Revel on the Block

A piano painted by students from the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale will be on view at Revel on the Block. (Kara Starzyk/FPG / July 26, 2013)

Revel on the Block, FAT Village's daylong art party and celebration of edgy urban design, returns Saturday to spruce up the warehouse district with pop-up businesses and pop-up landscaping.

Added to the pop-ups this time will be artist Alejandro Franco's 6-foot-tall dollhouse, "Urban Resemblance," which is filled with recycled circuit boards inside the Projects North warehouse space, with windows wide enough to peek inside.

"I created this electronic city in the dollhouse out of circuit boards, and the circuits look like the giant, brightly lit buildings of a big city," says the 30-year-old Miami artist, one of eight contributors to the "ReImagine" exhibit opening during Revel on the Block. "This piece is about human potential. All the big developments in society started out as crazy ideas."

Crazy ideas are what convinced Rebecca Bradley, Revel on the Block's co-founder, to transform FAT Village into an urban hub of art, shops and abundant foot traffic. Since its first event in 2012, Revel's festive clash of food, drink and discussion has become a boon to the arts district, which has added new businesses and a nearby community garden (opening soon at 441 NE Third Ave.).


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"It wasn't easy, but it's awesome to see real improvements to the neighborhood get made," says Bradley, whose urban design firm Cadence Living organizes Revel with neighboring businesses Helium Creative and C&I Studios. "The streets and empty warehouses will be reimagined for the day as a big 'what if?' to show the potential for what FAT Village can look like with sharp urban design."

Most of Saturday's pop-up street festival will go down on the drag of Northwest First Avenue north of Northwest Fifth Street, and will feature music and the conviviality of the monthly Art Walk. Posted down the block will be benches, shaded plazas and other streetscape improvements, along with food trucks, yoga activities and a pop-up market inside warehouse space the Projects — South.

Live music will be supplied by the funky bunch at C&I Studios with performer Corey James Bost, Miami's Steph Taylor (from the State Of) and blues-rock act Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl. C&I also will offer "Backstage," described as a "behind-the-scenes fashion event" paired with cold brews from the Riverside Market. The public project FTL Play Your City will feature its quartet of painted pianos, along with a fifth to be painted Saturday by Fort Lauderdale artist Luzalma Gonzalez.

Revel on the Block will run 2-11 p.m. Saturday along Northwest First Avenue between Northwest Fifth and Northwest Sixth streets in Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Go to RevelOnTheBlock.com.