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Best Things to Do in Broward and Palm Beach This Week

Thursday, May 5

The fifth of May is an important date in Mexican history. It is not, however, Mexican Independence Day, as is widely believed in America. It's the commemoration of the Battle of Puebla, in which Mexican forces won an unlikely victory against the French. Bet you didn't even know Mexico and France ever fought each other, did you? In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated with cervezas, tequila, and food, so you can be somewhat forgiven. Maybe read up on Mexican history while enjoying one of these celebrations:

• Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in pride style with two-for-one drinks all day, including specials on Don Julio tequila, an unlimited taco buffet, and a live mariachi band.

The celebration begins at noon Thursday at 2426 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors.

• It's back, baby. The highly coveted Mexican Standoff specialty release — a porter flavored with cinnamon, pepper, and chocolate — will be tapped on Cinco de Mayo. You can also find Scorpion IPA, made with scorpion peppers; the Saigon Blonde cucumber ale, flavored with a touch of heat; and a new tart and tangy Mango Habanero Weisse. Appropriately, the Tacos Veracruz food truck will serve from 4 to 10 p.m.

The celebration takes place from 2 to 10 p.m. Thursday at 2900 High Ridge Road in Boynton Beach.

• Join the guys at 26 Degree Brewing Company for an evening of beer, mariachis, tacos, and fun. Live mariachi music will set the tone for the day, when, at 7:30 p.m., a special MexZiko's rage will be tapped, while BC Tacos will be onsite with plenty of tacos.

The celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday at 2600 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach.

• A special Cinco de Meatball fiesta will go down at Fork & Balls, with $5 meatballs and $5 Ballsy margaritas made with Tanteo tequila infused with mango, pineapple, guanabana, and a dash of jalapeño with a cayenne pepper salt rim.

The party takes place from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday at 1301 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

• Head to the second-annual Tacocraft Cinco de Mayo Block Party, alongside its sister restaurant Rok:Brgr and neighbor establishment Tarpon Bend. The bash will feature live music by a band and DJ, as well as food and drink specials. Beer bars and food stands will be set up along Second Street with offerings from the three restaurants, including taco specials.

The celebration starts at 5 p.m. Thursday along Himmarshee Street in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Friday, May 6

In an era of microaggressions, safe spaces, and university political correctness, Bill Burr must seem like an insensitive, filterless bully — which is precisely what defines his appeal among those who haven't drunk the Kool-Aid of faux outrage. Instead of a stick lodged up his ass, there's a proverbial stick in his hand at all times, poking himself, his audience, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, racists, minorities, the handicapped, child predators, children — no group is verboten from Burr's pungent observations, drawn from what he proudly calls "uninformed logic." This undersells the intelligence buried beneath the profanity and uncomfortable button-pushing: Really, he's part of a long line of smart and savage comedy dating back to George Carlin and Bill Hicks and manifesting today in Louis C.K. and Joe Rogan. Like these fellow legends, he's considered a "comedian's comedian" for a reason, gaining popularity among his peers for his fearless determination to swim against the tide of trends and styles. And though a comic with a podcast is as common as an Alaskan with a meth problem, Burr's Monday Morning Podcast is seriously one of the funniest, most caffeinated blasts of humor you'll experience in any given week, with each show inspiring material for future tours.

See this comedy rebel's latest jaunt at 8 p.m. Friday at Hard Rock Live, located at 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood. Tickets cost $40-$85. Call 800-745-3000 or visit

As the bitingly sarcastic host of The Soup, Joel McHale delivered commentary for snippets of some of the top worst moments of reality TV with his familiar sardonic smile. That same smug mug served well for his portrayal of Jeff Winger on the much-loved college-themed comedy Community. But when both of those long-held roles wrapped up in 2015 after 11 years on the former and 110 episodes on the latter, McHale was presented with a challenge to bypass any oncoming career slump by delving deep into new work. Recently, he has penned the upcoming tongue-in-cheek, semi-self-help book, Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be; guest-starred on The X-Files; signed on to star in the CBS comedy pilot The Great Indoors; and absolutely killed it in a yellow dress and long black wig while lip-syncing to Björk's "It's Oh So Quiet" on Lip Synch Battle. McHale has also occupied his Soup-less free time with standup like his recent visit to North Carolina, where instead of canceling his show in response to the infamous bathroom law, he carried on with the performance and slyly donated the proceeds to the LGBTQ Center of Durham.

