Friday, July 22
The Artsy Wayans
Standup comedy has its share of dynasties, and the Wayans clan is undoubtedly one of most established. Keenen Ivory, Damon, Shawn, Marlon, and Kim are talented individually, but together they're a Hydra of pioneering satire, from their groundbreaking sketch-TV staple In Living
Saturday, July 23
Let It Sink In
“I feel that artificial reefs play an important role in not only creating habitat, but also potentially reducing some of the negative pressure on natural reefs,” says Zach Ransom. “By responsibly creating these artificial reef sites, it will provide people with more options, probably closer to home, while still having an incredible experience and reducing pressure on natural coral reefs.” Ransom, a South Florida-based marine biologist and underwater photographer with over 2,000 dives around the world under his belt, is one of many enthusiasts looking forward to our ecosystem’s newest addition: the Lady Luck, a 324-foot tanker formerly known as the Newton Creek, will be sunk one and a half miles off Pompano Beach and will be the centerpiece of Shipwreck Park, an effort funded by the City of Pompano Beach and Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. The Lady Luck will sit among 16 existing wrecks and will be one of the biggest contributions to Florida’s artificial reef system. As a major tourist destination, organizers are launching the site with an appropriately themed casino look with creations from local artist Dennis MacDonald on the ship's deck. The park will host rotating underwater exhibits and events throughout the year as the ship becomes covered with marine life. The sinking, which is free to attend, will kick off around 2 p.m. Saturday at Pompano Beach (Pompano Pier), Atlantic and Ocean Boulevards, Pombano Beach. Call 954-590-1000, or visit shipwreckparkpompano.org. Abel Folgar
The Palm Beach Summer Beer Festival features more than 60 craft beers from South Florida and beyond. What you won't see are European-owned and American-brewed macrobeers (whose names shall remain unmentioned), although they should be given credit for at least recognizing the tenacity of craft brewers. Just five years ago, Palm Beach County had only one craft brewery — Tequesta Brewing Company — and now it has far more, many of which will be represented alongside a phalanx of food trucks at the festival. Other than benefiting South Florida's craft beer scene, the fest is for a great cause: It'll help raise money for Little Smiles of Florida, a volunteer-driven, nonprofit children's charity that helps kids in local hospitals, hospices, shelters, and other similar facilities. The Palm Beach Summer Beer Festival will take place at the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach) this Saturday in two sessions: The first runs from noon to 4 p.m. and the second from 5 to 9 p.m. General admission tickets cost $40 in advance and $55 at the gate and include unlimited tastings; VIP tickets cost $100 and include a full food buffet, a custom T-shirt, a commemorative beer mug, and a premium cigar. Designated driver tickets cost only $10 and come with free soda and water. Visit palmbeachsummerbeerfest.com. David Minsky
If you’re reading this right now, chances are you are not making your way out of this fair state westward on the epic pilgrimage to San Diego’s Comic-Con — one of the largest, most popular comic, geek, and pop-culture gatherings in existence — and that is OK. No, you will not be posing for selfies with the magnificent Chris Pratt as he shows off some of the best bits of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or sitting in on the world-premiere screening of an animated treatment of Alan Moore’s Batman story The Killing Joke. But all is not lost, because the staff at Tate’s Comics has us all covered with their Not at Comic-Con 2016 event: a day of activities, costumes, fun, and giveaways to make you quickly forget about missing out. Not at Comic-Con includes the annual Tate’s Cosplayrade (a Cosplay parade for all ages), Nakia’s Xtreme Comic Trivia Challenge, informative and entertaining
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Sunday, July 24
The Podcast's the Thing
Four years ago, South Florida comedians Lamonte Stewart and Rhett Thompson realized they had a lot in common. They were "a little scholarly, bookish, nerdy, and... black," Stewart recalls. They banded together to form the monthly podcast whose title reflects these similarities: Brown Skin and Glasses. Under the surface, they don't necessarily agree on a whole lot. In fact, their arguments got so heated that they once suspended the podcast for a year to heal and regroup. Now, this fiercely opinionated and effortlessly funny twosome is back recording perceptive material and riffing on