If you can't stand the heat today, get out of the kitchen -- literally. There are a few Broward County establishments sympathetic to the plight of the lazy and the poultry-challenged. 15th Street Fisheries (1900 SE 15th St., Fort Lauderdale) offers turkey, soup, salad, potatoes, and sorbet for about $17 a person. Call 954-763-2777. Captain Magoo's (5353 Sheridan St., Hollywood) serves traditional Thanksgiving fare, or you can order lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, or the Tropical Seafood Feast with stone crabs, yellowtail snapper, and mahi-mahi. Dinner is served 2 p.m. to 8 p.m, and costs $16.95 to $23.95 for adults, $6.95 to $11.95 for children. And if you're feeling particularly nostalgic for your childhood, there's always good ol' Denny's (various locations) and Lester's (250 SW 24th St., Fort Lauderdale), which offers a fantastic slice of pecan pie. Or just order pizza in.
A look at the message board for the El Paso-based group The Conversation yields a variety of bubbly entries from teenagers, all with the same strange thread: "I met Jared at the Mall of America a few weeks ago!" says one girl. "Hey, I am Nichole and I also met Jared at the Edgewater Mall in Biloxi, Mississippi!" says another. The list of chance mall encounters from girls (and a few guys) goes on for pages, and I'm not sure which is creepier, the fact that this guy hangs out in malls across the country peddling his music to bored urban youth or the slightly obsessive messages these kids leave. Turns out, The Conversation used to be a five-piece band, then a three-piece, and is now just singer/guitarist/pianist Jared Putnam. The website announcing the show describes him as "Elliot Smith meets Elton John." Yeah, take a minute with that one. The Conversation plays the Red Lion Pub (10114 S. Military Trl., Boynton Beach) at 8 p.m. with the Brite Side. Call 561-737-0434.
So you went out and got yourself a turntable, because those DJs in the club get all the action. And, hey, spinning tunes is pretty cool, even when you toss out all the perks that go along with it. But if you're like most new turntablists, you're probably having a hard time getting gigs. We're way sympathetic. Why the heck won't that damn South Beach club let you open for Paul Van Dyk? The least they could've done is given you that opening slot for the guy who was opening for Fatboy Slim, no? What, to put it bluntly, is their fucking problem? So, you sit at home, putting on raves for your cat. How sad. Happily, Essential Groove (2831 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton) has the remedy for your woes. Open Deck Saturdays is an open-mic night for the turntable set that takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Sign up in advance for a time slot, and once you prove how great you really are, maybe you'll catch the ear of a professional DJ or producer -- there's at least one on hand as a special guest every week. That gig opening for the opening act of the opening act of the Chemical Brothers' opening act is only a heartbeat away! Admission is free. Call 561-210-8187.
Well, it's the weekend after Thanksgiving, and if you're like most families, you're busy dragging the Christmas decorations out of the attic. Once you've busted your butt hanging the lights outside (assuming you're not one of those lazy sloths who leave them up all year), you'll spend hours decking the halls with boughs of holly and whatnot. Of course, in the end, there's the tree decorating. Once you've got all that done, pile the kids in the car and head off to Broward Mall (8000 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation) to help Santa decorate his tree. This being Santa's tree, no normal ornaments will do. Instead, kids create Lego ornaments to hang on the mall's tree. Each ornament is tagged with the child's name and age before being put on display in Santa's Village at the Broward Mall. Habitat for Humanity runs the program, which takes place each Saturday and Sunday through December 21. A $1 donation to the group is suggested. Call 954-473-8100.
Christmas is less than a month away, and in the hubbub of buying gifts, vacations, cooking, and crying, you might forget about the little ones in your life. No, not your kids, your pets! And what better way to show your pets you care than getting your photo taken with them? From 4 to 8 p.m., Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach) offers Pet Holiday Photos. Your dog, cat, hamster, iguana, ferret, or whatever else you call your pet can get glamorous (Now's your chance to break out that elf costume for Sparky! This could be his big break!) or get a photo taken with the fam. Two 4-x-6 photos cost $5; additional prints cost extra. Call 954-926-2419.
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (1799 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale) features some of the best photographers you've never heard of as the institute's 7th-annual Juried Student Photography Show opens today. The exhibit features traditional and digital images representing students' masterpieces in architecture, photojournalism, commercial art, portraiture, and fine art. The photos hang at the institute's Mark K. Wheeler Gallery through December 30; the opening reception takes place tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 954-463-3000.