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Labor Day Weekend: Ten Things to Do in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

This past week Hurricane Tropical thunderstorm Isaac gifted most of us with a shortened four-day week of work (thank you, Mother Nature!). And with Labor Day soon upon us (thank you, 19th-century labor unions!), we're in for another long weekend of getting stoned on the couch, stuffing our faces with barbecue, and staring at the TV.

Or maybe you'd like a little more excitement. We thought so. Here's a list of ten things to do around Broward and Palm Beach counties this weekend that don't suck. From a slew of free music shows to burlesque babes and even a spooky movie filming, there's no shortage of happenings outside of your living room in the bicounty area.

Exposure Filming at Black Friday. Friday, August 31, 10 p.m., at the Green Room, 109 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Ever since Rock of Ages made its way to South Florida to film, it looks like other directors are following suit. Tonight, Green Room's weekly goth party, Black Friday, will become the set for Corey Feldman's upcoming film, Exposure. Don't go overboard and end up looking like an ironic version of The Crow or Lydia Deetz, but do wear your fetishy best. Click here

Labor Day Soiree. Saturday, September 1, 10 p.m., at Pangaea, 5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Admission is $20. Instead of sticking around downtown, how about heading out to the enormous Hard Rock Casino complex for a night of dancing and gambling? Spinning the night away at one of the premiere nightclubs is DJ Reach and DZA. Next door at its sister club, Gryphon, world-renowned DJ Boris will be on the 1s and 2s in addition to Donnie Lowe. Admission is $30. Tickets can be purchased here.

Ink and Pistons Tattoo Shop and Art Gallery Grand Opening. Saturday, September 1, 7 p.m., at Ink and Pistons Tattoo Shop, 2716 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Admission is free. South Florida is bursting at the seams with creative folks. And, keeping in line with that metaphor, husband-and-wife team Amanda and JR Linton are causing people to call their tailors left and right. Merging the worlds of crafty cuteness and tattooing, the duo's latest venture is a tattoo shop, art gallery, and boutique under one roof in West Palm Beach. Grand opening will include an art show with themes including hot rods, tattoo culture, Day of the Dead, and tiki culture, as well as a custom hot rod show. PS561 and Sugar Mamma Sweets will serve refreshments. Click here.  

 

Shimmy Shake Revue with Morgan La Rue. Saturday, September 1, 9 p.m., at Five Points Lounge, 2606 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $10. Think feathers, sequins, gyrating hips, and a whole lot of eye candy that will send you back in time. These lusty ladies are no strangers to the taboo world and art of burlesque performance. The teasing and pleasing will include performances by Morgan La Rue, Holly Peno, Lisa Ann, and Val Vampyre. Click here.

Weeping Willow IV. Saturday, September 1, 7 p.m., at Radio-Active Records, 845 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Get weird over the weekend and experience a sonic taste of South Florida's experimental music scene. Taking the stage is Kenny Millions, Dear Darling, Sugawack, and a collaborative set by Last and Drowning the Virgin Silence. This will be the last installment of Weeping Willow, so you don't want to miss it. Click here

Sweet Chariots CD-Release Party. Saturday, September 1, 8:30 p.m., at Propaganda, 6 S. J St., Lake Worth. Admission is $10; includes Sweet Chariots CD. Local rockabilly act Sweet Chariots is taking a new approach with its latest album release, Someone Else's Greatest Hits. An entire album of cover songs, it features music from the Allman Brothers Band, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and more. Performing alongside them will be the Butchers, Black Weather Shaman, Leading the Heroes, Routine Scheme, and Black Finger. Click here.

Summer Jam Music Festival. Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3, at Meyer Amphitheater, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach. Admission is $30 for one day, $50 for a two-day pass. Leave the summer behind with one last hurrah at the two-day Summer Jam Festival. With performances by B-Liminal, Nonpoint, Seven Mary Three, Supervillains, Shaggy, and a ton more, there is an eclectic mix of music for the whole family. Purchase tickets here

 

Jazz Brunch. Sunday, September 2, 11 a.m., at Connie Hoffman Gazebo, Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District, Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Pack a blanket and some food, and definitely don't forget the mimosas. Alongside the New River, droves of people congregate to listen to some of the best local jazz musicians. This week's installment includes music from Peter Betan, Horizons of Jazz, and Tommy Nehls Trio. Click here.

14th-Annual Black Fort Lauderdale. Sunday, September 2, 9 p.m., at the Manor, 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Admission is $10 to $20. Explore the forbidden side of things at Fort Lauderdale's annual gay fetish event. This year's theme is erotic carnival and will feature live cirque performances, adult film stars, a muscle-flexing show, and Diva Kitty Meow. The soundtrack for the evening will be provided by DJ David Knapp. Click here.

Labor Day Drum & Bass. Monday, September 3, 10 p.m., at Original Fat Cat's, 320 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Just because you've got work the next morning doesn't mean the Labor Day partying has to stop. After a long day of stuffing your face and guzzling beer, head downtown for a blast from the electronic past with some drum 'n' bass. Spinning throughout the night will be resident DJs George Young and 3Eyes, as well as DJ Revenant. Click here




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