Longtime South Florida radio host Michael Yo is man enough to embrace the term “Glambassador,” and he wonders if other guys have what it takes to do what needs to be done this weekend. In high heels.
Yo, the former Y100 wit who is now a Los Angeles-based comedian and host of CBS’ “OMG! Insider,” recently joined the local breast cancer fighters at Glam-A-Thon, which will host Sunday’s stylish and irreverent Glam Doll Strut. Given the official title of Glambassador, Yo hoped to be there on Sunday, but couldn’t make it work.
Which is regrettable, because for Yo, breast cancer is personal.
“My mother beat breast cancer twice and then had thyroid cancer,” he told our friends at City & Shore magazine. “She’s fine now, but she’s been such a positive role model for me that I want to be part of anything having to do with breast cancer.”
The Glam Doll Strut, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Himmarshee District in downtown Fort Lauderdale, is expected to draw thousands of pink-pumped, feather-boa-ed and bedazzled dolls (and guys and dogs) for the annual showy parade to raise money for breast cancer research. WSVN’s Lynn Martinez and Vivian Gonzalez will supply the celebrity glamour.
If you’ve seen Yo’s act or follow him on Twitter (@MichaelYo), you know he is a manly man who can bash Tony Romo and his hometown Houston Texans while also pondering the important questions of our time, such as “Do YOU agree w/ @Esquiremag that #ScarlettJohansson is the SEXIEST woman alive?”
“I don’t understand why more men aren’t involved with this,” he says of the Glam Doll Strut. “We all have mothers, so we should support causes like this. Besides, you have tons of beautiful ladies around you. I don’t think that’s a bad deal.”
The Glam Doll Strut is open to individuals and teams for a tax-deductible $45 (free for children younger than 5 and pets). Info: Glam-a-thon.com.
Fight cancer at a slightly higher speed — like, Lamborghini LP560 speed — at the Drive for Life event Saturday and Sunday at Palm Beach International Race Way (17133 Bee Line Highway, Jupiter; 305-432-3205). Take the Lambo or a Ferrari for a two-lap spin in which there are no rules: “Drive as fast as the model allows,” the invitation reads. Cars include Ferrari F430 Coupe and Spider; Lamborghini LP560 Coupe and Spider; and Lamborghini LP550 Coupe. The rides cost $199 and are open to those 21 and older, but anyone older than 10 can ride shotgun with an expert for $99. The event benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Info: 866-436-3514, ImagineLifestyles.com.
YOUR SKETCHY FRIENDS
You can get a sneak peek at the freshly renovated Bailey Hotel Arts Center in Pompano Beach (51 NE First St.) during a midweek mashup of the city’s monthly Art Hall gathering and a visit from the cheeky anti-art mob of Dr. Sketchy’s South Florida. Art Hall, which takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday across the street in a refurbished space in the Pompano Beach CRA Business Resource Center (50 NE First St.), will include an exhibition of amphibian-themed works by local artists, music by locals Weedline, food trucks and other refreshments. Admission is free. Info: 954-586-1111. Simultaneously, Charlotte Sundquist will host a Dr. Sketchy’s drawing session at the Bailey that, as always, is free and open to all. You bring sketching supplies (including a hard surface) and they provide the model, in this case the curvaceous Miss Jenna Beth Smith from Cupcake Burlesque (also a friend of Glam-a-thon, below). Info: Facebook.com/DrSketchySouthFlorida
A COCKTAIL FOR YOUR FREE HAND
A similarly creative and culturally savvy crowd gets together Friday for Freehand Miami’s monthly Drawing Room hookup with the Broken Shaker, a night of local art and a cocktail curated for the evening. This month’s featured artist is Evoca1, familiar to fans of the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (evoca1.com), and his vibrant color palette will be celebrated by the Broken Shaker’s Randy Perez with a drink featuring rum, hints of lime and cucumber, and a cilantro reduction. The “upscale hostel” Freehand Miami is at 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach. Info: TheFreehand.com, BrokenShaker.com.
YOUR WEEKEND DESSERT
On Friday night, Red, the Steakhouse (1901 Military Trail, Boca Raton) will have a grand reopening to introduce its remodel, both to the interior and the menu. You will find “dramatically reduced prices and extensive improvements,” according to the press push. Which is all good, but what caught our eye is the apple pie croissant bread pudding, made particularly decadent with apple pie filling, graham cracker streusel and vanilla bean gelato. Apparently they serve steak, too. Info: RedTheSteakhouse.com.
