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(Photo: Barbara Corbellini Duarte)

1. That's 'Mr. Wizard' to you 

Florida Supercon Retro, a convention for people into old comic books, old superheroes and old TV shows and movies, debuted this weekend at the Miami Airport Convention Center. Barbara Corbellini Duarte photographed the event and discovered a crowd that was overwhelmingly ... new.

Recommended listening: "The Graduates" by Speedy Ortiz

(Photo: Barbara Corbellini Duarte)

2. Grande supreme

Boca Raton-raised pop star Ariana Grande on Friday brought her "Dangerous Woman" Tour to the AmericanAirlines Arena. Fearless photographer Barbara Corbellini Duarte aimed her lens at Grande and her cat-eared fans.

Recommended listening: "Seven Words" by Weyes Blood

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(Photo: Talia J. Medina)

3. Stay!

I own two beagles with the appetites of tiger sharks and stomachs with the constitutional intolerance of Donald Trump. The last place I would ever take them is a taco festival. But as Talia J. Medina discovered when she photographed the FTL Taco Battle and Craft Beer Festival, some dog owners have greater faith in their pets' self-control than I do. That, or they had nowhere to be the next day.

Recommended listening: "Don't Swallow the Cap" by the National

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(Photo: Barbara Corbellini Duarte)

4. Paddling out with Surfers for Autism

As the nonprofit group Surfers for Autism prepares to host its 10th annual festival April 21-23 on Deerfield Beach, Ben Crandell shares the story of Damian Richter, one of the many autistic kids the organization has benefited since holding its first event in 2008. “I was panicky at first," Damian's mother, Tracy Bastante, says of her now-14-year-old son's initial surf session. "So nervous. But I watched him coming in on that first wave, on his hands and knees, and that big smile. I was like, ‘Wow.’ That’s all you ever want, is to see your kid smile, to see that pure joy. And that’s what he had. … He only talked in phrases back then, and when he got in, he said, ‘Again!’ " As is the case with many surfers, one session was all it took for Damian to get hooked on the sport, and now, he competes in competitions across the state. "I'm a surfer," he tells Crandell confidently.

Recommended listening: "Emoshuns" by Spiral Stairs

(Photo: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

5. Willem de Kooning, xoxo

What do William Shakespeare and William Henry Harrison have in common (other than the fact that they, too, didn't bring their dogs to a taco festival Saturday)? Well, beginning Tuesday, they will appear along with Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln in a handwritten letter on display at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. Composed in 1981 by the late folk artist Howard Finster (you may remember him best for his Talking Heads and R.E.M. album covers) to a friend named Barbara Shissler Nosanow, the letter features text wrapped around illustrations of the Bard and the aforementioned dead presidents. It's visiting the Norton as part of “Pen to Paper: Artists’ Handwritten Letters From the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art,” an exhibition that will travel the country with letters by Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mary Cassat and other big-deal artists. Phillip Valys writes about the show and offers images of the letters here.

Recommended listening: "Stay Up Late" by Talking Heads

— compiled by SouthFlorida.com editor Jake Cline, Twitter.com/jakeflorida, Facebook.com/JakeCline

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