Thursday, April 28
The late, great Mel Blanc famously earned the sobriquet "The Man of a Thousand Voices" for his contributions to the Golden Age of American cartoons. It's fair to say Frank Caliendo is on his way to earning the same title for our present century. Caliendo has been funneling his extraordinary penchant for celebrity impersonations into his standup act since the early 2000s, with a flawless roster of targets ranging from George W. Bush and Barack Obama to John Madden, Charles Barkley, Jerry Seinfeld, and Morgan Freeman. But it isn't just the dead-on tones and cadences of the voices — it's also the facial contortions, mannerisms, and dramatic pauses, which is why hearing Caliendo on a podcast provides only half the experience. Never one to ignore the biggest elephant in any room, Caliendo has been incorporating Donald Trump into his live act as well his hilarious series of web videos called #IfTrumpWere, in which the malleable comedian slaps on an orange toupee and envisions the GOP frontrunner in professions ranging from basketball coach to tarot reader to (God help us) kindergarten teacher. Caliendo may not have eclipsed 1,000 voices yet — give him time; he's only 42 — but this one alone is enough to make comedy great again.
See him at 8 p.m. Thursday at Parker Playhouse, located at 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $37.50 to $47.50. Call 954-462-0222, or visit parkerplayhouse.com.
Friday, April 29
Recognized as one of South Florida's most anticipated wine and culinary events of the year, the 21st-annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival returns to Fort Lauderdale's downtown area on Friday. All evening on Las Olas Boulevard (between SE Sixth Avenue and SE 11th Avenue), the annual foodie affair will wend its way through five downtown blocks, offering festivalgoers unlimited samples of food, wine, and live entertainment. The open-air, outdoor street festival will feature a number of sips and samples — everything from nationally recognized wineries to dozens of the area's top restaurants — in what amounts to more than 50 of South Florida's finest restaurants and more than 45 wine tables. Hosted by the American Lung Association (ALA), this year's presenting sponsors include Breakthru Beverage, New Amsterdam Vodka, Woodford Reserve, and William Hill Winery, and each will be on-hand during the festival's opening VIP pavilion party. New to this year's festival, the ALA has partnered with the team at CI Management — creators of the South Beach Seafood Festival and producers of South of Spice — to create unique culinary and mixology demonstrations, cooking competitions, and even a make-your-own cocktail experience.
The 2016 LOWFF will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets can be purchased online. General admission costs $100 per person and includes entrance to the festival as well as unlimited food and beverage sampling. VIP admission costs $150 per person and includes entrance at 6:30 p.m. into the VIP Pavilion, which will feature the festival's only full open bar available until event closing. Call 305-255-3500, or visit lasolaswff.com.
Somewhere along the way between the rise of personal karaoke machines and the abundance of prime-time TV talent shows where every contestant is an undiscovered songbird, we've lost touch with the age-old, ridiculously fun art of the lip sync. With spot-on delivery, perfect mouth movement, and head toss when necessary, lip-syncing requires a certain untapped talent, requiring no action from the vocal department. If given a hairbrush, a radio, and a full-length mirror were the makings of hours of fun for you at any time in your life, Leadership Broward is offering the chance to revisit this time for a good cause with its Lip Sync Battle at ArtServe (1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. You can perform solo or as part of a team for the battle, in which the winner takes all in a $500 award to the charity of his or her choice. Leadership Broward Foundation Inc. has a rich history in community service and leadership development in the county. The foundation's own Matt Korshoff will be the resident DJ for the evening, and food will be provided by the ARC of Broward.
Tickets for the night cost $25 per person and include hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. A cash bar will also be available. Visit leadershipbroward.org, or call 954-767-866.
Food paired with booze is one of the greatest pleasures of being an adult. It's the ideal excuse for getting drunk with class — no college-like Frank the Tank antics included. Here's another chance: Foxy Brown and Barrel of Monks Brewery are teaming up for a five-course beer dinner at Top Hat Deli.
It starts with chorizo tostones with pico de gallo, cilantro, and lime aioli matched with Abbey
The cost to attend is $65. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Top Hat Deli is located at 415 NE Third St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 754-200-4236, or visit myfoxybrown.com.