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Best events this week: Florida Supercon and South Florida Coffee Festival, assemble!

Fun things to do this week in SoFla: @FloridaSupercon @TheMiamiBeachCC, SoFla Coffee Fest @ArgyleCoffee.

 

Monday

We can't think of a stronger way to christen the new season than with the Historic Summer Solstice Cruise, a docent-led tour of Fort Lauderdale's first highway, the New River. Passengers will set sail on Riverfront Cruise's Anticipation V yacht at 5:45 p.m. Monday from the river in front of one of the city's oldest addresses, New River Inn (219 SW Second Ave.), and hear local authors tell stories about early pioneers Napoleon Bonaparte Broward and Ivy Cromartie Stranahan. Tickets cost $20, and support the opening of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society's new summer exhibit, "Empire of the Everglades." 954-463-4431, or like Fort Lauderdale Historical Society on Facebook.

Tuesday

We could still use some help grasping "Transformation of Echo: World of Dreams," artist Leah Brown's dreamy summer installation of human-animal hybrid sculptures over at Young at Art Museum (751 SW 121st Ave., Davie). The museum's ongoing guest-artist series, "Through the Artist's Lens," running Tuesdays through Aug. 18, is all about investigating what inspires Brown and other South Florida creatives. This week's artist is Autumn Casey, a New World School of the Arts graduate from Miami who remixes music, art, performance and memories in her installations. At her solo exhibit last fall at Primary Projects gallery, Casey mounted a tribute to Little Haiti haunt Churchill's Pub, displayed cut-up photographs of her now-divorced parents and interspersed footage of herself playing her childhood piano with her father destroying the instrument. 2 p.m. $11-$14. 954-424-0085 or YoungAtArtMuseum.org.

Wednesday

Prolific Santa Fe flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert will deliver his band Luna Negra to the Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale) on Wednesday. The five-time Grammy nominee, who has released 25 albums over the years, will be touring his 2014 albums "Bare Wood" and "Three-Oh-Five," both poetic and instrumental excursions. 8 p.m. $47.50-$57.50. 954-462-0222 or ParkerPlayhouse.org.

Thursday

The slow drip of information surrounding the new "Star Wars" film could be resolved at this week's Florida Supercon, returning Thursday through Sunday at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Drive). The geekathon will host the space saga's original cast members Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), and the crucial plot details they reveal could be game-changing. Or the actors may answer with a series of Chewbacca noises. (We are fine with either.) Their first appearances are set for Friday, but plenty of opening-day festivities await the hordes of cosplayers and nerdy enthusiasts, including: cosplay karaoke, a Super Geek Film Festival, video-game tournaments and sketch-comedy shows. 10 a.m.-midnight Thursday. $30. 954-399-1330, and the full schedule is at FloridaSupercon.com.

Friday

Despite what the "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary special's "In Memoriam" segment told you last February, Jon Lovitz is still very much alive. Last in South Florida for Chris Evert's Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, the comedian and racket enthusiast will serve a three-night stand starting Friday night at Fort Lauderdale Improv (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Facing bankruptcy more than a decade ago, Lovitz opted to try standup for the first time, and has co-headlined tours with fellow "SNL" alums Tim Meadows and Chris Kattan. Lovitz will perform 8 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the comedy club. 954-981-5653 or FtL.Improv.com.

Saturday

Get ready to mop your brows at the celebration of hot coffee in late June known as What's in Your Cup? The South Florida Coffee Community Festival. A salute to South Florida's growing coffee culture, the 5-9 p.m. Saturday gathering will feature coffee tastings from Argyle Coffee Roasters, Warsaw Coffee Company, Native Brewing Company and several others. Argyle (722 N. Andrews Ave., Unit B, Fort Lauderdale) will be the host. Free. 305-527-5327 or like Argyle Coffee Roasters on Facebook.

Sunday

Remember that infamous incident when "Back to the Future" actor Crispin Glover tried to karate-kick David Letterman in the head? Neither does Glover. "I neither confirm nor deny I was ever on the David Letterman show," the actor tells the Sun Sentinel in advance of his "Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show" performance-art appearance at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Glover's full of eccentricities such as this, and the show is no different: For four hours each night, Glover will perform a staged reading of his book "What It Is and How It Is Done," then screen his bizarre art films "What Is It?" and its sequel, 2007's "It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE." Then, he'll do a Q and A. Good luck, and be prepared to duck. $20. 954-525-3456 or FLIFF.com.

pvalys@sun-sentinel.com or Twitter @philvalys

 

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