Things may not be where you expect to find them this weekend, much like your glasses or your pants. The Wynwood crowd will be doing monster trucks at the BB&T Center, the City-Wide Market tie-dyers will set up in Coral Springs, singles will mingle at Tate's Comics and Cupcake Burlesque is going to Gulfstream.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the relentlessly authentic boys at Adam Gersten’s Wynwood watering hole Gramps (176 NW 24th St., Miami) will be keeping it really real on Saturday with a little electric-kool-aid bus trip to the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, which rolls into the BB&T Center Friday-Saturday. Grave Digger, Monster Mutt and El Diablo could just as easily be the names of the kind of 1,500-horsepower cocktails favored by the Gramps crowd. For $50, the bar offers a bus ride to and from the arena, a Monster Jam ticket, all-you-can-drink booze and beer on the bus and a commemorative T-shirt. (Bring your own headphones.) Space, of course, is limited. RSVP at Gramps@Grampsbar.com or try Grampsbar.com. Or you can go by yourself. Monster Jam tickets are $18-$35 via Ticketmaster.
LOVE IS COMICAL
You may find love among the aisles at Tate's Comics Friday night, and not just with Vampirella, Emma Frost, Submariner or Wolverine (but them, too). From 7:30-9:30 p.m., the Lauderhill comic shop will hold its first Singles Mingle, “a free event designed to help you meet nice people.” You’ll find free refreshments, raffles, swag and prizes from Doris Italian Market in Coral Springs, Boca Sweets and Half-Baked Goods. The irreverent “Just a Couple of Gs” podcast will be there to encourage/shame you into action. The party coincides with 7-10 p.m. opening-night reception for the “Prints Charming” exhibition upstairs at Bear and Bird Gallery, where you’ll find more refreshments and silkscreen, giclee and offset pieces “at prices affordable for everyone.” Info: Tate’s and Bear & Bird are at 4566 N. Unversity Drive, Lauderhill. Info: 954-748-0181, TatesComics.com, Facebook.com/BearandBird
TALKING TO A WALL
While you’re at the Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk on Saturday, be sure to stop at 2020 Harrison to watch Miami painter Tatiana Suarez doing her thing for the city’s downtown mural project. While she’s still getting used to painting in front of an audience, she’ll be done with the painstaking sketching and measuring that goes into the work at the beginning. And she’s got a lot more time than the one-day mural she did at Art Basel; Suarez estimates she’ll spend more than a month completing her Hollywood work. “A lot of artists get angry and say, ‘No photos, no talking.’ But I have no problem stopping and talking once it’s under control,” she says. “People have commented that they are surprised on how friendly I am.” ArtWalk is 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Info: 877-672-2468, VisitHollywoodFL.org.
Sunday is the last day to get early-bird tickets for the Coastline Festival, Nov. 10 at the Cruzan. In case you missed it, the lineup includes Passion Pit, Capital Cities, Two Door Cinema Club, Matt & Kim, Surfer Blood, St. Lucia, Fitz & the Tantrums, Blondfire, the Joy Formidable, the Neighbourhood, the Mowgli’s and the Royal Concept. Tickets are $20 lawn, $35 reserved, and rise by $5 on Monday and again on Nov. 1. Info: CoastlineFestival.com.
Joss Whedon fans are a special tribe, and so partying like it’s 2005 in a darkened Hallandale Beach nightclub in broad daylight makes perfect sense. The South Florida Browncoats (a Whedon enthusiasts club) and Heroes & Villains Comics & Games are your hosts for a benefit called Can't Stop the Serenity 2013: Mighty Fine Shindig, 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Club Fate (601 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach) in the tony Village at Gulfstream Park, of all places. Along with raffles, merchandise, and a costume contest, the entertainment will include music from Crimson, teasing from Cupcake Burlesque and dance-floor screenings of the cult-fave Whedon film projects “Serenity” and “Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.” The after-party is Fate’s Down the Rabbit Hole party, beginning at 10 p.m. Admission is $10, with all proceeds going to Equality Now and the South Florida Wildlife Center. Info: Facebook.com/SoFlaBrowncoats., Facebook.com/CupcakeBurlesque, Facebook.com/ClubFateFL
TO MARKET, TO MARKET
City-Wide Market, the earnest gathering of funky fashion, DIY craftiness and surprising vegan treats, has won a loyal east-Broward following for its events in Pompano Beach and downtown Fort Lauderdale. This weekend Chris Gaidry, Amanda Weiner and their crew will go west for the first time, setting up 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the 30,000-square-foot Coral Springs Gymnasium in Mullins Park (2501 Coral Springs Drive). Admission to this “old-school metropolitan-style flea market” is free, as is parking. Donations will be accepted for the nonprofit Grateful Paws Animal Rescue. Info: 954-785-7475, CityWideMarket.com.
Witness more local creativity for a cause at the blue.art series exhibit and silent auction of works contributed by local artists to benefit downtown Fort Lauderdale's Flagler Village Community Garden. The event, sponsored by CityChurch Fort Lauderdale, is 7-9 p.m. Saturday 417 NE Third Ave., the site of the upcoming garden. Tickets are $10 at the door and include wine and hors d'oeuvres catered by Coterie. Info: CityChurchFTL.com.
TICKET ALERT: BARENAKED LADIES
Barenaked Ladies will bring music from their critically lauded new album “Grinning Streak,” along with favorites such as as “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “It’s All Been Done” “Brian Wilson” and “If I Had $1,000,000,” to Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Reserved seats are $59, $49 and $39 and go on sale 11 a.m. Saturday at MyHRL.com, Ticketmaster.com and at 800-745-3000.
FREE FLO RIDA
Chart-topping Carol City rapper Flo Rida will host a back-to-school concert at the Village at Gulfstream Park on Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. No stranger to local sporting events, include his courtside antics for the Miami Heat and the fired-up post-game performance last season at Marlins Park, Flo will begin his show after presenting the winning trophy after the feature horse race (thoroughbred racing begins at 1:30 p.m.). The concert, which will take place at the south entrance of Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach), is part of the rapper’s annual Back 2 School Fest weekend, which includes a variety of events benefiting local at-risk kids. Info: Facebook.com/OfficialFlo, TheVillageatGulfstreamPark.com
JUST A LITTLE KISS
As much as we like us some Kiss, unleashing their hits at Hard Rock Live Sunday night, there’s no denying the special intrigue offered by the free pre-show performance by Mini Kiss, the little-people tribute band most famous for their Super Bowl Dr. Pepper ad. If they are good enough to appear on “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” what more do you need to know? Catch them at 5:30 p.m. at the Center Fountain at Seminole Paradise. The big boys go on at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6), with tickets at $79, $99, $129 and $169 at MyHRL.com and Ticketmaster.
JT AND JAY-Z AND U?
The word is that scattered upperdeck tickets remain for the Justin Timberlake and Jay Z tour stop at Sun Life Stadium Friday night. Cost is $43.50 at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000.
Lot of strange things overhead in South Florida lately, so perfect timing for a little Laser Pink Floyd at the Buehler Planetarium & Observatory at Broward College (3501 Davie Road, Davie). The planetarium will do its final laser rock shows on Friday and Saturday, with the Beatles at 8:30 p.m., U2 at 9:30 and “Dark Side of the Moon” at 10:30. Tickets: $8, $14 for two shows, $20 for all three. Kids 15 and younger are $4 for each show. Info: 954-201-6681, ILovePlanets.com.