Where did the summer go? Are we buying notebooks already? Did school always start so early? What happened to all my ambitious plans? The house unpainted? The Dickens unread? Do I really have only three more weeks to wear my white suit? Can I get a do-over?
It’s not yet mid-August and the outer bands of the fall season — bringing with it the more serious work rhythms, the obligatory social whirl, the kids’ impenetrable algebra homework — seem to loom more urgently this year.
In the sentimental buddy film “Pop Aye,” a stressed-out middle-aged Bangkok architect attempts to solve a midlife crisis not with a Lamborghini or a new girlfriend, but by buying an elephant.
Walking away from his career (his first project, a dated shopping mall, is about to be demolished for a modern luxury tower called Eternity), the architect, Thana, and elephant, which Thana believes is the animal he knew as Popeye growing up, set out on a road trip to their childhood home in the Thai countryside. Comedy, dark and light, ensues.
The film, which on Friday begins a weeklong run at the Stonzek Theatre at the Lake Worth Playhouse (LakeWorthPlayhouse.org), is “the thinking person’s feel-good film of the summer,” according to Washington Post reviewer Christopher Kompanek.
“Much is communicated nonverbally (or, at most, with sparse dialogue),” Kompanek writes. “The palpable bromance — if that’s even the right word for this interspecies relationship — is visible in each trunk nuzzle. Thana never smiles as widely as he does when peering into Popeye’s large, dark eyes.”
So, yeah, where did the summer go? Where can I buy an elephant?
DRINKING FOR GOOD
Craft-cocktail influencers Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta, the Miami duo behind Bar Lab, best known for the spirited imagination at work at the Broken Shaker and the Anderson, on Sunday will launch a nonprofit that will begin throwing drink-friendly charity events around South Florida. The Anderson will host the kickoff party for the All Day Foundation from 7 to 9 p.m., with complimentary drinks, food specials and live music for a $20 donation to the nonprofit. All proceeds will go to the Miami-based Children’s Home Society. Visit: Facebook.com/TheAndersonMiami.
Rapper-activist-entrepreneur Talib Kweli and actor Adrian Grenier, co-founder of the Lonely Whale Foundation, will be among the special guests onstage with CNN commentator, activist and author Van Jones when his We Rise Tour hits the Fillmore Miami Beach at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20-$59.50 (plus fees). Visit FillmoreMB.com.
Heads-up: Another loquacious Jones is on the way as Leslie Jones — “Saturday Night Live” loose cannon, “Game of Thrones” nerd, Aaron Judge fangirl — stops at the Palm Beach Improv for five performances Aug. 18-20. Tickets cost $45. Visit PalmBeachImprov.com.
Two of the most relevant hip-hop stars on the road right now will be in South Florida in the next few days, and a surprising number of tickets remain to catch one of them, Future at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach 7:30 Sunday. Tickets start at a ridiculous $13.50 for a four-pack at LiveNation.com. A few scattered seats remain (especially behind the stage) for J. Cole’s performance 8 p.m. Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Prices stars at $45.50 at Ticketmaster.com.
Put on a nice shirt, why don’t you, and indulge in Saturday night’s Vodka Riot, the third installment of the Sizzlin’ Summer Social Series in the Fieldhouse on Delray Beach’s Old School Square. Among the chefs creating vodka-infused dishes for the evening will be Joey Gianuzzi (Farmer’s Table), Blake Malatesta (MIA Kitchen & Bar), Jessie Steele (Death or Glory) and Thomas Op’t Holt (50 Ocean), with each serving paired with a special cocktail. The cocktail voted the favorite of the night will be featured at the 2018 South Florida Garlic Fest. The dinner runs from 7 to 9 p.m. All-inclusive tickets cost $45. Visit OldSchoolSquare.org.
Advance tickets go on sale Friday for the second annual Riptide Music Festival at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, a two-day event on Dec. 2-3 that combines modern rock and pop on Day 1 with classic sounds on Day 2. Performers include Cage the Elephant, Weezer, Portugal. The Man and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness on Day 1, followed by KC and the Sunshine Band, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Morris Day and the Time and Loverboy on Day 2. Locals on the bill include Alex Di Leo, Mike Mineo and Brother Sundance (Day 1) and Mr. Nice Guy (Day 2). Visit: RiptideFest.com.
