Time to Street-Walk

We've picked up on why, if there's a street with an art gallery or two, there's an art walk to go on it. In these lean financial times, the bored, broke average Joe -- or the cool you -- gets an hour or two of free entertainment and maybe a few free drinks in cheap plastic cups. It's hard to resist -- it gets people out to the galleries. Las Olas Boulevard, for example, is full of slick, polished galleries hung with ponderously expensive paintings and filled with indecipherable sculptures that always seem to end up being a woman's body swirled around something. But the artwalk through the FAT Village Arts District the last Saturday of every month from 7 to 11 p.m. is not your mom's artwalk. FAT Village is, for lack of a better word, grittier than the one on Las Olas. Many of the "galleries" are actually the artists' tiny workshops, where they sweat and dream and create. The use of spray paint as a medium is liberal, and the photos are often disturbing and edgy. The prop warehouse seems haunted with the ghosts of dramas past. And there's no well-lit, manicured strip of boutiques down which to glide. Instead, the walk weaves in and out of the art enclave near NW First Avenue and NW Fifth Street in Fort Lauderdale. It's an experience that will put you in touch with the local burgeoning art community in the very spaces where they create. The next FAT Village Art Walk is this Saturday. Visit fatvillagearts.com for more info and to download a printable map.
Sat., Aug. 27, 7 p.m., 2011
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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