The typical scavenger hunt usually involves searching through some hidden backwoods area for ostensibly "unique" items (i.e., junk you can find in a thrift store). But anyone attending the third-annual "Art Scavenger Hunt" throughout Fort Lauderdale's Himmarshee Village will find a much more colorful mix of treasures hidden in the urban environment.
According to event organizer Steve Sticht, participants meet in front of Tavern 213 (213 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale), pick up their "treasure" maps, and proceed to search the cityscape for hidden artwork.
Artists contribute two pieces each, and the work is all unsigned, Sticht says. "That way, when everyone gets back to the Tavern, they ID the pieces and meet the artists who made them."
And the art can be stashed almost anywhere. "Last year, this guy did metal sculptures and hung them from trees and fire escapes," Sticht recalls.
Featured artists include Sticht, Books IIII, Juliana Forero, Peter Giovenco, Rocky Grimes, Francesco LoCastro, Skot Olsen, Dustin Orlando, Pablo Serrano, and Jill Weisberg, with more on the way. If anything, Sticht believes that the scavenger hunt offers an alternative to the social posturing and boorish convention of mainstream art shows. "It's about getting the art out there," he explains. The Art Scavenger Hunt begins at 8 p.m. Call 954-463-6213, or contact Sticht at email@example.com. -- Jason BudjinskiGet It Straight
And check your eyes while you're at it
Everyone loves makeover shows, whether they admit it or not. But what makes Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy such a popular guilty pleasure is the maliciousness, the insults, and the unabashed fun poked at the clueless heterosexual male. For the uninitiated, Queer Eye stars five gay men with a mission: transforming straight males into, well, them (minus the sexual orientation change, of course). They scoff at outdated wardrobes, they feng shui, they add -- highlights! And you can sit back and watch this wonderful social experiment every Thursday night at the Pride Factory (845 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) at 7 p.m. After the show, there's a feature film at 8 p.m. Call 954-463-6600. -- Audra Schroeder