Thursday, February 4
Maybe you are a yoga nomad, dropping in on community classes, Groupon offers, and sunrise beach yoga sessions when the mood strikes and the debit card allows. But if your fitness (and life) goals for 2016 include finding a dedicated spot for your practice, where you could sink into a full experience and be a better yogi, C&I Studios has you in mind. Each Thursday, during Urban Yoga, let vibrant yoga instructor Vasilios Tryphonas II (or TJ for short) lead you down a path of self-reflection and care while pushing your body to your personal best. His mission for each class is simple: "Every good thing starts from the inside out," and he does this with live music, extended meditation time, and a series of flowing stretches suitable for all levels of yogi.
Urban Yoga is BYOM (bring your own mat) and $15 a visit, but RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for a discounted rate of $10. Postyoga refueling is made possible by SweetnUp Café's vegan ice cream onsite, at 541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-357-3934, or visit c-istudios.com.
Friday, February 5
Meg Cabot, author of numerous paranormal and romantic books in the young-adult genre, is a powerhouse in her field. With nearly 80 published works and the insanely popular Princess Diaries series featuring two cinematic turns via Walt Disney Pictures that raked in a combined $300 million, Cabot is one of the top authors in the teen-lit field. That's a long way from the illustrating career goals she initially set out on, and now this part-time Key West resident is coming to make a presentation and sign books. The Broward Public Library Foundation will kick off its Literary Feast 2016 with its annual LitLunch. This unique and intimate opportunity is cheap at $75 for tickets, and proceeds will support the BCL's children and adult literacy programs. Harbor whatever feelings you want toward print media and libraries; the bottom line is that libraries are still integral parts of our lives and communities. They are one of the few institutions that grow with an individual. As Cabot's novels and 25 million copies sold worldwide attest, new readers are born every day. That's a good thing.
The annual LitLunch featuring author Meg Cabot will take place 11:15 a.m. Friday, February 5 at the Pier Top Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-357-7384, or visit bplfoundation.org.
Saturday, February 6
It seems like just yesterday you made those New Year's resolutions to get fit — but it shouldn't, because it has been well over a month, and that "getting back in shape" promise has been completely buried under a mountain of excuses. "I don't have time" and "I'm too broke" and every other lazy pretext you've summoned have run their course. Sure, getting in shape can be a tad daunting, but like anything, once you try something or learn how to do it, the initial fear subsides. Find Your Fitness on Riverwalk is an initiative from Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale to educate the community on sports and diverse ways for people of all ages to choose healthy and active lifestyles.
This free event will take place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Different sports will be discussed and explained, with demonstrations and healthy food options supplementing the activities from a varied cadre of health-conscious vendors. The excuses stop here. Call 954-468-1541, or visit goriverwalk.com.
You've never really seen an aerial circus show until you've seen the acrobats dangle and spin and contort while clutching the wires of a giant balloon filled with $4,000 worth of helium. That's the concept behind AeroSphere, a husband-and-wife duo whose high-flying act propelled them to the quarterfinals of Season Eight of America's Got Talent. On Saturday, AeroSphere will hover over Huizenga Plaza during the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Chillounge Night, joining at least ten other curated entertainers, from stilt walkers to fashion models and aerialists. Rainer Scheer, an entrepreneur from southwest Florida, launched Chillounge Night in Sarasota in 2008 as a change of pace from his struggling gallery, purchasing three semitrucks full of chic outdoor furniture. He's since brought the concept to seven other Florida cities, drawing 81,000 attendees to his sprawling, laid-back lawn parties.
The Fort Lauderdale premiere will include a dance show by Phoebe Vecchioni and her Brazilian samba troupe, music performances by Karina Iglesias & the Nu-Thang and Eloquence the Band, and a special appearance by beauty queen Mercedes Morena. Pyrotechnics, DJs, and massive LED video projection complement the festivities, which run from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $25 or $120 and up for a VIP experience that includes food and drinks. Proceeds will benefit Riverwalk. Call 954-828-6075, or visit chilloungenight.com.
What would you do to sip suds and bask in Fort Lauderdale's hip downtown night life if it weren't for Laser Wolf? Go to a bar where everyone's a jerk? Or some dive where nobody apologizes for spilling your macro beer? Stay home and eat turnips? If you answered no to any of these questions, then at least you know you're not a self-deprecating dorkbag. If anything, you should be thankful Laser Wolf has given you five quality years of good beers, good vibes, and no bastards (for the most part). It's time to pay your respects to Laser Wolf at its 5 Years Yes Beers anniversary party. No anniversary gets old in the service industry business, where success can rise, then fall at the drop of a pop top. There's no secret to Laser Wolf's success, just no jerks, lots of constantly rotating taps of Florida craft beers, and bartenders who are certified beer servers. This latter fact should blow you away, because this a rare feat for a bar. It basically means your bartender knows his stuff when it comes to giving you the best beer possible. If the four-year party was any indication, the place should be packed, with gory movies blaring on TVs, DJs jamming away in the courtyard, and everyone blasted on beer. You only live once.
The five-year party starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Laser Wolf, located at 901 Progresso Drive in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-667-9373.
