The double-decker Jungle Queen Riverboat, named one of Fort Lauderdale's top attractions by USA Today, cruises up and down New River, the "Venice of America," while captains share facts both informative and humorous. Passengers can catch glimpses of Millionaire's Row and the homes of the wealthy and their mega yachts before stopping at the tropical isle.
Just a strong coconut's throw from the mainland, this exotic destination brings a bit of the tropics to Fort Lauderdale, surrounding its visitors with rare plants and brightly feathered macaws. The isle even houses an alligator exhibition to the delight of the crowd. There are also food and retail concessions available. In addition to trips into Fort Lauderdale's waterways, the vessel also takes passengers on dinner cruises. After voyaging down New River, passengers disembark to enjoy hearty barbecue meals and stick-to-your-ribs variety shows on the isle.
The Intro to Photography class is produced by Monte Zucker Photographic Education (MZPE), which provides quality professional photographic instruction. More than 30,000 enthusiastic students of all levels have attended their photographic tours on three continents over the past seven years to learn how to combine the power of technical expertise and artistic vision to create beautiful photos and films. In addition to offering the tours, MZPE produces instructional books and DVDs, as well as teaching in-depth photo-master classes around the world. The 2002 United Nations Photographer of the Year, celebrated photographer and mentor Monte Zucker once stated, "I don’t photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be." Continuing on in his memory, current instructor Bob Ray teaches with an entertaining, passionate presentation that focuses on learning immediately in class. The experience provides an aspiring photographer a comprehensive set of tools to reach his or her artistic potential.
Part art exhibit, part educational event, and part film festival, Caribe Arts Fest corrals all three elements and sets them to a soundtrack of live music during a full weekend that celebrates Caribbean culture. Thursday and Friday arm guests with learning opportunities during workshops that tackle financial issues, personal marketing plans, and creating for-profit artist businesses. On Saturday, participants can head to interactive art stations, get their faces painted to cover up any extra faces, and sample Caribbean cuisine. They can also take Zumba lessons and groove to live music from Rootz Underground and Spam Allstars. Sunday ushers in films including RasTa: A Soul's Journey, which follows Rita and Bob Marley's granddaughter on a global journey exploring Rastafari's impact, and Better Mus' Come, a love story set amid political and social turmoil in Jamaica.
What it is: a four-day networking event for music industry professionals, now in its fourth year
On the schedule: Q&A panels, and meet-and-greet lunches
On the first and last evenings: new-talent showcases, which general admission ticket holders may attend as audience members
On the panels: 14 panelists who include Isaac Heymann (VP of A&R, Epic Records), Rigo "Riggs" Morales (VP of A&R and Artist Development, Atlantic Records), and David Silbaugh (talent buyer, Summerfest)
Plus: PR and marketing firm owners, label managers, studio founders
During the boisterous shows at Sopranos Dueling Piano bar, pianists take the stage and play popular tunes as audience members clap, dance, and sing along. Meanwhile, bartenders dole out 24 varieties of beer and an array of colorful cocktails—including the frozen margarita lauded by reporters from South Florida Sun-Sentinel for providing "the perfect amount of pucker." Servers bustle about the tabletops in the dimly lit space, balancing trays of wings, burgers, and coconut shrimp with sweet-chili dipping sauce.
From the outside, Cinema Paradiso looks more like a church than a movie theater. But inside, there is no mistaking that the auditorium crowded with 230 plush,
royal blue velvet seats—each imported from Paris—is a luxurious haven for movie-goers. Now in its 29th year, the theater screens art-house independent films and the annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. With the ability to project 35mm, 16mm, HDCam, Digi-Beta, BetaSP, and DVD, the venue's possibilities are many, and frequent events showcase Hollywood classics and cult horror flicks. To help guests calm their jitters during the scary parts, three bars serve beer and wine, and snacks and concession fare satiate cravings, so that no growling bellies drown out tenderly whispered love scenes.