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High on the list of new cultural touchstones that have come to define how life is now lived in and around Fort Lauderdale (after years stuck in that post-Gidget malaise) is FemAle Brew Fest, which is about women and drinking beer, but not about the old days at all. That’s not who we are anymore.

The fifth annual celebration of women in the brewing business, organized by Frances Antonio-Martineau, returns on Saturday, a fulcrum for weekend events that conclude the annual Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week.

In its return to The Kimpton Goodland Hotel from 12:30 to 5 p.m., FemAle Brew Fest will gather more than 30 local and national female brewers for what has traditionally been an engaging afternoon of beer and fellowship, if we may use that word. There also will be yoga, DJs and craftspeople showing their stuff.

Among the out-of-towners: Necromancer Brewing (Pittsburgh), Ever Grain Brewing Co. (Camp Hill, Pa.), Ten Eyck Brewing Co. (Queenstown, Md.), Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, Maine), Austin Street Brewery (Portland, Maine), plus boozy tea producer Owl’s Brew (New York).

New this year will be representation from Lifting Lucy, a nationwide nonprofit organization that supports Black, indigenous and other women of color in the beer industry.

Anytime you have women organizing these days it feels important, particularly in an industry that for the past year has been roiled by allegations of sexual harassment and assault. According to the Brewers Association, as of 2019, just 7.5 percent of the nation’s head brewers were women.

“Especially now with everything that’s going on in the country, with Roe vs. Wade, with allegations that have been coming out in the brewing industry, now more than ever it’s definitely important to have events like FemAle Brew Fest to show support for women in the brewing industry and to continue to support diversity,” Antonio-Martineau says.

She hopes that in sharing their stories and expertise face-to-face, female brewers taking part in FemAle Brew Fest will inspire local women to take the leap into an industry that requires a consistent flow of new ideas and flavors.

“It’s important to be able to see yourself in a role, to imagine yourself in it,” Antonio-Martineau says.

Tickets for FemAle Brew Fest start at $45+ for general admission at 2 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the pet-friendly event will benefit Fort Lauderdale’s Abandoned Pet Rescue. Visit

The after-party will be hosted by Denielle Mizrahi of Yeasty Brews Artisanal Beers in Lauderhill, who will throw a birthday celebration for brewer-husband Daniel Pfaffenbach from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. DJ Master Feathers will entertain for this come-as-you-are affair. There may be more beer. Visit


Weekend movie: In his prickly review of the David Bowie biopic “Moonage Daydream,” Esquire UK writer Alex Bilmes appropriately savages the rock biopic genre (films that “spin straw from gold”) before making his point — this documentary is different: “Bowie was beloved, and this film leaves those of us too young to clearly remember his imperial phase in no doubt about why that might have been. He is mesmerising.” The film screens this weekend in South Florida on a handful of IMAX screens — the only way to take in Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and The Thin White Duke. Visit

The new Kapow: As you may have heard, the new Kapow Noodle Bar is opening at 8 p.m. Friday in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park, a sublimely alluring space that will allow it to do all kinds of creative new things with the dining and drinking experience. This Kapow is located across from the recently opened Calaveras Cantina, which bills itself as a home for “sexy Mexican food,” with a future location of the youthfully energetic American Social coming to the opposite corner. At some point in the near future, say when AmSo opens (November?), this intersection may be one of the hottest spots in South Florida. Visit

The big shows: For the record, there are no seats left for Alicia Keys at Hard Rock Live on Friday, and Saturday’s show by Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band was down to three pairs of tickets at $180+ per seat when we checked Ticketmaster on Thursday (your results may vary). … For some reason, you can still get GA floor tickets for Green Day at Hard Rock Live on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Lady Gaga’s The Chromatica Ball Tour hits Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, and scattered tickets remain (it’s a big house). On Thursday, you could still find a 300-level seat for $56+ at

Get Smoogie: The most rewarding evening for a certain kind of musically adventurous soul can be found Friday night at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach, where the Smoogies will perform at 8 p.m. The Miami-based band (Vaughn “V.Keys” Henry on keyboards and vocals; Dion Kerr, bass, kalimba; and drummers Harvel Nakundi and David Chiverton) recently released a second album, “People Music,” and in a live setting make music that is both compelling and fun. I mean, two drummers? The Smoogies count among their supporters influential musicians including Andrew Yeomanson (DJ Le Spam), Chad Bernstein (Guitars Over Guns) and jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner. Tickets for the Arts Garage concert cost $25-$30. Visit

Chimney House party: Local treasure The Chimney House is celebrating a decade of warm, unpretentious dining in a historic house in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Friday through Sunday. The festivities at the South American-style eatery — which will include live music, food and drinks specials, and giveaways — feature Spanish guitar on Friday, a salsa band on Saturday, and free sangria and beer samples on Sunday. Visit

