One minute, you’re all cool and everything, hanging out with the smart crowd in all the word-of-mouth-only dives, with the razor-sharp conversation, the clothes, the hair, the tragically hip insouciance … and then — bam! — a couple of decades or three pass and you’re munching the kids’ half-eaten chicken fingers and wondering if practice is tomorrow or the next day. What the hell happened?
The BaCA Movie Lounge probably won’t answer the question, but it may rekindle some of those conversations. And there’s free wine.
Beginning Friday at Bailey Contemporary Art, the new cultural destination known as BaCA in Old Pompano Beach, the free weekly summer film series opens with “Blue Velvet,” a favorite of David Lynch devotee Caroline Breder-Watts. BaCA’s film programming manager, Breder-Watts is well known for curating classic-movie events in Delray Beach, home to the Arts Garage, a BaCA partner (See her blog here).
Breder-Watts expects the experience of watching “Blue Velvet” — a typical Lynchian journey, strange and erotic, into the underbelly of suburban America (a “shocking, deeply disturbing, startling mixture of the heartfelt and the horrific,” Newsweek wrote) — to be different nearly 30 years after she first saw it.
And she’ll want to talk about it, which is the point of BaCA Movie Lounge, where guests will gather on sofas and chairs to watch the film in one of BaCA’s new galleries. Intelligent, adult conversation will be encouraged. Did we mention the free wine?
“I know this movie will disturb me 10 times more as a parent than it did when I was 24 or 25,” says the mother of two, ages 9 and 11. “And that’s interesting, too. That’s what’s great about movies. They change with you throughout life.”
She says opening with “Blue Velvet” sets a tone for the series and the kind of programming that will be offered at BaCA, once the old Hotel Bailey and now home to a fresh assortment of galleries and studios. The rest of the series includes “Brazil” (May 23), “Basquiat” (May 30), “A Clockwork Orange” (June 6), “I Shot Andy Warhol” (June 13), “Midnight Cowboy” (June 20), “Mambo Kings” (July 11), “Being John Malkovich” (July 18) and “Pan’s Labyrinth” (July 25).
“[The series] is designed to be, I would hope, an eclectic, certainly visually interesting film collection,” she says. “Because there are so many disciplines working in BaCA, we have movies about visual arts, movies about musicians, and some that are just cool-looking movies.”
BaCA is at 41 NE First St. The BaCA Movie Lounge opens at 7:30 p.m., with screenings at 8 p.m. Admission is free, with donations accepted. The wine is free on opening night. Info: 954-284-0141, BaCAPompano.org.
A PEERLESS VIEW
This just in: The hotly anticipated Beach Bar @ Newport Pier, the oceanfront spot just this side of swanky in Sunny Isles Beach from Paul Flanigan and Frank Zaffere of Quarterdeck fame, is nearly ready for its close-up. “I think we can safely predict a soft opening Tuesday, May 20, and then full speed by the holiday weekend,” Zaffere advises. The restaurant, a partnership with the Newport Group, which runs the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort and Kitchen 305, sits right on the beach on a refurbished pier, with a view you’d be hard-pressed to top for a romantic drink. The menu will offer steaks, sushi and sashimi created by chef Mike Jin, along with sandwiches and typical beach fare. The Beach Bar is at 16501 Collins Ave. Info: 305-949-1300, BeachBarNewportPier.com.
For Art Museum Day on Sunday, the NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale will offer free admission and, though its run officially ends on Saturday, tours of the emotionally provocative civil-rights photographs in “The Movement.” Also Sunday will be a 1 p.m. screening of the Bruce Weber short “Liberty City Is Like Paris to Me” and Spike Lee’s take on the Birmingham church bombings, “Four Little Girls,” at 3 p.m. To RSVP for a tour and a seat for the films, call 954-262-0227. More info: MOAFL.org.
CUPCAKES AT 4
Cupcake Burlesque will celebrate its fourth anniversary on Saturday at Respectable Street (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) with a show themed to 4-year-old sensibilities: Disney princesses. Described as “a sultry and hilarious romp through the animated ensembles from your childhood,” the “Diznee Undressed” show will begin at 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 advance, $10 at the door. Info: CupcakeBurlesque.com.
GIRLS' NIGHT OUT
I have never seen the 2011 movie “Bridesmaids,” being a guy’s guy and all, but I did catch one snippet over my wife’s shoulder last week: an apparently famous scene of the ladies (Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey) shopping for dresses and suddenly discovering, to their projectile-vomiting surprise, that they all have food poisoning. “Funny” does not do justice to what transpires. Good luck thinking about anything else when you sidle up to the new “Bridesmaids” video slot machines that recently arrived at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.
It’s American Craft Beer Week (when isn’t it?) and, if nothing else, this gives you a rationale for the kind of experimentation that may force you to miss the early Mass Sunday morning. Your local tavern will have all kinds of enticements, but our Saturday to-do list is topped by the rare sighting of Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA during Night of the 1,000 IBUs at Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale. Being a guy’s guy may not make us man enough for this brew (15 to 20 percent ABV!), but there will be no projectile vomiting. Info: Facebook.com/RiversideMarket.
LILY OF THE ALLEY
Pop music is a better place when Lily Allen is an active part of it. The prickly chanteuse, who recently came out of a maternal haze with her first album in five years, “Sheezus,” will open her fall tour Sept. 9 at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Tickets cost $29.50-$35 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at the box office, LiveNation.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Info: 305-673-7300, FillmoreMB.com, LilyAllenMusic.com.
BLACK AND BLUE
Reminder: Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for the Black Keys’ Dec. 15 BB&T Center performance on a tour filled with music from the new album “Turn Blue.” Tickets for the show, with St. Vincent the thoughtful opener, cost $30.75, $50.75 and $70.75 at LiveNation.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Info: TheBlackKeys.com.
Fair warning: We are about 60 days away from the seventh annual Internationally World Famous Treasure Trove Fishing Tournament, headquarteted at the Treasure Trove on Fort Lauderdale beach on July 19. For many this free event is a warm, nostalgic trip back to the flip-flopped days of languorous idyll on the beach, before the $14 cocktail and the Louboutins moved in. For others it’s just free fish and cheap drinks. Either way, you win. So does the Foundation Fighting Blindness (Blindness.org), this year’s beneficiary from the raffle and other proceeds. Entry is free, as is the post-awards fish fry. Says tournament organizer Phil Dunn: “For those of you who have never been, we promise the same high level of organization as always ... something similar to a monkey shit fight at the zoo.” For an explanation, email Dunn at email@example.com.
This is opening weekend for the downtown Fort Lauderdale Giraffas Brazilian Kitchen and Grill, a restaurant chain with nearly 400 locations in Brazil and, now, nine in South Florida. The specialty is burgers and steaks cut from the cap of the rump steak, called picanha. Yes, there’s a kids’ menu (sadly, it includes chicken fingers), plus wine and Brazil’s Itaipava beer, among others. Something different, yes? It’s located in the Fresh Market center at 420 N. Federal Highway. Info: 954-990-8700, Giraffas.com.
HAPPY DENNIS DAY
Former NBA star, party animal and recovering diplomat Dennis Rodman will celebrate his 53rd birthday in South Florida (where else?) Saturday night at E11even Miami (where else?), the 25,000-square-foot, open-24-hours nightclub (literally never closed) two blocks from AmericanAirlines Arena. We did not need ESPN’s recent 30 for 30 documentary “Bad Boys” to remind us what an interesting and sympathetic figure Rodman is. Happy birthday, Dennis. Info: 305-829-2911, 11Miami.com.