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Top events to do Thursday: From table tennis to reggaeton


Smash Bash Ping-Pong Tournament: Bogart's Bar and Grille will be the appropriate setting for Thursday's table tennis face-off, pitting South Florida's finest ping-pong swatters in a contest to benefit the West Palm Beach-based Families First of Palm Beach County. Drinking liquid courage is allowed, which, depending on whether your college years were spent around beer pong, may help or harm your net game. 5:30 p.m. at 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton. $35 for singles registration, $140 for a four-member team and $30 to root for your ping-ponging buddy from the cheering section. 561-318-4219 or - Phillip Valys


John Dufresne: The Dania Beach author of the new "No Regrets, Coyote" makes his crime-fiction debut during a renaissance period of South Florida-set noir, coined "Florida glare" in Adam Gopnik's recent New Yorker article. Dufresne's novel is set in a sweltering underworld filled with black comedy, violent murder and wily characters, a dark mystery that pays tribute to the best of Elmore Leonard, Les Standiford and Carl Hiaasen. Dufresne will speak and sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Free. 954-262-0255 or - Phillip Valys

Awards Show

"Premios Tu Mundo": If you missed out on the invite to this year's Latin Grammys, check out Telemundo's star-studded show taking place at 7:30 p.m. at the AmericanAirlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Actress Eva Longoria (of "Desperate Housewives" fame) will be presented with the "ALMA de tu Mundo" award and reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee will accept the "Poder Musical" award. Musicians Natalia Jimenez, Victor Manuelle, Christian Castro, Banda Los Recoditos, Voz De Mando, Elvis Crespo, Tito El Bambino and Roberto Junior y Su Bandeño are among the confirmed performers. Tickets start at $36. Go to - Micaela Hood

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