Why would you leave the house to watch a movie anymore? Here are a few reasons: The Frank Theatres CineBowl and Grille making its weekend debut at Delray Marketplace (14775 Lyons Road) is a 70,000-square-foot entertainment complex that takes “going to the movies” to another level. Its 12 state-of-the-art screens, including IMAX, offer reserved seating (via the website, smartphone app and lobby kiosk), making it easier to relax in the full-service Red Brick Grille (from gourmet pizzas to burgers and salads), which has a patio. Two bars will serve premium liquor and more than two dozen craft beers.
The complex also includes an arcade and 16 lounge-style bowling lanes topped with 340-inch flat screens, just in time for Heat playoff games.
Films this weekend include an appropriate representation of grown-up fare: Critical hits such as “Amour,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Quartet” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” But the IMAX screen goes to the Bruce Willis thriller “A Good Day To Die Hard.”
This is not South Florida’s first high-end movie theater: Reserved seating and restaurant-quality dining are also available at the Cinemark Palace 20 and the iPic Theaters in Boca Raton. But if the Frank Theatres investment suggests a trend gaining momentum, we can only hope it spreads to one of the chain’s other venues, its theaters at Riverfront in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
“We anticipate tremendous success in this growing area,” Frank Entertainment CEO Bruce Frank said in a press statement. “With Frank Theatres CineBowl and Grille, we offer a true destination designed to bring people together for great food, the newest feature films and all-around fun.”
Sounds like a silver-linings playbook for Riverfront to us.
More info: FrankTheatres.com.
It’s almost that time of year: Tickets are now on sale for the Hukilau, the Fort Lauderdale-based ode to tiki culture and large, powerful drinks, which returns June 6-9. One of the impressive things about the Hukilau is its ambitiousness in spanning the globe for the latest oddball surf and Polynesian music. One highlight this year will be Ixtahuele, a quintet from that hotbed of tiki culture, Gothenburg, Sweden. More info: TheHukilau.com.
Like I was saying last time, the fifth annual Swamp Stomp Music Festival returns to Miami’s Tobacco Road on Saturday, with a strong lineup of 20 local bands, including the Spam Allstars, Juke and Bobby Lee Rodgers joining headliners Fishbone and Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. 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.
OUT OF THE SWAMP
South Florida native Karen Russell, author of the widely acclaimed, Everglades-set “Swamplandia, makes an appearance at Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) on Saturday at 8 p.m. to discuss her new collection of stories, “Vampires in the Lemon Grove.” Info: BooksandBooks.com, 305-442-4408.
WOMEN WE LOVE
Did you see Sheryl Crow (pictured above) do her new song, “Easy,” on Kimmel last month? It’s country, as in country country, spangle-y jacket, pedal steel and everything… Fun stuff from one of our favorite women in rock ‘n’ roll. The Warner/Nashville album is due out any day now, but you can get a preview Monday at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Tickets: $28-$143.25 via Ticketmaster. Info: Kravis.org. She’ll be back in South Florida on March 16 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Tickets: $58-$89.50 via Ticketmaster. Info: HardRockLiveHollywoodFL.com.
MORE WOMEN WE LOVE
The Gold Coast Derby Grrls of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby host their first home game of the 2013 season against the Bradentucky Bombers on Saturday at the bar-enabled War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the first match of a doubleheader, with the SoFlo Men’s Derby taking on the Hit Men of Manatee County at 6:15. The ladies start laying the wood at 7. Tickets: $10-$20. Info: GoldCoastDerbyGrrls.com.
YOUR WEEKEND PIZZA
A pizza covered in Brussels sprouts? Stay with me here. The new Brussels and Bacon Pizza at the South Florida outposts of California Pizza Kitchen comes exactly as advertised, but so much more. It arrives as an eye-popping round field of verdant freshness, the vitamin-packed sprouts firm, the Nueske's applewood smoked bacon treasured curls of crispiness, all laid over a glaze of Romano and creamy goat cheese. I’m not a particularly big fan of Brussels sprouts, but this pie was a revelation. Plus, there’s its virtuousness, that feeling that you are fulfilling that time-honored admonition from your mom: Eat your Brussels sprouts! Cost: $13.50. Info: CPK.com.
