Top 15 Halloween Parties in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Categories: Halloween

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Andrew Soria

There is no better time of year than fall in South Florida. The summer's too hot, the winter holidays are all stress, and we don't even have a proper springtime. But the real reason this season is kicking all the others' asses is because it's the one with the best day ever: Halloween.

There's nothing more rejuvenating than getting into a costume you made with your own two paws and consuming massive amounts of chocolate. And the parties! Oh, the parties. There are so many this year. And we know you love to mingle, so here's our huge list of 15 Halloween festivities in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

See also: The Ten Most Florida Halloween Costumes

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How It Feels to Be Forgotten by Art Garfunkel

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Music vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman shares observations, insights, and updates relating to South Florida's musical environs. This week, Lee discusses the reality of the right vibe.

As a music journalist, one of the biggest perks of my job is being able to speak to musicians I admire and whose work I've enjoyed over the years. If an interview goes especially well, I tend to think we've made a personal connection, one that will hopefully carry over if and when we actually meet in person. Of course, I also realize that at times, artists put on those affable airs for the sake of a favorable writeup, but if that's the case, most do a pretty good job of seducing me. I often hang up the phone thinking I've made a new best friend.

Some people tell me that I'm deluding myself and that as soon as the interview is over, the artist forgets about our exchange and merely moves on to the next person on his or her press schedule. And while that may be the case, I'm always eager to test my theory and find out if, in fact, the connection is credible.

In the past year, I've had the opportunity to do just that, and in two encounters, I found opposite results.

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Enrique Iglesias on His Fans: "They're Allowed to Go Crazy on Me"

Categories: Interview

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Photo by Zony Maya

No one knows more about Sex and Love than Spanish panty-dropper Enrique Iglesias. In fact, it's the name of his new album. "I love my fans, and they are allowed to go crazy on me," the heartthrob teases. "Believe me, they keep surprising me with their creativity to get closer and closer."

But a heads-up for any wild fanáticas planning to break into the Iglesias compound -- Enrique isn't at home. He's out on the road with the 305's own Armando Christian Pérez, AKA Pitbull, and rising reggaeton star J Balvin. So you'll just have to catch up with him when the tour hits the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood or American Airlines Arena in Miami this weekend.

"We have a blast on- and offstage," Iglesias brags about hanging with Pit and driving the ladies loca. "The response has been amazing so far. It's great to work with artists with your same track of mind. Together, we give fans great music, energy, and what they really deserve -- to enjoy life and forget about the rest."


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New Times Seeks Arts Writer(s)

Categories: Arts & Culture

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Do you recognize who made these leggings? You could be our next arts writer.
New Times is seeking a freelance arts writer to contribute a weekly column about the arts scene in Broward County and to write for special issues like our annual Arts & Eats guide and Best Of Broward-Palm Beach edition.

Ideally, applicants will be familiar with the county's longtime arts institutions (Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Improv) as well as up-and-coming or off-the-beaten-path venues (FAT Village, Makers Square, etc.). Candidates should be able to turn out fun and engaging stories, have some knowledge of significant local artists, and be able to put art-world developments into context.

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Beerfest 2014 Checklist: What You'll Need to Party Properly This Saturday

Categories: Talking Shit

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Max Reed

Maybe you've been going to the New Times' Original Beerfest for the past 17 years and have a memory clouded by alcohol or maybe you're a festival virgin and have no clue what'll happen when your mega-brewski cherry pops this Saturday. Either way, you need to know what to expect when you step foot in Esplanade Park for the festivities.

We've got a handy checklist here with damned fine advice for you suds-guzzlers, hops connoisseurs, and party animals. It'll enlighten you on which bands are playing, what beers will be flowing, and where your head should be at when you arrive.

See also: Beerfest Is Saturday: Two Dozen Beers to Watch Out For

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The Five People You Meet at MoonFest 2014

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Ian Witlen

West Palm Beach's coolest ghouls will be crawling along Clematis Saturday night, drinks in hand and ready to party. It's already time for MoonFest again, the city's annual Halloween block party that results in a fair amount of hubbub, smooching, and booze-flinging while dancing.

