Weekend Concierge

Oct 122018
miami world percussion

Join First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale on October 21, 2018 for the 2018-2019 Concert Series kick-off! The 2018-2019 Concert Series will take you on a tour of the musical world with a stellar lineup of eight concerts featuring a variety of musical genres and guests. The concert series will begin Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. with the Miami World Percussion Orchestra “The Music of Brad Watson.” Under the direction of Brad Watson, the program features beautiful melodies and exciting rhythms from various regions and countries including the Caribbean, China, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Africa and others. The variety of the instruments and music program will be enjoyable for music lovers of all ages!

“This season you are sure to find music that inspires you,” said Robin L. McEachern, Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. “We are excited to have such talented groups of singers and musicians performing this us this year, and we are eager to share their music with our community.”

Besides the Annual Kirk Singer’s Musical, there is no cost to attend a concert at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. Donations will be collected during each concert to help support the church’s music ministry programming, including the annual concert series. A donation of $10 per person is encouraged, but not required.

All concerts will be held in the Church’s Sanctuary, 401 SE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. In addition to the kick-off concert on October 21, 2018, the following concerts are planned for the 2018-2019 season:

Annual Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Robin L. McEachern, Conductor
Experience the glorious music of Christmas presented by the Cathedral Choir and members of the Symphony of the Americas. Both new music and traditional favorites will be included in the program. Highlights include music by Felix Mendelssohn, John Rutter, Dan Forrest, Randol Alan Bass, Robert Shaw’s “Many Moods of Christmas”, and the “Hallelujah” Chorus by G. F. Handel.

Westminster Handbell Choir
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Kathleen Ebling Shaw, Conductor
These students from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. will be on their winter concert tour. They have played in Fort Lauderdale on numerous occasions, and perform all kinds of music on the largest set of handbells in the world. It is as exhilarating to see as it is to hear!

Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Christopher Dorsey, Conductor
The Dillard Center provides training in dance, music, theater, and visual arts, as well as a rigorous academic curriculum. These high school students who comprise the Jazz Ensemble have gained national recognition for their award-winning excellence. What a great venue this will be to showcase the talents of young people in the South Florida area!

Annual Kirk Singer’s Musical
Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10, 2019
Michael R. Sayers, Conductor
The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale’s Kirk Singer’s (grades 9-12) will present their 46th Annual Broadway Musical in two dinner shows (Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9) and two theater-style performances (Thursday, March 7 and Sunday afternoon, March 10th). Tickets need to be purchased for each performance and will be available after February 1, 2018.

Cathedral Choir “POPS” Concert
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Robin L. McEachern, Conductor
The Cathedral Choir joined by members of The Symphony of the Americas will present a concert of secular music featuring patriotic, Broadway, and other popular hits. Everyone always leaves this concert whistling a happy tune!

Annual Children’s Choir Musical 
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Gretchen Fasulo, conductor
Susan Dodd, accompanist
The Children’s Choirs at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale will present their Annual Spring Musical in both the 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service and the 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service. Their music always focuses on a Bible Story and the Scriptures. Both the children and congregation alike take home a lesson in Faith.

Kirk Singer’s Annual Spring Concert
Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 7 p.m. 
Michael R. Sayers, Conductor
The concert series will conclude with the Kirk Singer’s (grades 9-12) Spring Concert featuring music from their Sunday worship service repertoire, as well as Broadway and contemporary selections.

For more information about the 2018-2019 concert series, contact Robin McEachern at (954) 598-9322 or [email protected]. For additional information about First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, its worship schedule or its diverse array of faith-based and social programming, please visitwww.firstpres.cc, call (954) 462-6200 or like the church’s Facebook page by clicking here.

About First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale
Founded in 1912, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale is located on the banks of the New River in the historic Colee Hammock neighborhood in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. With more than 1,800 members, and a strong core of volunteers, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale prides itself in offering something for everyone, regardless of age. Since 1947, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale has operated Happyland Day School, a preschool for ages two to Kindergarten that provides a quality Christian environment for the children of the community. Adult, youth and children choirs as well as youth groups offer ample opportunity for fellowship at any age. An Adult Activity Center is open to senior citizens and features weekly lunches, entertainment and monthly bus trips. First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale offers two regular Sunday services as well as special worship services held throughout the year to commemorate significant days. For more information, please visit the website at www.firstpres.cc.

