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Best events this week: Gobble! Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, Eddie Izzard and Art Basel 2015

Fun events this week: Gobble up @TurkeyTrotFTL, early #ArtBasel2015 w/ @SmashedCanvas, @EddieIzzard @FillmoreM



South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir, celebrated for their uncommon blend of American pop, African gospel, traditional hymns and Jamaican reggae, will give their second of two concerts (their first was Sunday) at 10 a.m. Monday at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale). $7.20, part of the venue's Smart Stage Matinee Series. 954-462-0222 or


Through the sharp "Revolution of the Eye" exhibit at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, we learned that landmark TV series "Batman" and "The Twilight Zone" owe their "Kapow!" exclamations and spinning doors to pop art and surrealism. This week, more contemporary-art revolutions will be televised around the venue (1 E. Las Olas Blvd.), site of the companion show "To Be Continued: Television As Art," tuning into five occasions when video artists tinkered with TV footage and old tube sets. The best-recognized of the bunch is Yoko Ono, whose poetic "Sky TV" is a TV set airing live footage of the sky outside, ported into the museum through a closed-circuit video feed. In Vito Acconci's 1973 video "Theme Song," the artist presses his face against the TV monitor and, in a seductive voice, serenades and whispers pickup lines at the spectator. And Dara Birnbaum spins a feminist critique in "Technology/Transformation, Wonder Woman," in which she re-cuts "Wonder Woman" broadcast footage to exploit TV stereotypes. $5-$12. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. 954-525-5500 or


We, like you, have always wondered how Iggy Azalea, Pitbull, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga might have sounded if they recorded their chart-smashing singles 70 years ago, an era steeped in old-timey doo-wop, ragtime and smoldering jazz. OK, we've never wondered that. But Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox has, and in viral YouTube videos the Los Angeles pianist of the band's name is shown tickling the keys in spiffy tuxedos with an orchestra of dancers in gowns, evening gloves and flapper fringe. There's his Motown arrangement of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," a bluegrass sendup of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" and ragtimey cover of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop." Can they send the word "twerk" back in time, too? We don't want it. Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox performs 8 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale). $27.50-$37.50. 954-462-0222 or


South Florida sure knows how to gobble on Thanksgiving, but a flock of local Turkey Trots at least give runners and their guts a fighting chance against the calorie overload of birds and cranberry sauce. The 5K with the beachside view is Thursday morning's fifth annual Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot and Paddle, a run, walk and standup paddleboard burn-off that kicks off at 7:30 a.m. As trotters trek from Southeast Fifth Street and A1A (in front of Beach Place) north to Sunrise Boulevard and double back, paddleboarders will follow along the coastline. In-person registration starts 6 a.m. at D.C. Alexander Park (501 Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.). $20-$35 for the run/walk, $25-$35 for paddleboarding.


Making sure the civilized world is filled with comically grotesque blood, death and serious guitar shredding has been a 30-year march for satirical metal institution GWAR. But they haven't given up, and the band with pointy armor, broadswords and electric guitars promise "more blood and bodily fluids than ever before" when GWAR delivers their extended 30th anniversary tour on Friday to Revolution Live (100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale) with slight changes in the lineup. Lead vocalist Michael Bishop (Blothar) replaced late frontman Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) last year, and original female GWAR member Kim Dylla (Vulvatron) was fired in May. That aside, let the bloodbath begin. $23. 7 p.m. 954-449-1025 or


Comedian and occasional cross-dresser Eddie Izzard may unleash his repertoire of "hobbit imitations," "chicken clucks" and Julius Caesar puns during his 8 p.m. Saturday stop at the Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave.). Or so reads a recent review in the Alaska Dispatch News, describing a set from the mascara-wearing comic, who also targeted world history and gender identity. We eagerly await the crack on Caesar. $46.50-$87.25. 305-673-7300 or


The walls of an entire city block in Wynwood will become a haven for 20 muralists during Smashed Canvas, a pop-up craft-beer pub, beer garden and blank canvas. Tatiana Suarez, Brian Butler, D*Face and a handful of other artists will paint 2,500 combined square feet of space between Northwest Second and Third avenues and between 28th and 29th streets. The artists, who began on Friday, will continue their walls through Dec. 6. Free to watch, and the pub will serve food and host tap takeovers from Funky Buddha Brewery during Art Basel week. or Twitter @philvalys

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