Crossing Wilton Drive on a Friday night can be a foxtrot fraught with stress and horn-blowing, but not this weekend. The city of Wilton Manors will close off its main drag on Friday for HeARTS on the Drive, turning it into a pedestrian-friendly party zone from 6 to 10 p.m., when restaurants, bars and shops will move tables into the street. “This is a loosely structured event,” says the city’s Heidi Shafran, director of Community Development Services. “We chose to coincide this event with Valentine’s Day and the Island City Art Walk. The businesses on the drive can be as creative as they would like, with the themes of valentines and art.” Info: WiltonManors.com.
THE RIGHT STUFF
Dreamy jazz singer Nicole Henry does an album release concert for “So Good, So Right: Nicole Henry Live,” her ode to the ‘70s hits of Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers and James Taylor, at the Colony Theater on Miami Beach Saturday night. Tickets: $45-$138.50 via Ticketmaster.
“We'd be fools not to ride this strange torpedo all the way out to the end.” Those are the words of journalist and unrepentant drink-spiller Hunter S. Thompson that appear beneath the portrait of Grace Potter on her Twitter page (@gracepotter). Just another reason to keep up with Potter and her band, the Nocturnals, who play the Fillmore Miami Beach on Saturday night. Tickets: $26.50 (general admission). Info: 305-673-7300, FillmoreMB.com. Hit the link for the Grace Potter interview.
More literary cross-pollination is afoot at the second annual KeroWACKED Multimedia Festival, a Beat Generation-themed event from the fertile mind of Boynton Beach artist and agitator Rolando Chang Barrero. The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday at the ActivistArtistA gallery (422 W. Industrial Ave.) in the Boynton Beach Art District. Local bands performing include Mylo Ranger, the Von, Future Prezidents, Making Faces, Koffin Varnish, Suga Wack, Awake the Lion, Spencer Allan Patrick, Yeshiva and Nmbr11. Live graffiti muralists, exhibitions and door prizes are part of the day, and the popular PS561 food truck will keep you otherwise satisfied. Sponsors to thank include Jerry’s Artarama in West Palm Beach, Utrecht Art Supplies in Fort Lauderdale and Critical Recording Studio in Miami. Tickets: $10, free before noon. Info: ActivistArtistA.blogspot.com.
Jake Miller, the earnest 20-year-old, Weston-raised rapper and University of Miami student, takes the next step on his career arc as the headliner when his Miller High Life tour hits Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale for an all-ages show at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $17. Info: JointheRevolution.net, 954-449-1025; JakeMillerMusic.com.
OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS
The annual Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival brings national and local acts to stages indoors and out beginning at noon Saturday and Sunday at the Downtowner Saloon on Fort Lauderdale’s New River (RiverwalkBlues.com) … Former Dillard student Daniel Bernard Roumain, the acclaimed violinist and bandleader also known as DBR, performs with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and Harlem Chamber Players on Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay (smdcac.org) … Blues legend Johnny Winter plays the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday (CultureRoom.net) … The Steve Miller Band brings enduring rock classics to Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Sunday (HardRockLiveHollywoodFL.com) … More classic rock comes Monday when the Alan Parsons Project (“I Robot,” “Eye in the Sky”) performs one of its rare live concerts at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale (ParkerPlayhouse.com) … Country crooner Travis Tritt plays the Lyric Theatre in Stuart on Monday (LyricTheatre.com) … Ziggy Marley is at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday (JointheRevolution.net) … Daughtry and 3 Doors Down play the BB&T Center on Wednesday (Ticketmaster.com) … Bobby Lee Rodgers offers a night of Miles Davis on Thursday in Fort Lauderdale’s Green Room (GreenRoomLive.com) …