For those out there that don 't have a local PHP user group, you should check out the Nomad PHP virtual user group. It meets once a month online and this month's topic is an introduction to Laravel 4 (from Phil Sturgeon). It'll be happening at 8pm CDT on the 27th.
An introduction into Laravel 4, the Yet Another Framework that does things a little differently. See how it leverages Symfony components for its core along with multiple other Composer components instead of building everything from scratch. Learn how despite the complex Symfony underbelly Laravel 4 still gives a slick API to ease the learning curve of the framework to more of an accessibility ramp. After this run through of Laravel 4 you'll be psyched to trial it out, no matter what your usual "go to framework" is.
If you'd like to attend, tickets for the meetin g(to help cover the costs of the virtual meeting tools) will only run you $10 USD. If you're interested, check out this month's meeting page for more details.