LOVE IN FALL
Early-bird tickets ($20) are on sale through the end of the month for C&I Studio's annual For The Love! arts and music and food and beer festival in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village on Oct. 7. Among the bands named so far are Kids and Civilian. Visit Facebook.com/CIStudios.
Food in Motion, the gathering of food trucks, local artisans, free beer and those who love them, returns to Peter Feldman Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village 5-11 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/IndieCraftBazaar) … Do not forget the Hollywood Brewery Beer Garden when you hit the season-ending Summer in the City events this weekend at Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton, featuring a free performance by Marley interpreters Ruffhouse 7:30 p.m. Friday (MiznerAmp.com) … Copperpoint Brewing in Boynton Beach is in the spotlight as the Roar & Pour series returns to the Palm Beach Zoo 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, with burgers, dogs and classic rock from Chain Reaction and Forever Styx (Facebook.com/PalmBeachZoo) … Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton on Aug. 19 will celebrate the release of their 2017 Grand Cru, the malty 11-percent ABV that is a favorite of stout-hearted locals all over (Facebook.com/BarrelOfMonks).
SOMETHING TO FEAR
Reminder, tickets went on sale this week for the Halloween-themed Wynwood Fear Factory, Oct. 28-29 at the RC Cola Plant, where the lineup includes DJ Snake, Porter Robinson, Wiz Khalifa, Steve Angello and Big Gigantic. Advance two-day, general-admission passes cost $100 at WynwoodFearFactory.com.
CORNHOLE FOR GOOD
Cornhole at Hooters? Where do I sign? Saturday is the deadline for teams to register for a cornhole tournament on Friday, Aug. 18, hosted by Hooters of Boca Raton and the Boca Raton Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent Fund. Running from 6 to 9 p.m., the tournament is a fundraiser for the Boca Faton Fire Explorers and offers raffles and prizes that include $150 in Hooters gift certificates to the winners ($100 for second, $70 for third). To register or for more information, visit Cornhole.BocaCares.org.
Popular Latin funk-fusion band Electric Piquete will celebrate a decade of making music together with a party at the Little Havana hot spot Ball & Chain Friday night. The show is free with two sets beginning at 10:30 p.m. Visit ElectricPiquete.com, BallandChainMiami.com.
ACES HIGH SOCIETY
The inaugural Aces High Music Festival, brought to you by the ambitious folks at Aces High Tattoo, takes over Respectable Street in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Saturday with a strong local lineup that includes Everymen, Que Lastima, Wolf-Face, No Name Ska Band, Vibes Farm, Ether, Church Girls, Seven Serpents and Heel Turn. Cover is $10. Visit: AcesHighTattooShop.com.
The lineup is out for Bumblefest 2017, the four-stage local-music block party, curated by PureHoney magazine’s Steve Rullman, that returns to downtown West Palm Beach on Sept. 2. Among more than 20 bands performing in and around Voltaire, Respectable Street and the alley at Subculture will be Pleasures, Peyote Coyote, the Water Colors, Lindsey Mills & the Lazy Lovers, Dead and Loving It, Jellyfish Brothers, King Complex, Deaf Poets, Heavy Drag, Pocket of Lollipops, Grey & Orange, Brother Sundance and John Ralston and the Shadows Band. Visit: Facebook.com/Bumblefest.
Bluesy South Florida roots rocker Joel DaSilva has finished his album “Everywhere From Here” and will host a release party on Sept. 10 at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach. General-dmission tickets cost $10, table seating $12 and $15. Visit: Facebook.com/JDAndTheHowl.
HO, HO, HO
In case you’re still looking for that awesome sweater, remember the Summer SantaCon Bar Crawl is 7 p.m. Saturday, when the Kringle theme takes over downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee District. You’ll find $3 drinks specials at the Briny, Cash Only, Bull Market, Dicey Riley's, Booze Garden, Lucky's Tavern, Sway and America’s Backyard, which will host an afterparty. The evening includes a free introductory beer/cocktail/shot and a souvenir Summer SantaCon mug. Tickets: $15. Visit FortLauderdaleBarCrawl.com.