Thursday, October 1
Politics, religion, sex, race, gender: A lot of opinions and external factors separate the human race. If there are two things everyone likes, it's attractive people and puppies — if you don't, there's something seriously wrong with you. Whether you have a puppy, want one, would like to find one, or buy one (although, we highly suggest adopting), Salt 7 is combining two of the world's most beloved things in one adult beverage-fueled evening. On Thursday, Salt 7 is hosting its third-annual Bachelor Auction titled Cocktails for Canines. Featuring an array of fine-looking gentlemen ripe for the picking, the event is raising money for the Boca Raton TriCounty Humane Society and Discrimination Free Zone. If you like ladies, there will be plenty on the premises, but not for purchase. The night includes a silent auction, a complimentary cocktail, and passed hors d'oeuvres. No animals will be on-site, but your money will help rescue lives and help in the fight against human discrimination.
For $5 per ticket or $20 for a sleeve, raffles are being held throughout the night with first-, second-, and third-place baskets. Tickets and raffle entry are cash only. Credit cards can be used for bachelors and silent auction items. The cost to attend is $20 at the door. It kicks off at 7 p.m. Salt 7 is located at 32 SE Second Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-274-7258, or visit salt7.com.
Friday, October 2
Imagine a one-night standup comedy event with the overwhelming variety, energy, and stoned-on-the-lawn atmosphere of a music festival. Now stop imagining it and buy tickets to it. For the past three years, Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival has brought this very concept to amphitheaters across North America, offering an embarrassment of standup riches without the usual caveats of brick walls and two-drink minimums. This year's coheadliners will be two of the hottest names in comedy today: Aziz Ansari, the observational Parks & Rec star who wrote a surprisingly studious bestseller about 21st-century romance; and Amy Schumer, the libertine sketch-comedy innovator and professional human train wreck. They'll share the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater stage this weekend with undercard acts that have filled plenty of arenas on their own, including but not limited to: telegenic sociopath and former Schumer paramour Anthony Jeselnik; buxom cabaret rocker Bridget Everett; Saturday Night Live's chief Obama satirist, Jay Pharoah; maestro of the one-liner Ashley Barnhill; Fox sitcom star and alt-comedy icon John Mulaney; quick-witted roastmaster Jeff Ross; and deadpan atheist composer Tim Minchin. It's like a year at the Improv, all in one evening.
The festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday at Perfect Vodka, located at 601-7 Sansbury's Way in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $25 to $150. Call 561-795-8883, or visit livenation.com.
Follow the yellow brick road. Follow, follow, follow the yellow brick road to Fort Lauderdale, where you will find the Wizard World Comic Con. Don't simply call it a comic convention but rather a pop-culture convention. It's got a little bit of everything: comics, sci-fi, art, movies. With a long list of pop-culture actors, it's hard to argue with that notion. Here's a brief list of celebrities: Norman Reedus from the Walking Dead, William Shatner, Christian Kane, Dean Cain, Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings, Dennis Rodman, Ernie Hudson from the original Ghostbusters, and Lou Ferrigno, AKA The Incredible Hulk. Note: Reedus is a South Florida native; he was born in Hollywood. WWE superstar Dean Ambrose, WWE diva Natalya, and Hall of Famer Ricky the Dragon Steamboat will also be in attendance. The list of events includes Q&A panels of celebrities and a costume contest. Cosplay is encouraged throughout the three-day event.
The 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Fort Lauderdale will be held at the Broward Convention Center on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Broward Convention Center is located at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. One-day admission on Friday costs $35, for Saturday $45, and Sunday $40. A three-day pass runs $75. Call 954-765-5900, or visit wizardworld.com. Check out page 17 for an interview with Lord of the Rings' Sam Astin.
