Say kon­nichiwa to Lauder­hill with Kent Jones

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In the last cou­ple of years, few be­tween 16th and 19th streets, near artists this side of Pit­bull have the new Lauder­hill Per­form­ing served a na­tional pop-mu­sic au­diArts Cen­ter. Ad­mis­sion is free. ence the unique fla­vor of South Along with per­for­mances by Florida cul­tures freshly melted in Jones and co­me­dian Chris Pri­ester, the pot like Kent Jones. the event will in­clude a bar­be­cue

The one­time Dil­lard Cen­ter for com­pe­ti­tion, lo­cal artists and lo­cal the Arts jazz stu­dent broke out in craft beer, with rep­re­sen­ta­tion 2016 with the No. 1 hit “Don’t from Funky Bud­dha Brew­ery in Mind” (perhaps best known by its Oakland Park, Mack House in catchy re­frain, “She said, ‘Hola. Davie, Holy Mack­erel in Pom­pano

Get daily ¿Como es­tás?’ / She said, ‘KonBeach and Khoffner Brew­ery in

up­dates on nichiwa’ ”), and fol­lowed it up Fort Laud­erdale.

South ear­lier this year with the Lat­inLes­lie John­son, di­rec­tor of pub­lic

Florida in­fused hit “Merengue,” which re­la­tions and cul­tural arts for the

en­ter­tain­name-dropped Marc An­thony and city, says the event serves as an

ment and came with a video fea­tur­ing DJ in­tro­duc­tion to the area around

things to do Khaled. LPAC — the “crown jewel,” she

at South On Satur­day, Jones will re­turn to calls it — that the city is re

Florida.com South Florida as the head­liner for imag­in­ing as Lauder­hill’s down

and on the inau­gu­ral Pork, Pints and town arts dis­trict.

Twit­ter at Palettes Fes­ti­val, a cel­e­bra­tion of John­son notes that the area isn’t

@Ben lo­cal craft beer and bar­be­cue much to look at, but change is

Cran­dell spon­sored by the city of Lauder­hill. com­ing. New busi­nesses have beRun­ning from 6 to 11 p.m., the block party gun to pop up around the LPAC, and new takes place along North­west 38th Av­enue streetscap­ing is on its way, she says.

“This is more than a dream. It’s start­ing,” she says. “We want peo­ple to come to the down­town en­ter­tain­ment dis­trict to eat, drink and be merry.” Kent Jones, a 2011 grad­u­ate of Dil­lard High School and past mem­ber of the Dil­lard Jazz Band, has taken off as a hip hop artist. His re­cent hit sin­gle “Don't Mind” just broke through to the Top 10 Bill­board’s Hot 100 Chart. He also opened for Bey­once’s For­ma­tion tour in Miami and is fea­tured on DJ Khaled's new al­bum Ma­jor Key.

The Pork, Pints and Palettes Fes­ti­val is the first of sev­eral com­mu­nity events planned for the area, with a cognac-and-cigars night and a taco fes­ti­val (pegged to Cinco de

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