Sexual Superpowers at Tate's Singles Mingle: "I Would Make You Orgasm... Kinetically"

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FastForward is a column documenting the nighttime scene in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County. It's a weeknight stop at your neighborhood dive; it's a blurry, bass-filled Friday night in the club; it's that one moment in a conversation you hope you'll remember the next morning.

For hundreds of suburban-dwelling, self-proclaimed nerds, Friday night's first-ever singles mixer at Tate's Comics in Lauderhill was an action-packed evening of mingling, avoiding eye contact, standing in line, and magical, matchmaking unicorns.

The Tate's staff running the show had expected a decent turnout of around 50 for their new event. They weren't expecting the nearly 300 folks who filled up both levels of the store -- the main floor and the Bear and Bird Gallery upstairs -- for a chance to find love. A line snaked from the entrance through the store and around the several sections of comics, vinyl toy collectibles, and Japanese candies. People who'd reached the end of the line, where they got to fill out a registration form highlighting their interests and pin a big purple button to their shirts, said they'd been waiting over an hour to make it to the front.

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Top Ten Diplo Disciples You'll Meet at a Mad Decent Block Party

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Photos by Falyn Freyman

FastForward is a column documenting the nighttime scene in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County. It's a weeknight stop at your neighborhood dive; it's a blurry, bass-filled Friday night in the club; it's that one moment in a conversation you hope you'll remember the next morning.

EDM is truly is a mash-up of sounds and subcultures. Go to a Phish concert, and you're likely to find a unified mass of tie-dyed T-shirts and wavy, ass-length locks. Metal shows bring out the black tees on black jeans look, and hair that's just a little too long for dudes.

At a Mad Decent Block Party -- where Diplo's carefully selected crew of hip-hop-infused EDM tastemakers pull out all the stops to make a summer party for the books -- it's a bit more difficult to pigeonhole the fans.

A steady rain through the afternoon did little to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of dedicated ravers who came out to drink, dance, and pay homage to the Godfather of modern dance music, Diplo, this past Saturday. A mix of costumed, masked, dreadlocked, furry-booted, red-eyed and smiling fans populated the dense crowd at Revolution Live's outdoor stage.

To prove our point, we compiled a list of the top 10 Diplo disciples we met at Fort Lauderdale's Mad Decent Block Party.

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- Review: Mad Decent Block Party with Major Lazer, Riff Raff, Zeds Dead - Revolution, Fort Lauderdale - August 3
- Major Lazer's Walshy Fire Advises "Dress for the Mess" at Mad Decent Block Party
- Zeds Dead's Hooks on Their Early Days: "We Made Our Own Scene"

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Five Reasons Fort Lauderdale's Young Professionals Play WAKA Kickball

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Photos by Falyn Freyman
FastForward is a column documenting the nighttime scene in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County. It's a weeknight stop at your neighborhood dive; it's a blurry, bass-filled Friday night in the club; it's that one moment in a conversation you hope you'll remember the next morning.

No one ever said growing up was easy. Luckily, since the rampant rise of WAKA Kickball, the latest sensation to hit the scene for 20- to 30-somethings in Fort Lauderdale, it seems you don't ever really have to.

If you're unfamiliar, here's the gist of it: WAKA stands for "World Adult Kickball Association," and its goal, according to the official website, is "to provide and promote the joy of kickball to those young at heart." Sounds simple enough.

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New EDM Day Dance Party at McSorley's Motto Is: "F*&k Monday, Spank Sunday"

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Alex Markow
FastForward is a weekly column documenting the nighttime scene in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County. It's a weeknight stop at your neighborhood dive; it's a blurry, bass-filled Friday night in the club; it's that one moment in a conversation you hope you'll remember the next morning.

"We wanted something cheeky," says Ed Whitty, a bearded, reflective shades-wearing Irishman from behind the decks this past Sunday at the launch of Spank Sundays. "F**k Monday. Spank Sunday," reads their slogan.

The rooftop dance party at McSorley's newly-renovated and re-branded Tonic Sundeck adds an eclectic, open-format mix of high-energy techno and tech house music to the otherwise blasé rotation of Top 40 tunes dominating Fort Lauderdale Beach.

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- Photos: Techno Beach With Worthy at McSorley's Beach Pub


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Five Things We Learned Gay Clubbing in Wilton Manors

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Ian Witlen

FastForward is a weekly column documenting the nighttime scene in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County. It's a weeknight stop at your neighborhood dive; it's a blurry, bass-filled Friday night in the club; it's that one moment in a conversation you hope you'll remember the next morning.


