These are the weekends that try men’s souls. Some (my wife) say it can’t be done. But it can.
SunFest is in full swing, of course, and one of the acts on my must-see list will appear Friday, when Willie Nelson’s son brings Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real to downtown West Palm Beach 7:15-8:30 p.m. (SunFest.com). Later, if I must let my inner Chewbacca out for a May the Fourth Be With You event, and I may, the Uber will be directed to Churchill’s Pub in Miami for a Ska Wars party featuring Jacuzzi Fuzz, Spred the Dub and, of course, a costume contest (ChurchillsPub.com).
I can’t get too Wookie with it, because Saturday is a big day, with the Fort Lauderdale Air Show, more SunFest, the Kentucky Derby and that Cinco de Mayo thing. Time is tight, so my plan is to track the planes making their artful turns through and over downtown at Rooftop during the lounge’s Kentucky Derby 2:30-7:30 p.m. watch party. For $20, you get a Woodford Reserve cocktail, light bites and the satisfaction of knowing that a portion of the proceeds benefit the Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation (Facebook.com/Rooftop1WLO).
After an hour or so of that, I’ll head to SunFest to catch Ice Cube’s 4:45-6 p.m. Saturday set, walk over to E.R. Bradley’s Saloon for the Kentucky Derby, brag about how I had money on Lone Sailor, then catch Rae Sremmurd back at SunFest at 9 p.m. (SunFest.com).
This will leave us perfectly positioned to stroll up Clematis to Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar, where the charismatic Rocco Mangel will have his annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party until 2 a.m. Similar parties ensue at his places in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, each home to more than 250 tequilas. Which may just be enough (RoccosTacos.com).
With an efficient Uber, the nightcap will be the Cinco Wu Mayo show at Cash Only in Fort Lauderdale, highlighted by a late-night performance by the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah (Facebook.com/ CashOnlyFTL).
If I can get up in time on Sunday, the weekend feels like it would not be complete without Sublime With Rome, 2:30-4 p.m. at SunFest (SunFest.com). My 12-year-old daughter also has expressed interest in DNCE (the other Jonas) at 2:45 p.m. What’s a responsible father to do? Wait, what’s a responsible father?
“It doesn't matter what he's been going through — that's what bartenders are for. What does matter is that he freaked out for some reason at 25,000 feet, and that can't happen. Period.” A Han Solo quote from the cantina scene in “Star Wars: A New Hope” this is not. Nor was it overheard during a conversation among pilots getting ready for the Fort Lauderdale Air Show. Those words were spoken by the great Louis Gossett Jr. (as the complicated Sgt. Emil Foley) in the classic (so I’m told) chick flick “An Officer and a Gentleman,” a film that I hear referenced a lot during Fleet Week, which will fill Fort Lauderdale with U.S. Navy members with time to kill this weekend. The point being that when you find them wandering around aimlessly, or sitting alone, remember their service, buy them a drink, lend them an ear. It’s the least we can do. For more on Fleet Week, visit BrowardNavyDaysInc.org.
WALK WITH HONOR
The Delray Beach Art Walk returns on Friday, with about three dozen galleries, studios and museums opening their doors across downtown and Pineapple Grove from 6 to 9 p.m. While you are carousing, stop by the Cornell Art Museum, offering “American Pie, Art to Honor,” an exhibit of portraits of U.S. military veterans by photographers Flora Zolin, of Delray Beach, and Jerry Whitty, of Boynton Beach. As part of their nonprofit organization Honor Portraits, Zolin and Whitty have taken free pictures of more than 250 local veterans in appreciation of their service. Visit OldSchoolSquare.org and HonorPortraits.org.
A reunion of “Juno” director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody and actress Charlize Theron seven years after their cult-y “Young Adult,” the richly observed, gently comedic portrait of motherhood in “Tully” has been a challenge for critics. Vanity Fair reviewer Richard Lawson found a “forlorn, bleary look at lost youth and all too tangible adulthood” that on second viewing opened up into something “profound.” “ ‘Tully’ is a lot deeper than it initially appears to be, murmuring with philosophical ache while speaking plainly, yet lyrically, about a particular age and circumstance.” A week before Mother’s Day, “Tully” opens Friday in several South Florida theaters, including the iPic theaters in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park and North Miami Beach (iPicTheaters.com), the Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille in Delray Beach (Delray.CinebowlAndGrille.com) and the Classic Gateway in Fort Lauderdale (ClassicGateway.com).
