For the second straight year, a group of dedicated South Floridians will harness the region’s greatest natural resource for a cause dear to the hearts of most of us. By which I mean pinups promoting dog adoption.
From 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Pangaea in the Seminole Hard Rock complex in Hollywood, a gaggle of men’s mag-worthy talent will gather for the Mutts ’n’ Models benefit, a dog-adoption advocacy campaign founded by Oscar Rabeiro, a Davie photographer and rescue supporter whose work with many of the women allowed him to put the event together. Last year’s inaugural event packed Whiskey Blue at the W Fort Lauderdale and raised $3,500 for two rescues.
The larger Pangaea event will be hosted by Tami Donaldson, of Fort Lauderdale, who has graced the cover of Esquire and multiple editions of Maxim, and Jaquie Ohh (aka, Jaquie Fischer, pictured above), of Boca Raton, who was just splashed across five pages of the April edition of Maxim, was one of 10 finalists in the 2013 Maxim Hometown Hottie contest, and soon will be seen in a cameo on the new season of the A&E TV hit “The Glades.”
As runway, swimsuit and lingerie modeling offers pour in, Ohh says she’ll always find time for Mutts ’n’ Models.
“I am a huge dog lover and rescue advocate,” says Ohh, who lives with four poodles (two were rescued), a Chihuahua and a pit bull. “It feels like a petting zoo at the house sometimes.”
For the $20 donation at the door, you’ll get two drink tickets, mingling and music from DJ Glenn Kelly, plus a runway show in which (male and female) models will play second fiddle to the dogs with them, who will be available for adoption. Think of it as your typical drinks-and-chick-ogling weekend night, except you’ll also be doing some good in the world.
Proceeds will go to three local rescues: Warm Hearts Pet Rescue in Boynton Beach, Paws 2 Care Coalition in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale-based Puppy Pimps Animal Rescue. Collections will be taken for new dog toys, treats (not made in China), food, leashes, collars, blankets and other pet supplies. In addition, Boss the Pet Connection, a pet-care center with locations in Sunrise, Tamarac, Coral Springs and Coconut Creek, will donate $1,000 in gift certificates for all adopting and donating pet owners.
More info: MuttsnModels.org.
BEER FOR YOUR HOARSENESS
You know that daydream you have over your 3:05 cafecito about just walking out of the office forever to open up a craftbrew-café kind of place that perfectly balances the warmth and exclusionary wit that has made you so, you know, cool? You may want to talk to Julian Siegel at the Riverside Market, a hub of authenticity and joie de vivre that came to be only after years of its owner rolling around in the dirt with city zoning officials. The happy ending to this success story (and Siegel himself) will be in evidence all weekend, as Craft Beer Week reaches its foamy climax at the Riverside (and many other brew barns around South Florida). IPA Friday is what it sounds like, but even more so, as the Riverside has always been a rich repository of IPAs. On Saturday, Siegel says he’ll be offering some hard-to-find bottles of Cigar City from a personal stash. The Riverside Market is at 608 SW 12th Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Info: 954-358-8333, Facebook.com/RiversideMarket.
MORE BREWS YOU CAN USE
The perfectly named Old School BeerFest will have more than 50 craft brews, plus (gulp) wine and cider (is that really necessary?) on Saturday at Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach. Included are several beers that have not crossed our palate, including Sweetwater 420 from Atlanta. The evening will include food trucks and a couple of solid local bands, Preservation and the People Upstairs, only fitting because proceeds benefit the 2013-’14 season of the city’s popular Free Friday Concerts at the Pavilion. The 21-and-older event runs 6-10 p.m. at the Pavilion (51 N. Swinton Ave.). Tickets: advance $30, $60 (VIP, which has AC and special brews); $40 at the gate (general admission only). Info: 561-243-7922, DelrayCenterForTheArts.org.
The Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave.) this weekend will bring back the digitally restored Harold Lloyd classic “Safety Last!,” celebrating its 90th anniversary. As a country bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, Lloyd proved himself a master of physical humor and comic timing, especially in the iconic (and much copied) clock scene. There aren't many family movie options in theaters these days, and this is a great one. Screenings of “Safety Last!” (unrated but suitable for kids) are at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $11.50, $9.50 for seniors/students, $7.50 for members and $6.50 for children, and includes free small popcorn and soda. Info: 786-385-9689, GablesCinema.com.