Oct 022018

Westfield Walls is an immersive art experience and family friendly exhibit happening on October 6 through October 20, 2018  at the Westfield Broward Mall,  8000 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation.  More than just a traditional art exhibit,  Westfield Walls is a new breed of urban street art. Customers can shop while enjoying eclectic artistic excellence. Visitors will enjoy an interactive experience through a transformation of the Center Court into a total graffiti takeover including live artist demonstrations, face painting, store sampling with special offers, fitness sessions, dance performances and more! 🎨

FREE American Express Gift Card Offer

The first 100 guests in line at the #WestfieldWalls event on Saturday, October 6 or Saturday October 13 will receive a FREE $15 American Express Gift Card!

*While supplies last. One American Express gift card per person.


The event hours are Noon through 5pm in the Center Court.

For more details on the event schedule please visit, www.westfield.com/broward/westfieldwalls



Sep 282018
swing dancers

The Historic Ali Cultural Arts is proud to announce that Ashanti Cultural Arts will be hosting an exciting new monthly event at the Pompano Beach venue. Swinging Fridays-Jazz on the Boulevard will take place the last Friday of each month from 7-10 pm. Professional instructors will teach the steps to iconic swing dances including the Lindy Hop, the Shag and more. Then, everyone will practice their new moves during the jazz concert which follows. Admission is $7 per person. To learn more, www.aliarts.org.

“Swinging Fridays will be a fun way to unite everyone in the community, young and old, to share the indelible impact these genres have had on our culture,” said Linda Houston Jones, Ashanti’s founder and executive director. “We are thrilled to be offering these exuberant dance classes followed by concerts featuring renowned artists including Jessie Jones, George Tandy and Nicole Yarling.”

The majority of swing dances originated in African American communities, including the Lindy Hop, which began in Harlem in the 1930s. The term “jitterbug” has been famously attributed to famed band leader Cab Calloway, because, as he put it, “[The dancers] look like a bunch of jitterbugs out there on the floor due to their fast, often bouncy movements.”

“According Pompano Beach historians, Calloway along with Louis Armstrong boarded at the Ali Building during the 1930s, bringing this exciting new program full-circle,” said Nguyen Tran, director of the Pompano Beach Northwest Community Redevelopment Agency.


Ali Cultural Arts
353 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060

About Ashanti Cultural Arts:

Ashanti was founded in March of 1990 in Fort Lauderdale, FL by Linda Houston Jones. The name Ashanti is a royal West African Tribe known for its Cultural Richness and Diversity. Ashanti has been serving communities for more than 20 years with classes and entertainment in the arts since the organization’s founding.

Sep 202018

This year marks the 45th celebration of the annual Oktoberfest on October 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21, 2018. The American German Club’s
Oktoberfest is its largest single cultural event highlighting German culture, heritage and traditions. The volunteer run festival is held during  the second and third weekends in October, rain or shine. Several publications tout the festival as one of the largest and most authentic Oktoberfests in the United States, with approximately 35,000 visitors expected over the two weekends.


For its eleventh anniversary appearance, the “Heldensteiner” band returns from Munich Germany, directly after performing in the Lowenbrau tent at the world famous Munich Oktoberfest. The Hobfrau Festhaus will host the band “Echt Baerig”, also straight from Munich. Other culturally authentic entertainment will take place throughout festival grounds and inside the Festhaus. Children can enjoy the club’s playground plus a carnival with rides and games for all ages. Unlimited ride wristbands and single ride tickets will be available for purchase.

Food and Drink:

Authentic Munich Oktoberfest foods such as sauerbraten, schnitzel, goulasch, rotisserie chicken, roast pork, sausages, bratwurst, bauernwurst, meterwurst, leberkase, currywurst, traditional pretzels, giant pickles, potato pancakes, German desserts and much more will be available throughout the festival grounds. A variety of Hofbrau beers plus domestic craft and favorites will be on hand. German schnapps, wines and frozen drinks will be available, as well as plenty of soft drinks and water.

About the American German Club of the Palm Beaches:

In 1964, three German Americans kicking around a soccer ball at a Sunday picnic envisioned the creation of a social club. Their mission: to bring families together in the interest of sharing the traditions of their heritage. After much volunteer work and fundraising, the American German Club was born and continues to thrive with a multicultural membership dedicated to community outreach and promoting friendship among diverse communities.

