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Best Things to Do in Broward and Palm Beach This Week

Thursday, April 14

Not quite a guitar and certainly not a violin, the ukulele is a part of the family of instruments with strings that can be plucked that run in a plane parallel to the sound table. The ukulele itself took on a life of its own in Hawaii, where it's generally thought of as being played on the beach or at a luau by someone wearing a crown of flowers. If you've ever longed to pick up the uke, a new gathering of ukulelists has been formed,and they're looking for anyone interested in playing the instrument. The Florida Ukulele Network, or FUN, had such a great time at the Ukulele Festival at Two& that they're now holding Meetup groups there every second Thursday of the month to hone their playing and open-mic skills. Be prepared to also share and lead music that's not in the book, and be sure to bring at least ten copies of the music you'd like to share.

The next FUN Meetup gathering starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at Two&, located at 1517 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Visit twoand.com, or call 954-867-5309.

Kira Soltanovich is a standup comedian and actor known for her voice work for shows such as the Tonight Show With Jay Leno and "Carla" in the animated series Iggy Cool. She's a regular on the syndicated show Girls Behaving Badly and has also appeared on PrankStars, Hell's Kitchen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Fresh Baked Videos on Spike. Sometimes you can catch her as a correspondent for the Fox programs Red Eye and Reality Binge. Currently, she is the star of her own Showtime special, Here Comes Trouble, and You Did This to Me on Netflix. Like many standup comedians, Soltanovich draws inspiration from her own life, mocking everyday experiences. Occasionally mocking her own raspy, slight Ukrainian accent, Soltanovich propounds on topics such as pregnancy, marriage, her parents, culture, and assimilation while often talking about life in the Soviet Union.

Presented by Comic Cure, Soltanovich will be performing her standup routine on Thursday at the Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery, located at 2621 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. Tickets start at $16.82, and it's a 21-and-over show. Additional performers include Mike Cintron and Ben Zieper. A two-drink minimum is required, or $10 will be added to the ticket price. Call 561-368-4643, or visit thefunkybuddha.com

The fifth-annual foodie fundraising event known as ARC Broward's Delish 2016 returns this week with some of South Florida's most talented chefs from Broward and Miami-Dade competing in the ultimate cook-off competition. Assisting are students and graduates of the ARC Broward Culinary Institute, a 16-week certificate program for students with developmental disabilities offering real-world, on-the-job training, with all revenues directly supporting job training, placement, and student scholarships in the culinary field. Chefs will vie for Best Overall Chef and Fan Favorite while a panel of local food bloggers votes on its favorite dish, awarding a Bloggers Choice accolade to determine the final verdict of Most Delish County for 2016. Hosted by honorary chef Scott Conant from Food Network's Chopped, the event promises to be as star-studded as ever. As in years past, Delish attendees will enjoy an evening of good food, drink, dancing, a silent auction, and live entertainment. Guests will have a chance to sample dishes prepared by about ten chefs from notable restaurants throughout Broward and Miami-Dade, the perfect chance to enjoy great food and raise money for an even greater cause.

The ARC Broward's Delish 2016 will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Gallery of Amazing Things, located at 481 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. General admission is $150 per person. Proceeds from the event benefit the ARC Broward Culinary Institute, one of the Achievement and Rehabilitation Center Broward's many programs to help those with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Visit arcbroward.com

Friday, April 15

The 1982 anthology film Creepshow represented a collaboration unlike any other, a marriage of the minds of horror fiction's dominant visual and literary storytellers. Night of the Living Dead's George A. Romero directed five blood-curdling short films scripted by first-time screenwriter Stephen King, with makeup maestro and future zombie-film director Tom Savini designing the movie's scary monsters and supercreeps. Each of the five titles is a twisted little morality play in the manner of Poe or The Twilight Zone but with added splatter: A murderous patriarch's evil business deeds are elevated to Grand Guignol expressionism in Father's Day; a half-witted backwoods yokel foolishly tries to profit from a scalding meteorite in The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill; a psychopathic voyeur gets his just deserts in Something to Tide You Over; nefarious humans hope to exploit an abominable monster after they open a Pandora's box of terror in The Crate; and a mysophobe confronts his fear of contamination in the most vile way possible in They're Creeping Up on You. Because it's such a masterful meeting of the horror minds, Creepshow is an ideal selection for the Palm Beach Grindhouse Series' one-year anniversary celebration.

