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

Thursday, April 7

The vagaries of air travel have provided more material for more comedians than any subject this side of relationships. But few funnymen have actually worked in the business of takeoffs and landings. Atlanta native Arnez Z's comedy career began, unofficially, in his prior post as a flight attendant, when he would stave off the boredom of long flights by making his fellow crew members and passengers laugh. Armed with this natural talent, he was persuaded to perform a standup set at an open-mic night, hatching a career that has continued to reap dividends for the charismatic comic, with appearances on the Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, Louie Anderson's Comedy Showcase, and a hosting slot for BET's venerated ComicView. He performed in front of an audience that included Rodney King at one of those ComicView performances, and Prince — then operating under his head-smackingly pretentious nom de plume the Artist (Formerly Known as Prince) — even invited Arnez to open some shows for him. As for Arnez's material, he draws from similar wells as other comedians but with an indefatigable energy and physical prowess all his own.

Catch his act at 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday at Fort Lauderdale Improv, located at 5700 Seminole Way in Hollywood. Tickets cost $25 with a two-drink minimum. Call 954-981-5653, or visit improvftl.com

Friday, April 8

Indulge in a weekend of fine wines and food during this year's Boca Bacchanal, an annual charity foodie event benefiting the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. This one-of-a-kind weekend offers participants a chance to sample wines produced by the world's top vintners, many of the wines paired with cuisine prepared by equally renowned chefs. This year, the 13th-annual event begins Friday with a series of vintner dinners taking place at several venues across Boca Raton. Each will feature a vintner and local chef working together to create a five-course pairing dinner. The party continues on Saturday with the Bacchus Bash at the historic Boca Raton Resort & Club, where guests will enjoy an interactive food and wine experience when they meet award-winning chefs and vintners while savoring their signature cuisine and wine selections. Silent and live auctions will offer wine, travel, cuisine, and lifestyle lots; music and dancing will round out the evening. On Sunday, Boca Bacchanal's Grand Tasting will be an afternoon event outside, at Mizner Park Amphitheatre. Attendees can sample more than 140 wines and small-bite dishes prepared by chefs from more than 20 South Florida restaurants and can explore a beer garden that will include craft beer, ales, and lagers.

The Boca Bacchanal takes place Friday and Saturday at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. The cost is $100 to $325 per person. Visit bocabacchanal.com

The monthly Oakland Park Music & Food Trucks on Main Street concert series gets a little stir this month as it moves temporarily from its usual time slot on the last Friday of the month to the second Saturday of April, so as not to encroach on this year's Passover. It's the same feeling of community and locally driven fun you've come to expect, except a pay period ahead of its regularly scheduled time. No worries there, as this will surely resonate with residents as it follows the Culinary Arts Showcase on the seventh showing the City's Community Redevelopment Association's growing civic profile. A variety of food trucks will inundate the street, but Big Dog Station will spearhead the effort with a cash bar serving brews, wine, and cocktails. Jupiter country rockers the Tom Jackson Band will take the City Hall steps/stage with an ambitious three-hour set from 7 to 10 p.m. Jackson's "driven and aggressive" country music is miles better than what passes as "country" these days, and he's known for giving it all onstage. Who knows what kind of inspiration he'll draw from this unusual pulpit. There is plenty of free parking, and lawn chairs and blankets are not only welcome but encouraged. Hang out with your neighbors — that's always been an awesome thing!

The music and food on Main Street starts at 6 p.m. Friday at Oakland Park City Hall, 3650 NE 12th Ave., Oakland Park. Call 954-630-4507, or visit oaklandparkfl.gov

Saturday, April 9

It's officially spring in Florida. While it's not the drastic transition you see in most parts of the country, we're always down to celebrate, especially when states are still scraping ice off their windshields. For South Floridians, spring marks the beginning of the end of picnic season. So before summer's heat chases us back into the air conditioning, Victoria Park is hosting its inaugural Spring Festival on Saturday. Presented by the Victoria Park Civic Association in partnership with the Las Olas Sunday Market, the festival will include food and art, carnival games, activities for children, and cooking demos. Food vendors include hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, paella, French crepes, popcorn, smoothies, and drinks. Beer from LauderAle sweetens the deal even more. Want to show off your skills? Participate in the best-brownies contest by bringing two large brownie desserts in foil pans, covered and cut into small pieces. Judging will be at 1 p.m., and prizes will be awarded. Although this event is open to everyone and not just Victoria Park residents, it is not pet-friendly. So leave your dog, cat, or goldfish at home.

