PHILLIP VALYS BEST MOVIE THEATER Cinema Paradiso Fort Lauderdale 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale (954) 525-3456 or Known for first-run movie premieres and as home base for the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, this art house loves getting freaky when the occasion arises. A recent rock musical, dubbed "The Rat Opera," celebrated the life and noise of Miami scenester Rat Bastard, while the Miami-born "Lip Service" storytelling series presented tales of love, honeymoons and the art of removing hemorrhoids. Scandalous, CP. Scandalous. BEST MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954) 525-5500 or The museum's arts programming has boomed since Bonnie Clearwater became director a year ago. "The Miami Generation: Revisited," "Research and Development: Concerning Belonging" and "When the Stars Begin To Fall" are a perfect marriage of contemporary art stamped with local flavor. The 2014-15 schedule, which will include retrospectives on Frida Kahlo and photographer Lee Miller, also looks promising. (Photo courtesy of NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale) BEST PLACE FOR CRAFT BEER Riverside Market and Café 608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954) 358-8333 or This unpretentious hangout is technically neither a bar nor a restaurant, though its brew selection and comfort foods are ample enough to rival both. A craft mecca in a sleepy neighborhood, Riverside carries 500 bottled brews, stacked high and deep behind a wall of refrigerated cases. Tap takeovers are prime occasions for your patronage, so grab a longneck, settle into a couch and give the old church key a workout. BEST CHEESESTEAK The Philly Cheesesteak Experience 3341 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale (954) 616-5468 or "Jeet?" is the question co-owner Bobbie Strauss asks every hungry visitor at this Galt Ocean Mile spot. If you don't know what it means, you're obviously not from South Philly. (For the record, the word is Philly shorthand for "Did you eat?") The cheesesteaks here are chopped sirloin topped with Cheese Whiz which, yes, is another South Philly tradition. BEST FREE ART GATHERING Art Fallout Every October, this supersize artwalk overwhelms downtown Fort Lauderdale with a crush of new exhibits, food trucks and pop-up installations. Shuttles whisk visitors to the FAT Village Art Walk, the next-door Third Avenue Art District (a row of small galleries anchored by Girls' Club Collection), the Sailboard Bend Artist Lofts and the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Wynwood? What's Wynwood?
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