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Top events to do Thursday: From merengue lessons to landscape paintings


Help. Shft. Food. Culture: Craft beer retreat Tap 42 will be the warm and academic setting for Thursday night's fundraiser by the New York-based Shft Mobile Kitchen Classroom, a traveling kitchen that provides students with cooking lessons centered on food, health and sustainability. The $15 admission includes a craft beer, light appetizers and two opportunities to snag a Tap 42 gift card. 7-10 p.m. at 1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-4900 or — Phillip Valys


"Second Nature": A half-dozen contemporary artists — Amze Emmons, Gregory Euclide, Charles Kanwischer, David Linneweh, Amanda Smith and Shona Macdonald — probe the history of landscape painting at the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery's new exhibit, opening with a 6-9 p.m. reception Thursday. Farmlands, decomposing urban sprawl and consumerism are reflected in the mixed-media works, to be discussed by Linnewah and Macdonald during a 7:30 p.m. confab at the Broward College Central Campus (3501 SW Davie Road, Building 6, Davie). On view through Oct. 2. Free. — Phillip Valys

"A Tres Bandas": The affectionate traveling exhibition bows Thursday night with an interactive display celebrating Latin American music. An official Viva Florida 500 event, the show is like a walk-through music box, filled as it is with interactive touch-screens, photography, displays of folkloric and modern musical instruments, listening stations and dance steps diagrammed on the floor to teach visitors the particulars of cha-cha-cha and merengue. The opening reception is 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Español Miami (1490 Biscayne Blvd.), paired with a lineup of dance, theater and music workshop through Oct. 27. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. Visit for the complete schedule. 305-448-9677. — Phillip Valys

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