With current-day experimental electronic music so often divided along trendy blog lines, it's refreshing to hear a local act resurrect a term you don't hear too much on Hype Machine and the like — trip-hop. But the local three-piece Astrea Corporation does, indeed, pick up a strain of boom-bap beats and wrap it in all kinds of lush but electronic beats. It updates that '90s sound, though, with contemporary left-field flourishes, from looping, echoing vocals to the occasional warped bass line and drum 'n' bass inflection. On some tracks, like the meandering, almost yodelly "Artifact A," they even get positively New Agey.
In Fort Lauderdale, bars come and go quicker than the tide rolls in, but every now and then, one opens and decades later new generations of locals are filling up the barstools, just like here at Cheers. From neon signs to pool tables and sports memorabilia, the drinking hole has all the quintessential trimmings, but it's the patrons who give it real character. On weekends, the stage is filled with an array of bands, but during the week, patrons can take their shot on the stage at open-mic night or karaoke.
Off the Hookah is Las Olas Riverfront's dance club, hookah lounge, and waterfront dining wrapped up in one sexy, Egyptian-themed venue. Vegas-style flair bartenders serve the drinks, belly dancers arouse the onlookers, and the Mediterranean and sushi menu tantalizes the taste buds. There are cabana beds throughout the venue; thus, you can ask someone to go to bed without having to go home. Or ask a cutie to munch on the Mediterranean platter and share a banana/honey-flavored hookah (not hooker, wiseguy!). Also, there are drink specials during happy hour, ladies' night, and college night to keep the party going.
Abuzz with playful conversation and flickering laughter, Georgie's Alibi is the lighthearted hub of gay life in Wilton Manors. The spacious bar is a red-lighted lounge during its long and generous happy hour. When the light melts away, the music swells and ballad-bellowing divas flood the television-covered walls in a torrent of danceable beats.
A favorite among everyone from frat boys to business types, Scarlett's caters to the horny masses from all over South Florida. Coming in at an expansive 23,000 square feet, the strip club houses four stages, three bars, five themed VIP rooms , and 20 private dance rooms. Whether you're on a tight budget or have plenty of cash to throw around, there's a little something for everyone. Open until 6 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. weekends, Scarlett's is the go-to spot for late-night debauchery.
Whiskey Tango is a common term in military circles to describe white trash, and the owners of the all-American bar and grill bearing the same name revel in that fact. Advertised as redneck cool, trailer-park fabulous, and white-trash chic, WT is clearly aiming for a clientele more concerned about good food and drink than paying attention to the labels on their clothing. Two pool tables, an electronic-touch poker table, a boxing machine, steel-tipped darts, a basketball hoop, and more than a dozen high-definition televisions prove WT is the sports mecca of downtown Hollywood.
Brown, a North Carolina native who lives in Fort Lauderdale, is a visual artist concentrating in installation and sculpture. Trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown is a regular in the South Florida art scene, building sets for the Rising Action Theatre, operating the 18 Rabbit Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, and serving as vice president of the FAT Village Artists Association. Sure, she does her own sculpture and installation artwork, but it's her dedication to helping build the scene that likely brought in the votes.