Popular South Florida DJ Adam Foster went into Fork & Balls several days ago to test out the new sound system that will be his responsibility as entertainment director for the much-anticipated Las Olas restaurant, set to open Friday. He chose the first song carefully, describing a moment of almost religious ritual.
“I played James Brown. … ‘The Big Payback.’ I love that song,” he says. “I just wanted to bless the place, you know what I mean?”
Fork & Balls may soon be best known as a lovely haven of rich woods, subway tile and exposed brick that radiates an Old New York warmth, a perfect setting for Peter Boulukos’ family-casual menu of gourmet meatballs, sliders and salads, plus draft wine and craft beer.
Located on the east end of Las Olas Boulevard's commercial area, the place is the newest venture for the Restaurant People, the team responsible for the high-profile dining spots Yolo and S3, as well as the energetic nightlife destinations O Lounge and Vibe Ultra Lounge 10 blocks west on Las Olas.
But Foster, who serves as entertainment director for all the properties, hopes to allay any fears from F&B neighbors that he’s interested in creating a thumping club atmosphere in the new room.
“The DJs that I pick are going to be playing a lot of James Brown, a lot of fun, funky stuff,” says Foster, speaking from downtown New York before a gig at Le Souk Harem.
First up on Friday will be Kent Lawlor, founder of the DJ gang called the South Florida Soul Club. (“He’s a vinyl guy, a guy that I trust,” Foster says.)
Co-owner Tim Petrillo picked out an antique drafting table for the DJs to work on, an illustration of the authentic feel the team is striving for, Foster says.
“Certain things have a timeless cool,” he says. “Soul music has classic American cool. It’ll be cool forever. The feel I want [Fork & Balls] to have is based on that. Sounds that are distinctly American and effortlessly cool.”
Fork & Balls is at 1301 E. Las Olas Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale. Info: 954-771-2257, Facebook.com/ForkAndBalls.
Expect a quick sell-out when tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for the South Florida-debut performance by Glaswegian pop savants Belle and Sebastian. The Sept. 28 show at the Fillmore Miami Beach kicks off a tour scheduled for just seven cities. Tickets: $32.50-$58. Info: FillmoreMB.com.
American Social, the tavern that seemed to become a Las Olas Boulevard institution even before the paint was dry, has been celebrating its two-year anniversary this week with a series of events that will culminate with its Sunday Backyard Barbecue across the street on the Riverside Lawn. Food, open bar, live entertainment and giveaways will be offered 2-9 p.m. Cost is $65. Info: AmericanSocialBar.com.
We understand how this might have been confusing: During the Sunday Pajama Brunch at Le Rendez-vous, the West Palm Beach restaurant (221 Datura) offers 10 percent off the bill for anyone dining in their PJs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. But, to be clear, it is the $10 mimosas that are bottomless, not you. Info: Rendez-Vous-WPB.com.
World of Beer on Clematis in West Palm Beach kicks off summer on Saturday with a Miami Brewing event called Under the Sea, which will send 10 percent of the proceeds to support the work of the Loggerhead Marine Life Center. You’ll find special Miami Brewing drafts and swag, free food from Tin Fish and women dressed as sea creatures. You can also fill your glass with new releases from ocean-related breweries including Coronado Stupid Stout and Ballast Point Sea Monster. Info: WorldOfBeer.com.
ON THE D.L.
Any time is the right time for the smart and topical comedy of D.L. Hughley, who performs Friday-Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Improv (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tickets: $30. Info: 954-981-5653, FTL.Improv.com. Here are a few reasons not to sit in the front row:
Yes, roller disco. Nicky Siano, once a resident DJ at Studio 54, is down to provide the sounds on June 30 when Grand Central (697 N. Miami Ave., Miami) offers a night of roller-skate-aided partying beginning at 11 p.m. June 30. There’s no cover, and they’ll have skate rental. Info: GrandCentralMiami.com.
WHERE THE BOYS ARE
The pomp and pageantry (easy on the vermouth) that is the Stonewall Pride Street Festival is noon-11 p.m. Saturday in Wilton Manors, along Wilton Drive from Northeast 20th Street to Five Points. After the parade, there will be an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the longest line of dancing drag queens. Who's betting against them? Also at the festival, Pride South Florida is doing a raffle ($10) for an electric golf cart made by Hummer. Sometimes this stuff just writes itself. Festival admission: Free. Info: StonewallPrideWiltonManors.com. PrideSouthFlorida.org.
Fifty years ago, on June 19, the U.S. Senate passed the the Civil Rights Act, which would go on to be signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964. In commemoration of those moments in history, the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale has extended the run of its emotionally powerful exhibit of civil rights photography, “The Movement: Bob Adelman and Civil Rights Era Photography.” The images will be up at the museum (1 E. Las Olas Blvd.) through July 13. Info: MOAFL.org.
Hollywood’s Beach Day (now just Kimmy Drake and Skyler Black) is due to release its second album, “Native Echoes,” on Kanine Records Aug. 19, and gave Spin magazine the premiere of a new track, “Don't Call Me On The Phone,” a rich, Ronettes-style throwback that can only increase buzz for the album. You can preorder the album at KanineRecords.com/BeachDay. More info: Facebook.com/BeachDayBand. Here’s the official audio track:
WASTIN’ AWAY AGAIN
The Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) on Saturday will again offer its weekly Fountain Plaza party called Roar & Pour, this time a Parrothead theme with the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways performing from 4:15 to 9:30 p.m. Buffet’s own Landshark beer and Margaritaville rum and tequila will provide the fuel. Admission: $15.95, members $9. Info: 561-547-9453, PalmBeachZoo.org.
MORE TAILS AND ALES
When you are playing the lowly Mets, you have to do something to gin up interest, so the Miami Marlins will offer a post-game concert by Grammy-winning vocalists Boys II Men on Saturday night and the popular Bark at the Park event for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game. Vista-level Bark tickets cost $15 for you, $10 for your four-legged friend. Looking ahead, the Marlins will offer Beerfest at the Clevelander on June 28, with local and national craft brewers serving their finest in the left-field corner bar beginning three hours before the game. Warning: The Fish will play the Oakland A’s at 4:10 p.m., a game that will probably be worth, you know, watching. Cost: $45 for Clevelander seat, $30 Clevelander standing room. Info: Marlins.com.
BALLS TO THE WALL
Because dodge ball is not enough, there is dodge ball on trampolines. The Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park (1834 SW Second St., Pompano Beach) will host its first regional qualifier for the third annual national Ultimate Dodgeball Championship, which offers $50,000 in cash and stuff to the winner of the finals in August in Las Vegas. You can enter a team (players must be at least 16) for $99 at UDodgeBall.com, but I’m just happy to know that we have our own wall-to-wall trampoline park. Sky Zone offers Dodgeball Night from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday for a discounted admission of $8. Info: Skyzone.com/fortlauderdale.
CARRY AND CASH
It just does the heart good to hear that the Arts Garage production of the Johnny Cash appreciation “Ring of Fire” is sold-out for Friday’s opening night. The production will continue through July 13, with tickets starting at $30. And you may appreciate the fact that the downtown Delray Beach theater is proudly BYOW, as in bring your own whatever, from soup to nuts. Info: ArtsGarage.org.