The top 3 things I did in April: art, beer and rock and roll

April was the best month of my entire life. OK, not really, but it was pretty fab. Besides getting on a flight to Puerto Rico, the best things I did in South Florida this month were:

1. Sunfest 2011: I have had a thing for Neon Trees ever since I heard the line “Here we go again / I kinda wanna be more than friends,” the opener for their hit “Animal.” Yesterday I discovered that I don’t just love the music by the band, I love the actual band, too. Lead singer and keyboardist Tyler Glenn is adorably effeminate and is such a great, charismatic performer, the kind who bites the microphone cord, runs back and forth across the stage, and always get the crowd involved, even when more than half the audience doesn’t know any of the songs. In addition to Neon Trees, I also saw OAR, Sick Puppies (who did a sick (har har) cover of Cee Lo Green’s very profane big radio hit) and the tail end of Earth, Wind & Fire, plus tons of awesome artwork from artists all over Florida and some even from out of state or out of the country. Plus, I found $5 on the ground, which totally covered the delicious $4 beef empanada I bought for dinner. My definition of a good day. After seven hours at Sunfest, I concluded I want to spend at least 14 hours there next year.

Neon Trees lead singer in his sleek yellow jacket, which he flung off midway through the show.

Awesome clock made out of recycled materials, made by Chinese artist Tshun, who lives in Fort Lauderdale.

2. Delray Affair: Nothing has made me want to move out of my parent’s house and into my own apartment more than the Delray Affair. Once a year, more than 600 street venders line up on Atlantic Avenue to sell crafts and food. Looking at the wooden salt and pepper shakers, clocks made out of recycled materials, and mango-scented candles, all I could think was, “I. want. to decorate.”

The ONLY thing that could ever make me spend money on a magnet, especially one that costs $8? Pure Gator pride.

Beautiful buoys!

This artist takes photographs of letters and then puts them together in frames to spell out words. This one says OCEAN.

3. World of Beer: I believe the awestruck man I overheard at this bar a couple weeks ago summed it up best when he said, “It truly is a world of beer!” I discovered World of Beer in Orlando in January and seriously thought I was going to have to drive 150 miles every weekend just so I could go back and sample more beers. Luckily I was wrong, because at the end of March, a location opened at one of my favorite places, on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. With more than 500 different varieties of beer from all over the world, I promise, even if you don’t like beer, you will find one you like at this bar. My obsessions: the pear cider, the strawberry beer and the beer with floating blueberries in it. Yeah, I’m a girl. There’s usually a cover band playing, and most of the ones I’ve seen have been pretty good. Another plus: there’s a Coconut Creek location for those who live in Broward County. The only negative: since the band plays in the background, it’s always so loud at WOB. This would be fine if the main focus in the bar was on dancing, but it’s not, it’s on talking and mingling. I find it very hard to hear anyone talking, and even harder to talk over the noise. This is why I actually kind of like the Coconut Creek location better than Clematis, because there’s lots of outdoor seating there.

Blueberry beer, the first thing that got me hooked on World of Beer.


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