Viva, Mexico: Kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month, the Wharf Fort Lauderdale will celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Friday (the actual day) with festivities that, yes, lean on the expected cliches (buy a shot of Casa Noble tequila and get a free Corona), but they’re always good for a fun, open-air party on the river, so fine. The night also offers an opportunity, if you haven’t done it already, to try the handiwork of Los Altos Taqueria. The newish food vendor used to have a brick-and-mortar in Little Havana — a speakeasy-style spot above Taquerias el Mexicano, reached through an unmarked door — that produced some buzz. That space is closed now, but reopening soon, according to its Instagram. You’ll also find Los Altos at the Carousel Club at Gulfstream Park. Visit

Weekend laughs: As more and more teachers are reportedly looking for an escape hatch from the increasingly challenging profession, we may see more people like educator-turned-comic J.R. De Guzman (and Eddie B., who was at The Parker last weekend). As seen on Netflix, as well as Comedy Central’s “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City,” De Guzman began as a music teacher, quickly realizing “that means teaching Taylor Swift songs to teenagers.” Born in the Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, De Guzman has other stories to tell during his five-show run at the Dania Improv through Saturday. Tickets cost $25+ at


Warm Front: What were you doing in 1987? Iconic West Palm Beach live-music dance club Respectable Street will remind you with one of its famously free multistage parties on Saturday featuring Belgian industrial dance agitators Front 242. Part of a celebration of the club’s 35th anniversary, the evening will feature five stages and 35 bands (including popular Miami dramatists Astari Nite and Smiths tribute Ordinary Boys), beginning with an open bar inside the club from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit

Date night: Charismatic Colombian electro-trop duo Bomba Estéreo will bring their Deja World Tour to FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami at 8 p.m. Saturday. The concert includes a special Buy-One-Get-One “date night” ticket offer that works out to $14.75+ per ticket. Visit Reminder, Brightline’s MiamiCentral Station is just a few blocks away from the theater. Visit

Unreading room: Inspired by its quietly provocative installation “Suggested Summer Reading” by Charles Jackson Adkins Jr. in Gallery 3, the Banned Book Club at Art & Culture Center/Hollywood will discuss the Margaret Atwood classic “The Handsmaid’s Tale” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The conversation will be led by Elisa Albo, professor of composition and literature at Broward College, associate editor for the South Florida Poetry Journal and contributing editor (with Richard Blanco and others) of the anthology “Grabbed: Poets & Writers on Sexual Harassment, Empowerment & Healing.” Admission is $7 (free for members) and includes refreshments. Visit


Weekend laughs II: Actor, comedian and ubiquitous pop-culture presence Kevin Hart brings his Reality Check Tour to FTX Arena in Miami at 7 p.m. Sunday. There are tickets scattered about, starting at $54.75+ at

Game-day beers: Celebrate your 1-0 Miami Dolphins (that’s first place, for now) at a Sunday watch party with cans of Veza Sur Brewing Co.’s Born and Raised, with its distinctive Fins-branded cans. The beer is now available in four-packs and 12-packs at South Florida retailers including Publix, Whole Foods and Total Wine (prices may vary by location), as well as on draft at Veza Sur’s Wynwood tap room ($7 a pint). When the Dolphins are back in town against the Buffalo Bills next weekend, you’ll also find it at Veza Sur’s bar buildout in the 300 level of Hard Rock Stadium. Visit

Good vibes only: The Feel Good Music Fest is set for the beautiful Miami Beach Bandshell (formerly North Beach Bandshell) on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. The lineup is led by reggae veterans Inner Circle, joined by Bachaco, Bahiano, Gondwana, Mulato, Gomba Jahbari, DJ Alesouljah and Kulcha Shok Crew. Tickets cost $49+ at Bachaco, the easy-grooving Miami-based project created by Venezuela-born singer-songwriter Eddy Morillo, has been releasing a series of infectious live-music videos under the Sugarshack Sessions flag. Get a taste at

Hello, Studio City: Kind of arty, kind of brunchy, Urban Jungle Market takes place noon-4 p.m. Sunday in and around The Deck on 13th in Fort Lauderdale’s Studio City (which you may know as the corridor on Northeast 13th Street that includes popular destinations LoveLee Bakeshop, Bruno’s Eats, Milk Money Bar & Kitchen and Gulf Stream Brewing). The free, family-friendly and dog-friendly event includes food and drink, live music and art, and a multitude of vendors from a neighborhood that wants to be on your regular to-do list. Visit


Witches on wheels: You can register now for the costumed Witches of Delray Bike Ride on Saturday, Oct. 29, the annual fundraiser for Delray Beach’s  Achievement Centers for Children & Families. The irreverent “flight,” beginning at Delray Beach City Hall and ending at the Green Market in Old School Square, includes post-ride contests for best decorated bike, best witch costume, best team theme and more. Registration is by donation (they’d like $40 minimum per rider) at

Drinking Boca: Tickets recently went on sale for Sunset Tequila & Mezcal Fest, a new drink-food-concert event taking place Saturday, Nov. 5, at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. The lineup of live music includes some of South Florida’s best drinking bands: Spred the Dub, Artikal Sound System, the Resolvers and Experimento. Early bird tickets on sale now cost $55 and include unlimited tequila-mezcal sampling, a commemorative glass, a welcome margarita and some damn fine music. Visit

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