When the 2013 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is published on Tuesday, Nina Agdal will be as anxious as you are to see the cover. She may be on it.
If so, it will not be the only thing she has in common with last year’s wildly popular cover model, Kate Upton.
Agdal, who will spend this weekend at the Dirty Dutch Model Beach Volleyball Tournament on South Beach, was the “rookie of the year” in last year’s SI swimsuit issue (yes, there was a trophy). Upton, who turned her 2011 SI rookie of the year award into 2012 cover status, and Agdal became friendly during last year’s promotional events.
“I met her last year at a club in Las Vegas. People called us the Strawberry Diet Coke table, because we’re both underage,” says Agdal, 20, laughing into the phone from a modeling shoot in Jacksonville.
The Upton buzz got louder this week in the wake of a memorable Super Bowl commercial for Carl’s Jr. (and its East Coast brand, Hardee’s), a chain that has created fiery ads featuring Upton, Kim Kardashian and Padma Lakshmi. The commercial showed a bikinied Agdal lolling around on the beach to the tune of Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea,” as she inhaled the restaurant’s new charbroiled Atlantic cod fish sandwich.
The online buzz over the ad continues to rage. Agdal says most of the feedback has been positive, though there have been “haters” who question a swimsuit model pushing a fast-food sandwich. Agdal has a one-word response: Cod.
“I was born and raised in Denmark. I grew up eating fish like Atlantic cod,” she says, her voice betraying a little heat. “It’s a lean, white fish, a great substitute for a burger. And it’s charbroiled, not fried. It’s delicious.”
Like most sex symbols, Agdal says she doesn’t see it herself, describing a childhood as an “ugly ducking.” While Upton has dabbled in acting and is SEO gold, Agdal says she'll try to take things slowly.
“People are saying I might go in her footsteps, but I’d rather make my own footsteps. I’m not going to be doing any acting yet,” says Agdal, who spends most of her time on the road, but lives in New York.
For now, she’s focused on her responsibilities at the Dirty Dutch Model Beach Volleyball Tournament, which will include hosting live-stream coverage of matches that pit top local agency talent and their admirers against each other on Ocean Drive. The event, which is free, benefits the Irie Foundation.
Agdal is also looking to spend time at Miami Children’s Hospital, where she has made previous visits to young cancer patients.
“It’s just amazing to see how strong these kids are, even though they are going through the hardest time,” she says. “I would love to do more for these beautiful children.”
For more information on the weekend’s volleyball, go to ModelBeachVolleyball.com.
WHIPPEUR IT GOOD
Now in its 21st year of history-laden family entertainment, the Florida Renaissance Festival, sponsored by Warsteiner Beer, this weekend begins a six-week run at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Yes, that’s one week more than last year, due to “popular demand,” its producers say. We’re such history buffs … Other new things to look for this year include Jacques Ze Whippeur, a provocative young whip-handler from the famed Big Apple Circus, and ye olde Florida Renaissance Festival iPhone and Android app. In case you need to know when those turkey legs are ready. To plan your attire, the theme schedule is: Romance Weekend (“Wine and Chocolate”) Friday-Saturday; Pirates Weekend (“Pillage the Village”) Feb. 16-18; Wenches Weekend (“Bodacious Bodices”) Feb. 23-24; Time Travelers Weekend (“From Steampunk to the Stars”) March 2-3; Explorers Weekend (“Viva Florida: Florida’s 500th Birthday”) March 9-10; St Patrick’s Weekend (“We’re Going Green”) March 16-17. Hours: 10 a.m. to sunset each weekend. Tickets: $20, $7 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free. Season passes are $65. Info: Ren-fest.com, 800-373-6337.
The fragrant Delray Beach Garlic Fest is Friday through Sunday on the grounds of Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square. Not that you can’t smell it a mile away. The 14th annual event, nicknamed “The Best Stinkin' Party in Town,” includes plenty of food, drink and activities — including garlic ice cream, garlic funnel cakes and the garlic kissing booth — as well as kids’ rides and performances from local and national acts such as Lifehouse (below) and Pepper. Tickets: $10, $15. Info: DBGarlicfest.com, 561-279-0907.
Hollywood gets a jump on Mardi Gras with food, drink and a free concert headlined by the Crescent City’s own Bonerama from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the ArtsPark on Young Circle. The show, called Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: New Orleans and curated by the Rhythm Foundation, also includes T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers, and the Bad Apples Brass Band. On Tuesday, the Stooges Brass Band, which spent Super Bowl Week as the house band for ESPN’s SportsNation, will do a free 7:30-9 p.m. concert at the Hollywood Beach Bandshell. Info: RhythmFoundation.com, 305-672-5202. Another hot Mardi Gras party to consider is the Young Professionals for Covenant House benefit on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to midnight at Lulu’s Bait Shack on Fort Lauderdale beach. Tickets: $15 in advance for members ($20 at the door); $20/$25 for nonmember guests; $30 for new members. The ticket gets you two drinks, a free app, beads and a mask (perhaps handy after the drinks). Info: YPFCH.org.
