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Weekend preview: 'Lebowski,' Taylor Swift and latte art

In the 20 years since the release of “The Big Lebowski,” a film once DOA at the box office and now resurrected as a cult ritual, there has been no shortage of serious scholarship into its mystical meaning and allure.

Hundreds of studies, dissertations and essays have deconstructed the Coen brothers’ comedy into symbols and allusions, sociological and political themes that flew completely over my head.

In its surreal chaos and anti-hero protagonists — an aging hippie (Jeff Bridges) and his Vietnam War veteran friend (John Goodman) — and in the bowling alley, the living room rug and the severed toe with its perfectly polished nail, academics see echoes of the classic films of Luis Buñuel and Man Ray, the writing of Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin and the legend of the Holy Grail. Who knew?

Obviously, such rigorous intellectual scrutiny took multiple viewings of the film, and one analysis found that the Coen brothers use the f-bomb and its variants 281 times in “The Big Lebowski.” Now, that I understand!

It will be the simple pleasures of the film that are celebrated Friday night at the third annual Dude Night on Old School Square in Delray Beach. The party, co-hosted by Delivery Dudes, includes costume and trivia contests, a silent-auction display of bowling-pin art and food and drink in the Dude Lounge. “The Big Lebowski” will screen at 9 p.m.

Tickets cost $8, or $20 for VIP, which covers your first drink (beer, wine or Dude-inspired “Caucasian”), popcorn and bar service via text. For information, visit OldSchoolSquare.org.

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Taylor Swift’s tour stop on Saturday at 65,000-capacity Hard Rock Stadium (with Camila Cabello and Charli XCX) has yet to sell out, with remaining seats starting at $140 (Ticketmaster.com) … Scattered seats remain for Shakira’s concert at AmericanAirlines Arena Friday night, even more on Saturday, with the cheapest tickets starting at $76.50 (Ticketmaster.com) … A variety of tickets are available, starting at $25 lawn seats, for the 7 p.m. Saturday concert by Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach (LiveNation.com) … There are still a few seats available, beginning at $45.25, for Def Leppard and Journey 7 p.m. Friday at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, though just a few pairs in front of the stage (Ticketmaster.com). While I’m thinking of it, news came this week that former Journey vocalist Steve Perry on Oct. 5 will release “Traces” (Fantasy Records), his first album in nearly 25 years, and a tour would seem inevitable (StevePerry.com). Hit the link for the video for Perry’s first single, No. Erasin’.

What the ruck?

Seriously, these things are actually happening in South Florida this weekend. On Friday, the Brass Tap in downtown Fort Lauderdale will have a watch party for fans of the Cleveland Browns. Out in public, where everyone can see their faces. Fans of the team, which plays the Buffalo Bills at 7:30 p.m., get 20 percent off their check. Deservedly so (Facebook.com/BrassTapLauderdale) … The Palm Beach Curling Club (yes) hosts Saturday Night Curling at Palm Beach Ice Works in West Palm Beach, an 8:30 p.m. gathering for “experienced curlers and those who want to learn.” You whine when she asks you to sweep the patio (PalmBeachCurling.com). … On Sunday at 10 a.m. in Wynwood, the Vice City Ruckers will have an introductory ruck — an urban hike with a weighted backpack or rucksack. Loaner rucksacks will be available, or you can walk without the weight to see what you think. The ruck begins and ends at J. Wakefield Brewing, where participants will find a selection of $4 beers. So there’s that (Facebook.com/VCRuckers).

So long, summer

One of the “it” spots of the summer, the oceanfront Beach House Pompano will help you say good bye to the season (if not the heat then the unending “quality” time with the kids) with a daylong menu of events on Saturday. From 9 to 11 a.m., Hang Loose Surf School will offer its final free surf class of the summer (with refreshments available throughout and after-class box lunches for purchase); from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Yoga4Life Studios hosts the last class in its summer series, with refreshments and smoothies ($6) during the $10 session (bring your own mat); and the End of Summer Luau will bring live entertainment, food and drink specials to the beach from noon to 5 p.m. Visit Facebook.com/PompanoBeachHouse.

Calling all ghouls

The harrowing Halloween destination in Boca Raton known as Enigma Haunt is looking for actors to join the crew. Casting calls will be held 1 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Enigma Haunt, 1751 N. Military Trail. To register and for more information, visit EnigmaHaunt.HauntScheduler.com.

Hollywood swinging

Along with the usual appeal of tours of the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project and artist Daniel Pontet painting with his feet, this month’s Downtown Hollywood Artwalk on Saturday night will offer an artisan market of pop-up shops on 20th Avenue between Harrison and Tyler streets. Visit FloridasHollywood.org/Artwalk. Get started early at the inaugural SoFlo Wine and Beer Festival beginning at noon Saturday in the ArtsPark, a Caribbean-themed event featuring live music from Code Red, DJs, cooking demonstrations and free wine and beer samples. Advance tickets cost $25 at SoFloWBF.com. A portion of the proceeds go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP.org).

