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Quite a few events taking place throughout South Florida this month.  Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z end their “Legends of Summer” North American Tour in Miami (Aug. 16), the drag queens at Lips invite you to play Bingo on Wednesdays; classically trained viola & violin playing hip-hop duo, Black Violin, perform at the The Stage in Miami (Aug. 9), Russian master clown and creator of Slava’s Snowshow, Slava Polunin performs in Miami (through Aug. 25); Etana & Taurus Riley, two of my favorite reggae artists, are set to perform at Summer Jam 2013 in Downtown West Palm Beach  (Aug. 31-Sept. 1).

In the mood for food & booze? Stuff your faces and drink in the Keys at LobsterFest (Aug. 8-11) or BrewFest (Aug. 29), head to FAT village in Fort Lauderdale for a free BBQ cookout (Aug. 9), or catch a special screening of the film SOMM accompanied with food & wine pairings at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (Aug. 22).

If you do nothing else, remember to look up to the sky for the Perseid meteor shower (Aug. 11-13).

For more events, feel free to follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Tumblr. Enjoy!

THROUGH AUGUST 25: Slava’s Snowshow

The breathtaking show created by Slava, the original Cirque du Soleil’s clown genius, is an awesome theatrical experience and a profoundly moving spectacle full of vibrant wondrous images, delightful comedy, enchanting music and snow—lots and lots of snow!

More info: http://bit.ly/19sMXxL

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22: Create

“Create” is a major group exhibition presenting a selection of the most important works created over the past 20 years by artists involved with three pioneering non-profit organizations: Creativity Explored, Creative Growth Art Center and the National Institute for Art and Disabilities Art Center (NIAD). The centers offer an experience that is, in many ways, the antithesis of that envisioned by the art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 when he coined the term “outsider art” to identify the work of artists who have no contact with the art world and who are physically and/or mentally isolated.

More info: http://bit.ly/oFzuYU

ONGOING

Live Glass Blowing Demonstrations (Thur-Sat)

Hollywood is home to the centuries old tradition of glass blowing at the ArtsPark in Downtown Hollywood. Master glassblowers perform live demonstrations in the glass blowing studio every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sit comfortably in the theater style viewing area and watch the glassblowers create vessels and sculptures from molten glass that is over 2,000 degrees. Expert artists use the same traditional process that has been around for centuries.

More info: http://bit.ly/13QFDEO

Bitchy Bingo (Wed)

“When you think of bingo, odds are flaming drag queens with names like Bitter Misty Eyez and The Mean don’t pop into your head. If you think this game is just for group-home-bound geriatrics, think again. Lips, “The Ultimate in Drag Dining,” has taken its bedazzler and made over the game into what it calls Bitchy Bingo.” -BrowardPalm Beach New Times

More info: http://bit.ly/7z4VHo

Stargazing at South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (Sat)

The astronomers association opens its doors every Saturday from sunset to midnight. Learn how to stargaze in the observatory.

More info: http://1.usa.gov/19RatEC

AUGUST 2 – 4: Delou Africa Dance & Drum Festival of Florida

The 4th annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida presented by Delou Africa Inc. is set to be an exceptionally high-spirited three-day family friendly event that will offer attendees an extensive series of captivating traditional African dance, drum, music and history workshops conducted by world-renowned performing artists from countries like Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Japan, Cuba, Brazil, Haiti and the USA

More info: http://on.fb.me/19Q1fbX

AUGUST 8 – 11: Key West LobsterFest

Celebrate the opening of Florida’s Lobster Season in Key West at Lobsterfest, where every year thousands of lobster lovers descend for four days and nights of seafood deliciousness. Otherwise known as spiny lobster, Florida Lobster is distinguished by the spines on its body, hooked horns over its eyes, prominent antennae, and lack of pinching claws.

More info: http://bit.ly/18WTbmN

AUGUST 9: BBQ Fridays at C&I Studios

Be part of the Ft. Lauderdale community, August 9th at 6pm for BBQ Friday, potluck style! Free hot dogs and hamburgers (veggie too) from The Riverside Market, but make sure to bring your own beer.

More info: http://on.fb.me/16yF44Z

AUGUST 9: Black Violin Performs Live at The Stage Miami

Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Florida comprising two classically trained string instrumentalists. Kev Marcus plays the violin and Wil B. plays the viola.

More info: http://bit.ly/1905jqz

AUGUST 9 – 11: 18th Annual South Florida Tattoo Expo

Held at the Coral Springs Marriott and benefiting the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, this year’s expo will feature live fetish shows, suspension, live music, a Hot Rod car show, artists and vendors, celebrity guest appearances and more.

More info: http://on.fb.me/16D0Ki0

AUGUST 10 & 11: Comics, Gaming, and Anime Show

Two days of comic books, video games, table top games, Anime and Manga featuring costume play and contest, Japanese snacks, and Taiko Japanese drumming. Dozens of specialty vendors, artists, panels and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/yUo0q0

AUGUST 11-13: Perseid Meteor Shower

Look to the sky and watch as bits and pieces left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle enter the earth’s atmosphere.  The comet circles the sun every 133 years.  Each year, the earth passes through the debris which generally dissipates before hitting land (except in the rare cases like February 15, 2013 when a 50-foot meteor made landfall over Chelyabinsk, Russia).