OOMPA LOOMPA TIME!
For sheer sugary exuberance, you can’t top Friday’s free sing-along screening of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre (590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton). Remember, the 1971 original movie had an Oscar-nominated soundtrack that included “The Candy Man,” “Cheer Up, Charlie,” “Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-De-Do” and “I Want It Now!” Fans are urged to dress the part for the 7:30 p.m. event, with prizes awarded to the best costume, and there will be a “golden ticket” contest for a special gift. If you need singing encouragement, there will be cocktails, along with the obligatory chocolate, ice cream and candy for sale. And, a heads-up: On Oct. 18, the MPA will be screening “Mamma Mia!” Also a costumed event. Obviously. Info: 561-544-8600, MiznerAmphitheater.com, DowntownBoca.org.
EAGLES & EATS
Friday brings the debut of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts’ free weekly concert series at the pavilion on Old School Square, with the eerily good Eagles tribute band the Long Run going on at 7:30 p.m. The evening includes a cash bar and food trucks galore, beginning at 6 p.m. Among them will be Big Kahuna, PS561, Lucille’s on Wheels, Crazydilla, Da Burger Shack, Flour Power, Poor Boy's Kitchen and the Cuban Press. Info: Facebook.com/OldSchoolSquare.
We know it doesn’t take much of a reason for you to throw on a little hot magenta, sir, but the Sandbar on Fort Lauderdale beach celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a fundraiser 8-10 p.m. Sunday that includes a free signature Pretty in Pink drink to anyone wearing pink. DJ Robert Patroni spins and Vibe Las Olas bartender Abbey Shenk will lend her near-celebrity status to the event behind the bar. A portion of all bar proceeds and tips will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation from 7 p.m.-closing. Info: Facebook.com/SandbarFTL.
West Palm Beach native Cassadee Pope’s “Frame by Frame” was released by Republic Nashville this week, with 11 tracks that dance a fine line between country and the pop sound that brought her local acclaim with Hey, Monday. Among the songs that show the most promise for a long career is “11,” a poignant, mandolin-fueled ballad about her parents’ divorce, co-written with Grammy winner Nathan Chapman. Give her a few years, and “The Voice” winner may find her niche somewhere between Taylor Swift and the Band Perry. Not a bad neighborhood. To hype the album, Team Cassadee is running a Facebook "Frame Your Selfie" contest with five winners getting a call from the singer. Info: CassadeePope.com.
It’s hard to avoid reminders that the Coastline Festival, just a month away, is worth extra attention. Beyond the popular headliner, Passion Pit, the bill has only gotten stronger with the breakout success of Capital Cities (and their inescapable hit “Safe and Sound”) and Fitz and the Tantrums, whose “Out of My League” recently hit No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. You can get an advance taste of the band when they do “Ellen” on Tuesday and “Conan” on Wednesday. Speaking of tasting Coastline, we’d be remiss for not pointing out that several local brewers will be part of the festival’s Craft Beer Cove. The Funky Buddha, Due South and Native Brewing will be joined by Dogfish, Blue Point, Tequesta and Inlet Brewing, among others. The rest of the music lineup includes Two Door Cinema Club, Matt & Kim, Surfer Blood, the Joy Formidable, the Neighbourhood, the Mowgli’s, St. Lucia and the Royal Concept. Tickets for the Coastline Festival, which will hit the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach on Nov. 10, cost $25 lawn and $40 reserved through Oct. 31, $30 and $45 beginning Nov. 1; general-admission pit tickets cost $55. Info: CoastlineFestival.com.
Sunday’s guests-only performance by the Band Perry at the Fontainebleau offers dramatic evidence in support of hotel COO Philip Goldfarb’s recent statement that the BleauLive concert series will offer “a diverse range of musical talent.” Country music on Miami Beach? But the Nashville-based Perry siblings bring their own diversity to the genre, and Neil Perry has promised a rendition of Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls.” And, if you go (admission starts at $299 per night for a three-night stay), check out Kimberly Perry’s new 3.3-carat engagement ring, courtesy of Miami native and Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia. For more, hit the link for the Band Perry interview. Info: 800-548-8886, BleauLive.com.