When it comes to the Caribbean, most people think of reggae, Rastafari, and getting high -- and hey, all three are all right in our book; however, you should probably expand your mind, mon. There's a lot more to the islands than meets the stereotype. Starting on Thursday, the second-annual Caribe Arts Festival is making its way to Fort Lauderdale.
Taking place across downtown Fort Lauderdale, the four-day event aims to expose aspiring artists to the public through visual-art exhibits, film, music, and educational workshops for the public. On Thursday, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale will host two workshops, both of which explore the business of art, from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 5 p.m. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., filmmaker Dalton Narine will screen Mas Man -- The Complete Work. Friday includes two more workshops in the morning and afternoon. Saturday's events are moving outside to Esplanade Park with a musical showcase and workshop for the family from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an open-air concert featuring Steel Pan Orchestra, Uwe Banton, Spam Allstars, Rootz Underground, and more. The performances take place from 2 to 10 p.m. On Sunday from noon to 2 p.m., RasTa: A Soul's Journey, a documentary by Donisha Pendergrast, granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley, will be shown. Pendergrast will be onsite taking questions afterward. Admission is $10 or $20 for a weekend pass; VIP weekend passes cost $60 per person. Children under 12 are admitted free. The Museum of Art is located at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-5500. Esplanade Park is located at 401 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. Visit caribeartsfest.com.
Oct. 17-20, 11 a.m.; Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m., 2013