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Weekend Preview: Nothing against Ultra, but ...

We’ve got nothing against DJs. We’ve got friends who are DJs. I think my son’s old orthodontist used to be a DJ. But, man, you can’t turn around without tripping over one this week. Here’s some stuff to do that has nothing to do with Ultra Music Festival, BPMs or wearing a giant mouse head.

Three of our favorite South Florida bands will make noise for a cause at the Shot in the Hand Jam, a Sunday benefit concert for Spam Allstars trumpet player Ted Zimmerman and the Guitars Over Guns Organization, a music mentorship program. Zimmerman was wounded in the hand by a stray bullet in front of his house on New Year’s Eve, rendering him unable to perform (he’s also an in-demand freelance musician). From 4 to 10:30 p.m., Suenalo, ArtOfficial and the Spam Allstars will perform at PAX (337 SW Eighth St., Miami), a show that will raise money to cover Zimmerman’s medical bills. Proceeds will also be directed toward Guitars Over Guns, where Zimmerman has volunteered for several years, providing instruction in schools without music programs. Admission: $8 suggested donation in advance, $10 at the door. Info: 305-640-5847,,

The two-wheeled insanity known as the Delray Beach Twilight Festival returns on Saturday as more than 700 amateur and professional bicycle racers converge on Atlantic Avenue from  10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  to sprint around at 35 mph on a 1-kilometer "criterium" course.  Yes, it’s all very physical and competitive and health-oriented, and there will be no shortage of like-minded vendors at Old School Square (along with the kid zone). But you’ll also find live entertainment and the Terrapin Beer Garden, which will be serving 5-10 p.m.  Info: 561-869-4916,

The art-drink-music-food event known as the Night Owl Market will return to FAT Village in downtown Fort Lauderdale on March 30, an effervescent gathering that last time out (in June) attracted 1,200 people and raised more than $3,000 for the future Flagler Community Garden. Organizers hope to raise $100,000 to fund construction of the “urban gardening, educational and social space.” Admission to Night Owl Market is free, as are the drinks, thanks to your friends at PBR, Herradura Tequila and Little Black Dress Vodka. One more time: Free drinks. The party, fueled by Radio-Active Records DJs (vinyl!) and some of your favorite food trucks, is at Project North (517 NW First Ave.) from 5 to 11 p.m. and runs in conjunction with the monthly FAT Village Art Walk. Info:

The recent No. 1 “Southern Comfort Zone” may be our favorite Brad Paisley hit ever, so we’re thinking there may not be a better concert this summer than Paisley’s Cruzan Amphitheater stop in support of his imminent album, “Building a Wheelhouse,” due out on April 9. Tickets for the June 21 concert (it’s a Friday) cost $64.75 and $44.75 (reserved), $29.25 for the lawn (with special four-pack deals on lawn tickets, too) and go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday at, all Ticketmaster locations, the box office and at 800-745-3000. Paisley will donate a dollar from each ticket sale to support medical and nutritional work in Haiti by the Nashville-based nonprofit Live Beyond ( More info:

Sally Sevareid of Kool 105.5 FM’s “Mo and Sally Show”  will be among the contestants on Friday at a “Chopped”-themed cocktail contest, in which drinks must be quickly created from a list of mystery ingredients, enlivened by tequila. The 7 to 10 p.m. party is a co-production of III Forks and Cantina Laredo (4635 PGA Blvd.) in Palm Beach Gardens.  Info:, 561-622-1223.

There is no metal like ‘90s metal, especially when it’s our own. The unlikely 20th anniversary reunion tour by South Florida-spawned Saigon Kick comes to the Green Room at Revolution in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. The show features the originals responsible for the certified-gold ”Love Is On the Way”: Matt Kramer, Phil Varone, Jason Bieler and Chris McLernon.  Alas, no Tom Defile. Tickets: $20. Info: 954-727-0950,

We like a good superyacht,  and this weekend’s  Palm Beach International Boat Show offers a chance to see one of the superest, the 223-foot “Kismet” on display by Moran Yachts of Fort Lauderdale (we somehow missed it at the last Fort Lauderdale Boat Show).  The ship, which looks more like a gracefully designed nightclub (as contemporary architecture found in such as iconic buildings as Miami’s Arsht Center and the Disney Concert Hall  in Los Angeles are reminiscent of billowing sails at sea),  will be on display along with more than $1 billion worth of boats through Sunday. The 28th annual show takes place along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach.  Tickets: $14, $10 ages 6 to 15. Info:

There are opportunities this weekend to hear two world-class vocalists in unique spaces:  Jazz singer Jane Monheit will bring an interactive, cabaret-style performance to the Horvitz Auditorium at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale at 7:30 p.m. Friday, following it up with a chatty instructional set  with local vocal students Saturday morning from 10 am. to noon.  Tickets are $60 on Friday, $20 Saturday (instructors and students free). Info:,  954-262-0249. Also this weekend, opera singer Kathryn Mueller performs with the choral ensemble Serpahic Fire, whose two Grammy-nominated albums included Mueller vocals.  Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday at  First United Methodist Chruch in Coral Gables;  8 p.m.  Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale; and  4 p.m. Sunday at Miami Beach Community Church. Tickets: $38. Info:  305-285-9060,

Lisa Burgess, owner of the New River Fine Art gallery in Fort Lauderdale, was one of those people much smarter than we are who bought up dozens of paintings by unassuming Overtown artist Purvis Young a decade ago. The painter’s untutored and unvarnished depictions of the frayed edges of South Florida’s glittery abundance, which provided perceptive reportage as well as being nice to look at, can now be seen around the world and have only increased in value and poignancy since his 2010 death. On Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Burgess will host an opening reception for a display of 75 Purvis Young paintings from her personal collection at New River Fine Art (914 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Info: 954-524-2100,

After nearly 30 years together, the Grammy-winning Indigo Girls, a k a Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, and their fans have settled into a comfortable relationship that allows the duo to sculpt their sound in refreshing ways, with the current tour pairing them with  symphony orchestras and the urgent folk of Joan Baez. They’ll do a more traditional club show on Tuesday at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, where they’ll show off songs from a new album, “Beauty Queen Sister,” including the graceful and winsome “Share the Moon.”  Tickets: $30. Info: 954-564-1074,

One of the best parts of the old Keith Olbermann “Countdown” show on MSNBC was watching the hand-off between the grizzled and garrulous K.O. and the host of the next show, the youthful and more responsibly calibrated Rachel Maddow. No matter how delightfully unhinged Yoda got, Rachel Skywalker always managed to maintain an admirably respectful bearing. Maddow, still a witty presence on MSNBC and now the author of the necessary book “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power” (Broadway, $15), will sit down for a one-on-one with University of Miami president Donna Shalala at 4 p.m. Sunday at the UM Fieldhouse. To enter, you’ll need a voucher, available at Books and Books locations in Coral Gables, Miami Beach and Bal Harbour Shops. The voucher ($15 plus tax) entitles you to entry and a pre- autographed copy of the book. Info: 305-442-4408,

The dance-music throng clears out in a few days, and the Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach is offering a welcome palate cleanser in the form of Russell Mofsky’s Gold Dust Lounge, led by the onetime local punk icon who now defies such easy pigeonholing. Mofsky will offer exotic sounds that can be called jazz at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the B Bar at the hotel (1440 Ocean Drive). It’s free. Info: 305-760-6902,

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