Saturday, October 3
There is a bonus residual effect that happens each year as Stitch Rock — this area's largest annual indie craft fair and bazaar — wraps up. As DIY-loving attendees leave Old School Square's vintage gymnasium with armfuls of tenderly crafted goods from one of the 80 or so vendors there, they are also left with boatloads of inspiration for taking to their own welding tables, kitchens, sheds, and sewing circles to create. Many even return the next year with their own booth of homemade fashions, natural bath goods, pinup photography, and home decor — a true testament to Stitch Rock's lasting impact. In its ninth year, Stitch Rock returns to Delray Beach this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. with a mix of new and veteran vendors. "Stitch Rock has opened a lot of doors for myself and my small business," says Lauren Vocino, one-half of Coven of Craft, just one of the vendors exhibiting at this year's event. "My partner, Lara Bizzotto, and I are honored for the opportunity to be a part of it. It's her fifth year, my first. We are both very excited to see what the other vendors have created and to share such a special event with them." Coven of Craft will be joined by creators like T-shirt designers Snip Tease; Kismet vintage clothing; Return to the Roots small-batch, nontoxic, self-care supplies; and countless others.
As in previous years, there will be free swag bags for the first 100 people and food and drink with food trucks and vendors like PS561, Killer Melts, Harold's Coffee, and Twisted Whisk. Admission is $5 (children under 12 in free with an adult) at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Visit rockthestitch.com.
A few years back, the University of Florida conducted an animal-shelter census and surveyed 106 across the state. Researchers came up with some pretty alarming statistics. In 2012, these shelters took in more than 450,000 cats and dogs. Dogs were more likely than cats to either be adopted, transferred to another shelter, or returned to their owners. Cats were twice as likely as dogs to be euthanized. The struggle for shelters and volunteers is real as they try to scrounge up the cash to house what could be someone's future pet. To alleviate a portion of this burden in South Florida, Tap 42 is throwing its inaugural Kickin' It for the Animals Kickball Charity Tournament to help benefit the Humane Society of Broward County. The tournament also benefits PetSet, which is a network of young professionals aged 21 to 39 dedicated to finding volunteers for the humane society and spreading awareness about the responsibility of pet ownership. The games begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Floyd Hull Stadium, located at 2800 SW Eighth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Cost is $25 per player. Officials at the humane society say they are hoping for at least ten teams to play one another in a bracket tournament. To register, visit petset.org, or call 954-266-6827.
Sunday, October 4
If you're an aspiring model, walking into oncoming traffic probably isn't the recommended way of being discovered. But as implausible as it sounds, for then-19-year-old Lee Miller, not only was she rescued from a New York City street crossing against traffic but her savior was none other than Conde Nast, the man behind the publishing empire, and he was so smitten with the jaywalker that he promptly put her on the cover of Vogue. The rest is a history remarkable enough to encompass two or three lifetimes: modeling for leading 1920s photographers Edward Steichen and Arnold Genthe, graduating to collaborator and muse of surrealist master Man Ray in the 1930s, becoming a formidable photographic innovator herself, and documenting harrowing images of World War II in the early '40s. Her camera took her from the insides of death camps — her photographs helped cement their existence for skeptical readers of Vogue — to Hitler's Munich apartment after the dictator's death. The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will celebrate all of this and more in the appropriately titled "The Indestructible Lee Miller," featuring works spanning four decades by and about Miller.
The exhibition runs Sunday through February 12 at the museum, located at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for seniors and military, $12 for adults, and $5 for students. Call 954-525-5500, or visit nsuartmuseum.org.
Tuesday, October 6
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What originated as a 2006 Irish film about two musicians who fall in love after meeting on the street was later adapted into a 2012 Tony-winning musical, and now, Once is coming to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Actor Stuart Ward, who plays the nameless, all-encompassing male "Guy" in the touring production, describes the show as about this "down-on-his-luck singer/songwriter, and things aren't going too well for him. His mother passed away and his girlfriend just left him, so he kind of decides he's going to pack it all in and not write songs anymore." But, as the romance gods would have it, he meets a girl who gives him a boost of confidence and allows him to see — and hear — music in a different way. "At first, the two may seem like chalk and cheese, but as the play goes on, they kind of realize that they both need something from each other," continues Ward. "Eventually, of course, they start to have feelings for each other, and it doesn't necessarily work out for the best, but at the same time, there's a very positive element in the fact that they've helped each other so much."
Experience the emotional tale of love and loss as told through music at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) beginning Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Broadway tour of Once will run until October 18. Tickets cost $35 to $125. Call 954-462-0222, or visit browardcenter.org.
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