They might be far from the mountains, but the performers at Catskills Comedy Club keep their audiences' spirits high. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, a lineup of professional comedians and variety acts delivers a set featuring
Pro-Am Dance Studio trains students in the art of dance with 25 professional teachers, a wide range of styles, and classes for all ages and levels, all taught in a 5,200-square-foot dance studio. Children as young as 3 can immerse themselves in rhythm with one-hour classes that switch between tap, ballet, and acrobatics, preparing tots for futures performing onstage or leading plucky bands of Juilliard-trained street toughs. Older kids can opt to branch out into other body-moving disciplines such as jazz, hip-hop, and pointe. Adults can take advantage of ballet, yoga, tap, and hip-hop classes, whether they’ve only recently grown their first set of twinkle toes or have spent years honing their skills to distract their feet from the constant mockery of their hands. Classes are scheduled Monday–Saturday, and students can attend as many sessions as they like throughout the duration of their Groupon.
TV stars and pop-rock paragons The Monkees have tickled eardrums and enchanted fans with catchy melodies and clever, sophisticated songwriting for four decades. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the band's genesis, three of the original four Monkees—Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, and Peter Tork—have reunited for the first time in a decade to resurrect such hits as "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," and "Daydream Believer," as well as tunes from their cult-classic film Head. Like a scratch-and-sniff oil painting, the evening promises to be a multisensory experience, as a mélange of Monkees covers, rarely heard tunes, and video clips weaves a pre- and post-performance tapestry of entertainment.
The silent church seems to lean in with anticipation as Dr. Karen Kennedy raises her arm into the air. With a graceful flick of her baton, the artistic director of Master Chorale of South Florida—an accomplished conductor and teacher—coaxes forth the opening strains of Bach’s Magnificat from the flock of singers and musicians in front of her, weaving their voices into a tapestry of crescendos and soaring notes. Since its creation in 2002, Master Chorale of South Florida has performed their awe-inspiring concerts in churches, cathedrals, and high schools across South Florida, delighting audiences with a diverse choral repertoire. Audiences can expect to hear many musical periods represented in each performance, from the baroque stylings of Handel to Debussy’s impressionistic melodies and Aaron Copland’s epic pieces that blend traditional American folk songs with traditional Bruce Springsteen hits.
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.
The Florida Cajun Zydeco festival's seven musical acts fill the air with traditional tunes on two outdoor stages. Wooden dance floors and guided dance lessons (held in between sets) encourage rug-cuttery as the C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band wails away on fiddle and guitar, and the multi-instrumentalist Magnolia Sisters reinvigorate forgotten standards more effectively than auto-tuned re-mixes of Glen Miller's catalogue. Each band also gives a 20- to 30-minute lesson about the history of their music. Visitors can suppress unruly appetites with spicy Cajun and Creole fare while perusing the offerings of craft vendors. Pintsize patrons can revel in games and rides, while larger patrons can revel in the festival's free parking.