Thursday, May 26
Glenn and Donna have been running one form of fetish party or another on or around Memorial Day weekend for 20 years, and the Fetish Factory's 21st-Anniversary Fetish Weekend is sure to outdo them all. This year, the Fetish Factory moguls are riding the whole whip with a four-day-long, eight-party-strong weekend devoted entirely to one of the most active fetish communities in the world. While the parties in the past have existed within "normal" environs, this year the host hotel will be the Fort Lauderdale Westin (400 Corporate Drive) and the entire hotel has been booked for extreme kinking. Some of the featured entertainers this year include Shelly d'Inferno, Tracie Hanna, Val Vampyre, Natasha Nebula, and Emily Åström with DJs like LinderSMASH, Pandemonium, DeadHead, and Evilyn13, to name a few. This year the party goes pretty much all day and night with numerous events keeping the expected 3,000-plus kinksters in serious kink. (Did we mention the kink?) With the majority of the action centered around the Westin, the Manor, Sakred Nightclub, and Goldfinger, this celebration promises to be the biggest and kinkiest yet. The Fetish Factory has long been a bastion for this community, and because Glenn and Donna take their roles as community leaders seriously, their parties have always been a fun and safe bet for serious devotees of the lifestyle as well as curious newcomers.
There are various packages available and information on events keeps growing as the weekend nears. Visit floridafetishweekend.com.
These days, you think of Miami and Fort Lauderdale as South Florida's biggest dining destinations, but don't overlook West Palm Beach. It's quietly becoming one of the region's top foodie hangouts, with restaurants, eateries, and bars offering an array of colorful cuisine lining the downtown Clematis Street strip. To celebrate this mélange of culinary options, the Downtown Development Authority is taking folks on a foodie tour with this year's fifth-annual Pairings Food & Wine Event. The concept is simple: Participating downtown bars and restaurants will put together a specialty dish and provide a matching beverage for tour-takers to try. For $25, event attendees can sample it all — anything from a tasty tapa to a signature entrée and even a decadent dessert. Sips will range from specialty cocktails and craft brews to apéritifs or digestifs. Think of it as a great way to explore all your local options with an upscale pub-crawl vibe (but with food). This year's participating restaurants include Bee Organics, Bar Louie, C Street Cafe, Dorian's Red Hand, E.R. Bradley's, Ganache Bakery Cafe, Hullabaloo, Leila, Le Rendez-vous, Longboards, Oh My Chocolate, O'Shea's Irish Pub, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Rocco's Tacos, Tin Fish, and more. Proceeds will benefit Families First, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the well-being of children and families through child development programs and education.
The fifth-annual Pairings Food & Wine Event will begin at the registration area at Dixie Highway and Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. The tour runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Tickets are $25 per person online in advance or $30 day of at the registration area. Visit sunfest.com.
Friday, May 27
If you missed the chance to show off your cosplay at MegaCon this year or if you're a hardcore gamer living in Broward County, keep reading. The collective Hybrid Hype Gaming invites all gamers and cosplayers to the Grind Coffee Project for Game Night LV: Not at Megacon, their monthly night of dress-up, games, and the camaraderie of like-minded people. The types of games played span comics, anime, and really, anything you'd see at Comic-Con. So far, the lineup for this month's event includes Marvel v. Capcom 2 for Xbox 360, Street Fighter V for Playstation 4, Super Smash Bros for Wii, and more. It's not just console games, though. Players are encouraged to bring board and card games like Magic: The Gathering, UNO, or Battleship. There's also going to be a "Cosplay Red Carpet" and a photographer on hand to capture your costumes in pictures.
What exactly is Hybrid Hype Gaming? Just a bunch of gamers in South Florida who get together every now and then for some casual multiplayer fun. This event is open to anyone, and the collective encourages people to bring extra equipment to the event so no one gets left out: monitors, projectors, consoles, games, controllers, etc.
The event is free and takes place at 10 p.m. on Friday at the Grind Coffee Project located at 443 SW Second Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-774-0555.
