Ian Witlen

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    November 12, 2014

    Ten Most Shameful Things to Admit in Fort Lauderdale

    Fort Lauderdale is one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the world. It's the Venice of America. It's the yachting capital of the world. It's eco-friendly. Unfortunately, all those accolades don't always extend to its opinions. This is a city that has a thriving downtown vibe and is known fo ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Fort Lauderdale's Ten Most Pervasive Stereotypes: True or False?

    Fort Lauderdale can be a bit of an enigma these days. It's got a lot of canals, was once the spring-break capital of the world, and is often lost in the ubiquitous sexy glow of Miami Beach. So, is it a party town? A family town? Do people even go there anymore? What's up with the nightlife? Al ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    11 Ways to Be a Cheapskate in Fort Lauderdale

    It's officially summertime. Which means it's time to get out and about and, you know, do stuff. But, hey, you're broke (or cheap). So what's a penniless schlub to do in the city known for its yachts? You get out there anyway. Because, believe it or not, there's a ton of stuff to do in Fort Lauderda ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Ten Fort Lauderdale Life Hacks

    Fort Lauderdale is like a strange foreign land. If you enter without knowing its ways, you'll be chewed up and spit out, bloody and naked. (Bloody and naked was actually the third runner-up as Fort Lauderdale's slogan.) But if you learn your way around, where to go and what to avoid, you'll be em ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    100 Things to Do in Broward County Before You Die (# 80-61)

    Yesterday, we started laying out our BroCo bucket list -- 100 things to do in Broward County until you kick the proverbial bucket. Today, we carry on! Here are numbers 61-80: See also: 100 Things to Do in Broward County Before You Die (# 81-100)

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    February 25, 2013

    BaconFest Florida: The Eight Best Bacon Foods We Ate

    Turkey on whole-wheat bread is so passé nowadays. What the public really wants is bacon. Juicy, greasy slabs of cured pork belly, by the pounds; in as many preparations as possible and dipped in and/or wrapped around as many highly caloric food items-- such as chocolate and chicken wings,--imagin ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Four Days Into Early Voting, Problems Arise (No One Say Butterfly)

    It's been four days. Just four days of early voting. But our New Times freelance photographer, Ian Witlen, says at least one voting station in Broward County is already having troubles.It went down like this. He got to the Northwest Regional Library at 7:30 yesterday morning to get his vote on when ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012
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    February 9, 2012

    The Togas Perform First Show Ever at Bruise Cruise Kick-off Party

    ​The Togas are a supergroup of superduper fun proportions. Dressed in ancient Greek attire, naturally, Ty Segall, Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams, Philip Sambol of Austin's the Strange Boys, and Lance Wille of Reigning Sound came together to rock the shit out of some classic tunes at Th ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Not a Goodbye to County Grind but a See You Later

    ​On my final day as New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor, I can say with certainty that County Grind is much more than just the name of this blog. What began as my play on the phrase "county line," which ties our multicity coverage area together, also sums up an adventurous way of life for ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Holy Ship! Slideshow: Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, & Uh, These People

    ​ Sometimes we wonder how photographer Ian Witlen gets out of bed in the morning with the rough assignments we give him. This shot, and plenty of others from this past weekend's Holy Ship! cruise seem to suggest that he's constantly in the middle of a total bummer. I mean, the boat crashed into th ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Holy Ship! Boat Runs Aground in Bahamas, Drinkers Mostly Unfazed

    ​The inaugural Holy Ship! cruise, which sailed this past weekend from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas with a huge cast of electronic music artists and fans in tow, hit a serious snag on Saturday morning. Like, the MSC Poesia literally snagged land, and things got shaky for a while for Skrillex, Fat ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    County Grind Live Music at Green Room January 14: Visual Artists Announced

    ​People, we're just over a week away from the very first County Grind Live Music event at Green Room featuring the infectious synth-pop mirth of Afrobeta. The Saturday, January 14, event also includes live music from some other fine locals: Sumsun, This Heart Electric, Dino Felipe, Boxwood, Möthe ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Is Anyone Up? New Year's Celebration at Speakeasy Lounge

    ​Is Anyone Up? New Year's CelebrationHosted by Hunter MooreSpeakeasy Lounge, Lake WorthSaturday, December 31, 2011Better than: Sitting at home in front of a MacBook, we guess."You guys are awkward as fuck," Is Anyone Up? revenge porn site founder Hunter Moore said at one point from the stage as he ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Occupy Fort Lauderdale Gets the Boot Again

    Photo by Ian Witlen​Occupy Fort Lauderdale's residency in Wilton Manors was a bit short-lived.After the Downtown Development Authority informed protesters it was going to close Bubier Park in Fort Lauderdale from 2 to 6 a.m. and ban tents and tarps from the park, the group picked up and moved to E ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Occupy Fort Lauderdale Sets Date for "Solidarity Demonstration"

    Photo by Ian WitlenA scene from the first general assembly meeting of Occupy Fort Lauderdale.​Occupy Fort Lauderdale has set an official date for its first demonstration -- a ten-hour stretch on Saturday.The group's first "solidarity demonstration" is slated to begin at 11 a.m., with a march start ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Seminole Hard Rock Food Truck Round-Up Canceled for Tonight

    Photo by Ian WitlenWell, shaved ice from Kona Ice would have been a happy ending.​Earlier this morning we had posted an article glorifying bringing you all information about tonight's weekly food truck round-up at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood.We have bad news: tonight's round-up has been ca ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Worst Spring Break Hordes Found Here

    Photo by Ian WitlenYeah, it's fun here. Now leave!​Maybe it's me, but spring break seems to be lasting an inordinately long time this year. Just when you think it's safe to walk around the block for a slice of pizza, you run smack into some spray-tanned co-ed in a wife beater, drinking green beer. ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Snapshots From the Boca Beer Lovers Meet-Up at The Lodge

    Ian Witlen​Boca Raton's The Lodge is a great place for a get together. It's comfortable, the staff is friendly, and it's got one of the best beer selections around. That's why we named it our Best New Bar in Palm Beach just last week. And it's also why the Boca Beer Lovers,a beer tasting club orga ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Wednesday Night: New Year's Eve Overthrow at Heathrow Lounge

    Ian WitlenNew Year's Eve Overthrow with DJ Tamara Sky Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Heathrow Lounge, South Beach Better than: Ringing in the New Year wearing the played out all-white uniform of post-Diddy South Beach parties. Way too many times South Beach club parties end up being more hype tha ... More >>