Artist: Bayunga Kialeuk [via Facebook]
Artist: Bayunga Kialeuk [via Facebook]

September, the month that marks the end of summer.  What are we celebrating?  Well, for starters it’s National Honey Month. *crowd goes wild*  Additionally, Brazil celebrates its Independence from Portugal on Sept. 7 .  There’s also Rosh Hashanah, which marks the start of the Jewish New Year (Sept 4 – 6).

In terms of events, what do I bring you lovely people?  A lot, but I’m really excited about Rhythm of Rajasthan (Sept. 28).  There’s also the African Diaspora Collaboration exhibit which will take place at the Armory Art Center (Sept. 20 – Nov. 9).  Definitely plan on attending to participate in some much needed “droolage” and to ogle at new work.

What else, Lawrence (you didn’t ask)?  A lot of free events!  Play Scrabble at Franklin Park in Fort Lauderdale.  You can try belly dancing, learn to grow a garden, experience a Mayan Fiesta, take a wine education class at the Mandel Public Library.

Hungry?  Fill up your bellies at the day night Food Truck gathering at ArtsPark with yumminess from vendors like the Slow Food Truck, Mz Cheezious, etc.  Tour the world without leaving West Palm at Pistache.  This month’s theme is Indian Dreams (Sept. 21).  Stuff your faces at the 2nd annual Brazilian Fest in Boca (Sept. 6), Conchtoberfest (Sept. 23-27) and more.

Lastly, Diana Ross (Sept. 4) and Lionel Richie (Sept. 18) will perform at the Hard Rock.  So there!

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

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15: Paradojas – A Solo Exhibit by Edison Penafiel

“I am committed to investigate, discover and experiment with different art media conceptually and technically. My work evolves from personal and collective social experiences as well as fantasy, giving birth to surrealistic photographic compositions that explores the abuse of power, institutional impositions, and inequality of the social strata; my intention is to question, reveal and express opposition to social injustice. I want to capture the viewer’s attention, evoke and provoke ideas, expose realities, and suggest changes in the status quo.”

Explore the shifting boundaries between truth and fantasy.

More info: http://bit.ly/18mZ5fm

Through DECEMBER 17: Scrabble Challenge (3rd Tues)

Mr. Brown, a former Scrabble competitor, offers tricks, quizzes, and strategies to help wordsmiths of all levels hone their game. The Scrabble Challenge is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Games are held indoors at Franklin Park. Free, boards provided.

More info: http://bit.ly/1a1Auih

ONGOING

Docent Guided Tours at the Historic Stranahan House Museum (Daily)

A guided tour of Fort Lauderdale’s Historic Stranahan House Museum is like a journey through time. It is a link to a time when Seminole Indians made friends with a young Ohioan who settled in the frontier town now known as Fort Lauderdale. Learn about the city’s founding family, the homestead they created, and their lasting legacies.

More info: http://bit.ly/d2of6Y

Food Trucks at ArtsPark (Mon)

Curated by Sef “Burger Beast” Gonzalez, the weekly event features a wide range of culinary delights, from cupcakes and ice cream to barbecue, burgers, and grilled-cheese sandwiches. While attendance changes from time to time, expect to see perennial favorites such as Palate Party, the Rolling Stove, Ms. Cheezious, JOJI Yogurt, HipPop’s Handcrafted Gelato Bars, Nacho Bizness,  and the Health Nut. Bring a blanket, chairs, friends and/or family, and an empty stomach.

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

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

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

Sept. 4: Cheese-A-Rama

New York Grilled Cheese is hosting Cheese-A-Rama to benefit the Smart Ride. Hosted by drag queens Daisy Deadpetals and Nicole Halliwell, the event will feature plenty of grilled cheese, a silent auction, raffle prizes, and more.

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

Sept. 4: Diana Ross performs at the Hard Rock Live

Diana Ross comes to Hard Rock Live and performs at 8PM.

More info: http://bit.ly/1bT4HPf

Sept. 6: 2nd Annual Brazilian Beat

The 2nd annual Brazilian Beat in Boca Raton to celebrate Brazil’s independence. Event-goers will enjoy spectacular live music with Forró in the Dark, and Eta Carinae on the main stage, street entertainment including Zumba showcase, Capoeira dancers, carnival dancers and drummers, and also delicious Brazilian food.  Free.

More info: http://bit.ly/17Inb7l

Sept. 7-9: The Cuban Museum presents Orishas

orishas
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A dance-theater performance by New York-based artist Yesenia Selier and her troupe, inspired in the traditions of the female orishas of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, the ancestors of Cuba’s Afro-descendant population. ORISHAS uses dance, music and tradition to reflect on the struggles and circumstances of women today.

More info: http://bit.ly/15yZrfW

Sept. 8: Local Foods – Local Gardens

What better way to get a local foods system “growing” but to start a garden of your own or purchase product from a local grower. Urban Growers Community Farm along with the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden will co-host LOCAL FOODS – LOCAL GARDENS a local foods event.  Veggie Express food truck will offer all-natural vegan foods with seasonal and cultural influences.

More info: http://on.fb.me/1fvuTkG

Sept. 9: Belly Dance Lessons at the Mandel Public Library

Join certified belly dance instructor, Dawn, Monday evenings for belly dance lessons! Belly dancers of all levels and abilities from the absolute beginner to the professional will benefit from these classes.  Free.

More info: http://bit.ly/bFq0Mc

Sept. 11: Tropical Urban Organic Gardening 101

Interested in starting a tropical garden? Join Tony Dagher BA, Certified Master Gardener as he provides you with tips to select plant material, organic gardening and the care of tropical plants. Plants will be available for sale to get you on your way to tropical urban gardening! Free.