The movie will screen at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Movies of Lake Worth, located at 7380 Lake Worth Road. Tickets cost $10. The first 100 attendees receive a free button, and everybody will get a raffle ticket for prizes TBA. Call 561-968-4545, or visit morbidmovies.com

Saturday, April 16

Record Store Day, a kitschy move by the independents that faced declining sales due to the boom and eventual bust of big, corporate stores and the ensuing digital storm, is now in its ninth successful year. With a network of close to 700 independently owned, mom-and-pop stores in the USA, the day is noted for special releases and excellent discounts as well as special events. For 2016's RSD, Radio-Active Records in Fort Lauderdale will feature a massive dollar-bin sale on LPs, CDs, and 45s alongside 10,000 new arrivals and used records in every genre. There will be limited-edition records and singles available and a meet and greet with Daniel Ash of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets fame. There will be DJ sets from Benton, Blue, Jayjo, Kems, Mixx Piggy, Mr. Jolt, Sgt. Pepperspray, and others. Food trucks will offer free beverages provided by Gramps and Red Bull, with tons of giveaways from local affiliates like Cigar City and PBR Miami. Even Uber will host free local rides. Information on special RSD releases is available at recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases.

RSD2016 starts at 8 a.m. and goes until 10 p.m. Saturday at Radio-Active Records, 845 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, with the afterparty across county lines at Gramps in Wynwood. Call 954-762-9488, or visit radio-active-records.tumblr.com

While the shifting of seasons may be harder to note in this area, there are a few key events that usher in the notion that spring has officially sprung. Flowers are all in bloom, friends start amping up their dating habits, and we all head to the back of our closets to dust off our cosplay and anime ensembles in all of their vinyl and spandex glory for the Morikami's annual Hatsume Fair. Though it's not tied to a traditional Japanese holiday, the park's largest annual event celebrating the first buds of spring has become a tradition of its own with a roster of engaging events taking place throughout the weekend. The normally serene gardens transform into a booming hub for samurai-sword-fighting performances, taiko drumming with Ronin Taiko and Fushu Daiko drummers, Japanese dance performances, plant sales, craft vendors, Japanese street fair food vendors, Kirin beer gardens, sake stations, children's activities, and an anime costume and fashion-show contest. The popular costume contest that has gone on for five years and counting happens on Saturday, with prizes from Tate's Comics and the Morikami Museum.

Tickets for Hatsume can be purchased online in advance for $12 for adults and $6 for children. Day-of tickets are available at $15 for adults and $10 for children at 4000 Morikami Park Road. Children under 3 years old get in free. Visit morikami.org, or call 561-495-0233. 

You'll find varying opinions in the world of skating, but longboard practitioners can appreciate the cruising ease of the longer board. That's why, while they may not have the same aplomb as the smaller decks, longboards have been rising in popularity. So if you're ready to "shred the gnar" and "spread the stoke" with "high fives and positive vibes," then the inaugural Las Olas Beach Bomb Longboarding Event is just for you. One significant difference with other free-skating rides is that longboarders take safety seriously, and helmets are required for participation and to win prizes. These prizes will be awarded to the best in the following categories: racing, highest Hippy Jump, longest manual, longest slide without downhill, freestyle (tricks and highest Ollie), kickflips, and for the skater with the most style — which is kinda arbitrary but is an open arena to show off some moves. All participants can also continue the party with a Downtown City Skate at night that will feature some bonus prizes.

The event is free and open to all longboard skaters regardless of skill and will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday on Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. Visit the Facebook event page.

Sunday, April 17

It's hard to imagine a comedian as brash, outspoken, and fundamentally antiestablishment as Wanda Sykes contracting for the constitutionally suspect National Security Agency. That's where Sykes, fresh out of college in the late 1980s, obtained her first job, remaining at the agency for five years. This was before the metadata and spying scandals, but the irony is comically thick: After suggesting, at the 2009 White House Correspondent's Dinner, that Rush Limbaugh's "kidneys [should] fail" and that the porcine talk-show host should be waterboarded, chances are the agency of her former employ now has a file on her. And why shouldn't they? Sykes has been a provocateur on issues of race, gender, sexuality, foreign policy, and domestic issues for her entire standup career. She publicly came out as gay in 2008 and today is married to a French woman who birthed two Caucasian children; she recently told an interviewer that she's even "a minority in my own home!" A cast member of hit TV shows ranging from Curb Your Enthusiasm to Showtime's House of Lies, Sykes will feature in her current tour a slate of new material she's road-testing for her latest comedy special, which premieres on EPIX in May.

It's expected to veer from the personal to the political — unavoidably so, in this bonkers election season. Check it out at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hard Rock Live, located at 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood. Tickets cost $34 to $64. Call 800-745-3000, or visit myhrl.com.

For more events, visit our online calendar or pick up the print edition of the New Times Broward-Palm Beach every Thursday. To submit an event, use our online form.

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