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Slackers Must Die

FRI 7/25

Do you find maggots, bloodshed, and gore comical? Do you like your humor like your coffee -- black? If you answered yes to these questions, you'd better clear your calendar, because the third installment of the Twisted Weekend series opens at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Never heard of the Twisted Weekend movies? That's OK -- you're not alone. Local producer Brett Circe created Twisted Weekend: Pledges Must Die back in 1990 and Twisted Weekend 2: Co-ed Slaughter in 1999. But these slasher flicks were all just an introduction to college depravity. Twisted Weekend 3: Slacker Holocaust takes us deep into the bowels of the seedy side of birthday parties, replete with binge drinking, drugs, sex, and Ouija boards, the latter of which obviously becomes the vehicle through which the carnage is unleashed. All the stereotypes are in place and ready to spill their guts on celluloid for your viewing pleasure. There's the birthday girl and troubled artist Lucie and her goody-two-shoes roommate, Violet. For added comic relief, there's the over-the-top gay guy, the party-animal frat boys, and two burnouts (because they wander in packs). It's not long before the drugs and booze are gone and the Ouija board opens the door for hot demon possession. Movie starts at 9:30 p.m. Call 954-525-3456. -- Tim Moffatt

SAT 7/26

Chill, Dude

Wild Oats cools down

The middle of summer in South Florida can be an unforgiving affair. Particularly when the humidity is high, a walk around the block can drench the unwary traveler. Nothing feels worse than needing a shower as soon as you step out of the shower. And it's always annoying when you show up at your desired destination looking as if you just dove into a swimming pool, clothes and all. There are plenty of ways to cool down, though, and Wild Oats Community Market (2501 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) shows off many of these with its "Big Chill" event at noon. Patrons of the all-natural market sample vitamin water, melon, and beer while learning how to make a proper ice cream sandwich and even receiving hot-flash relief. Admission is free. Call 954-566-9333. -- Dan Sweeney

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