Thursday, July 9
Men drink beer. Ladies sip wine. That's the stereotype anyway. Like all generalizations, though, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of exceptions to the rule. Although there certainly are more male brewers in the field, there are plenty of women who are seriously into fermented malt. And there are tons of males who prefer wine to beer. Who do you think reads all those high-end wine publications? Rich white dudes, that's who. (There we go again with the clichés.) Girls Pint Out is working to bring together those with XX chromosomes to build a community of lager-loving ladies. On Thursday, the group is hosting its second official event at Das Biergarten. Founder Brewery's local rep, Brett Massa, will be onsite talking about the company's IPAs and raffling off ladies shirts. For the event, the restaurant is offering $1 off all draft beers, $2 off wine (just in case), and $1 off all bites and small plates.
There is no cost to attend, and there is no membership process required; just turn up and buy a pint. Food and drinks are à la carte. It takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Das Biergarten is located at 1203 Town Center Drive, Jupiter. Call 561-776-8669, or visit facebook.com/DasBiergarten.
When it comes to advertising its beachside splendor, vibrant nightlife, and fruited plains (well, maybe not the latter) on the silver screen, Broward County isn't employed nearly as much as Miami-Dade. Still, the 954 has been the site of more klieg lights and craft service tables than you might think, as Cinema Paradiso's weeklong Filmed in Broward series attests. Culled from the vast archives of the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, the festival features two dozen titles in which Broward County locations enjoy at least cameos, if not supporting roles. The famous selections are here, of course: Where the Boys Are, set on Fort Lauderdale Beach during spring break; Marley & Me, with its Sun Sentinel office locations; and Rock of Ages, which used interiors of Revolution Live. But there are also surprises; did you know True Lies was partly shot here? How about Jonathan Demme's Married to the Mob?
You can catch them all at no cost, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with the Hollywood-set indie comedy Bart Got a Room, followed by Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear, which remains the only film in which Joe Don Baker slips on a pool of blood on a rickety ship. Cinema Paradiso is located at 503 SE Sixth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-3456, or visit fliff.com.
Friday, July 10
If you've ever hit up downtown West Palm Beach's CityPlace just before sunrise, you may have noticed the CityPlace cleaning crew hard at work, pressure-washing, hosing down, and cleaning up any evidence of the previous night's festivities. With a movie theater, bowling, bars, ice cream shops, and restaurants, it's a mixed bag of discarded, sticky leftovers. But this weekend's planned CityPlace event should make for interesting (and perhaps easier) clean-up when thousands of glistening, sudsy bubbles fall from the sky and descend on CityPlace during Bubblefest. When the event happens at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. in the main plaza, kids and adults alike can witness the mesmerizing and surprisingly hypnotic properties of these circular orbs falling to the ground and bursting on impact.
If you miss Friday, the bubbles return on Saturday and Sunday nights as well with continued bubbles descending each weekend through August 2. The event is free and takes place at 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. Call 561-820-0074, or visit cityplace.com.
It's a fact that Florida is full of good-looking women — beautiful, poised, well-rounded women who know how to dress and happen to look damned good in swimsuits. Which makes for steep competition when it comes time to compete for the title of Miss Florida USA. See for yourself at the 65th edition of the Miss Florida USA Pageant, which will commence at Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse, in the Broward Center of Performing Arts. This will also be the 36th anniversary broadcast and will consist of 70 titleholders from Pensacola to the Florida Keys. Of course, you can always catch this event on television as one of the 5 million viewers worldwide, but telling your friends "I was actually there" is a way cooler story than "I was actually watching this on my couch in dirty, old sweatpants."
The Broward Center of Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The event consists of not one but two days of gorgeous women starting at 7 p.m. Friday with the preliminaries. The finals will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Ticket prices range from $56 to $94, so you have plenty of seating options to see these ladies duke it out for the crown. (If only there were a boxing component...) Visit browardcenter.org, or call 954-462-0222.
Saturday, July 11
As storytellers, advertising executives, linguists, theologians, and public speakers have known for millennia, the number three holds a special place in our collective consciousness — think the holy trinity, three forms of matter, three acts of a well-structured play. For its July comedy show, Boca's most innovative improv troupe, the Sick Puppies, will offer its contribution to the Rule of Thirds with the Sum of Three. Based entirely on audience input, five actors will improvise three separate shows, running 30 minutes apiece, with each performer portraying multiple roles. Think of it as a three-part short play festival in which no words have been written in advance. "In the Sum of Three, the math always works in the favor of the audience, because they get to watch us develop three shows on the spot, like an opening and closing night all in one," says Sick Puppies founder Casey Casperson. "Spontaneous storytelling comes to life onstage, and it will be unlike anything you've seen before."
The performance takes place at 9 p.m. Saturday at Center Stage Performing Arts, located at 7200 W. Camino Real in Boca Raton. Tickets cost $15, and there is a limited number of free student tickets available first-come, first-served. Call 954-667-7735, or visit sickpuppiescomedy.com.
