Revenge of the Tiki IV at Kreepy Tiki in Fort Lauderdale: 23 Bands, Pinup Girls, Vintage Cars, and More

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Michele Eve Sandberg

By Erick Lappin

When you go to an event and the door guy takes a Sharpie and draws a happy face on your hand because they ran out of wristbands, then you know fun is on its way. And it's likely helped along by the free drink that comes with your parking ticket.

That's how things unfolded Saturday at tattoo, boutique, and bar Kreepy Tiki in Fort Lauderdale. It was the fourth edition of the Revenge of the Tiki festival, a full-day affair that stretched from noon to 3 a.m.

After a three-year gap, Monterey Club promoter Rob Stannard and Kreepy Tiki owner Jackson Valiente combined an exhibition of classic cars from the '40s, '50s, and '60s with live music and sexy pinup and burlesque shows -- in two different spots, both inside and outside at the big parking lot in rear.

"When we started the first time, my partner and I did everything ourselves," said Stannard. "Now, we have a full-scale stage. Besides growth, we have more vendors this year."

See also: Revenge of the Tiki IV at Kreepy Tiki in Fort Lauderdale (NSFW Photos)

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Boomers! Ran Out of Nacho Cheese and Closed Its Doors Forever to Become DaniaLive

Categories: Around Town

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Flickr Creative Commons / Bob B. Brown
Did you take a final lap on the go-kart track? Play one last round of minigolf with friends? Win any souvenirs from the ticket counter?

If you didn't go yesterday, you'll never go again to Boomers! family-fun megaplex in Dania Beach. The old Broward staple, housing every childhood niche under the sun, is slated to be demolished this year, making way for retail space, hotels, condos, and more of the usual.

From all four corners of the tricounty area, fans young and old packed the place out to rehash old memories and wave one last goodbye.


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DJ Excel Answers Adam Foster's Eight Important Questions: "I Really Cherish My Friendships in This Business"

Categories: In the Booth

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Courtesy of DJ Excel

Adam Foster is a South Florida-based DJ and producer, founder of twilightnotes.com, and entertainment director for the Restaurant People. He was named best DJ of 2014 by New Times Broward-Palm Beach.

In the Booth is his new column about electronic music, DJ culture, and South Florida nightlife. Visit his Facebook and Soundcloud.

For my first edition of In the Booth, I wanted to speak with L.A.-based DJ Excel, one of my favorite DJs to watch and hear. He and I are both from Philadelphia. And for years growing up, I saw his name posted around the city and listened to his old mixtapes. In Philly, he's a legend.

We didn't actually meet until years later, at Vibe in Fort Lauderdale one night, after I'd started DJ'ing myself. We became fast friends, like we'd grown up together, even though we had never met when we were young.

He's toured the world; founded one of the most-respected DJ crews in the country, Skratch Makaniks; been the official tour DJ and produced music for pop star Dev; and has been releasing new music under both his own name and as Alfa Paare with DJ Impulse. In anticipation of his January 31 gig at Vibe, I sat down to ask him some important DJ questions.

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Lucinda Williams - Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale - January 24

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The great Lucinda Williams live.

We recently interviewed interviewed Lucinda Williams, and on our call, she lamented the difficulties of her earlier days, hitting the road alone. "I talked to a girl not too long ago, a young singer-songwriter. And she was doing all that that I used to do, driving all over the place by herself. Not even a person to help her drive, just her and her guitar and blankets and stuff. It's so hard when you're just starting out," she told us.

But Saturday night, before a packed house at Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse, she opened the show just that way: alone and unassuming with only her guitar.

Williams walked out under the spotlight and delivered the opening lines of "Blessed" until slowly, one by one, her bandmates joined her onstage, plucking, accenting with cymbals here and there, until it was a full and mighty send-up to the end of the song.

See also: Lucinda Williams on the Late Miller Williams, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, and Earliest Musical Memories

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Kulcha Shok Brings House of Reggae to Boston's in Delray Every Monday

Categories: Heads Up

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Mark Longnecker

Regular old weeknights don't have to be boring. House of Reggae at Delray's Boston's on the Beach, hosted by Kulcha Shok Muzik, makes sure of that. The label's head DJ Lance-O is keeping things irie and bumping in Palm Beach County every Monday night.

