Weekend preview: A cultural jacuzzi of local music, beer and conch chowder

When it comes to capturing that particular South Florida brand of “culture” –– a paella of high art and low, music and film, fashion and skin, food and drinks, all unlimited by ethnicity, age and geography (unless traffic is really bad on 95 and then we’ll try to be there next weekend, OK?) –– the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami has long been a lively and thoughtful destination.

For instance, this weekend’s most rewarding night of music can be found not in a club, but at MOCA, where two of South Florida’s most inspiring bands, Jacuzzi Boys and Awesome New Republic, face off Friday night.

The sets, with Sweat Records’ DJ Lolo spinning in between, celebrate British artist Tracey Emin’s first American museum exhibition, the provocative "Angel Without You," and will offer the two Miami bands performing their favorite covers of songs by U.K. bands. We like to think the evening will include Jacuzzi Boys’ excellent version of Big Audio Dynamite’s “E=MC2,” which was part of last Sunday’s broadcast of the HBO hit “Girls.”

But given the prickly and pugnacious sentiments found in Emin’s neon text pieces (samples: “You Made Me Love You,” “Trust Yourself”  and “F--- Off and Die You Slag”), the music could go harder while still being, you know, danceable, or something. The Clash's "Ivan Meets G.I. Joe"? “Guns of Brixton”? Where do we stop?

The music will go from 8 to 11 p.m., with free Heineken products. Tickets: $10, members free.

Looking ahead a little, on Feb. 1 MOCA will reprise Mystery Dates, part fundraiser, part dinner party, part art adventure, hosted by the museum’s young patrons group, the Shakers. The evening begins with a 6-8 p.m. cocktail party, set to live music, surrounded by Emin’s colorful bons mots. There guests learn where they are headed when the cultural safari rolls out to “mystery” locations from Aventura to Coral Gables and South Beach to the Design District, where hosts will throw open their doors to Mystery Dates attendees to enjoy dinner and artful conversation. An after-party follows back at the museum at 11 p.m. Tickets: $150 Shakers members, $200 nonmembers.

MOCA is at 770 NE 125th St., in Miami. Info: MOCANoMi.org.

It’s been nearly a year since we first stood in front of the Frank Theatres CineBowl and Grille as it made its debut at the then-new, 70,000-square-foot Delray Marketplace (14775 Lyons Road), and glanced longingly across the parking lot at T.A.P. Global Beer Collection. Just in time for South Florida Beer Week, the beer finally is pouring at T.A.P.

With an official debut party scheduled for Feb. 8, T.A.P.’s draft offerings range from excellent standards such as Lagunitas, Fat Tire and Lost Coast’s Double Trouble IPA, to obscurities such as Dogfish Head’s Kvasir and Left Hand’s Fade to Black.

And since its recent soft-opening, T.A.P. has shown off an appreciation for Florida brews, including Due South, Funky Buddha, Wynwood and Cigar City. For South Florida Beer Week, the theme continues this weekend with Miami Brewing Co. offering favorites such as Shark Bait, Vice IPA, Gator Tail and Big Rod Coconut Ale (yikes) on Friday night, followed by Saturday’s Drink Like a Local night, with $1 off all local brews. More info: TAPGBC.com.

Among the highlights of the 17th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival, which rolls out this weekend through Feb. 3, is Sunday’s 30th anniversary screening of Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose,” featuring a newly restored 35 mm print and paired with the short “Woody Before Allen,” hosted by Oscar-nominated director Whit Stillman. The films will be shown at 8 p.m. at the Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami. Tickets: $13, $11 students/seniors. Info: 888-585-3456, MiamiJewishFilmFestival.com.

Speaking of classics, Tony Bennett will bring his legendary vocals and influential style to Hard Rock Live on March 14, with tickets ($70, $80 and $90) on sale 10 a.m. Saturday at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Actress and jazz singer Antonia Bennett, Tony's daughter, also will perform On Tuesday, Sony Legacy will release “Tony Bennett: The Classics,” an eclectic and familiar collection of songs that range from 1951’s “Because of You” and “New York, New York” with Frank Sinatra to the Juanes duet “The Shadow of Your Smile” and “The Lady is a Tramp” with Lady Gaga. Info: MyHRL.com.

Irreverent alt-reggae band the People Upstairs headline the bonfire-lit opening night for the inaugural Lake Worth Beach Sand Sculpting and Seafood Festival, which runs through Sunday on the beach in front of the Lake Worth Casino (10 S. Ocean Blvd.).

The amateur sand-sculpting contest takes place noon- 4 p.m. Saturday and is open to anyone who signs up from 10 a.m. to noon at the main stage.  The entry fee is $15 (individuals and teams), with awards in several age groups.

The People Upstairs perform 6-9 p.m., with other acts including 900 Seconds (1 p.m. Saturday), Sweet Justice (3:30 p.m. Saturday) and Ed Stephen & Steel Drum Culture (1:30 p.m. Sunday). Along with comforting bowls of conch and clam chowder, the menu will feature lobster rolls, grilled mahi, grouper fingers, conch fritters and more. The event also includes a kids’ play area and a lineup of nautical vendors.

Festival admission is free. Hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, and there’s a free shuttle from Bryant Park downtown from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info: LakeWorth.org/events.

That smell you smell is the 15th annual Delray Beach Garlic Festival, returning to the city’s main drag Feb. 7-9, with musical headliners Collective Soul. In case you were wondering, the Wyndham Boca Raton’s special rate for Garlic Festival visitors (starting at $189 and including two festival tickets) includes a bed right inside the hotel. You don’t even have to leave the window open. Info: DBGarlicFest.com.