Con culture, amazingly, has asserted itself as the frontrunner of social events for those with atypical interests. What was once a niche event has spread to the culture at large and proliferated across the country. More and more conventions pop up, from comic books to videogames. That being said, there exists one convention to rule them all. The largest gaming, comic-book, cartoon, film, and basically every-other-type-of-media convergence in the world: Comicon. The annual mega-event is hosted in San Diego, which is a great place to visit but is very far from South Florida, and plane tickets are expensive. Additionally, due to its sheer size, tickets and passes are hard to come by. Don't fret; South Florida is home to the once-voted-best-comic-book-shop-in-the-world — Tate's — which will not only be open for Comicon but is prepared to show you the power of this fully operational comic station by once again throwing its annual Not at Comicon party. Totally committing to immersion into the convention experience, Not at Comicon will host a series of minipanels on a wide range of comic-related interests. Dedicated to bringing the good times and camaraderie that conventions offer, Tate's encourages everyone to wear a costume or even just a towel tied around the neck. Doing so will grant anyone 10 percent off of any purchase. Tate's will also be giving away a staggering amount of free stuff, on top of throwing its fourth-annual Cosplayrade: an actual parade of the best costumes in the region.
Not at Comicon will take place on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Tate's is located at 4655 N. University Drive in Lauderhill. Visit tatescomics.com, or call 954-748-0181.
Sunday, July 12
Committing to the runner's life in the dead of South Florida summertime heat takes a special kind of personality, like the same personality type that probably enjoys the jolt of pouring rubbing alcohol on fresh shaving nicks or the shock of ripping off sticky Band-Aids. Just who are these people, anyways? For the rest of the population who might be looking for a more relaxed and enjoyable approach to running in this sweltering paradise, the Delray Beach Running Co. and Saltwater Brewery Co. are sponsoring a Salty Sunday Fun Run, a chill and relaxed evening 5K beginning and ending at Saltwater Brewery. As the name implies, you will be a sweaty, salty dog by run's end, but luckily the location of the finish line is the beloved local craft brewery, so there will be plenty of opportunity for hydration and postrunning relaxation.
Delray Beach Running says it hopes Sunday will mark the first of many, with the Salty Sunday Fun Run happening on the second Sunday of each month from here on out. The free run begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Saltwater Brewery, located at 1701 W. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-270-7622, or visit rundelraybeach.com.
Tuesday, July 14
Praises be to the patron saint of living-room glowbox entertainment, American Idol. Each season, we get our initial jollies from the veritable gag reel of circus acts waiting in queues that stretch entire city blocks. After the throngs of clowns get laughed offstage in a manner similar to that of the famous Apollo Theater, we find ourselves enthralled with the weekly performance competitions. We watch new, fresh-faced aspirants singing and dancing to the pop hits we instantly recognize. It's the drama that keeps us coming back. We get involved. We call or text in our votes; we cheer and cry as our favorites stay or get voted off. It's an outright extravaganza, and we, the viewers, decide how everything will play out. All good things must come to an end, however. And for the cultural phenomenon that is American Idol, that time has almost come, as Fox has announced that the 15th season will be the last. But though the idolatry might be in its final days, it ain't over yet, and on Tuesday, South Floridians can get a taste of what it's like to see it live as the traveling performance of American Idol Live makes a stop at the Parker Playhouse. Fort Lauderdale will serve as the epicenter to the theater of the singing, tap-dancing drama. For just $61, you can attend in person a night of performance entertainment and vetted competition from season 14's top five competitors.
American Idol Live comes to the Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Ticket prices vary, and group packages, including full front-row bundles, as well as meet-and-greet opportunities, are available. Call 954-462-0222, or visit parkerplayhouse.com. Tickets are available for online purchase at ticketmaster.com.
Wednesday, July 15
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For all that Snapchat, Periscope, Twitter, and other forms of social media give us in capturing a moment in time, there is still something to be said for the importance of archiving these moments for future reflections. Whether it is something as seemingly insignificant as what you are eating or as vast and paramount as what events are defining the news of the day, these captured glimpses help to define a generation. For a lesson in the importance of archival footage and what it means in helping to define a particular place in time, Flashback: Broward thankfully exists. Hosted by the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, the night will feature everything from home movies documenting events from baseball practice to hurricane damage from the 1920s to newscast footage of the 1980s. "We'll cover a wide range of community events, from the opening of Broward's main library to film shoots to footage of historic Stranahan House in 1975, when it was still a restaurant," says Wolfson Archives' Kevin Wynn. Beginning with scenes from a July 4 celebration in Hollywood in 1925, the archives show what happens "after a parade on Hollywood Boulevard. Everybody hurries to the beach, where King Neptune arrives, accompanied by bathing beauties and a jazz band." The night will be presented as part of the Filmed in Broward film festival and will take viewers on a nostalgia trip with film and video clippings from 60 percent of a century from the Wolfson Archives collections.
The free Flashback: Broward is part of the Broward 100, celebrating and commemorating Broward County's centennial with community-based art and performance projects. The film and video clips will start showing at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at the original historic Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-3456.
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