The Spring Festival at Victoria Park takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2 N. Victoria Park Road in Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Visit VPCA.org

Sunday, April 10

Running: It can be for exercise, meditation... or maybe you're urgently trying to get away from something. There's also running for a cause, and there's certainly nothing on this Earth that says you can't run dressed like a rainbow. In fact, why wouldn't you? The Rainbow 5K is a run/walk held in the heart of Wilton Manors. In its first year, the route runs along Wilton Drive to Andrews Avenue, through the neighborhoods, and back to Wilton Drive. It's a certified race and professionally timed. Winning categories include male, female, and age-based categories. Not only will you be running/walking to support LGBTQ rights and to give thanks to the Pride Center but you'll be getting some good exercise and feel great afterward. You don't have to be a professional runner for this; all you have to do is show up in support of the rainbow. A postevent exposition will feature local vendors showing off their products and giving free samples. You might even get a few discounts along the way.

Registration for the Rainbow 5K run/walk begins at 6 a.m. (rain or shine) on Sunday at the Pride Center, located at 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. The race begins at 7:30 a.m., and the postevent begins at 8 a.m. There is a $25 entry fee. Call 954-463-9005, or visit pridecenterflorida.org

There's a first time for everything. This time, it's the inaugural Sailboat Bend Art Festival in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Sailboat Bend is home to a thriving, 2,000-member working artists' colony. The festival takes place in a modern, 3,000-square-foot, three-story gallery featuring more than 20 artists and a chance to peer inside the open studio spaces in the 1310 Artists Lofts, where painters, musicians, videographers, photographers, and designers work and live. If you've ever wondered what the private life of an artist really looks like, here's your chance. In addition, there will be live DJs, a spoken-word and comedy stage, lots of pop-up vendors, space for a drum circle and dancers, a food-truck zone, a fashion show, and live performers sponsored by the Conundrum Stages.

The Sailboat Bend Art Festival runs Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1310 SW Second Court in Fort Lauderdale. Call 305-906-1270, or visit sailboatbendartfestival.com

There's funny, and then there's NPR-funny. To be NPR-funny, you need to be erudite rather than plainspoken, sonorous rather than abrasive, and generally quick-witted rather than beholden to a script. You should be able to elicit laughter over mocha lattes at a DNC fundraiser more so than ladies' night at the Chuckle Hut. Paula Poundstone passes all of these litmus tests, so it's no surprise NPR keeps her chair as a panelist on its quiz show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! forever warm. But she was a standup road warrior long before she joined the coveted ranks of public-radio personalities, proffering an unabashedly liberal sense of humor that was as black as it was observational, with material that left plenty of room for crowd work. In the early '80s, the Massachusetts native dropped out of high school to pursue a comedy career, working as a busgirl and bicycle messenger until she embarked on a cross-country comedy tour on a Greyhound bus. In the decades since, she's earned her place on Comedy Central's list of the 100 best standups of all time. Poundstone has become as known for her onstage getups — usually a pinstriped business suit and tie — as her acute observations on life, politics, and social issues, which, as expected, have taken a sharp and unflinching turn during this heated election season.

See her at 7 p.m. Sunday at Parker Playhouse, located at 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $23 to $43. Call 954-462-0222, or visit parkerplayhouse.com

Tuesday, April 12

When Dirty Dancing, a low-budget movie with no bankable stars and a distributor with an unproven track record, premiered in 1987, it generated the sort of lightning in a bottle that well-paid studio heads could never predict. The film has since become one of the decade's touchstones, both for its music as well as its images, earning $214 million on its $6 million investment. Rather than leave this fluky success well enough alone, the entertainment industry has only tarnished its memory with inferior spinoffs: a short-lived television series, an uninspired 2004 prequel, even a videogame. So the makers of the stage musical Dirty Dancing are making a statement with their show's subtitle: The Classic Story Live On Stage. They've cast the closest replicas they could find of Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze to re-create the magic of the original film, staging the live dialogue and choreography to the original soundtrack, with its iconic hits by Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, the Drifters, Marvin Gaye, and more. Audiences have had hungry eyes for the show since it premiered in Australia in 2004.

Chockablock with the kind of libidinous dance moves you're just not going to see in The Sound of Music or South Pacific, the tour's South Florida engagement runs 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays at Broward Center, located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, through April 24. Tickets cost $30 to $105. Call 954-462-0222, or visit browardcenter.org

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