More info: http://bit.ly/bFq0Mc

Sept. 14: Fiesta Flamenca!

Under the artistic eye of founder Damaris Ferrer, flamboyant Flamenco 9 dancers and musicians will bring the color, passion and energy of Spain to the mainstage. Featuring Bailes Ferrer, Broward County’s long standing Flamenco dance company.

More info: http://bit.ly/17FQ9Wd

Sept. 18: Lionel Richie Performs at the Hard Rock

Lionel Richie comes to Hard Rock Live and performs at 8PM.

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

Sept. 20 – Nov 9: Collaboration – African Diaspora

The Armory Art Center in partnership with A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC is hosting a Harlem Renaissance-style art exhibition showcasing 25 visual & 9 literary artists of African Diaspora. The African Diaspora concept is based on the historical background of the artists not necessarily the subject matter of the work.

More info: http://bit.ly/17vJQT4

Sept. 21: Mayan Fiesta at the Mandel Public Library

Guatemalan folk music. Free.

More info: http://bit.ly/bFq0Mc

 Sept. 21: Taste of Africa 2013

A culturally diverse food, music and arts festival taking place at Eucalyptus Garden in Wilton Manors.

More info: http://bit.ly/17BSBep

Sept. 21: Tour du Monde – Indian Dreams

Tour du Monde: Indian Dreams Pistache French Bistro is offering skint, would-be travelers a slightly cheaper option this summer with its ‘Tour du Monde’ events. The ‘tour’ will take guests through a variety of cuisines and national traditions. ‘Tour du Monde’ guests will receive a passport to collect stamps at each event. Since membership has its privileges, guests who bring their passport with a stamp from the previous event will receive a complimentary ‘Tour do Monde’ cocktail and those who fill their passports with more than seven stamps will be eligible to win round-trip airfare from South Florida to Paris.

More info: http://on.fb.me/1fvuTkG

Sept 23-27: Conchtoberfest – Nights & Poker Run

On each “Conchtoberfest Night” a Marathon restaurant is to host a uniquely themed and decorated event that includes food, specialty drinks and menu items. Highlights include Jamaican Me Crazy, Mexican, Oktoberfest and a Pirate Party. Pick a card each night at each venue and play for the best poker hand.

More info: http://bit.ly/14U7Hvt

Sept. 27 – 29: LDub Film Festival

Join for three days of workshops, special guest speakers and more at the Stonzek Movie Theater.  The festival’s mission is to celebrate the art of film-making, provide industry collaboration opportunities and outlets for filmmakers to present their work and gain recognition from their peers, the public and industry professionals.

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

SEPTEMBER 27: Ted Barr Solo Exhibition | Opening Reception

Theodor Barr was born in Constance near the black sea and grew in Tel Aviv, Israel. Barr’s first painting mentor was S. Zafrir, an old Israeli master, that taught him the foundations of drawing from 1995-2002. Theodor barr is a self made artist with broad education in the area of astronomy, literature and history. His current pictures are inspired by the deep space photos, sent to earth by the Hubble telescope, on big canvases 150×150 or 120×120 cm. He mixes unique combination of tar, acrylic, oil and lacquer colors in order to capture the dark and glimmering essence of the deepest space and the most glimmering galaxies, stars, white dwarfs and red giants.

More info: http://bit.ly/1dG5iKc

Sept. 28: Caribbean Jazz Matazz

Caribbean Jazz Matazz delivers a fusion of jazz, reggae and calypso music for an unforgettable evening of island sound. Featuring famed saxophonist Arturo Tappin, renowned steel pianist Leon Foster Thomas, jazz guitarist Eugene Grey and vocalist Gem Myers,

More info: http://bit.ly/17GDFxn

Sept. 28: Rhythm of Rajasthan

The Rhythm of Rajasthan is an exciting fusion of traditional rhythms and melodies from the state of Rajasthan. The six-member ensemble, consisting of five musicians and a dancer, fuses traditional music reaching across Hindu and Muslim cultures in a performance that offers the audience a convincing connection with the roots of Indian music. The group captures the romanticism and heroism of the north Indian desert in a visceral, hypnotic performance of poetry, dance, and music.

More info: http://bit.ly/136yaEI

Sept. 28: Wine Education Class at the Mandel Public Library

Join Bob Burchill, the wine expert, and learn how to choose, serve, taste and enjoy wine. You will also learn how to buy wine with confidence in any store and describe what it tastes like. The class is designed for the wine novice to the connoisseur. Intermediate and advanced wine topics will be discussed. Free.

More info: http://bit.ly/bFq0Mc

Oct 5: ArtsPark Experience – Italy

Experience the The music, food and culture of Italy.  Features Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, a septet from Salento that takes classic taranta into the modern world. Plus, DJ Nicola Conte, a global favorite for his jazzy lounge style.  Free.

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

Oct. 12- 13: PeruFest

PeruFest aims to promote Peruvian ancient culture in the field of gastronomy, culture, and products from various regions of Peru. Also there will be pavilions for tourism, artisan craftwork, and jewelry. There will be traditional clothing, music, dance, pictures, paintings that will be representative of Peru and its many regions.

Discounted tickets available for a limited time.

More info: http://on.fb.me/15tU20p

Oct. 19: Movies by Moonlight – Hotel Transylvania

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his Bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For Dracula, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

More info:  http://bit.ly/18yiicI

Oct. 24-27, 30 & 31: River Ghost Tours

Travel back in time to experience a Victorian home funeral and burial at Fort Lauderdale’s oldest home.  The historic Stranahan House Museumand Water Taxi offer an intriguing tour-the River Ghost Tour. The hour long tour includes a visit inside the Stranahan House and a boat ride on the New River. You will be fascinated by the tales of the spirits.

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