The Best Things to Do in Broward and Palm Beach This Week

Thursday, March 31

For whatever reason, art and beverages go hand in hand. Maybe it's a way to cope with the emotions provoked by evocative work. Maybe the stimulating conversation has a parching effect on the throat. Maybe it's a physiological response to deep thought. Or, it could be that gallery events usually take place in the evening. Either way, a night at an art event is far better than sitting around in a bar. On Thursday, the Brewhouse Gallery is celebrating all of its resident artists with its monthly Artist Opening. The bar and gallery is featuring a winetasting and complimentary hors d'oeuvres like charcuterie and cheese, chips and salsa, and fish dip. Diner Dogs will be onsite selling gourmet hot dogs and home-style snacks. Although the food and drinks are a nice substitute for happy hour, the real reason to go is the work. The evening includes a meet and greet as well as creative talks with local artists. Everyone who purchases a piece of art will receive a raffle ticket for a $50 gift certificate to the Brewhouse Gallery.

The event takes place on the last Thursday of every month, from 6 to 9 p.m. Open-mic night happens after the event with live music, poetry, and comedy by local artists. The Brewhouse is located at 720 Park Ave., Lake Park. Call 561-469-8930, or visit

Any corporate suit worth his or her weight in leadership manuals knows there are a few innate personality traits that lend nicely to acquiring coveted "boss" status. Like the ability to call others out on their bull and still have them love you at the end of the day, the ability to unite a group around a common cause, and — most important — the gift of not taking anything too personally and never being afraid to be the butt of one's own joke. What they don't often tell you in management training is that these traits transfer expertly into a stellar run in standup comedy. Just ask legendary comedian Kathy Griffin, who brings her "Like a Boss" comedy tour to Broward Center for the Performing Arts' Au-Rene Theater (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) this Thursday. Her straight-for-the-jugular styled observations have meant no one is safe from the routine — whether it is current political candidates (she is an outspoken, frequently tweeting critic of Trump), our celebrity-obsessed culture, Hollywood's red-carpet ridiculousness, and even her BFF, CNN's Anderson Cooper, on occasion. Outside of the punch lines, Griffin has been known to champion causes close to the LGBTQ community and speak out against sexism within the industry she operates in.

Griffin's impressive work ethic further solidifies her boss-lady status with "two-time Emmy-winning, Grammy-winning, and New York Times best-selling author" often attached to her name. Griffin's "Like a Boss" tour includes five other Florida dates besides tonight. Tickets cost $37.50 to $95. Showtime is 8 p.m. Call 954-462-0222, or visit

Friday, April 1

The ninth-annual South Florida Beach Festival is back with a great lineup of music, food, and water-sports-related activities. Surfers for Autism, which has been unlocking "the potential of people with developmental delays, supporting advocacy for autism issues and scientific research" since 2007, has provided numerous successful surfing events for autistic surfers and has raised a pretty penny for research. Providing a safe and judgment-free platform for complete surfing immersion has done wonders for duck-diving, goofy-footing, and soul-arching newcomers to the sport. The weekend-long event kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday at 149 SW 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach, with music from Buddy Sparrow, the Copper Tones, Fireside Prophets, Bushwood, and the Resolvers, among others. Saturday will be all about the waves, with the evening bringing more music, drinks, and food, with a food-truck lineup including Che Grill, TikiZ 2U, Waffle Wagon, and Latin Burger. The weekend closes out on Sunday with paddleboard events. Volunteering opportunities are available during the festival, and registration for events is necessary.

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The modern sport of boxing is a martial art that traces all the way back to ancient Greece, yet it's one developed from our own natural inclinations to fight or defend ourselves. Now boxing is practiced in nearly every country on the planet at all levels. Although amateur boxing may be a level many take for granted, it's a level where many can find emerging talent. On Friday, A&T Boxing will feature at least five bouts. Watch boxers such as Manuel "Venado" Ceballos (6-1, 5 KOs), Elias "Latin" Espadas (9-2, 5 KOs), and the undefeated Alexis Roamer Angulo (17-0, 15 KOs) trade punches with their opponents for the title. For the latter bout, Angulo faces off with American fighter Claudio Ariel Abalos (30-14, 3 KOs) for the supermiddleweight title. There's nothing like a good round of Friday-night fights.

This round of A&T Boxing starts at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Auditorium, located at 800 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $33 for general admission, $98 for VIP, and can be purchased at Call the venue at 954-828-5380, or visit

Back in 1985, Tony n' Tina's Wedding mainstreamed the idea of immersive theater, in which the audience becomes a part of the show. But after a film adaptation and engagements in more than 200 cities, those betrothed Italian-Americans are so 20th Century. For an interactive wedding experience more reflective of our progressive era, the Broward Center's world premiere of Diego and Drew Say I Do promises a wedding reception that is equal parts "fun, fierce, and fabulous." Lovingly lifting its formula from Tony n' Tina, it stars Benny Antipuna and Eric O'Keefe as the title characters, whose multicultural nuptials span from Puerto Rico to the American South and whose supporting cast of wedding guests includes a former boy-band celebrity, a drag-queen diva, and an uptight wedding planner. There is no "fourth wall" during the show, so spectators are welcome to dance and exchange barbs with the cast, which includes familiar faces like Mike Westrich, Vanessa Elise, and Steven Wilson-Chambers under the direction of Carbonell winner John Manzelli. Admission includes a feast with shrimp and grits, arroz con pollo, and succotash, along with a slice of wedding cake and a Champagne toast.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 6 p.m. Sundays, now through April 10. Tickets run $59.50. The Broward Center is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-462-0222, or visit

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