Admission & Location:

Adults, $12. Children, 12 years and under, are free and must be accompanied by an adult

American German Club of the Palm Beaches
5111 Lantana Rd., Lake Worth, FL 33463


Friday, October 12 – 5pm to 11pm
Saturday, October 13 – Noon to 11pm
Sunday, October 14 – Noon to 8pm

Friday, October 19 – 5pm to 11pm
Saturday, October 20 – Noon to 11pm
Sunday, October 21 – Noon to 8pm

More Information

Follow updates to Oktoberfest of the Palm Beaches via their Facebook Event Page

More details on this and other events at the German American Club can be found at: www.eventbrite.com/o/american-german-club-of-the-palm-beaches-11083866733


Sep 042018
Grease Burger Bar

America’s love affair with the all-mighty cheeseburger spans almost a hundred years of juicy, lip-smacking delight and on Tuesday, September 18, it’s time to celebrate.  Grab a napkin and enjoy a juicy, protein-packed masterpiece at Burger Bar, Death or Glory, Grease Burger Bar, Habit Burger Grill, and The Beauty and The Beeeef.  Habit Burger is also partnering with No Kid Hungry, and guests who donate $3 or more to help end childhood hunger will receive a free cheese Charburger on their next visit.


Here are the top five cheeseburgers to sink your teeth into on National Cheeseburger Day:


Habit Burger

Habit Burger Grill’s Charburger

Enjoy America’s “Best Tasting Burger” at Habit Burger Grill while raising funds for No Kid Hungry. Its Charburgers are cooked over an open flame and were named the best tasting burger in the nation by a leading consumer magazine. The Habit Restaurant, Inc. is continuing its commitment to help end childhood hunger in America by partnering with No Kid Hungry for a fourth year. Over the past four years, The Habit has raised over $1 million for the No Kid Hungry campaign, providing millions of meals for kids across the country. All seven South Florida locations will participate in the charity partnership. The Habit will be collecting donations for No Kid Hungry and offering guests who donate $3 or more to the No Kid Hungry campaign a free Charburger with cheese certificate, good on a return visit August 28 through October 2, 2018.


Burger Bar

Burger Bar’s The Lone Star

Get ready to unleash your inner cowboy at Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens because The Lone Star is coming to town. The fully loaded prime beef blend burger is topped with cheddar cheese, crispy onion rings, thick-cut bacon, mayo, and BBQ sauce. Served on the hip, gourmet burger joint’s signature bun, this cheeseburger will have your taste buds yelling “yeehaw!” before the last bite.


The Beauty and The Beeeef

The Beauty and The Beeeef Super Pac Man

The Beauty and the Beeeef is grilling up a mélange of drool-worthy and seismically sized 8-ounce Angus “beefwiches” like you’ve never experienced before. Take a bite out of the Super Pac Man, a superhero of smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, mac n’ cheese, caramelized onions, and red onion. But the real wow factor of this gourmet burger is its bun — breaded, deep-fried mac n’ cheese.


Grease Burger Bar

Grease Burger Bar’s Mr. Bigg

Feeling hungry? Take on the 12 oz. Mr. Bigg at Grease Burger Bar in downtown West Palm Beach. Covered in melted pepper jack cheese, flame-grilled to perfection in a cast-iron skillet and crowned with deep-fried Applewood smoked bacon, caramelized frizzled onions, and warm garlic aioli, it’s a delicious piece of gastro-pub art.


Veggie Burger

Death or Glory’s Veggie Cheeseburger

Vegans and meat-eaters alike are raving about the edgy Veggie Cheeseburger at Death or Glory, Delray Beach’s popular bar and restaurant. The plant-based patty is made from a mixture of mushrooms, onions, beets, tamari, vegan Worcestershire sauce, and forbidden rice, a black delicacy once reserved for Chinese Emperors to ensure good health. The savory burger is topped with house-made pickles, raw onions, white cheddar and fancy sauce, a mixture of ketchup, dijon, mayo, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco and served on a potato bun.


About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 230 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as four international locations. There are seven Habit Burger locations in South Florida. More information is available at habitburger.com.


About Burger Bar

Burger Bar, owned and operated by Heaton Companies, headquartered in Palm Beach, Fla., is a full service, ‘classy casual’ restaurant located conveniently at Donald Ross Road and Military Trail in the Donald Ross Village Shopping Center, Palm Beach Gardens. Burger Bar offers 20+ varieties of burgers, top-notch entrees and alternate dishes, salads, snacks, wings, and a wide variety of domestic, international and craft beer, fine wine, and premium spirits.


About The Beauty and The Beeeef

The Beauty and The Beeeef is located at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 239, Wellington, FL 33414. Built around a spacious floor plan, the restaurant mixes industrial design elements, retro novelties from the Hillsboro Antique Mall, bespoke furnishings, and street art murals with a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. The restaurant is located on the upper level near Macy’s and Paragon Wellington Theater.