Cupcake Burlesque returns to Fort Lauderdale’s flame-throwin’ Five Points Lounge (2608 S. Federal Highway) Saturday night with a circus-themed show that includes live bands and an even more live monkey. In keeping with the theme, Cupcake Isadora Bull says, “I have a great clown routine to bust out at this one.” Can’t wait. Doors open at 9 p.m., and bands play until 11:30. The featured band is the Dirty Bourbon River Show, which calls its sound “New Orleans Gypsy Brass Circus Rock.” One ditty is titled “Jewish Girls Who Went to Art School Know All the Angles.” The girls go on at 11:30 p.m., led by magician-con-man-emcee Remy Connor. Elsewhere, expect to see Mikie the Monkey doing his act, possibly in a black leather jacket. Watch your wallet. Tickets cost $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Info: 305-803-9014 (Five Points), Facebook.com/CupcakeBurlesque.
The synthy Canadian quartet Metric, which may someday make the theremin a garage-band staple, will play the Fillmore Miami Beach Aug. 1, with tickets on sale 10 a.m. Saturday. Prices: $27.50 (advance), $30 at the door. You can get them at the Fillmore box office (1700 Washington Ave., 305-673-7300), at LiveNation.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Info: FillmoreMB.com.
MAMA’S GOT A SQUEEZEBOX
One of those offbeat events that remind you of where you live, Accordion Invasion is a street parade on Lincoln Road Saturday evening that begins at The Betsy hotel (of course) and culminates in a gallery concert at ArtCenter/South Florida. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments in the lobby salon The Betsy (1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach), accordionists and enthusiasts will leave the hotel at 7 p.m., with the march reaching the ArtCenter’s Project 924 gallery (924 Lincoln) for an 8 p.m. concert. The event is co-sponsored by the creative Jewish cultural group Next@19, whose artistic director, Jenni Person, conceived of the movable squeezebox hootenanny. “The accordion is present in so many genres -- from klezmer to Balkan … from punk to pop … from tango to polka,” Person blurbed. “We want to bring the instrument out into the daylight and into the streets. It’s a wonderful juxtaposition of old-school nerdy with the slickness of South Beach.” Info: 305-674-8278, ArtCenterSF.org.
MORE SILLY LOVE SONGS
Just a reminder that if you missed “Rockshow” on Thursday, there will be repeat screenings on Sunday of the remastered Paul McCartney and Wings concert movie at 2 p.m. at iPic Boca Raton (301 Plaza Real; 561-299-3000), 2:30 p.m. at Paragon Deerfield 8 (3984 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach; 954-571-2445), and 2:30 p.m. at Paragon Grove 14 (3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; 305-446-6843). Info: RockShowOnScreen.com.
This will come as a surprise to regular readers of this space, but the Sun Sentinel has a rich history of publishing staff writers of such precision and grace that national acclaim was inevitable. They include John Grogan, Mitch Albom, Michael Connelly, Jonathon King, Thomas Swick, Kristee Montee (as P.J. Parrish) and John DeGroot. One is coming home again for “An Evening With Best-Selling Author Michael Connelly” on Tuesday at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (1 E. Las Olas Blvd.), presented by Nova Southeastern University and Boardroom Communications, and a fundraiser for the nonprofit grassroots journalism site BrowardBulldog.org. Connelly, best known for his New York Times best sellers about LAPD detective Harry Bosch and lawyer Mickey Haller, will talk about growing up in Fort Lauderdale, working the crime beat at the Sun Sentinel and the Los Angeles Times, and the writing life. Hosted by award-winning mysteries critic Oline Cogdill, the 6:30 p.m. event will include a book signing, an auction for a shot to name a character in Connelly’s 2014 novel, and a raffle of signed editions of Connelly’s “The Black Box” to benefit the Kathleen Pellegrino Scholarship Fund at the University of Florida. Tickets: $30 advance, $35 door; $20 students; $85 VIP ticket includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres with Connelly at a 5:30 p.m. reception, priority seating and priority access to the book signing. Info: BulldogEvent.EventBrite.com.
THE 'REAL' THING
A week after Vibe Las Olas used porn terminology to honor local moms with its “Got MILF?” Mother’s Day party, the downtown Fort Lauderdale hot spot will host the MTV crowd with a casting call for the network’s iconic reality show “The Real World.” The session is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for men and women who are older than 20 (“and appear to be between the ages of 20 and 24”), with a valid ID and a recent photo. Vibe is at 301 E. Las Olas Blvd. Info: 954-713-7313, VibeLasOlas.com.