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Below the Radar for the Underground Student

Spring break is the time of year for college students to relax and rejoice in having almost completed another semester of hellish coursework. But since the beach is excessively redundant and Cancun is too expensive, just what is there to do this spring break that is both different and not too pricey?

Whether you want to meet new people, have a good time or soak in some culture, there are a few well-kept secrets in the West Palm Beach area.

If finding a date is one of your spring break priorities, check out Singles Night at Dubliner on March 7. Dubliner is a restaurant and Irish-themed Pub in Palm Beach Gardens that, aside from catering to the “love needs” of the masses, also offers great food and a cool atmosphere. The restaurant/lounge is under the same ownership as several popular college hangouts, including Dada in Delray Beach, so a good time should come at little to no cost. There will be live music starting at 9:30 p.m., and the kitchen is open all night serving gourmet style food at family restaurant prices.

There’s way more to do in South Florida than find a date, though. Another great option is going to a concert at one of many great venues.

For a great rock show, go see Killswitch Engage on March 5 at Revolution in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Revolution offers concert-goers the opportunity for more “intimate” gatherings with their favorite musical acts and features 28,000 sq. ft of indoor/outdoor space, two full service bars and over $1 million in new lighting and decorative renovations. Located right next to Riverfront and overlooking the Fort Lauderdale skyline, Revolution is, as its Web page says, “a revolutionary experience.” Tickets for Killswitch Engage are $23.00 and can be purchased through Revolution’s Web site: www.jointherevolution.net.

A more laid-back alternative to a heavy metal concert can be found at “The Stage” every Wednesday night at C&N Cafí© in West Palm Beach. Starting at 9:30 p.m., the microphone in this quaint little Caribbean cafí© becomes an open mic event for aspiring poets and writers.

“It’s got like a Def Poetry type feel too it,” said Wilkine Brutus, host of the event.

Although mostly spoken-word poetry, Wilkine says that everyone’s welcome to display their talents. “We’ve had acoustic guitarists, comedians, and pianists too.”

Finally, for an added spice of variety, one special event will be in town right in time for FAU’s spring break: The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF).

From March 2-11, the MIFF will showcase various displays of independent movies and documentaries from around the world. Here you can observe cinema culture at its finest with thousands of other film fans and take part in voting for the films you liked most. During the festival an audience award will be given for the dramatic and documentary categories. Tickets for the event can be purchased through the festival’s Web site: www.miamifilmfestival.com.

While these are just a few of the many events happening in South Florida during spring break, a true assortment of events ensures this break suits an array of different interests and identities.

From smaller, quieter settings to large, crazy crowds, one can embrace the South Florida underground spectacles with whichever likings they prefer. With more going on this spring break than just the beach and some booze, the options are solely up to the demands of one’s inner “underground” self.

Singles NightMarch 7 at 9:30 p.m.Dubliner Irish Pub2000 PGA Blvd.Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408Phone: (561) 630-0590

Miami International Film FestivalMarch 2-11Miami Dade College25 NE 2nd Street, Room 5501Miami, FL 33132Phone: (305) 237-3456

Open Mic NightEvery Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. C & N Cafí©4047 Okeechobee BlvdWest Palm Beach, FL 33409Phone: (561) 616-8850

Killswitch EngageMarch 5 at 6:30 p.m.Revolution100 SW 3rd Ave Fort Lauderdale, 33312 Phone: (954) 356-8149

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