With 20 bands and DJs on three stages and a Silent Disco area, MoonFest certainly won't have a shortage of sounds. However, we know you'll probably be too distracted creating your three boob-ed Florida lady costume to actually figure out which act to see by the time you arrive. So we here at County Grind kindly compiled a simple guide for the fest. We matched which kinda Halloweener you are with which bands are playing, so you can easily meet up with those of similar tastes and interests.

Here are the five people who will definitely be at MoonFest this year.

See also: The Ten Most Florida Halloween Costumes


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Five Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend

Categories: Five Under $5

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Andrew Soria

5. Boynton Beach's Anniversary Art Walk
6 p.m., Thursday, October 23, at Boynton Beach Live, 422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach. No cover. Visit Facebook.

Boyton Beach Art District once again hosts its monthly art walk, but this weekend, there's something a little different. Its the event's fourth year anniversary and the final art walk of the year. Expect open studios, food trucks by Ps561, and live music by She's Neurotic, John Greco Band, and Montage.

If you miss it, you'll unfortunately have to wait till January 2015 when the party resumes with Art Synergy's Art Week 2015 in conjunction with Art Palm Beach. In other words, leave happy hour early to delve into a night full of quality local music and art. Hell, pour your leftover two-for-one drink in a flask if you have to. Just get BBAD tonight.

See Also: Boynton Beach Arts District Monthly Art Walks Back On


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Jeezy - Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale - October 21

Categories: Concert Review

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A lot of rappers would have you believe they come from the streets and make music for hustlers, and a lot of rappers would embellish the story. A lot of rappers are quick to jump on songs with pop stars, looking for crossover success as a means to greater ends. It's hard to have a lasting career off of ghetto anthems, but not everyone can be Jeezy.

Young no more, the Atlanta rapper has been one of the hardest names in the game for about a decade. He's gone from an "empty" childhood of crime to Billboard hits, and even when he had popular success, he never really went pop. His latest album, Seen It All, is his "autobiography," and the tour's stop at Revolution last night was a giant celebration for a man who's been through the ringer and came out on top.

See also: Jeezy on Seeing "Some Justice" in Ferguson and "the New Generation" of Trap

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Carrie: The Musical: Scares Are Few and Far Between, but the Message Resonates

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In 1974, decades before bullying became a national cause du jour, Stephen King created the issue's avenging spokesperson: Carrie, the sheltered, ungainly high schooler who begins menstruation at the wrong place and wrong time, is tormented by her classmates, learns how to move things with her mind, and, when humiliated at her prom, leaves her school's gymnasium ablaze.

You know the story, but you may not recall that horror literature's most enduring telekinetic arsonist also inspired one of Broadway's most notorious disasters. Carrie: The Musical, an idea that seems as unlikely now as it did in its 1988 unveiling, ran for just 16 previews and five critically roasted performances.

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Quiz: Where Do You Fall on the Geriatric Gen-X Spectrum?

Categories: Talking Shit

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It just seems to creep up on you, doesn't it? Suddenly one morning, you notice a few gray hairs have commandeered space on your scalp. This is precious real estate, considering how far that hairline has receded in the past year. Most of your old high school pals are popping out babies, and maybe you've got a few of your own. You think about mutual funds. The time to book that digital rectal exam is steadily approaching.

In life, it's get old or die. And since you're still reading, you're aging. See that bright shiny speck of joviality in your rear-view mirror? That was your youth. Gone. Wave bye-bye.

For many of us music-loving members of the group classified as Generation X, it wasn't the above that alerted us that we're closing in on "old." Nope, it was two weeks ago, when Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., and the Smiths were all nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The soundtrack to our pubescent years now stands alongside the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Etta James.

It seems like just yesterday that we were cranking "William It Was Really Nothing" in our Ford Tempos in an attempt to snap ourselves out of the deep funk of youth. Did we miss other musical warning signs that could have helped us come to grips sooner? Indeed, in retrospect, they were there. And it is with a hearty cup of Metamucil in hand that we drafted these handy checkpoints to help you determine where you, music nerds, currently land on the Gen-X geriatric scale.


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