Colleges and alcohol. They just go together. So it makes perfect sense that Nova Southeastern University is presenting a program that celebrates wine, winemaking, and places where wine is made. "Exploration 2004: The Oenology Expedition to Chile" is a photography exhibit that highlights the landscapes and people of Chile's wine-growing regions. Kinda reminds us of the time we attended a certain state university and explored the landscapes and people of Milwaukee! NSU's approach is a bit more high-minded. Besides having fancy words in its title (Impress those professors! Oenology means "the study of viniculture"), Thursday's opening reception for the exhibit features winetasting and a presentation by Juan Carlos Izquierdo, a connoisseur of Chilean wines. It takes place in the Alvin Sherman Library (3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale), and it's free. Call 954-262-8079.
As kids, we dreamed of the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus leaving us fat piles of booty in the middle of the night. Now, as adults, we fantasize about creatures called benefactors who might one day leave us millions of dollars... just because. Then we wake up to this hell called reality and go back to the everyday drudgery of driving to work, trolling for sex on the Internet, and cleaning out our closets. Here, we might come across an old G.I. Joe figurine or an antique Snoopy doll... and be totally in luck! Because freaks who drop $25,000 on Barbies from 1959 do exist -- and unlike that cheap Tooth Fairy bitch, they won't let you down when you're in possession of a valuable artifact. Just ask Sharon Korbeck, a toy expert who will be at the "West Palm Beach Antique & Collectibles Show" at the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach), which starts today and goes through Sunday. Admission costs $5. Call 561-640-3433, or visit www.dmgantiqueshows.com.
Age discrimination is a serious problem in our society. Whether in the workplace, in the mass media, or at the skatepark, ageism is... Wait a second, the skatepark? No, that can't be right! Not when Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach) is holding "Family Skateboard Night." Here, there is no age discrimination. No sex discrimination. The only rule is the law of the ramp (and the posted park rules of civility, of course). So there's no reason you can't skate doubles with your mom on the mini ramp or draw some killer lines on the street course with your dad. Heck, even Grandma's invited! Though you probably don't want to bring that cousin of yours who likes to set fire to things. He's only allowed to skate cement bowls. Drop-in time is 7:45 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 954-360-1315.
It's Easter Sunday. You gotta go to church, even if it's the one day of the year that you drag your rump out of bed for it. Do it the right way this time. Avoid the crowds, the uncomfortable pews, and the pastel parade of screaming babies. Get to the beachside pavilion at the corner of A1A and Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach by 6 a.m. to catch the "Easter Sunrise Service." This way, you'll get your hallelujahs and your thanks bes to God out of the way early, and you can spend the rest of the day chomping heads off unsuspecting fluffy yellow chicks, guilt-free. Call 561-454-5242.
All right, you've just filed your tax return, and it's about time for some deep-breathing techniques. Through the nose, now: One... two... three... #!#$!!! Damn it! This isn't helping! What you need is to hit something (no, not someone), and that's OK. It's better that you find an inanimate object now than pound on whatever happens to be there when you finally go over the edge. Breathing exercises might work for the amateur taxpayer, who probably had an accountant do all the work. But for those with a major-league headache after DIYing it through all those forms, Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek) offers the perfect relief in its batting cages. For $2, you get 15 pitches; for $15, you get 30 minutes of straight ball beating. Of course, you could end up missing all the pitches, in which case you should resort to breathing exercises. One... two... three... Call 954-968-3880.
The FTAA protests in Miami last November were a photojournalist's wet dream -- that is, if they could survive the frenzy of angry cops with cameras intact. Fort Lauderdale's W.W. Weaver was one of the lucky photographers who managed to successfully capture a glimpse of the temporary police state. And it's hardly a surprise that Weaver's "Life with FTAA" (a dramatic shot of a masked demonstrator squared-off against a horde of combat-ready coppers) won first place in photography at this year's "All Florida Juried Art Exhibition," which is showing at Old School Square's Cornell Museum (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach). Weaver is just one of 70 artists featured in the exhibition. Other works include oil paintings, watercolors, sculptures, graphite compositions, and mosaics, portraying such varied subjects as portraits, natural still lifes, and religious symbols. The exhibition runs through May 22. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 13. Call 561-243-7922.
Ever wonder why the coffee shop is such a popular venue for open-mic nights? It would stand to reason that caffeine (a stimulant) plus raw nerves (these aren't seasoned performers we're talking about) equals one big stutter-a-thon. Kava, on the other hand, has the opposite effect, calming those who drink it. This makes "Poetry and Acoustic Music Night" at the Nakamal Kava Bar (140 NW 20th St., Boca Raton) a more comfortable place for would-be poets. The bar has a separate room for the event, decked out in a South Pacific motif. It's not uncommon to hear aspiring young Dylans wax tipsy about anything from love and romance to, bear with me here, unicorns. Yup, you read that right. So now that you know there's nothing to be embarrassed about, why not try it out? Sign-up time is 9 p.m. sharp. Call 561-395-9888.