Paradise Found

Sometimes it's not so bad living on America's wang. We can catch an oceanfront sunrise and sunset in the same day without having to board a plane. It's likely that hell will freeze over before we have to worry about freezing pipes. And we have a theme park for every day of the week. But too often, we hear the bitching: Snowbirds clogging 1-95 in 95-degree heat, a 95 percent guarantee of zero parking within four miles of our destination, wasted frat boys at Dania Beach who can clear a case of Natural Ice but never trash the cans. The folks at Vatican Tattoo Studios are ready to ditch the downers and celebrate everything that makes Florida the resort of the U.S. with "Another Day in Paradise," an art show and tribute to the Sunshine State. Starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, more than 30 artists will exhibit their works in styles ranging from photography to wood carvings. Tattoo artist and DJ Mark Longe­necker of Cocoa Beach will spin old-school reggae, with Hollywood's Slow Food Truck at the ready to feed the masses. And because no Florida party is complete without rum, Papa's Pilar Rum (of Hemingway family fame) will be pouring the cocktails (with little umbrellas, if we're lucky). Grab a hand-rolled cigar from the Vatican's on-site roller and shamelessly rock that guayabera. This is Florida, after all. Vatican Tattoo Studio is located at 99 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park. Call 954-561-9646, or visit
Sat., March 8, 8 p.m., 2014
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Kristin Bjornsen
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