Fort Lauderdale is the "Yachting Capital of the World,” so it only makes sense that the city would throw an annual bash centered around the display of some of the sickest megaboats ever made. The 57th-annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show returns to South Florida from November 3 to November 7, 2016, and this year promises to be bigger than ever. Scheduled to be displayed this season are a wide variety of boats, including runabouts, sportfishers, high-performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts. In addition, yacht-makers will be in attendance to speak about how they build these massive works of art sitting on the water, and there will even be an assortment of exotic cars you rarely spot on the roads. There are a variety of ways you can experience the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, including different tiers of tickets that get you more and more access to the yachts. VIP packages are available as well as Hall of Fame parking passes. Tickets range from a one-day general admission ticket ($28) to a two-day ticket ($46) to a four-day Prime Time preview ticket that is valid any one day ($45). To get a sneak preview of many of the boats you’ll see at the event, purchase tickets, or see the exhibit schedule, visit flibs.com.
The Reel Recovery Film Festival is not your average film fest. Often called the "Sundance of Recovery," it showcases those who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, substance abuse, behavioral disorders, treatment, and recovery. The festival is held in multiple cities throughout the United States, including Fort Lauderdale. Now in its eighth year (fifth in Fort Lauderdale), the fest features a lineup that includes many genres: contemporary, classics, documentaries, and shorts from American, international, and first-time filmmakers as well as industry veterans. The South Florida festival is presented by the In the Rooms Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting recovery options, and Writers in Treatment, a nonprofit helping authors with alcohol and other drug addictions. Past editions have featured picks such as Real Sobriety, a film directed by Jill Heinerth depicting a "brutally" honest cadre of Floridians sharing their intimate journey from the darkest depths of drug and alcohol addiction. One of the films featured this year is Delray, a short by Brittany Ackerman that portrays the city's drug-recovery industry. This year's festival will take place Friday through Sunday at the Classic Gateway Theatre, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets to each screening cost $10 at the door. Call 954-655-1300 or email [email protected].
In the midst of Auto-Tuned rap and bubble-gum indie pop comes the eclectic sextet Fitz & the Tantrums. The Los Angeles band emerged with its five-song EP, Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1, in 2009, but as with most bands, it was their later albums that really garnered attention. Following their 2010 album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces (which featured retro hit “Moneygrabber”), was More Than Just a Dream, which was released in 2013. The title of this album also happened to be a song lyric from their catchy indie hit “Out of My League.” The single quickly became ubiquitous as it hit radio waves with its happy melody and simple lyrics. This year, Fitz & the Tantrums released their third and self-titled album featuring the quirky single “HandClap.” The song quickly became a fan favorite and was featured in Fiat’s “Room for Five” as well as the top of Clio’s Top TV Commercials Chart (the latter is attributed to Shazam tags, downloads sold, and streams, according to Nielsen Music). Not surprisingly, the single was also #1 on Billboard in August. “I can make your hands clap” — why, yes, Fitz & the Tantrums, you certainly can. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Revolution Live. The venue is located at 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $28.50 in advance and $32 the day of the show. Visit jointherevolution.net.
Providing year-round sports training and competition for Olympic-style activities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities is something so invaluable that you might assume there are always funds to support these endeavors. The courage, strength, skills, and friendships gained can't be quantified, but the overhead to keep this operation running can be, and that's where volunteers for the Special Olympics of Broward County swoop in to assist with ever-important fundraising skills. Want to know how to get involved but don't know where to start? Look to someone like Paul Sallarulo. Working with people with special needs has been a passion since he was 16 years old. Now in his 50s, he has made the event a family affair. Sallarulo's Race for the Champions & Carnival of Champions continues to grow in participation each year, and all monies benefit the Special Olympics of Broward County. This year's 5K run/walk at Nova Southeastern University's Davie Campus (3301 College Ave., Davie) will feature local Special Olympics participants, an awards ceremony, and a postactivity carnival with food and festivities. Form a team or sign up solo with a pledge to raise a minimum of $100 per participant. Race packet pickups are available beginning at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, and the 5K begins at 7. Registration is available at sallarulosraceforchampions.org.
There's plenty of money, and economic artistry, to be had in truncation. Hence condensing a thousand-page book into a two-hour film, or a three-hour baseball game into a SportsCenter highlight package. Ever since plumbing the Bard's entire corpus in the fast-paced stage comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), the Reduced Shakespeare Company has specialized in this fine art of reduction, tackling everything from the histories of sports, Christmas, and Hollywood into breathless 90-minute displays of prop-laden slapstick, pop-cultural savvy, and verbal dexterity. The group's latest national tour, The Complete History of America (Abridged), revisits the travels of Amerigo Vespucci to our military adventures in Iraq, promising "600 years of history in 6,000 seconds." The indefatigable cast will explore topics such as the Lewis and Clark expeditions — with L&C as a wacky comedy duo — the assassination of President Lincoln, presented in Matrix-style follow-the-bullet slo-mo, and the untamed fauna of the Wild West, in a segment heavy on sound effects. There's even a hilarious rewriting of the National Anthem for an era of political correctness. Tweedy history professors might wince at the tomfoolery, but the rest of us will find the show a winning reprieve from a divisive election season. The show begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bailey Hall at Broward College, 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie. Tickets cost $7 to $39. Call 954-201-6884 or visit baileyhall.org/events.