Best Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County This Week

Every week we put together a carefully curated lists of the best events in Broward and Palm Beach counties. We look for the weird, the funny, the meaningful, the loud, and the varied. And then we look for as many ways as possible to let our readers know about those events. 

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Follow the jump for a round up of the best stuff to do this week.

Saturday, January 26

2 to 11 p.m. FATVillage, NW Fifth Street, Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free.

Last year's Build a Better Block event was such a success, that the creative team behind it -- Cadence Living, a local landscape architecture firm -- decided to make a recurring biannual event. Thus, Revel on the Block was born.

By using art installments to re-imagine human habitats, they pull back the smog and misery and reveal a livable, friendly landscape; people walking where cars once drove, art hanging on once empty walls.

7 p.m. to midnight. The Bubble, 810 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $10

According to the bio on Christopher Ian Macfarlane's blog page,, the young 
artist is just "a dude who likes to make art." Haunted Mirror Forrest marks Macfarlane's debut exhibition and is a culmination of a lifetime spent mastering his craft. Suede Dudes, Pocket of Lollipops, Kenny Millions, and many more bands will be providing the musical delight. 
- Alex Rendon

12:30 p.m. Ramp 48 Skatepark, 6290 NW 27th Way, Fort Lauderdale. $5.; 10 p.m. Green Room, 109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $5.

ArtHeart is an art and music event that has a pulse. More than mere art parties, ArtHeart events seek to promote undiscovered artists while simultaneously raising money for charity. This year's ArtHeart aims to raise more than $18,000, for the ZOE Ministry, a relief ministry based in war-torn Rwanda, Africa, that provides Rwandan orphans with shelter, life skills, and education. It consists of two events this year -- a skate competition at indoor skate park Ramp 48 and a night of revelry at the Green Room. 
- Alex Rendon

Sunday, January 27

2 to 4 p.m. ActivistArtistA Gallery, Boynton Beach Arts District, 422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach. Free. 

No worries. Despite the name the only shooting here will be of a photographic nature. Rolando Barrero and the folks of the B-BAD invite local artists to come and participate in a creative photo shoot. Artists are invited to come in costume if they wish -- the more creative, the better -- and are also free to bring props that reference their work or medium. Photos will be taken by Andrew Colton of 3rd Day Production. Whether you're well known in the local art community or looking for a way to make friends, this photo shoot is for you.

Monday, January 30

9 p.m. to midnight. DADA, 52 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach. Free.

Our favorite bespectacled artist/musician/yogi/all-around-nice guy, Travis Newbill will bring his music stylings to the equally quirky DADA in Delray Beach this Monday. Travis promises some new songs will be added to the repertoire "inspired by Magic 102.7 in its prime" -- whatever that means. We trust Travis enough to say it will probably still be good, and you should check it out anyway. In any case, ordering the bacon-wrapped cream cheese filled dates always makes a trip to DADA worthwhile.

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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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