Saturday, May 28
There's nothing that signifies summer more than going to the beach, and there's nothing in America that signifies the beginning of summer more than Memorial Day. In Fort Lauderdale, a portion of the beach will be transformed into a mecca of entertainment to kick off the summer. Now in its seventh year, the Great American Beach Party will feature a day of activities including a classic car show, a sand castle contest, beach games, live music, free movies, an art show, and more. There will also be a tribute to the U.S. military. Music includes bands like Big Harvest, Six Foot Swell Surfband, Pocket Change, Blues Brothers Soul Band, and the Long Run. Headlining is Gainesville native Sister Hazel, the alternative rock band that made waves in the 1990s with its hit, "All for You."
Bring your shorts, sandals, sunscreen, and family to the Great American Beach Party from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at Fort Lauderdale Beach located at 300 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. (the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A). The event is free. Visit myfortlauderdalebeach.com, or call 954-828-7275.
You know that voice in your head that tells you you're a bad writer? Learn how to ignore that voice (or take it out back and shoot it) at the Proxy Selves writing workshop put on by Girls' Club. Writer in residence Jan Becker will be there to talk writers through their inner critic while placing emphasis on the different versions of yourself that appear based on others' perceptions of you and how you present yourself in various situations. This workshop is based on the current exhibit on display at Girls' Club, "Self-Proliferation," curated by Micaela Giovannotti. It's a collection of multiples: books, prints, photographs, and videos. The theme focuses on how women, specifically the artists in the collection, replicate themselves in many iterations through their artistic expression. Girls' Club has been providing a space for female artists and resources for the arts community since 2006.
The Proxy Selves workshop will be held at at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Girls' Club located at 117 NE Second St., Fort Lauderdale. The registration fee is $20. Visit girlsclubcollection.org.
Flagler Arts Technology (FAT) Village has become synonymous with its monthly art circuit. With modest beginnings now left well behind, the monthly FATVillage Art Walk has become a marquee destination for Broward residents and those escaping the D-baggery that long ago changed the Miami art-walk scenes. That's not a dig at our southern neighbors, but the Fort Lauderdale art scene has had a chance to develop at its own pace, and so far it has done well. With many components going into making an art walk work, FAT Village can count on a ready roster of villagers who provide varying tonalities month-to-month, keeping this a fresh outing for old and new friends alike.
C&I Studios this month goes to the mat with paintings that tie in thematically to a group exhibit also opening in the projects section of the Village, "Wrestling the Snake: Open Season in Political Art." The C&I challenge will pit six painters painting live throughout the night surrounding the theme "political subjects," and the audience will judge a winner. Fame and a $50 gift card are the stakes while drinks flow in Next Door coffee shop and lounge and Tchaa performs live. This formula for fun is sure to ruffle some feathers since politics is such a hot topic during this election year. At the very least, this is a good way to join the conversation.
The FAT Village Art Walk runs from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday in and around 521 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Visit fatvillage.com.
Monday, May 30
Raise your flags and open your hearts — it's Memorial Day, the day set aside to remember our fallen heroes. All of us know someone who's served, so after you've paid your due respects, visit the veteran in your life and take him or her out to celebrate the freedom he or she helped preserve:
• Deck 84 will be hosting its annual Memorial Day weekend party with barbecue and drink specials all day accompanied by live music. The Jason K Trio will play on Saturday, and Sweet Justice follows on Sunday. The two-day party starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 10 p.m. Sunday. Deck 84 is located at 840 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Visit deck84.com.
• Put a sudsy spin on your Memorial Day with Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company. From noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, guests can enjoy a barbecue lunch. The meal is all you can eat and is provided by the Rolling Chefs for $20. Food items include fried chicken, guava barbecue ribs, cabbage slaw, corn on the cob, potato salad, and double chocolate brownies. Pay $15 for all-you-can-drink beer. Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company is located at 3200 NW 23rd Ave., #500 in Pompano Beach. Visit banginbanjobrewing.com.
• At 2 p.m. Monday, 26 Degree Brewing Company will be serving up beer, barbecue, and fun. Fat Boyz BBQ will be providing the eats, and live music from the Blues Crusaders will be featured from 5 to 8 p.m. U.S. Armed Forces members will receive $1 beers with military ID, and everyone else will get half off all beers under 6 percent ABV and $2 off all beers 6 percent and higher. 26 Degree Brewing Company is located at 2600 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach. Visit 26brewing.com.
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