If you are looking to do something different, and a new crowd to do it with, FAT Village is the place to be this weekend.
That’s when Josh Miller throws out the welcome mat, rolls out the grill and dishes out free burgers and dogs for BBQ Friday at C&I Studios. The 6 p.m.-to-whenever party at the music, graphic design and film production firm (541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale) is BYOB, and flip-cup and beer-pong competitions have been known to break out.
As Miller, founder and director of C&I Studios, says of his community-building event: “We wanted to do something that was low-key and fun and, no matter what, 100 percent free.”
On Saturday, the warehouse plays host to Live at C&I Studios, a night of music that features the piano-driven pop of the Jacob Jeffries Band, which once called South Florida home before lighting out for New York. Orlando indie rockers Hoyle and Nashville adventurers Fauna Halo also will perform.
Jeffries will be performing in the room where his band recorded the video for perhaps the definitive version of their song “Crazy Under the Moon.” The former Plantation resident says the show will be special.
“My songs have taken on a different shape over the past several years, especially the past several months,” he says. “My writing has gotten a lot more introspective … and honest.”
Jeffries mother died in February after an illness that began with a breast cancer diagnosis several years ago.
A New York resident, Jeffries has been back in town for two weeks, playing the piano he grew up with, which is now in his sister’s Plantation home.
The visit is part of his annual pilgrimage to help teach musical theater to kids at the Lovewell Institutue for the Creative Arts at Nova Southseastern University in Davie. Jeffries and his students, ages 9-12, aim to create a two-act musical in three weeks.
“I’ve been involved with Lovewell since I was a kid,” Jeffries says. “It’s cooperative and collaborative. It’s a really great program.”
The singer, who expects to be in town playing gigs on and off through the middle of July, says the Jacob Jeffries Band has a lot of new music in the pipeline. A summer single is a possibility, and a new EP or album should be out by the end of the year, he says.
Fans will hear some of that music in a stripped-down format on Saturday at C&I Studios.
“These songs are a lot more settled in the idea of organic piano playing, more singer-songwriter, less affected,” he says. “The space is nice and intimate. We’re going to do piano with a little guitar. I want the new songs to stand out there on their own, without a lot of support.”
Admission is $6 at the door, $4 if your smartphone shows your Facebook "like" of C&I Studios. More info: 954-357-3934, Facebook.com/CIStudios.
A RARE MOONING
The largest supermoon of the year peaks on Saturday and Sunday, which can only mean one thing: naked sushi at S3. The new hot spot on Fort Lauderdale beach (505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) was built with a separate banquet room featuring tables that could accommodate sushi-covered models, and on Sunday they make their public debut. The Full Moon Rising party will include musicians, fire dancers, a DJ and complimentary sushi from 5 to 10 p.m. The sushi will be served from the models by S3 servers, but if you’ve seen the staff, you know that’s not bad, either. And, bottom line, the moon over the water should be spectacular. Info: 954-523-7873, Facebook.com/S3Restaurant.
PAGING BETTIE PAGE
How much Bettie Page can Las Olas Boulevard handle? The same weekend that the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale opens its Bunny Yeager photography exhibit, featuring images of her most-famous model, the Bettie Page Clothing chain will open a location a few blocks away at 1016 E. Las Olas Blvd. The store, specializing in a sexy rockabilly-pinup mashup, has its grand opening 6-9 p.m. Friday with wine, hair and makeup styling, raffles and 25 percent off everything. DJ Andre Rouzo spins. Info: 954-766-4343, BettiePageClothing.com.
GET INTO THE KITCHEN
Your chance for stardom or an opportunity to punch Gordon Ramsay in the face? Either way, casting directors for “Hell’s Kitchen” will be at the Eden Roc (4525 Collins Ave. Miami Beach) on Saturday, looking for chefs who can stand the heat on the Fox reality show. The open casting call runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: TheConlinCompany.com, Candra@TheConlinCompany.com, 310-313-9100.
A BRAND NEW 'BAG'
Popular and durable South Florida blues band David Shelley and Bluestone will have an album release party for “Trick Bag” from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Funky Biscuit (303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton). Buy a CD, and the band will sign it, and the first 100 purchasers get a “Trick Bag” swag bag. Info: 561-395-2929, FunkyBiscuit.com, DavidShelleyAndBluestone.com.
Perhaps the most polarizing of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” (a close race, I know), Teresa Giudice will make an appearance at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale on Friday to talk about her latest cookbook, the summer-themed “Fabulicious! On the Grill: Teresa’s Smoking Hot Backyard Recipes.” The 7 p.m. event includes a book-signing followed by an audience Q&A hosted by SouthFlorida.com’s bubbly Micaela Hood, who should provide some engaging balance to all the put-up-your-dukes Jersey-ness. Info: 954-262-0255, MOAFL.org.
DRAKE AND MIGUEL
Grammy winners Drake and Miguel are touring together this fall, and tickets for their Nov. 5 stop at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations and at LiveNation.com. Prices are $49.75-$99.75. Drake, of course, is Drake, and the Would You Like a Tour caravan aims to drum up interest in the upcoming album “Nothing Was the Same,” featuring the hit “Started From the Bottom.” He’s also no stranger to Miami, having just shot a video for the single “No New Friends” with DJ Khaled and Rick Ross. But Miguel may be having the more-interesting time lately, thanks to the single “Adorn,” which made many critics’ best-of lists and won a Grammy for best R&B song, and his inclusion in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list. Rapper Future opens.
WIN A SKATEBOARD
Friday is Go Skateboarding Day, and the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale), home to the traveling exhibit “Tony Hawk: RAD Science,” will begin a contest to win an autographed Tony Hawk skateboard. You can enter Friday through Aug. 21 with a like at the MODS Facebook page or joining the museum’s email list at http://bit.ly/RADScience. Also, on Tuesday, the museum will host pro skateboarder Brian Sumner during the last two hours of the interactive Create-A-Skate Live workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Info: 954-467-6637, MODS.org.
The city of Pompano Beach this weekend will introduce a monthly free Friday movie series with an 8 p.m. screening of the surprisingly funny “Hotel Transylvania” at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre (1801 NE Sixth St.). Did we forget to mention free popcorn and cotton candy? Info: 954-786-4111.
Teen film actress Bailee Madison will return to South Florida for a Saturday meet-and-greet screening of the animated children’s movie “Monica” at Young at Art Museum (751 SW 121st Ave., Davie). “Monica,” with Madison voicing the title role, was created by cartoonist and Young at Art resident artist Rob Cabrera, best known for his syndicated comic strip “Silo Roberts.” The event, a fundraiser for the childhood cancer nonprofit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Museum admission (includes movie) costs $13, $12 for seniors and children older than 1, $11 for Broward County residents. Info: 954-424-0085, YoungAtArtMuseum.org; AlexsLemonadeStand.org.
Boston’s on the Beach (40 S. Ocean Blvd.), a fixture in Delray Beach for more that 30 years, will host a fundraiser on Wednesday for victims of the bombings during the marathon in its namesake city. “In the wake of the horrific events of that day, we are all patriots searching for a way to help,” says Mark DeAtley, Boston’s general manager. Beginning at 6, the night will include music, celebrity bartenders, discounts, giveaways and a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the One Fund. Among the locals on the bill are the Amber Leigh Band, Funkabilly Playboys, McGowan’s Chair, Blues Dragon, Famous Frank Ward and the Blue Tuesday All-Stars. There is a suggested $10 donation at the door. Info: 561-278-3364, BostonsontheBeach.com.