OUR OSCAR HOPEFUL
This weekend offers several opportunitunities to watch “Kings Point,” the Oscar-nominated documentary about seniors dealing with love, loss and loneliness in a Delray Beach retirement community. The film is part of an annual series, produced by Shorts HD, that will screen all the Academy Award hopefuls in the short-film categories (live action, animation and documentary) in more than 200 theaters across the country. Upcoming screenings of “Kings Point” are at the Lake Worth Playhouse (LakeWorthPlayhouse.org, 561- 586-6410) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Feb. 13; 1 p.m. Feb 15; 2 p.m. Feb. 18; and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. It will also be shown at Fort Lauderdale's Cinema Paradiso (FLIFF.com, 954-525-3456) at 7:45 p.m., Friday; 4:15 p.m. Saturday; 6:45 p.m. Sunday; and 6 p.m. Wednesday. “Kings Point “ also can be seen at the Coral Gables Art Cinema (GablesCinema.com, 786-385-9689) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 4 p.m. Tuesday; and 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Here is more information about "Kings Point."
In less than two years, the Arts Garage in Delray Beach became a fixture on the South Florida arts scene with programming that ranges from hip-hop nights to daring, Carbonell-nominated theater attended by similarly adventurous crowds that can be counted on to cross-pollinate a creative vibe all over Pineapple Grove and Atlantic Avenue. So the news that the city is interested in moving the Arts Garage a few blocks farther away from the Old School Square hub seems counterintuitive. Supporters of the current location will share that sentiment at a city commission meeting on Tuesday. Info: ArtsGarage.org, 561-450-6357.
This is your last weekend to see the “Warhol and Cars: American Icons” show at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. While it’s motivating to see the evolution of the man from commercial illustrator to audacious transmitter of the then-new pop-art language, the exhibit has always felt slight. On the other hand, in the next room, Foto Fort Lauderdale’s parade of images by Diane Arbus, Elliott Erwitt and Vic Muniz practically jumps off the wall to demand your attention. Iconic cities, tormented celebrities, freaks, patriots, dreamers and dancers flash by as slowly or as quickly as your feet and imagination will take you. I could look at them for hours. Info: MoaFL.org, 954-525-5500.
HELLO, SWAMP STOMP
Looking ahead, the fifth annual Swamp Stomp Music Festival returns Miami’s Tobacco Road on Feb. 16, with a sweat-inducing lineup of 20 local bands joined by headliners Fishbone and Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds (below). Local art, food and drink are part of the 21-and-older event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. Info: SwampStompMusicFestival.com.
DIAMOND DAVE NIGHT
Rip’s Sports Bar and Grill, inside the stylish Diamond Strike Lanes (2200 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach), will unveil its entertainment area (new stage, lights and audio) on Friday with a free night of hard-rockin’ ‘80s jams from Black Velvet Revival, complete with a period costume contest. In case you’re unclear on what to wear, be advised that BVR will include an entire set of Van Halen. On Saturday, the entertainment is described as a “full-costume tribute concert to Johnny Cash” by touring Cash idolizer Ralph Curtis, guitarist Vince Rayburn and drummer Shawn Beamer, who did a decade with Molly Hatchet. Info: DiamondStrikeLanes.com, 954-941-0968.
LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY
It’s been nearly eight years since their break-out album, “From Under the Cork Tree,” and three years since their last tour. But part-time celebrity Pete Wentz and Fall Out Boy are returning to arenas across the country like they never left: “This isn't a reunion because we never broke up,” declares the band on its website. “We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us. The future of Fall Out Boy starts now.” FOB will bring the tour that supports the new album, “Save Rock and Roll,” to the Fillmore Miami Beach on June 5, with tickets ($35) on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Info: FillmoreMB.com, FalloutBoyRock.com.
Daniel Tosh always seemed better than his material when he appeared on the late-night loser-fest called “10s” on WAMI-TV beginning in the last millennium. As you will remember from your history books, Tosh and a female co-host would scour South Florida beaches and bars for scantily clad women who would agree to answer a few idiot questions and dance provocatively in front of the camera. It was YouTube. But who could have imagined that a decade later he’d have a Comedy Central show, “Tosh.0,” and a national stand-up tour? Tickets for two June 29 Tosh performances at the Fillmore Miami Beach go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. Cost: $59.75 and $95 at the box office, LiveNation.com or 800-745-3000. Info: FillmoreMB.com, 305-673-7300.
OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS
Recommended listening … The English Beat brings essential ‘80s pop-ska hits like “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Save It for Later,” “Tenderness” and “Tears of a Clown” to the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale Friday night (CultureRoom.net) … The Spam Allstars play a free show at Bayfront Park in Miami Friday night (DwnTwnconcerts.com) … The legendary George Jones cranks up the country classics at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Saturday night (SeminoleCoconutCreekCasino.com) … Reel Big Fish jumps around at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday (JointheRevolution.net) ... The Harlem Gospel Choir will stir souls on Saturday at the Miramar Cultural Center (MiramarCulturalCenter.org) … Juanita Dixon and the Jeff Prine Band do Blue Jean Blues in Fort Lauderdale on Monday (BlueJeanBlues.net) … Graham Drout livens up the Big Easy in Hollywood on Wednesday (TheBigEasyBarandGrille.com) … The Drive-by Big Band is at PAX in Miami on Wednesday (PaxMiami.com) ... The O’Jays take the “Love train” to Hard Rock Live on Thursday (HardRockLiveHollywoodfl.com) …