Thursday, September 10
New Times' Pairings is back for another epic evening of good food paired with fine wines and beers. The eighth-annual Pairings takes over the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) from 7 to 10 p.m. today with more food, drink, and fun than ever. Pairings, as the name implies, is all about the perfect pour to go with the perfect bite. Andrew Lampasone of boutique wine shop Wine Watch has been tasked to curate the perfect beer, wine, or cocktail to go with every single dish at the event. With more than 40 restaurants participating, it's going to be a rewarding challenge to see what beverage Lampasone marries to the food. Some of your favorite local eateries — as well as some you've always wanted to try — will be on hand offering a signature dish; those restaurants include Adena Grill, Cafe Maxx, Crepe Maker, El Agave Taco Bar, El Jefe Luchador, Fork & Balls, French Quarter, Green Spot Kitchen, Hardy Park Bistro, Market 17, S3, Steak 954, SuViche, and YOLO. Rest assured, each pick will be fantastic. Pairings also features live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and appearances by top chefs from Broward and Palm Beach counties, making it an event not to be missed. Best of all, a portion of your ticket purchase benefits Voices for Children of Broward, our official charity partner of Pairings 2015. Voices for Children of Broward's mission is to ensure that every abused, neglected, and abandoned child in Broward County has a court-appointed guardian ad litem and that financial resources are available for each child's health, educational, and social needs. Through its programs, these children are paired with someone who makes them feel normal, safe, and cared about and removes barriers so they can have a happy childhood.
If you don't already have tickets, no worries. At the door, general admission is $55. VIP tickets include early entrance to Pairings at 6 p.m. and a special VIP lounge with exclusive restaurants, live entertainment, and special wines, craft beers, and spirits. VIP tickets cost $90.50 at the door. Visit BrowardPalmBeach.com.
Friday, September 11
If Instagram has gifted society anything (besides the occasional lunch or general life envy of others), it is the uncanny ability to present a cross section of contributors' views of an event, a moment, or certain subject. Exhibit A: the last wedding you went to and the resulting friends' grams that followed, whether it was a sweet selfie with a #dogsofinstagram pug ring bearer, a particularly harrowing wing-woman move from the bridesmaids department, or an artsy close-up of Champagne bubbles. All were true to the experience and yet completely different in interpretation. That last little bit can also be used to describe the latest ten-month web project by artists Amalia Caputo and Marina Font, opening Friday at Girls' Club Gallery. In "9 Topics Guest Exhibition," finalists' work submitted through Instagram between December 2014 and August 2015 will be featured in the Girls' Club Annex Space.
"The breadth of Instagram as a medium is endless and borderless, yet intimate and so personal," says Girls' Club Gallery Director Sarah Michelle Rupert. Caputo and Font sought submissions of various topics (including faith, remembrance, and psyche) with an overarching theme of self for this project. The result is one of a "collective brainstorm" as they see it.
"The sense of scale is so dynamic," Rupert explains. "We are reaching across the globe, connecting with artists and the Instagrammers across countries and oceans and continents but yet on such a small and intimate physical scale which is this cell-phone app, Instagram, made of hundreds, thousands of tiny photos."
Friday's reception goes from 7 to 9 p.m. at 117 NE Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Closing reception is set for September 26. Visit girlsclubcollection.org/9topics, or call 954-828-9151.
OK, so comedian D.L. Hughley stepped in it this past July when he insulted Caitlyn Jenner to an opportunistic TMZ reporter, comparing her to his childhood P.E. teachers and to Mrs. Doubtfire (a reference far too dated for the usually with-it D.L.). While his comments were regrettable, they were also unusual for Hughley, who generally makes fewer gaffes than most of his peers, because he's long aspired to be more than just a standup comic. He's hosted news programs for CNN, not all of them satirical, and his regular appearances on Real Time With Bill Maher reveal a political mind just as engaged, impassioned, and insightful as the full-time politicos with whom he shares panel space. He currently hosts a nationally syndicated drive-time radio show (though not on any South Florida stations) in which he offers his outspoken take on issues that are alternately investigative and amusing and usually ignored by mainstream media ("Would you have a weed bar at your wedding instead of alcohol?" was a topic discussed last week). Expect a set of similarly confrontational material from this Original King of Comedy when his tour swings by the Fort Lauderdale Improv.
