After we heard of Samba Lounge, a weekly art/music rendezvous at the Samba Room (350 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), guess what? We turned to one of our much-loved books, the American Heritage Dictionary, because the word samba sure sounds steamy and vivacious and alcoholic, and (nerd alert) we wanted to know exactly what it meant. Eh, the definition didnt live up to the mental one, but since the event itself does, were pleased to proceed and describe it. Sunday at 6 p.m., Rob Negron and DJ collective Twilight Notes will take over the patio outside of Samba Room. What weve always loved about downtown Fort Lauderdale is the ability to drink outside; and with Las Olas being one, long road shot to the Atlantic, the laid-back atmosphere here is rightly matched with the cool ocean breeze. Then we heard about the Cuban rum cocktails! the mojitos that come in pineapple, mango, and coconut. In addition to drinks being half-price, so are appetizers. Music from house, bossa nova, lounge, and jazz, to hip-hop tunes will be provided by DJ Adam Foster, with special guest DJ Esoteric, and Steve Baum will showcase a street art exhibit. No cover. Call 954-468-2000, or visit sambaroom.net. Also check out twilightnotes.com.
Sun., Jan. 10, 6 p.m., 2010