For Fort Lauderdale Pastor Carter Brown, it's obvious there are many groups in the community working toward the common good. The problem is, everyone's isolated and working separately. Carter wonders, "What would it look like if we brought everybody together and respect each other's differences?" He hopes to answer that with the Forum, an event Thursday that will include a diverse panel of speakers from various parts of the city. As pastor of Rio Vista Community Church, Carter has held similar events at his church on a monthly basis. He says the meetups were born out of the idea that while there are many things to be celebrated in Fort Lauderdale, there is also a lot that needs to be fixed. He also drew inspiration from similar events in other cities around the country. The five-member panel includes Margi Nothard, president of Glavovic Studio; and Priscilla Ribeiro, principal of Fort Lauderdale High School. Discussions will cover various issues around the city. Afterward, there will be a networking event for all those who attend. Carter wants people walking away asking themselves, "What is the common good in my occupation?"
The Forum will be held from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at C&I Studios (541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale). There is no cost to attend, but Carter asks that people leave their business cards — he promises there will be no spam. Visit forumsfl.com, or call C&I at 954-357-3934.
The subject of Girls' Club's latest exhibition, "Self-Proliferation," is an ambitious exploration of the very nature of female identity today, as it is informed by print media, popular culture, racial politics, and feminist thought, among other categories. It would be a tall order for even the Museum of Modern Art to capture on its six floors, but this ambitious trek through the voluminous collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz includes copious examples of artists questioning paradigms and exploring the dualities of the modern woman, in media ranging from photographs and prints to videos and artist books. "The group of artists is cross-generational, multimedia, and diverse in their origins and ethnicity," says guest curator Micaela Giovannotti. "I am particularly interested in the conversation between established artists and emerging ones when I curate a show. I believe it gives more context and relevance to both tiers, and in this case, it was easy to find great examples of both in the collection." Mickalene Thomas' fractured landscapes, Vivian Maier's black-and-white photographs, and Cindy Sherman's conceptual
Local representation includes TJ Ahearn, Rosemarie Chiarlone, Dara Friedman, and Jillian Mayer. The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Girls' Club (117 NE Second St., Fort Lauderdale). Admission is free, and the show runs through next September. Call 954-828-9151, or visit girlsclubcollection.org.
The largely forgotten 1991 movie Dogfight has nothing to do with the sordid extracurricular activities in which Michael Vick used to engage. Instead, it's a sweet and arresting romance that takes place on the cusp of the Vietnam War. Set mostly in San Francisco on the eve of four Marines' deployment, the eponymous dogfight is the name of their cruel competition: Whichever soldier can pick up the ugliest dance partner for the night wins a cash prize. We probably don't need to tell you that the film's protagonist inevitably develops feelings for his prey — a pacifist waitress striving for a folk-music career — but the narrative is pure and
Dogfight runs from Thursday to November 29, and showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays at the Broward Center's Abdo New River Room, located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $45. Call 954-462-0222, or visit browardcenter.org.
Move over, pink; November's cancer awareness shifts distinctly south. The term "Movember" is a portmanteau of the word "mo" (slang for mustache) and the word "November." Every November, men grow mustaches to support awareness of men's health issues. The primary focus is on cancers that affect
Whether it's the pencil-thin mustache that Jimmy Buffett sings about, an elaborate design of sorts, or handlebars like the toughest biker you know, feel free to grow that 'stache. And if you lack the ability to grow facial hair, don't feel bad — you can join in on the drinking festivities and donate what you can to spread awareness for men's health. Funky Buddha is located at 1201 NE 38th St. in Oakland Park. Visit funkybuddhabrewery.com.
As a self-proclaimed product of his Boyle Heights neighborhood, comedian Felipe Esparza regularly mines
While his next comedy special is still in the works, Felipe is taking his new material on the road, with a planned stop at Fort Lauderdale Improv (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood) this weekend. Tickets for the 8 and 10 p.m. Friday shows are available at ftl.improv.com for $20 (this includes a two-drink minimum). Call 954-981-5653.
Winter is coming. Up north, everyone is starting to pull out the cold-weather gear in preparation for the impending doom. In South Florida, however, the sun is shining, the skies are blue, the ocean air is warm (and only slightly humid), and the snowbirds are starting to don their Speedos. While the rest of the country is beginning to retreat indoors for the next six months, we're coming out of our air-conditioned holes. This is the season to go outside. Do it now. Saturday offers the ideal event to enjoy Margate Under the Moon. On the second Saturday of every month, Margate Gourmet Food Truck Expo sets up shop with an array of vendors catering to all taste buds. This week, more than a dozen purveyors of deliciousness will be present, including Bahama Bucks, Brazilian Fire, Conch Shack, Dawgs &
There is no cost to attend. It takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the corner of Margate Boulevard and State Road 7. Call 855-483-3663, or visit gourmettruckexpo.com.
Why walk when you can crawl? Yeah, it sounds weird, but not if you're participating in the West Palm Bar Crawl happening in the city's downtown area on Saturday. Join some of West Palm Beach's craziest party people — and the Young Professionals — with the return of the West Palm Bar Crawl, and get ready to hit all the Clematis Street hot spots. Each tour features seven stops at local bars and restaurants; participants receive a variety of food and drink discounts with their crawl bracelet, as well as one free mixed drink (or beer) at each stop before moving on to the next location. By the time you're done, you may not be walking anymore. If so, you'll definitely be crawling. If you're still on your feet, hang out for the official afterparty at E.R. Bradley's Saloon starting at 11 p.m. Participating bars include Tin Fish, E.R. Bradley's Saloon, Off the Hookah, Roxy's Pub, Shout Karaoke, and the new Southern Railway Taphouse.
The West Palm Bar Crawl takes place Saturday from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Check-in takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at World of Beer, located at 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Simply follow the crawl itinerary, or make up your own as you go along. Tickets cost $20 per person in advance and can be purchased online at westpalmbarcrawl.com.
The event is free and goes from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Broward County Library North Campus, located at 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd. in Coconut Creek. Visit carlsaganday.com, or call 954-201-2600.
While it's not quite California or Hawaii, with endless coastlines, enough activity during hurricane season to keep it interesting, and copious amounts of sunshine, South Florida is a pretty surfer-friendly spot. If you were to look for the epicenter of that friendliness, where the surfing welcome committee might greet you, zeroing in on Delray Beach would get you closest to the action. First off, the city has a pretty big proponent of decent waves, with a surfing mayor (fourth-generation Floridian Cary Glickstein) sitting in
The fun begins at 9 a.m. at the south end of Delray Beach, a mile south of Atlantic Avenue at Tower 4. Call 561-703-5367, or visit facebook.com/delraybeachsurffestival.
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Three years ago, when the staff at ARC Broward (a nonprofit dedicated to providing services to children and adults with disabilities) decided to start a Miss ARC Broward Pageant to highlight young women with disabilities, many of the trappings of the traditional pageantry world went completely out the window. Gone was the idea of just one crown-clutching winner, and so was the pitting of contestants against one another, clamoring for second place. ARC staff set out to do quite the opposite of the standard event when it decided instead to give the contestants an experience they would never forget "and show our community just how awesome these young women are," says Jessica Kersey Rodriguez, ARC's director of development. ARC's pageant celebrates and honors the varied abilities of girls ages 6 to 17 with a day of inspiration, love, acceptance, and community support where everyone walks away a winner. "It's about teaching them to do bold and courageous things throughout their lives and to dream big. It wouldn't be possible without the outpouring of support we receive from this community."
Tickets for Miss ARC Broward cost $15. Doors open at 3 p.m. Sunday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-462-0222, or visit browardcenter.org
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