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(Photo: Jennifer Lett)
Pride Fort Lauderdale returned this weekend to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, and as photographer Jennifer Lett found, the 41st annual festival was as colorful as ever. The same can be said for musician and actress Charo, whom the festival enlisted to promote its 2018 "Love Boat" theme and whom Rod Stafford Hagwood interviews in this video. "I am the mamacita of la salsa," Charo says. You won't doubt her.
Recommended listening: "Hungry Ghost" by Hurray for the Riff Raff
(Photo: EmmaKate Austin)
The one and only time I attended a Renaissance fair, the highlight came when the troupe's falconer unleashed his bird from his glove, ordered it to fly off for a quick tour of the sky over the fairgrounds, and then, after the minutes crept by and it became clear to everyone watching that the bird had no intention of returning, erupted in a very modern string of expletives and epithets and took off running into the crowd. It was the best thing to happen to the Renaissance since Michelangelo. Nothing like that occurs in EmmaKate Austin's video report from opening weekend of the 2018 Florida Renaissance Festival, taking place through March 25 at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, but I encourage you to watch it, anyway.
Recommended listening: "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" by Peter Frampton
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"Topically and stylistically, 'The Revolutionists' resists classification," Christine Dolen writes in her review of Lauren Gunderson's play, currently appearing at FAU's Theatre Lab. "It’s a comedy until it isn’t. It’s meta theater, a political play, a play about the value of art, a play about the ways in which women support and undercut one another. It’s truth dipped in fantasy."
Recommended listening: "Erasure" by Superchunk
(Photo: Mike Mayo)
Your interest in the reopening of Mangos Restaurant and Lounge on Las Olas Boulevard may depend on Mike Mayo's description of the renovated Fort Lauderdale institution: "The design of the renovated restaurant is decidedly more chic and modernist than the rustic and relaxed touristy vibe of the original. The new Mangos seems more South Beach nightclub — with waterfall walls, black leather couches and white LED-lighted tables — than old Fort Liquordale. ... The lounge will offer VIP bottle service to go along with the entertainment." Me, I only go to South Beach for the surfing and stone crabs.
Recommended listening: "Am I an Alien Here" by Wolf Parade
(Photo: Joan Marcus)
I can't name a song or quote a lyric from "Hamilton," but I can tell you how to get tickets to the show now that South Florida's three major performing-arts venues -- the Broward, Kravis and Arsht centers -- have let it be known that they'll host the Broadway hit at various dates over the next three years.
Recommended listening: "Fake Empire" by the National
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