Performances run 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. The venue is located at 5700 Seminole Way in Hollywood. Tickets cost $30. Call 954-981-5653, or visit improvftl.com.
Saturday, September 12
Summer's almost over, but this is South Florida, so not only is the weather still hot, the water still warm, and the winds always prevailing but the end of summer actually marks the beginning of outdoor season. Being at sea never felt so good. Now imagine how good that feels to a U.S. military combat veteran who's seen the worst of the worst. As the Blue Water Warriors say, "Wounded veterans need a time and place to 'feel the wind' again." The Blue Water Warriors is a nonprofit that builds specially modified sailboats for veterans with missing limbs. Losing a limb changes someone's life. To help raise funds for Blue Water Warriors, Fort Lauderdale's theChive community is holding an unofficial meetup and inaugural Fort Lauderdale Beach BBQ on Saturday. Fort Lauderdale's theChive chapter is hoping to grow its community as well as help build Blue Water Warriors. Constructing custom-built sailboats is an expensive endeavor, but you can help make it happen. There will be burgers, hot dogs, door prizes, a silent auction, and surprises.
The beach barbecue will be held at the Pelican Pavilion at Whiskey Creek/John U. Lloyd State Park, located at 6503 N. Ocean Drive in Fort Lauderdale, on Saturday from noon to 5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend. For more information on the event and Blue Water Warriors, email Shalom Weiss at [email protected] or visit bluewaterwarriors.org. Dave Minsky
Bottle caps, deflated Happy Birthday balloons, and those plastic grocery bags that come with an ironic graphic of a smiling dolphin jumping over beautiful blue waves: If you've ever pitched in on a beach clean-up, you're likely to come upon any and all of the above. You are also likely to run into some epically breathtaking nautical sights and inspired locals who remind you why you got up at the break of dawn to volunteer in the first place. Making sure South Florida waterways and beaches remain pristine and inhabitable is no small task and is often more fun with friends. So after a decade of Bobby Lieberman's solo beach clean-ups in Hollywood, he is taking his mission to Fort Lauderdale beach in hopes of broadening his beach patrols.
During the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep, anyone can become a Beach Sweep volunteer and lend a hand between 7 and 11 a.m. at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). From September on out, beachcombers will gather on the second Saturday of every month for a routine cleaning. Students can receive community service credit. All attendees should bring sunscreen, water, a hat, and closed-toe shoes. Register at fortlauderdale.gov/volunteer, or call 954-593-8501.
Once upon a time, if you mentioned "sour" and "beer" in the same sentence, the average American would have thought that was a travesty. Since the craft revolution, American palates have evolved and we've learned that sour brews are a very good thing. So good, in fact, that they're worthy of their own day. National Sour Beer Day is this weekend. To celebrate, South Florida's scene is offering numerous events. If you aren't already a sour-beer connoisseur, there's no better opportunity to find out what all the fuss is about.
• Saltwater Brewery: Starting Saturday at noon, this Delray Beach spot is serving house-made concoctions that will have mouths puckering. Using a tart wild yeast strain, the brewers here are tapping two "Wild Beers" and some special treatments. Expect to see Wild Seas Batch #2 (a combo of Stinger DIPE and Screamin' Reels aged in sour barrels for more than six months), Wild 64 Ounces to Freedom (a recent collaboration with Native Brewing Co. aged in soured red-wine barrels), and Wild Seas Batch #1 (a Belgian-style dubbel fermented in wild-oak barrels. Saltwater Brewery is located at 1701 W. Atlantic Blvd. in Delray Beach. Call 561-865-5373, or visit saltwaterbrewery.com.