More info: http://bit.ly/bo0Pyg

AUGUST 14 – SEPTEMBER 24 (Wed): The Art of Exotic Dancing

Back by popular demand! The Art of Exotic Dancing for is an exotic dance class that promotes self-confidence and personal power. Attend alone or recruit a group of friends to take the four-week course together. For women 18 and older only.

More info: http://bit.ly/HOL2Rj

AUGUST 16: Haiti meets Brazil at Big Night in Little Haiti: Summer Kanaval

Brazil comes to Little Haiti for a spectacular night of carnival rhythms. For the first time ever, Estrelha Brilante, a traditional maracatu group from Recife, Brazil, is touring the US. When they stop in Miami, expect an explosion of marching party music. Rasin Lakay brings the percussion and horns of Haitian roots music into the mix.

More info: http://bit.ly/1bgPusU

AUGUST 16: Chasing Dragons

Join wildlife photographer Steve Dumond on the noble quest to capture the jeweled acrobats of the wetlands, dragonflies.  Included in the workshop will be techniques for identifying these winged wonders.  Participants must provide own equipment.  Hat, water, sunscreen recommended.

More info: http://bit.ly/1336GSt

AUGUST 16: Legends of Summer Tour

On the heels of their collaborative single “Suite & Tie”, Justin Timberlake & Jay Z’s  North American began in Canada.  Catch their final performance in Miami. Jay-Z is expected to create a Gentlemen’s club at each stop along the tour, complete with a professional cigar roller.

More info: http://bit.ly/11PgkFL

AUGUST 17: 15th Annual IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival

The festival features dance and drumming workshops in Afro-Modern dance, Orisha dances, Rumba, Congo (Cuban style), traditional Guinean dance by experts on the traditional forms (from 9:00AM to 5:00pm) and a closing performance by IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company and guest artists featuring traditional and fusion pieces followed by a party/jam

More info: http://bit.ly/13qfYbq

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AUGUST 17: Garage Blues | 21 Blue

Blues for the 21st century, 21 Blue, featuring Longineu Parsons & Ted Shumate, will take you from Louis Armstrong to Howlin’ Wolf to Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix and beyond.

More info: http://bit.ly/1cfZwhQ

AUGUST 22: The Art of Wine and Food Series

This month, the series will feature a special screening of the film SOMM – a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into the mysterious world of the Court of Master Sommeliers. In addition, Stephanie Miskew, certified sommelier and wine educator will host the event, and the guest chef of the month will pair perfect flavors with these fine wines, making our tastings the talk of the town.

More info: http://bit.ly/1336GSt

AUGUST 23 – 25: Comedian Bruce Bruce Performs at the Palm Beach Improv

Bruce Bruce is a name synonymous with keeping audiences rolling with laughter thanks to his captivating improv skills and larger than life comedic style. Bruce’s steady style of comedy has been showcased across the country, and he has been entertaining audiences young and old, and of all backgrounds, for years. His wit, spontaneity and dazzling personality set him apart from other standup comedians.

More info: http://bit.ly/HWrG2j

AUGUST 24: Reggae RamJam

Known as “Elephant Man” because of his large ears, Jamaica-born reggae artist O’Neil Bryan is set to perform at Reggae RamJam. You may know him from his hit single “Signal the plane/Pon Di River”. Groupons available for a limited time.

More info: http://bit.ly/14p5SFJ

AUGUST 29 – SEPTEMBER 2: 4th Annual Key West BrewFest

The Southernmost Hotel Collection has teamed up with the Key West Sunrise Rotary of the Conch Republic to host a Key West BrewFest. All proceeds to benefit the Rotary Club and their charitable efforts.

More info: http://bit.ly/Nw0Wax

AUGUST 31: Jazz Project | Russell Malone

Born in Albany, Georgia, Russell Malone received his first guitar at the age of four and grew up playing a variety of music. A self-taught player, Malone progressed well enough to land a gig with master organist Jimmy Smith at the age of 25. He went on to back Harry Connick, Jr. from 1990-1994, and spent four years during the late 90s touring internationally with Diana Krall, receiving critical acclaim in his role as Diana’s right hand both in concert and on her recordings.

More info: http://bit.ly/13R7DrX

AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 1: Summer Jam 2013

Spend your Labor Day Weekend at the West Palm Beach Waterfront Meyer Amphitheater for two full days of Rock n’ Reggae. Saturday is Rock/Jam/Ska/Funk styles and Sunday is Reggae/World. This will be the Second Annual Summer Jam featuring rising local bands from Florida as well as National/Global acts such as Etana & Taurus Riley.

More info: http://bit.ly/Nw0Wax