About Grease Burger Beer & Whiskey Bar

Grease Burger looks and feels like something out of NYC’s Meatpacking District circa the turn of the century. With a working fireplace, long solid oak bar and steel meat hooks hanging from the ceiling the place is steeped in character. The restaurant also has a sports bar component with 14 flat screen TVs. Grease gets all cable sports packages so every major game is always on. Grease is located in downtown West Palm Beach just a few steps from the Clematis Street fountain and the new Downtown Park.


About Death or Glory

Death or Glory is located at 116 NE 6th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483 in the historic Falcon House, which was originally built in 1925. Its name was derived from the battle cry motto of the Queen’s Royal Lancers and made popular in the 1979 song “Death or Glory” by The Clash. Its canopied, outdoor Tiki Bar is a is a popular hangout for the Delray Beach community and visitors.


More places to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day

Galley at Hilton West Palm Beach 

Galley Burger

Galley Burger

Hilton’s executive chef Miguel Santiago will be serving up the eponymous Galley Burger ($19), a fork-tender brisket and short rib-blended patty bathed in foie gras butter and stacked with Vermont sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and accompanied by hand-cut French fries.

Galley at Hilton West Palm Beach is located at 600 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach. For more information, visit opentable.com/r/galley-hilton-west-palm-beach or call               (561) 231-6000.

Sunset Grill at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

Sunset Grill Cheeseburger

Sunset Grill Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger gourmands can also stock up on juicy offerings at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s relaxed, en plein air restaurant, Sunset Grill. Chef John Baker’s flaming up 8-ounce fresh-ground chuck comfort food classics like the Sunset Grill Cheeseburger ($11), crowned with Applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and topped with a sunny-side-up egg; the Quesadilla Burger ($12), a two-napkin masterpiece with housemade pico de gallo, chipotle sour cream, and cotija cheese served on a tortilla shell bun; and the Cuban Burger ($12), an international showstopper layered with ham, mojo marinated pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on a brioche bun.


Sunset Grill at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is located at 5550 NW 40th Street, Coconut Creek. For more information, visit seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com/sunset-grill or call        (954) 977-6700.

Go Greek at Gyromania Grill

greek cheeseburgeNot known as a hamburger joint, this restaurant sells a lot more Gyro wraps but the same toppings, including tzatziki sauce go great on top of their standard 5oz. patty.  Add a few strips of Gyro meat and some feta cheese crumbles and you’ve got a Greek Cheeseburger! They have priced it the same as their standard double-cheeseburger for only $7.70.

Gyromania Grill has 3 stores, one in Coral Springs, one in Boca Raton (Garden Shops) and another along 441 in Wellington.  Find more details at gyromaniagrill.com



Black Angus Build-it-yourself Burger at Galuppi’s

chili-cheeseburgerOur choice for the most under-rated restaurant for burgers is Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach.  Their menu only lists two hamburgers, one with the standard toppings for $10.50 and another one with hickory BBQ sauce, jalapeño jack cheese,applewood smoked bacon, crispy onion straws for $12.00 including fries.  We recommend either due to the high quality meat and expert grilling.  However, if you look at the menu closely, you’ll see that you can add various toppings for a little extra.  So we started out with their standard 8 oz. black angus burger and added chili and cheese toppings.  It was a little messy but well worth it!   Sit outside on the patio and you’ll love the view too!

Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio-Bar is located at 1103 N. Federal Hwy in Pompano Beach.  For more information, visit their website www.galuppis.com or call (954) 785-0226.

Like a bargain?

Burgers Tuesdays

Brendan’ Sports Pub in Pompano Beach offers 2-for-1 burgers and steak-fries every Tuesday so you can celebrate National Cheeseburger Day all year round!

Check out more bargains on our updated calendars of Daily Dinner Deals around town.


Aug 172018
tommy the who

The Who’s Tommy is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Pete Townshend based on The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy. The musical originated in San Diego, California, on July 1, 1992. The Broadway theatre debut took place the following year at the St. James Theatre and closed on June 17, 1995, after 899 performances.  The play subsequently was produced by various touring companies throughout North America and Europe.  In Boca Raton, local theater company Q2Q partnered with Boca Black Box to bring the show to Boca Raton on August 16,  19, 23 and 26, 2018.

About Tommy

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy tells the story of a pinball-playing, deaf, mute and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities. Theatrical wizard Des McAnuff translated this five-time Tony Award-winning musical into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind musical theater event featuring music and lyrics by Pete Townshend. After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and, as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he’s discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball and, when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

To fully appreciate all that this musical has to offer, read the act by act description via Wikipedia.

tommy boca black box


General Admission: $30  VIP $40

Purchase online at: www.bocablackbox.com

A limited number of discount tickets may be online via our partner: Goldstar