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Seven Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale During Art Basel 2014

With Art Basel, the massive and pricey marketplace, setting up shop on Miami Beach and just about every "it" act swarming to town to perform just miles south of us, there's no shortage of things to do in Pitbull's hometown this week.

But let's say you just want to keep it local this week. What's going on in the 954 and the 561 to keep culture junkies occupied? Although we don't have a full-blown art fair, we still have a couple of very cool things going down around here. Some of these events are linked to Art Basel, creating a tricounty fusion of sorts.

To see what's happening in your neighborhood, check out the following list.

Bonus: Some of them are free.

7. ABMB Artist + Curator Brunch at Girls' Club

9 a.m. Saturday, December 6, at Girls' Club, 117 NE Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Visit Facebook.

Following in the tradition of the art fair brunch, the female-friendly Girls' Club is hosting a curated cultural meal.

Girls' Club Creative Director Michelle Weinberg, Gallery Director Sarah Michelle Rupert, and, of course, artists will showcase this cool art space in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. In addition to all the chatting about Basel, a new mural from local artist Julie Davidow will be revealed along with informal tours. Hollywood's Colada Cuban Coffee House & Eatery will provide snacks and cafe con leche.

6. Christmas on Las Olas

5 p.m. Tuesday, December 2, at E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Visit Facebook.

Partake in early Christmas activities in Broward with more than 60 food, beverage, and holiday booths along with three stages of entertainment along Las Olas.

You're bound to forget the 80-degree weather when you step foot on the ice skating rink and two-story, ice-covered snow slope. Even the biggest Scrooge of BroCo can't help but smile, especially if that Scrooge is silly with beverages from Big City Tavern, Johnny V, American Social, Riverside Hotel, Tuscan Grill, Luigi's Coal Oven, Mangos, and Royal Pig Pub.

Ugly Christmas sweaters and tinsel accessories are more than welcome.

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Natalya Jones

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