Hosted by Y100’s sassy Ninalicia and popular emcee Ross B., well known for his outstanding assessment of female talent, the Bachelor and Bachelorette Dream Date Auction may benefit you as well as local Make-A-Wish kids.
Two dozen of South Florida’s “hottest and most eligible” singles will strut their stuff on Friday night at Exit 66 (219 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) during the 15th annual fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.
Dates include experiences such as a hot-air balloon tour, a chartered fishing excursion, and the opportunity to swim with dolphins. Each package also includes dining at a top restaurant, including the Capital Grille in Boca Raton, Café Maxx, Texas de Brazil, and the Melting Pot in Fort Lauderdale.
The event’s net proceeds will go toward granting the wishes of local children who have life-threatening medical conditions. In its 14 previous years, the auction has raised $375,000, enough to grant 75 wishes.
Ninalicia, now in her fifth year hosting the event, says the focus is on helping youngsters realize their dreams, but the social opportunity for South Florida singles is also a draw. Attending this fundraiser (tickets cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and include two specialty cocktails) says something special about a person, she says.
“If I saw a guy at this event, and he was there to help grant a kid’s special wish, that would be the first thing I’d check off my list: He’s a kind human being. I like that about him,” she says. “Showing support for someone else, instead of thinking about himself. That’s much more attractive than meeting at a bar and him telling you he’s going to buy you a bottle.”
Those sentences were prefaced by: “If I were single …” Because she’s not. In 2012, she married her fellow auction host, Ross. It’s the first time they will do this event together, but not Ross’ first involvement. A few years ago, Ross was one of the auction bachelors, and Ninalicia says event organizers told her he still holds the record with a $10,000 bid.
Her response? “My exact words were, ‘That makes sense,’ ” says Ninalicia -- still pretty much a newlywed, remember. Then, she went on to say a bunch of other nice things about Ross that, really, don’t need to be repeated because, hey, it’ll just make you feel inadequate. It did me.
But is there someone she would break the bank for if he appeared at this auction?
“Michael Buble! Oh, yes!” she says, with a laugh. “I would spend every penny I had on that kid, and make Michael Buble sing to me the whole time.”
The creative cats in the FAT Village Arts District will again throw out the welcome mat to folks from all over who have been curious about all the FAT Village buzz but aren’t quite sure how or when or why to drop in to check it out. This weekend offers the perfect opportunity: On Saturday from 2 to 11 p.m. a free event called Revel on the Block will be added to the monthly FAT Village Art Walk, with a special lineup of music, art, food, drink, vendors, hands-on activities for kids and lots of ambitious discussion about what the future holds for downtown Fort Lauderdale. Musical highlights include the swaggering blues of Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl at 7 p.m. and dynamic pianist Steph Taylor (The State Of) at 10 p.m. It all goes down along Northwest First Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Streets, north of Broward and just west of Andrews. As organizers say, “Bring your friends!” Info: Facebook.com/RevelOnTheBlock.
KINGDOM OF SWEDE-IN’
This was going to be the year that I entered my swede (you know, the low-budget, high-creativity short-film spoof of a favorite Hollywood feature) at Swede Fest 2 Palm Beach. Finally, my favorite romantic tear-jerker would be celebrated in the stop-action pasta paean I call “Fusilli Jerry Maguire.” But, what can I say, I have a 7-year-old who loves her noodles. She had me at, “Daddy…” Somehow the irreverent Swede Fest extravaganza will go on without my film on Saturday, with nearly 40 shorts screening at 7 p.m. at the Borland Center for Performing Arts (4885 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Doors open at 6:30 and the event, sponsored by Mainstreet at Midtown, will include DJ Victor Russo, cocktails from Potions in Motion, coffee and snacks from Oceana Coffee. Tickets for this "celebration of bad movies by good people" are $5 online, $6 (cash) at the door (last year’s Swede Fest sold out). Info: SwedeFestPalmBeach.com.
