If you live in Fort Lauderdale, you may have gotten coffee or free internet access at one of artisan coffee shop Brews two locations: Victoria Park or Himmarshee bikes piled outside, warm conversation inside. And you may have heard of the Himmarshee spots art/music show, Dialect, which happens one Thursday a month and effectively transforms Brew (209 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale) into an impromptu gallery. For no cost, you can browse local artists work while a rotating cycle of DJs provides sweet background tunes. Then there are the vegan treats! Brew also offers typical specials on coffee, wine, and microbrews. This month, Dialect and homegrown DJ collective Twilight Notes are collaborating with Jose Lopez, curator and founder of Freedom Art, a group that puts together its own art shows, the For Arts Sake! series. A project featuring both sets of geniuses is long overdue: You can expect a hybrid of work culled from two ends of a whirlpool of neighborhood talent. Aside from favorite DJs Esoteric, Kent Lawlor, and Damask, there will be a special guest set by Richard Vergez of Radio-Active Records, whose own visual art has been featured at the event. The 12 exhibiting artists include Danielle Veit, Steve Baum, John Kissee, and Tiffany Tam. The event is from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Thursday. And, as usual, Dialect is free. Call 954-523-7191.
Thu., Jan. 27, 8 p.m., 2011