? Sure seems that way.) He wrote his first piece at 11 and was considered a master by 20. Then he died of a stroke at age 38. Early talent and early death -- clearly, a classical composer. Admission to the orchestra's show is free. Call 954-924-8175.
The 1966 film adaptation of Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf took the phrase "domestic dispute" to a new level with a glimpse into the psychological roller coaster of married life. His 1973 adaptation of A Delicate Balance steals those same harsh scenes and pastes them into the life of an argumentative middle-class family. Katharine Hepburn plays the stubborn wife and Paul Scofield her submissive husband in a nonstop verbal battle. To put the "fun" back in dysfunction, they are also confronted with an alcoholic sister, the sparring couple's divorce-happy daughter, and all the psychological soul-shattering expected from Albee. Remember Hepburn and watch some family ties come undone at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Screening starts at 5 p.m. Cost is $6, $5 for students and seniors. Call 954-525-3456.