FTL Collective’s Birthday Bash At The Bubble


By Fat Hand

So the FTLC has been covering the local scene for one year. In this day and age, a blog that lasts longer than a couple months, let alone a whole year, is something to be celebrated. Therefore, we are throwing ourselves a one-year birthday party on Saturday, June 11, and you are invited.

The Bubble (a real-world collective as opposed to our web-based collective) has agreed to host at its real-life domain at 810 NE 4th Avenue in FTL. The party kicks off early at 5:00 in the afternoon (remember, we are turning 1…think of it as a kids party).  There will be a solid lineup of booze, bands, art, food, booze, photo booth, freeze pops, and I’m sure some other random madness as is common at the Bubble.

The bands:
Ryan Alexander
The Goddamn Hustle
Manifest Test Subject

The exhibiting artists (more TBA):
Danny Hammontree
Tracy Mendy
Nancy Goldwin
Jayne Villamizar
Lauren Britz
Ari Justin Rothenberg
Luzalma Gonzalez
Rachel DeJohn
Live painting by Laura Atria

Don’t eat beforehand because we have BBQ from Jeremiah Lewis (better known as the guy with the smoker in front of Monterey Club) and vegetarian friendly fare from Frank McGuffin (formerly of Munchie One Food Truck). Photos will be taken by Valyn Calhoun and Penelope Lane Photography will be on hand with their infamous Photo FUN Booth with tons of tacky accessories. Digital Love DJ’s Mig and Andie Sweetswirl will be spinning indie and electro all evening.

The bash continues until 11:00 p.m. with an after-party at the Green Room downtown with the band Deaf Poets. It’s $10 to get in The Bubble, but that includes complimentary beer and FTL Mules (courtesy of Green Room). So stop by and have a good time, and do what the FTLC was created to do: support and enjoy the local scene.

Find out additional deets by clicking on the facebook event page here.

And who knows, maybe Russell Brand will stop by and sing us a rendition of African Child.

Hollywood’s New ArtsPark Will Take You To The Point Of No Return

Young Circle, Hollywood in 1924

Hollywood's new ArtsPark






By Strawberry Jam

Years in the making and five million dollars later, Hollywood’s Young Circle is finally finished with its multi-phase renovations and is ready to  unveil the icing on the cake: a $3 million amphitheater.  This Friday, the city is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony, crafts, fireworks, and 80’s acts Exposé (Seasons Change, Point of No Return).  The amphitheater includes theater-quality sound and lights, restrooms, dressing rooms, and grassy seating for 2,500.  Other changes to the land have included landscaping, new sidewalks, fountains, artwork, a two-story visual arts building, and a courtyard.  In the past, Young Circle was less concrete-like and had been overtaken with non-native trees and other shrubbery.  Despite recent financial urgencies, Hollywood is looking into adding permanent covered seating in the future.

For some time now, Downtown Hollywood has been having Funtastic Fridays for families every week from 5-9pm featuring crafts, music, clowns, and shows.  Given the area’s new accommodations it will hopefully appeal to a greater variety of artists and performers, perhaps even National Acts.  For a complete and up-to-date listing of events, including free art classes for adults, click here.

Stopping by?  Make sure to check out PRL for their 100+ beer selection 🙂

The Hollywood ArtsPark Amphitheater grand opening is this Friday, June 3rd from 7 to 10pm, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7 and Exposé performing at 8.  En Vogue will perform Saturday, June 4th at 8pm. Both nights are free.

Drink For A Cause This Wednesday

By Strawberry Jam

Every first Wednesday of the month, The Village At Gulfstream Park in Hallandale hosts a charity Wine Walk.  For $10 you get five samplings and about five hors d’oeuvres at participating shops (Note: wine sample sizes vary, if you know what we mean).  Each store has a selection of wines to choose from and you must get stamped at each stop.  This month’s featured charity is the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Florida.  Below are some photos from May’s Wine Walk.


Some stores have things you might actually buy, like these tabletop goodies at Z Gallerie


Barker Animation was one of the stops on the last Wine Walk


When you get tired from walking, wining, shopping, and munching there are comfy seats scattered around the outdoor shops

Wine Walk Wednesday is June 1st from 6-9pm at The Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale.  $10 for wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres at participating shops.  Pick up your wine passport and have your first “glass” at Full Bodied Wine & Spa.

It’s The Weekend And I’ll Party If IWAN To

Seriously, how the hell can we possibly attend all the great events in Broward this weekend? Here’s the lineup. Choose wisely.


Digital Love hosts an incredible doubleheader tonight: Miami’s emerging Panic Bomber and the sophisticated punk rock duo Pocket Of Lollipops. Check out the sidebar for some Panic Bomber tunes and our latest compilation (track #8) for a Pocket Of Lollipops ditty. Normally, Digital Love has no cover, but tonight it’s $10. Luckily, if you mention “Mig” at the door you get in for FREE. Also, if you’re a regular on Thursdays you’ll get in for FREE. Party starts at 10 at the Green Room.

Laser Wolf has a excellent lineup tonight. Unfortunately, it overlaps the above mentioned Green Room party, but it’s our local bloggers duty to mention it: Live performances by Travalonia, Chris Horgan, Pretty Please, and Atlanta garage rockers Carnivores. No cover.


Based on past reviews and word-of-mouth, this Friday’s Mai-Kai dance party is not to be missed. Popular vinyl DJs Sensitive Side, James Brown’s Sweat, and Mikey Ramirez will be spinning everything from funk, soul, and punk. Last go around, the party was over capacity, but no worries, the place has taken the initiative to fix the overflow problem by opening another section of the restaurant. Party starts at 9pm and ends at 2am with a happy hour running from 10 to midnight. No cover.


Your weekend headliner, IWAN’s The Bubble’s 2nd Birthday Bash, is a can’t-miss event. Just in case you haven’t dropped by the artsy warehouse, the New Times sufficiently described the venue in their post about this event. The Bubble’s grand opening 2 years ago was a contributing factor in my interest in FTL’s burgeoning arts scene, and by default, a contributing factor in starting this Broward-focused blog. It’s a place worth celebrating. Come out and party at one of (if not the best) place for creative types to get together in our city. The massive band lineup includes Alexander, Dooms De Pop, Pretty Please, Radar-vs-Wolf, Low Visibility, Raffa Jo (of Raffa & Rainer), Rob Elba (of the Holy Terrors and Hearing Damage), Travalonia, Brady Newbill, Black Weather Shaman, and Loxahatchee Sinners Union. In addition to all the live music, there will be tons of local art and goodies. There will also be a mysterious “fun booth” by Penelope Lane Photography and indie tunes by Andie Sweetswirl and myself throughout the night. Bands start at 6pm. $5 cover, plus another $5 for an all-you-can-drink keg cup. The warehouse is located at 810 NE 4th Ave, FTL.

I’m not sure why the warehouses don’t get together and plan their parties so they don’t overlap, but SWARM is having a big bash at the same time as the Bubble. If for some reason, you hate me and want to disregard my above suggestion, this party should be great as well. Performances by K-the-i??? (do I have that right?), Stereo 13, Verble, and Sully. There will also be tons of art, DJs spinning, skateboard demos, and a prize wheel. Party starts at 9pm. This warehouse is located at 500 SW 21st Terrace, FTL.

The Gold Coast Beachside Bombshells opening game is against the Gainesville Roller Rebels. The match is at War Memorial Auditorium and tickets start at $10.


Watch the Heat drown the Celtics.

If you don’t like basketball and skipped all the great nightlife on Saturday night, wake up early and support Mothers Against Drunk Driving by joining their walk/run at Huizenga Park. Details on the official MADD website.