CINCO DE MARGARITA
Hard to beat the Village at Gulfstream Park for Cinco de Mayo, when all restaurants and bars will be offering unique margaritas for $5 beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. The tongue-tingling Shatta Margarita at Mijana Lebanese Cuisine — Don Julio tequila, muddled jalepeno, passion fruit juice and lime juice — may be the simplest version. Of course, Gulfstream will be all over the Kentucky Derby. At the Ten Palms you’ll find a watch-party buffet ($65) and a Maker’s Mark mint julep in a souvenir Kentucky Derby glass ($10), and there’s always Frankey’s Sports Bar, where the Derby will be followed by the must-see TV of LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA playoffs at 8:30 p.m. Visit GulfstreamPark.com.
A NEW VIEW
Former Miami Dolphins star and sports-bar magnate Kim Bokamper on Friday opens The Balcony in the 1300 block of Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard (near Rocco’s Tacos). Not surprisingly, the signature spot at this “sophisticated” New Orleans-inspired restaurant is the second-floor, open-air terrace. We have high hopes for this. Visit TheBalconyLasOlas.com.
There’s no reason to fight all that construction around Aventura Mall. No, wait, now there is. Tap 42 on Wednesday opened its fifth South Florida location in the mall, a 6,300-square-foot craft-beer bar and restaurant that offers one of the best ways to celebrate National Burger Month with the Prohibition Burger (white cheddar, applewood bacon and Dijon). Part of the mall’s recent $220 million expansion, this Tap 42 also has a sweet second-floor terrace overlooking the iconic Aventura Slide Tower. Hi, kids! Visit Tap42.com.
TAKE THE KIDS
At 13, Darci Lynne was the youngest contestant ever to win on the hit NBC reality entertainment show "America's Got Talent," but it was all the more remarkable for her precocious talent in the old-school art form of ventriloquism. As someone who used showmanship to overcome shyness, Darci and her story may appeal to young people in your house. Catch her 7 p.m. Sunday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $29. Visit BrowardCenter.org.
MARS, NEEDS, WOMEN
Fifty years before “Star Wars,” the 1924 silent Soviet sci-fi adventure “Aelita: Queen of Mars” revealed that women from the Red Planet may have three breasts. In case any of the Fleet Week crowd is interested. Screening 6 p.m. Sunday, “Aelita” — “visually striking and imaginative throughout … an underscreened treasure” (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema) — is the first in a Soviet film series created by the Wolfsonian-FIU museum and the Miami Beach Cinematheque. Tickets cost $11, $9 students and seniors, at MBCinema.com, and include a complimentary 5 p.m. tour of “Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters From Between the World Wars” at the Wolf across the street. Visit: Wolfsonian.org.
Kathy Griffin is officially a hot ticket again, with a lot of the best seats gone since tickets went on sale this week for her Sept. 12 performance at Miami’s Arsht Center during her Laugh Your Head Off World Tour. Yes, she did call it that. Tickets cost $39.50-$154 at ArshtCenter.org.
BENEVENTO BY THE BEACH
Looking ahead, the nonprofit Rhythm Foundation is celebrating 30 years of scene-defining shows with a May 19 benefit concert featuring the dance-y grooves of genre-bending multi-instrumentalist Marco Benevento at the North Beach Bandshell. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m., with complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, music by DJ Benton from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a live performance from Benevento. Tickets for the fundraiser cost $125, including a Rhythm Foundation membership. Visit RhythmFoundation.com.
The Weedline brings acoustic soul to One Door East in downtown Fort Lauderdale 8 p.m. Thursday (May 3) and Park & Ocean on Fort Lauderdale beach 6:30 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/WeedlineBand) … Catch up with nationally touring South Florida indie-rock heroes Surfer Blood, sharing music from their latest album, “Snowdonia,” at Voltaire in downtown West Palm Beach 7 p.m. Friday, with opening acts Wake Up, Poparazzi and Watch Glass (Facebook.com/SurferBlood) … The precocious local talents of Young Musicians Unite play the Youth Jazz Series at Wynwood Yard in Miami 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday (YoungMusiciansUnite.org) … Fort Lauderdale’s Steel Brothers Band brings divine sacred-steel guitar to Alligator Alley in Oakland Park 7 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/Steel-Brothers-Band) … Jim Wurster, Karen Feldner and Wendy Whitton bring literate rock and gritty folk to Luna Star Café in North Miami 8 p.m. Saturday as part of the Folk Club of South Florida’s Acoustic Underground Cafe Concert Series (FolkClubOfSouthFlorida.com) … Tito Puente Jr. brings hot percussion to the Crest Theatre in downtown Delray Beach 8 p.m. Saturday (OldSchoolSquare.com) … Young old souls JM and the Sweets play Voltaire in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Sunday (JMAndTheSweets.com) …