A NEW BRUNCH
Still one of our favorite spots anywhere in South Florida, Michy's will begin offering a Sunday brunch this weekend. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Michelle Bernstein’s Upper East Side kitchen (6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) will be serving signature dishes, including her buttermilk-fried-chicken-and-waffle sandwich (dolloped by cayenne gravy and maple syrup) and her inspired burger Benedict. A Bloody Mary bar and brunch-specialty cocktails will also be available. Info: 305-759-2001, MichysMiami.com.
FREE SEU JORGE
The rumors of Seu Jorge portraying Jimi Hendrix in the long-in-development Janis Joplin biopic “Get It While You Can” (starring Amy Adams) are too much fun to dismiss. Not that the charismatic Brazilian singer-guitarist needs any extra buzz as he heads to downtown Hollywood for a free Rhythm Foundation show in the ArtsPark on Saturday. Free! Be there 6-11 p.m. for an evening that includes the choral group Brazilian Voices and Rose Max, as well as a variety of Brazilian food and drink. Info: RhythmFoundation.com.
TICKET ALERT: JOHN LEGEND
When John Legend canceled his tour last fall, citing unfinished business on the album “Love in the Future,” it made total sense. The bar is still impossibly high for Legend after the Grammy-dominating “Wake Up!” But with the new album ready for release Sept. 3, and several songs already out (including the Rick Ross partnership “Who Do We Think We Are”), Legend has set a new fall tour that includes a Nov. 3 stop at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Tickets cost $70.50, $60.50 and $43.50 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at the box office, LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster outlets and at 800-745-3000.
LIVE MUSIC ON LAS OLAS
Two things to know about the performance by the jazz trio 3 Ring Circus on Saturday at Grille 401 (401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale): It’s a gig sponsored by the much-admired Gold Coast Jazz Society, and bass player Jeff Adkins (joined by Martin Hand on guitar and Matt Calderin on drums) performs both on electric and upright. So, serious jazz, yes. Music is from 8 to 11 p.m. Info: 954-767-0222, Grille401.com.
There are 14 new menu items to try this weekend at Grease Burger Bar (213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach), including a bunch of salads. Whatever. There’s also a burger layered with deep-fried bacon. So good. But more important, through Aug. 15, Grease will donate 10 percent of sales of these new items to Surfers for Autism, an excellent nonprofit founded in Deerfield Beach in 2007. Info: 561-651-1075; GreaseWPB.com; SurfersForAutism.org.
Here’s what we like about the third edition of the Fort Lauderdale Bar Crawl on Saturday night in the Himmarshee District: There are nine bars on the tour, all within a couple of blocks of each other, making this a bar crawl that you could actually do by crawling. The event is from 6:30-11 p.m. with check-in until 9 p.m.at Lucky’s Tavern. Other stops include Tarpon Bend, Off the Hookah, The Office, T-Mex, Capone's, America's Backyard, Briny Pub and The Dubliner. For $20 (advance until 11:59 p.m. Friday, $25 at check-in), you get a cocktail or a beer at each venue. Remember to crawl to the afterparty at America’s Backyard, which includes a free buffet and raffles (big prize a 50-inch TV). Organizers say Yellow Cab will be standing by. Info: Facebook.com/FortLauderdaleBarCrawl.
PLUG INTO ELECTRIC PIQUETE
Miami-based Latin funk crusaders Electric Piquete will make their first foray into Palm Beach County on Saturday for a performance at the Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery in Boca Raton (2621 N. Federal Highway). The septet will do two sets that should offer a preview of songs now being recorded for an album produced by the revered DJ Le Spam. Admission for the 21-and-older show is $6. Info: 561-368-4643, TheFunkyBuddha.com; Facebook.com/ElectricPiquete.
YOUR SKETCHY FRIENDS
Dr. Sketchy’s South Florida will host another of its special “drink and draw” sessions 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Sailboat Bend Artists Lofts at 1310 Gallery (1310 SW Second Court, Fort Lauderdale). The memorably purple-haired Kid Cadet will serve as the model for your sketchpad ravings, and beer and wine will be available to unblock your creativity. Admission is free. Info: Facebook.com/DrSketchySouthFlorida.