This past Saturday night, RuPaul's Drag Race star Latrice Royale, the big and beautiful runner-up two seasons back, was slated to perform at Wilton Manor's nightclub and lounge, the Manor. Although we made every effort to determine when the flamboyant, show-stopping star would take the stage (at 11:30 we were told it'd be after 2; at 2:30 we were told she'd gone on an hour earlier), we never did see the queen do her thang. And quite frankly, we're not sure anyone else was even there for Latrice.

What we did see while we wandered the Manor's honeycomb of rooms like Alice in a psychedelic wallpapered, labyrinthine Wonderland, made our trip to Fort Lauderdale's gay neighbor, Wilton Manors, at least partially worthwhile. A group of straight, twenty-something girls, all dressed up in our cutest mini-dresses and heels, we definitely came away with some new experiences.

Here are five things we learned while clubbing in Wilton Manors.

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FastForward: Riding the Bull at Cowboy's Saloon Ladies' Night

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FastForward is a weekly column documenting the nighttime scene in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County. It's a weeknight stop at your neighborhood dive; it's a blurry, bass-filled Friday night in the club; it's that one moment in a conversation you hope you'll remember the next morning.

All I could see were his pointed chin and the slender, downward curve of his mouth illuminated under the bluish light of the bullpen. The rest of his face was shrouded in the shadow of his cowboy hat. With one hand raised to the controls and the other tucked under his arm, the cowboy lured curious passerby with his silent bait.

As I leaned over the fence of the pen, mesmerized by the mechanical beast bucking and twisting under the operator's spell, I let the teasing voice of my friend Danny dissolve my trance.

"Falyn wouldn't do it," he was telling Rene, my friend whose idea it was to hit up Wednesday's Ladies' Night at Cowboy's Saloon. The bar is sandwiched between a Bed Bath & Beyond and a Pet Supermarket in a Davie strip plaza. "She wouldn't last five seconds on that thing."

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- FastForward Articles: Nightlife at Its Most Real

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FastForward: Seven Strokes of Genius Black Locust Society Brought to America's Backyard for Block x Blog

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Ian Witlen
FastForward is a weekly column highlighting the highs, lows, and in-betweens of South Florida nightlife. It's a weeknight stop at your neighborhood dive; it's a blurry, bass-filled Friday night in the club; it's that one moment in a conversation you hoped you'd remember the next morning. It's everything that's led up to this moment, and everything that will come next.

This Saturday, creative collective Black Locust Society, rolled up America's Backyard, and smoked the shit out of it. As part of Block x Blog music festival, the crew took over the bar to host its latest SWARM pop-up event.

Our shoes were soaked, our hair was sticking to our foreheads, and we were already half-dead from earlier Record Store Day festivities (read: free beer) at Radio-Active Records. But when the doors to the inaugural fest opened at 6 p.m., we got totally and silly stoned on what we found in the backyard of America.


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- Top 10 Block x Blog Fashion Statments
- Block x Blog - Revolution Live, Green Room, America's Backyard, Fort Lauderdale - April 20
- PHOTOS: The People of Block x Blog
- PHOTOS: The Bands of Block x Blog


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FastForward: V.I.V.E.K. Brings British Dubstep to Too Future's Original Fat Cat's Party

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Nalika Salazar
FastForward is a weekly column highlighting the highs, lows, and in-betweens of South Florida nightlife. It's a weeknight stop at your neighborhood dive; it's a blurry, bass-filled Friday night in the club; it's that one moment in a conversation you hoped you'd remember the next morning. It's everything that's led up to this moment, and everything that will come next. 

"Have you heard of Pacha?" says a blonde-haired, blue-eyed twenty-something in dark skinny jeans and a slightly oversized crème-colored blazer. He's just asked me for a light, and drags on his cigarette casually. "The nightclub in New York," he tells me. "I'm here on business. They actually just upgraded my title. I'm master promoter now. All I do is party. Party and bottle service."

His friend chimes in. "Do you know where we can find some more upbeat music around here? Some tech-house music? We can't dance to this trap shit." 

The friend is referring to the wobbling, slow-mo, fat-bottomed dubstep music emanating from Original Fat Cat's onto the sidewalk of Himmarshee Street in Fort Lauderdale on a balmy Monday night.

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