With no cover for ladies from 9 to 11 p.m. and plenty of fine drink specials, there's no reason for you to continue your diligent but uneventful Netflix routine.

For the past eight years, the weekly party has been consistent, featuring reggae cover band Rhythmation for most of the evening and DJ Lance-O spinning a variety of Caribbean-style tracks before and in between live performances. The band itself has played Boston's for 20 years. Rhythmation has transitioned from playing straight reggae to incorporating a wide range of genres in its act, including soca and dancehall. This attracts everyone from islanders to the Caribbean curious.

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T.I., 2 Chainz, Meek Mill Concert at BB&T Center "Postponed"

Categories: Cancellations

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Sayre Berman

If you read our article "You Think You Know T.I., But You Have No Idea" this week, you learned how dang cool T.I. is -- how he's a published author, acclaimed actor, and even how he saved two dudes from killing themselves, even Scott Stapp (thus saving Creed, but whatever). Certainly, you were mega amped to catch his show with the always different 2 Chainz, and Meek Mill newly released from prison.

Disappointment is a huge part of life, and you cannot have whatever you like.

See also: You Think You Know T.I., But You Have No Idea


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Drag Race Winner Bianca Del Rio: "Maybe I Shouldn't Have Said It, but I'm Not Going to Apologize"

Categories: A Gay Ol' Time

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Since winning the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio has emerged as America's last great insult comedian. No one is spared her acid tongue: friends, enemies, fans, even herself.

For four shows this weekend, the reigning drag royalty will bring her "Rolodex of Hate" to South Florida for four shows across two cities. We got a chance to catch up with Bianca yesterday while she was preparing for a show in Vermont.


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Ben Stiller Is Making a TV Show About Hollywood, Florida

South Florida's Hollywood generally isn't the place stars come to when they're looking to make it big. A new Comedy Central show may start changing people's minds on that -- or at least get them laughing at the idea.

The first season of Big Time in Hollywood, FL, a series about two brothers trying to do just that -- make it big in the 954 -- will air this March courtesy of Ben Stiller's production company, Red Hour, and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Glass Blower J. Michael Glass Brings Live "Degenerate Art" Demo to LSD Gallery

Categories: Around Town

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J. Michael Glass is most famous for his Wyz Guy series, which can be customized to your preference.
Family-friendly theme park performer by day, degenerate artist by night: Jason Bourgholtzer leads a double life, but he's not complaining. It's a childhood dream to work for the Big Mouse, but he has to keep his secret identity under wraps. Under the moniker J. Michael Glass, the St. Petersburg artist is one of Florida's longest-running and hardest-working functional glass blowers. He makes cool chandeliers, bracelets, and cartoon characters, but it's the pipes, bubblers, and Wyz Guy owl series that bring home the bacon.

"I've always been drawn to hand-blown glass more than sculptural stuff, the fact that it's functional," Bourgholtzer says. "Growing up as a teenager, I was always making things into pipes, so I thought, 'Hey, why not?'"

With 15 years of experience and a serious passion for the craft, J. Michael Glass has become one of the most recognizable names in the regional scene. Every day, he's thankful for the chance to do what he loves, and you can check it out for yourself when he hits Lake Worth's LSD Gallery (part of Aces High tattoo shop) for a live demonstration on Saturday, January 24.

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Florida Grand Opera's Future at the Broward Center Is Secure, for Now

Categories: Arts & Culture

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Courtesy of the Florida Grand Opera
From the upcoming production of Così fan tutte.

On January 8, the Florida Grand Opera's (FGO) general director and CEO, Susan T. Danis, announced that a fundraising goal of $400,000 from Broward patrons and donors would be crucial to ensuring the company's 2015-16 mainstage productions.

Last fall, FGO hosted "Town Hall"-style meetings to explain its financial situation and drum up interest from preexisting patrons and donors and in order to attract new ones. The new strategic plan announced the "SAY YES! to Opera, South Florida" initiative, a $17.5 million campaign to fund the company's plans.

FGO is not one to rest on its laurels, and the company undertook an aggressive and proactive approach to its mission, engaging Broward communities with outreach programs and events as well as individual, one-on-one meets with the county's movers and shakers.

While positive opinion continued to arise from their efforts, the truth of the matter was that the campaign was not performing at its projected speed.

See also: Florida Grand Opera Brings Madama Butterfly to the Broward Center

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