Back to ‘The Office’

Question. Third Thursday Themed Trivia at the Brass Tap in Fort Lauderdale returns at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 16) with a competition devoted to “The Office.” How hard can that be? That’s what she said. (Sorry.) Bonus points for teams that dress the part. Visit Facebook.com/BrassTapLauderdale.

Weekend movie

On Friday night, those crazy kids at Coral Gables Art Cinema will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” with a 35mm screening of the 1978 film that sent the New York rappers on their musical quest, “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.” The night will begin, appropriately, with a 10:30 performance by Miami’s bold and jazzy hip-hop collective FOOM! (Facebook.com/FinFangFoomForever), followed by the film at 11:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Visit GablesCinema.com.

Happy anniversary

Wynwood Brewing in Miami celebrates its fifth anniversary noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday with a block party featuring live music, food and commemorative 12-ounce bottles of its power-packed, bourbon-aged Ño. Tickets cost $30 for five drink tickets, six if you purchase in advance (WynwoodBrewing.com) … Jacuzzi Boys and Mr. Pauer are among the performers during the super pachanga at Veza Sur Brewing Co. in Miami, celebrating its first year in business 2 p.m. Saturday-3 a.m. Sunday (Facebook.com/VezaSur) … At 6 p.m. Saturday, the Warehouse District in West Palm Beach will throw a block party to celebrate this week’s opening of Steam Horse Brewing, which just sort of completes things (TheDistrictWPB.com).

Art and cocktails

On Miami Beach, the Bass Museum’s monthly late-night series Overtime@TheBass will feature a piece by genre-defying performance artist-DJ Kalup Linzy. The Friday event runs 7-10 p.m. and includes a free welcome drink. Tickets: $10. Visit TheBass.org.

Weekend beers

Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami at noon Saturday will throw a bash, with live music and Chef Oscar’s jambalaya, to debut cans of Bouvalay, its French oak-aged bière de garde (Facebook.com/ConcreteBeachFL) … Live music and newly minted 16-ounce cans of Honey Love Imperial Cream Ale are among the draws 2-5 p.m. Saturday (apparently National Honey Bee Day) at Tarpon River Brewing in downtown Fort Lauderdale (TarponRiverBrewing.com) … Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton will host a noon Sunday bottle-release party for its coffee bean-infused dubbel called Delilah (BarrelOfMonks.com).

Someone say coffee?

Subculture Coffee in Delray Beach hosts the August installment of the latte art tournament known as the Barista Brawl at 8 p.m. Saturday. The competition, open to pros and amateurs, has $250 for the winner. Onlookers will find $5 draft beers, $5 grilled cheese and DJs mixing all night. Visit BaristaBrawl.com.

Cornhole for good

Teams have until Friday to register in advance for Hooters of Boca Raton’s second annual cornhole tournament on Aug. 31, a fundraiser for the Boca Raton Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent Fund. The 6-9 p.m. event will feature 32 two-person teams battling for prizes ($150 for first, second $100 and third $70) and, of course, the awestruck respect of the Hooters staff. Early registration costs $70 per team, which includes four games, a light buffet, two beverages and a raffle ticket. Late registration is $80. To register or get more information, visit Cornhole.BocaCares.org.

Local voices

Chris Monteleone and Ben Manburg of Sosos play a happy-hour set at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton 5 p.m. Friday, followed at 9 p.m. by Spider Cherry (FunkyBiscuit.com) … Blues-rock guitarist Midnight Johnny plays Avant in Delray Beach 8:30 p.m. Friday (Midnite-Johnny.com) … Everymen, King Complex, the Zoo Peculiar and Wilkof Project fill Respectable Street in West Palm Beach 9 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/RespectableStreet) … Conjunto Progreso bring their Grammy-nominated son rhythms to the Pineapple Stage at Ball & Chain in Miami 9 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/ConjuntoProgreso) … Unlimited Devotion is at Phoenix Bar at the Bamboo Room in Lake Worth 8:30 p.m. Friday for a Woodstock anniversary party to raise money for the nonprofit Phoenix Mission’s work with Palm Beach County homeless, then plays live on Grateful Dead Night at Blackbird Ordinary in Miami 9 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/UDMusic) … Paper Trees (Eric King) brings indie eclecticism to Luna Star Café in North Miami 7:30 p.m. Saturday (PaperTreesmusic.com) …Whipping Post uncrates Allmans’ favorites and more at LauderAle in Fort Lauderdale 8 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/WhippingPostFL) … Jason Joshua and the Beholders, led by Ketchy Shuby bandleader Jason Joshua Hernandez-Rodriguez, bring urgent soul music to Lagniappe in Miami 10 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/TheBeholdersSoul) … The women of The State Of get heavy at Dada in Delray Beach 11 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/TheStateOfFanPage) … Des Lopez plays the Singer Songwriter Series at West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault 2-5 p.m. Sunday (DesseaMusic.com).

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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