FLIFF closes this weekend with a bang and a woof!

FLIFF closes this weekend with a bang and a woof!

This is closing weekend for the 29th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival which offers some of its best films and parties, award ceremonies and a sprinkling of filmmakers and actors well known or about to be.

Weekend preview: Miami Book Fair turns up the music

Weekend preview: Miami Book Fair turns up the music

This may be the weekend when life in South Florida is at its zenith: Not only do we get to blithely dismiss “the polar who-tex?” but we get to throw a little big-city culture around as the world’s great authors gather at the hearth of the Miami Book Fair (we’d wear tweed this...

Harry Connick Jr.: Two South Florida concerts set

Harry Connick Jr.: Two South Florida concerts set

Fox finally set the season premiere for a new season of “American Idol” this week, but even better news for its fans is that Harry Connick Jr., one of the more cerebral and pleasant hosts in the show’s history, will perform two South Florida concerts shortly after “AI”...

Hoppy holidays: Funky Buddha beer in bottles

Hoppy holidays: Funky Buddha beer in bottles

Six-pack bottles of your favorite beer from the Funky Buddha Brewery will begin hitting store shelves in South Florida on Dec. 10. Who says there’s no Santa Claus?

Winterfest and Flo Rida: It's goin' down for real

Winterfest and Flo Rida: It's goin' down for real

If the news that Miami-based rapper Flo Rida will serve as grand marshal of this year’s Winterfest Boat Parade seems at odds with the event’s family-oriented theme, you don’t know Flo.

Does Tortuga rank with world's best festivals?

Does Tortuga rank with world's best festivals?

Is Fort Lauderdale’s Tortuga Music Festival already one of the 300 best festivals in the world? The experts at Fest300 are trying to figure it out, with your help.

9 Mile Music Festival 2015: One love, four Marleys

9 Mile Music Festival 2015: One love, four Marleys

If you are keeping score at home, there will be four performers with the surname Marley among the headliners announced for the annual 9 Mile Music Festival Feb. 14 in Miami.

Bella Thorne to sign new book in Coral Gables

Bella Thorne to sign new book in Coral Gables

If you saw Bella Thorne in her latest movie, the Steve Carrell comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” you may not have recognized her.

Weekend preview: Where the girls are

Weekend preview: Where the girls are

One of the most painful civic embarrassments in Fort Lauderdale’s 103-year history — rivaled only by the wood-shrouded plot on Las Olas where the humble and useful Hyde Park Market gave its life for a developer’s pipe dream — came the day in 2006 that downtown lost its...

Gregg Allman taking solo tour to Hard Rock Live

Gregg Allman taking solo tour to Hard Rock Live

Few scribes have captured the South’s rich and complicated relationship with its own history better than Gregg Allman did in the classic songs of the Allman Brothers. While that band recently completed a farewell tour, Allman has announced a run of solo concerts that will stop Hard Rock Live...

Jackson Browne bringing new songs to Fillmore Miami Beach

Jackson Browne bringing new songs to Fillmore Miami Beach

Jackson Browne is singing proof that you can bring unusual intelligence and literacy to music and still sell a few records. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will share a new set of thoughts, from the album “Standing in the Breach,” at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Feb. 20.

Coastline Festival: Flaming Lips in Pompano Beach

Coastline Festival: Flaming Lips in Pompano Beach

The Coastline Festival is returning to South Florida on Feb. 22 with the same indie-rock-meets-synth-pop vibe, food and craft beer, but in a new venue, the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre. Headliners include the Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, Tove Lo and Airborne Toxic Event.

At FLIFF, Jason Alexander is the anti-Costanza

At FLIFF, Jason Alexander is the anti-Costanza

Former “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander packed the house at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for Friday night’s opening of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, proving that, in the words of the philosopher George Costanza, he still has cachet up the yin-yang.

Tortuga Music Festival: Advance tickets go quickly

Tortuga Music Festival: Advance tickets go quickly

In case there were any doubt, Tortuga Music Festival 2015 is a hot ticket: The first wave early-bird tickets that went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday were gone 90 minutes later.

Weekend preview: An irreverent star is born at FLIFF

Weekend preview: An irreverent star is born at FLIFF

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, as you are no doubt aware, opens Friday night with a splashy Broward Center affair attended by a famous face, Jason Alexander. This being the 29th annual edition of FLIFF, you know the drill.

Bette Midler to open tour at Hard Rock Live

Bette Midler to open tour at Hard Rock Live

Singer, actress and sassy gay icon Bette Midler will open a 22-city national tour in support of her new album, “It’s the Girls!,” on May 8-9 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.

Tortuga Music Festival 2015: Advance tickets on sale Friday

Tortuga Music Festival 2015: Advance tickets on sale Friday

Tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Rock The Ocean’s third annual Tortuga Music Festival, the two-day party dedicated to live music and ocean life conservation April 11-12 on Fort Lauderdale beach.

Lauderdale Live returning to New River in June

Lauderdale Live returning to New River in June

Lauderdale Live, the ambitious three-day music festival that debuted in downtown Fort Lauderdale in 2013, is returning.

Bob Seger tour coming to BB&T Center

Bob Seger tour coming to BB&T Center

Even music snobs who didn’t have much time for Bob Seger back in the day have come around to admit that songs such as "Night Moves," "Main Street" and "Against the Wind," have matured, like fine wine, into something that goes down pretty nice. Or maybe it’s the snobs who have matured.

Weekend preview: 21 ways to get your spooky on in South Florida

Weekend preview: 21 ways to get your spooky on in South Florida

This is the weekend we celebrate the season of ghoulish tricks, the promise of treats and creative displays of fear-mongering, also known as the midterm elections.

The heart and soul of Rob Halford, heavy metal god

The heart and soul of Rob Halford, heavy metal god

Rob Halford is in a good place these days, both sonically and cosmically, as Judas Priest travels the country in support of an album that has been lauded for its return to the straightforward heavy metal that made the band famous.

America seen in Museum of Art's 'American Scene'

America seen in Museum of Art's 'American Scene'

Each still photograph — unblinking, unchanging, life distilled into a single moment — conveys a larger mystery on the viewer: What just happened? What happens next?

At Broward Center, Ghost Light Society lights the way

At Broward Center, Ghost Light Society lights the way

Pugnacious “D-List” comedian Kathy Griffin is not someone you might associate with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, where A-list audiences typically fill the house for the traditional appeal of Itzhak Perlman and “Pippin.”

Weekend preview: Where to rock lobster, Walrus and Keanu

Weekend preview: Where to rock lobster, Walrus and Keanu

Lots of impressive sights this weekend, including a lobster roll more than 35 feet long in Delray Beach (grab a piece for free), a $20,000 bankroll for a Fort Lauderdale art space (maybe, with your help), 4,800 square feet of Keanu Reeves (and you may want more), and more than you want to see of...

Baristas face off in latte art competition in West Palm Beach

Baristas face off in latte art competition in West Palm Beach

Subculture Coffee is calling it the Thursday Night Throwdown, but this is an evening dedicated to beauty of unique delicacy and evanescence.  And you can swallow it.

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