McHale brings his act to Palm Beach Improv this Friday with two shows, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets cost $35, plus a two-drink minimum. The Improv is located at 550 S. Rosemary Ave. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-833-1812, or visit

Saturday, May 7

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show is back after a two-year hiatus and bringing with it a never-before-seen aircraft to Fort Lauderdale Beach. Featured will be a large variety of aircraft, including the F-35 Lightning II. This single-engine, single-seat, all-weather stealth fighter will be showcased in a special Heritage Flight exhibiting both the past and future of Air Force technology. The U.S. Department of Defense is completing the final development and testing of the jet, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter. This will be the first civilian air show in history to see a flight by the F-35, as it soars alongside a P-51 Mustang. The Fort Lauderdale Air Show begins at noon this Saturday and Sunday on Fort Lauderdale Beach, located along State Road A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 14th Court.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Drop Zone tickets Saturday cost $34 for adults and $22 for children ages 6 to 12 and Sunday run $32 for adults and $19 for children. Tickets for the Flight Line Club VIP cost $169 for Saturday and $159 for Sunday, while Photo Pit tickets are $129 Saturday and $119 Sunday. Visit To purchase ten or more group tickets, call the box office at 877-377-8499. Visit

You'll often hear people say that nothing in life is free. But then there are free comic books at Tate's Comics, so those people can shut up. On Free Comic Book Day, participating shops around the world throw open their doors and offer happy readers complimentary comic books. Offerings vary from shop to shop, but both Tate's locations will have dozens of titles to choose from. Diehard fans will discover new treasures they've never read before, while newbies are offered a rare chance to dive into the world of comics without any risky investment. There will be plenty of enthusiasts on hand to share their love and joy of comics with the general public. At Tate's main headquarters in Lauderhill, you'll also find an "artist alley" exhibit filled with comic book creators, artists, and cosplayers, as well as several costumed character appearances throughout the day.

Free Comic Book Day runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday at both Tate's Comics locations: 4566 N. University Drive in Lauderhill and 801 Congress Ave., #604, in Boynton Beach. The artist alley at the Lauderhill location takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to both events is free. Call 954-748-0181 or 561-742-5440, or visit or

People wear jerseys to basketball and football games. Caps are the headpiece of choice for a day at the ballpark. The rich man's uniform — polos and khakis — is de rigueur on the golf course. While every athletic endeavor has its chosen uniform, no American sporting event is as sartorially inspired as the Kentucky Derby. This Saturday, pull out your fanciest millinery and best pastel garb and head to one of these places to celebrate:

• Tap 42 Boca will host a Big Brims and Fancy Trims Kentucky Derby with $5 Maker's Mark mint juleps. There will be a number of contests — including Best Dressed Couple, Most Fab Hat — and prizes for bids on the winning horse.

The party starts at 3:30 p.m. at 5050 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton. Call 561-235-5819, or visit

• The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale will celebrate with its third-Annual Kentucky Derby Party. This year, the bash will take place at Brass Tap. Each ticket includes two cocktails, Derby-inspired appetizers, and tastings of Zodiac vodka and Flor de Caña rum. Garden-party-chic attire is requested.

The festivities take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission costs $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Brass Tap is located at 551 N. Federal Highway, #600, in Fort Lauderdale. Visit

• Himmarshee Public House will honor the race with a Hold Your Horses Derby Party, with free drinks for ladies wearing hats until the race begins. Everyone else gets $6 mint juleps. The fete includes a Best Hat Contest offering prizes.

The revelry begins at 4 p.m., and reservations are available. Himmarshee Public House is located at 201 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-616-5275, or visit

Sunday, May 8

For most people, a spinal cord injury is a catastrophic, life-altering event. For a lucky few, it is an injury that can, eventually, be fully cured. One organization that sees its cure is the charity Wings for Life World Run. On a layover in Moscow a few years ago, CEO Anita Gerhardter was thinking of ways to bring much-needed research moolah to the concerned parties and had the novel idea of getting the whole world running. Gerhardter dreamed big, and within a few short years, the Wings for Life World Run has become the grand running event she envisioned. With participating cities on six continents — including Ypres, Belgium; Pretoria, South Africa; Lima, Peru; the United Arab Emirates; and even Melbourne, Australia — Gerhardter's vision has truly become a global sensation. With the support of two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner (whose son Hannes became a tetraplegic in 2003) and Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, technology factors into this race in a big way. "Catcher Cars" survey and relay data back to headquarters in a simulcast that kicks off at the same time around the globe. So far, 136,000 folks have run in more than 40 locations and raised nearly $8 million for spinal cord injury research. There are numerous run lengths in which you can participate. Registration costs $50, 100 percent of which goes to research.

The pretty palm trees and balmy weather of Sunrise have been chosen for the Florida location, and the race takes off at 7 a.m. Sunday at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway. Visit

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