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SAT 11/15

Get your ten-hour Latin fix with this Saturday's "LatinFest on Flagler." From noon to 10 p.m. at Meyer Amphitheatre (105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach), you'll catch professional Latin acts such as Roberto Torres. Fans of Latin music who are familiar with Torres know him as the man who combined Cuban charanga with Colombian vallenato to produce his own strain of Latin groove -- easily danceable and marketably slick. But putting aside the professional talent, amateur cantantes have their chance at a $250 first prize (along with many kudos). Vocal and dance categories are further divided into kid (ages 6 to 12) and teen (ages 13 to 19) groups, with only a vocal category for adults, who should've given up those tap lessons years ago. Along with Torres and all the talent featured in the amateur competition, festivalgoers can catch a breakdancing act as well as the LatinFest Pacion Band, all of which should provide enough music for you to shake your bonbon all afternoon and well into the night. Call 561-753-0835. -- Dan SweeneyGet Down

Get Downtown

FRI 11/14After a hard day of work, your average rat racer needs that big hunk of cheese to make the day worthwhile. This Friday, that slice of feta comes in the form of the "Get Downtown Office Party," held at Brasserie Las Olas (333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). From 5 to 8:30 p.m., revelers get a free drink and food tastings, get down with funky party band the Funkabilly Playboys, and maybe win a $1,000 bike. Admission is $10, and that donation benefits the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Trust, which keeps the Riverwalk looking pretty. Call 954-779-7374. -- Dan SweeneyWine? Why not?

SUN 11/16Finally, an event where heavy drinking is encouraged! "101 Zinfandels" at the Morikami Museum (4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach) is a winetasting extravaganza featuring zins from more than 50 wineries. Why zinfandel, you ask? Well, here's a quick lesson in alcohistory: Until the 1980s, no one knew the origin of the zinfandel grape, so it was known as California's "mystery grape." It's actually from southern Italy and has an unmistakable aroma and unique berry flavor that goes well with a nice steak, roasted chicken, or, of course, more wine. It's also rumored that zinfandel becomes an aphrodisiac when combined with lobster or filet mignon. But why not just cut out the middle man and go straight for the wine? The tasting starts at 4 p.m.; food from more than 20 local restaurants is also available for sampling. Call 561-495-0233. -- Audra Schroeder

 
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