Eating like an animal doesn't have to involve a lack of utensils, sharp teeth, and hunting in a safari. Instead, it can be composed of multiple food trucks, plenty of music, and booze. Case in point, the Food Truck Safari. Trekking its way through the wilds of the Palm Beach Zoo, this edition of Food Truck Safari contains some of Palm Beach's most topnotch food trucks. These include Karate's Kitchen (Chinese), the Inca Mix (Peruvian), Crave It (Italian), PS561 (gourmet hot dogs), and Sweet Cravings (New York-style dessert). Zoo admission is $10 for adult nonmembers and $7 for children who are nonmembers. Members get $1 off of admission, and those under 3 years old get in free. Wildlife Carousel and Safari Train rides cost $3 (two for $5), with rides open until sunset. Net proceeds support regular zoo operations. Food and beverage purchases are not included in admission. Trucks accept cash and most credit cards.
The Food Truck Safari is from 4:30 to 9 p.m., with the last tickets sold at 8:15 p.m. The Palm Beach Zoo is located at 1301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Visit palmbeachzoo.com.
Most neurological phenomena can be so debilitating to human health and well-being that we shouldn't wish them on our enemies. However, many of us might relish a month or a day or an hour to experience synesthesia, a kind of neural remix of cognitive pathways: Synesthetes can "smell" colors or "taste" music. Translated from the Ancient Greek as "union of the senses," this rare condition has been known to foster creativity in unusual ways — much like Synesthesia, a monthly celebration of audio-visual harmony by local creators Luke Rohenaz and Kris McDermott. Last month, Rohenaz and McDermott, who previously booked interdisciplinary events at the beloved Fort Lauderdale performance space Unity 88, returned from a yearlong hiatus to relaunch their brand as Synesthesia, a self-described "interactive circus" of live music, live art-making, craft vendors, and food trucks, this time in a better location. January's attendance surpassed the huge crowds they were getting at Unity 88, ensuring that Synesthesia will now become a monthly happening — a first-Saturday cultural party that, per Rohenaz, will "blend visual and audio." The eclectic musical acts slated for the next Synesthesia, aptly subtitled "Come See the Music," include the Copper Tones, Octo Gato, the Atlas Complex, and Anyother Color; the visual artists are still pending.
The street event starts at 8 p.m. around 226 Almond Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $10 at the gate. Call 954-728-9804, or visit uniteyoursenses.com.
Sunday, February 7
Sunday is the day of rest — or, at least, every other Sunday of the year is a day of rest. This Sunday is kinda a big deal. This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday, a day for vigorous cheering, enthusiastic sitting, and imbibing with gusto. All of that is exhausting enough, so save yourself the work of cleaning up after your drunk friends. Let someone else pour the beer and fry the wings this year.
• The Buddha Bowl Big Game Party with Miami Dolphins legend Mark Duper is taking place in the new private-event space (open to the public) with four ten-foot projectors. Special releases include Undefeated Saison, MBCP, Last Snow, BA Piña Colada, Daywalker (Ginger Hop Gun), Strawberry Shortcake, Blueberry Cobbler, and No Crusts. It starts at noon. Game-day platters, available for preorder, start at $44.95. Funky Buddha Brewery is located at 1201 NE 38th St. in Oakland Park. Call 954-440-0046, or visit funkybuddhabrewery.com.
• LauderAle Brewery Tailgate is pairing a good, old-fashioned cookout with some good, old-fashioned football. For $20 per person, each ticket includes one appetizer, one entrée, and one side from Mavericks VW along with one beer. The menu includes chips and salsa/hummus, boiled peanuts, Frito pie, chili, and Fritos with choice of topping to start, then el cerdo de caja China (pork) and LauderAle roasted whole chicken. For sides, there's Rasta pasta salad, pigeon peas and rice, and coleslaw. It takes place from 2 to 10 p.m. LauderAle is located at 3305 SE 14th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-653-9711, or visit lauderale.co.
• Tony D's has five TVs, including two eight-foot projector screens, that will be tuned to the big game. It's offering $7 well drinks, 50 percent off glasses of wine (25 percent off bottles), and a $7 bar burger with Parmesan fries. Tony D's is located at 3300 NE 32nd St. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-440-2151, or visit tonyds.net.
• Shooters is hosting a sophisticated Super Bowl soiree with more than 20 televisions, a pop-up jumbo screen, and a $45 all-you-can-eat buffet of apps including guava chili chicken wings, hummus with crudite, peel-and-eat shrimp, BBQ riblets, and a build-your-own ultimate burger bar. Three bars are serving $4 select draft beer and margarita specials. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Shooters is located at 3033 NE 32nd Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-566-2855, or visit shooterswaterfront.com
• Burger Bar is celebrating the game with a 200-person blowout including T-shirt giveaways, $12 domestic bucket specials, $15 imported bucket specials, $3 drafts (Miller Lite, Bud Lite, Yuengling), $4 Coronas, 75-cent wings, Jell-O shot specials, and an outside big-screen TV. Expect to see burgers inspired by the two teams. It opens at 11 a.m. Burger Bar is located at 4650 Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-630-4545, or visit burgerbar.com.