• American Social: This beercentric Las Olas restaurant is tapping three sour beers on Sunday, including Black Market's Tradecraft Cherry Sour, New Belgium's Eric's Ale (a dry, sour beer aged up to three years in oak), and J. Wakefield's Man(go) Eater. Beers can be purchased from the bar or at tableside taps. It starts at 11 a.m. American Social is located at 721 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-715-1134, or visit americansocialbar.com.
Is there a more benighted nation in the Western Hemisphere than Haiti? The region's poorest country has suffered hardship, occupation, poverty, corruption, despotism, genocide, and natural disasters from its inception, and the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the country five years ago is only the most recent reminder of this luckless land's tragic track record. For the past few months, NSU Art Museum has been delving beyond the permeating stereotypes and tidy rationales for Haiti's destitution, illuminating visitors through its "From Within and Without" exhibition and the special events associated with it. The investigation continues Saturday with an Art Talk by Duke University Professor Laurent Dubois, one of this country's preeminent experts on Haiti and the Caribbean. Dubois will discuss his second book on the nation, titled Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, which covers the past two-plus centuries of Haitian history, from the disorganization that emerged from its historic 1804 slave revolt to the 2010 earthquake and everything in between — including a section on an ill-informed and tumultuous 20-year American occupation of Haiti that bears discomforting similarities to the United States' recent intervention in Iraq.
Dubois will speak at 2 p.m. and sign books at 3. The event is included with museum admission, which is $5 for students, $8 for military and seniors, and $12 for other adults. The museum is located at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-5500, or visit nsuartmuseum.org.
Sunday, September 13
It's been 14 years since that awful morning. Americans watched, frozen with horror, as first one plane and then another crashed into the World Trade Center. Thousands of New Yorkers ran from the destruction, ran for their very lives. Still hundreds of others — firefighters, police officers, and citizens — ran into the chaos to help. One of those brave heroes was firefighter Stephen Siller. Having just finished the late shift at Squad 1 in Park Slope, Siller was off-duty when he heard over the scanner about the first plane striking the tower. He jumped in his pickup only to find that the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel had already been closed. It was then that Siller strapped on his 60 pounds of gear and ran through gridlocked traffic and panicking pedestrians to the World Trade Center. Ultimately, Siller was one of the 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and eight paramedics who gave their lives saving others. Across the country, the Tunnel 2 Towers 5K Run and Walk honors Siller's heroism and commemorates all the first responders — both alive and dead — who ran into the chaos that day. Funds raised by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation go to the support such causes as burn centers, Firefighters for America's Bravest supporting catastrophically injured firefighters, and the traveling 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit.
The Fort Lauderdale Tunnel 2 Tower 5K Run/Walk sets out from Huizenga Park (32 Las Olas Blvd.) at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Registration is $30 for adults, $15 for those 15 to 17, and free for anyone 14 and younger. Timing chips are available if you preregister online by 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 11. Visit tunnel2towers.org.
Attention, all Stars Wars fans: If meeting one of George Lucas' many characters is part of your slew of nerdy fantasies, then one of Tate's Comics newest events is your dream come true. Tate's Comics' northern location, in Boynton Beach, will allow visitors to meet and take a picture with the real R2-D2 unit. (Do droids come equipped with selfie sticks?) The astromech droid that is R2-D2, also referred to as the "thermocapsulary dehousing assister," is one of the most memorable characters in every Star Wars film. Both C-3PO and R2-D2 assist Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Luke Skywalker at numerous points throughout the saga. English actor Kenny Baker played R2-D2 in all six original Star Wars films. Baker is set to reprise the role in the seventh film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Children will receive free comics and a ride in the Batmobile, while Star Wars merchandise is 10 percent off.
The Star Wars-themed event takes place Sunday starting at 3 p.m. This will only be an hour long, so be sure to get there on time.
Tate's North is located at 801 N. Congress Ave., Suite 604, in Boynton Beach. Visit tatescomics.com. May the force be with you.
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