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Weekend preview: Mamma Mia, Marty McFly and a zeppole freak-out!

When the weather out there starts to turn, revealing cool, low-humidity hints of those rare days to come, well, it seems like anything is possible. Like dressing up like ABBA and eating a whole plate of zeppoles by yourself!

Business is so hot at the Fort Lauderdale restaurants and nightspots run by The Restaurant People – including YOLO, O Lounge, S3, Tarpon Bend and Vibe Las Olas – that they need to hire more people. Oh, and they have to staff the new Meatball Kitchen, opening next spring in the former M Bar space on Las Olas. So they’ll hold a job fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Vibe Las Olas (301 E. Las Olas Blvd.) to fill a variety of positions including servers, bartenders, kitchen staff, hosts/hostesses, security staff and more. Come with a resume, appropriate attire and prepared for an  immediate interview.  For more information, email

Speaking of restaurants and vibe, just wanted to make sure that we all saw where the guys that run the ever-popular 32 East on Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue have signed a lease to open a place in Old Pompano Beach. Wayne Alcaide, executive chef at 32 East, said that the percolating arts district happening in Pompano “reminds us a lot of Delray when we opened in 1996.” High praise. More info here, or at 954-586-1111,

The Las Olas Art Fair returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale's swanky main drag for its 26th annual clog of tourists, dogs, strollers and other inconveniences. Oh, c'mon, we jest! We love dogs! Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info:    

Some people aren’t “film festival” kinds of people, I get it. But who isn’t a “free movie” kind of people? The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is closing the street out in front of Cinema Paradiso in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Saturday for a little party and a free 7 p.m. screening of the 1985 comic adventure “Back to the Future.” What’s more, one of the stars of the movie, Lea Thompson will be there to introduce the movie. What’s not to like? Hello? Hello? Anybody home?  Think, McFly. Think! Info:

Knowing me, and knowing you, I feel obligated to point out that Friday night’s free sing-along screening of the ABBA homage “Mamma Mia” at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre (590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) is also a costume contest. And, yes, there will be cocktails available nearby.  Info: 561-544-8600,,

They make a great pie at New River Pizza (701 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale), but why has no one warned me to save space for the zeppoles? We ordered thinking a little bowl of these sweet baubles might come close to transporting us back to the Mulberry Street of our youth, shaking up bags of sugar-coated, fresh-from-the-oil dough at the San Gennaro feast in New York’s Little Italy.  Well, these zeppoles certainly did that, but as impressive was the size of this 12-count order, which overflowed a large plate. They come come dusted in confectioner’s sugar or cinnamon sugar in any combination, and at a mere $4.95, you don’t have to share.   Info: 954-618-7000,

As their season winds down, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers will throw a thank-you party for fans at Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. match against the spring-champion Atlanta Silverbacks that will include a soccer-ball giveaway to the first 1,500 fans 16 and younger. The Fan Zone, with live music and family activities opens at 5:30 p.m. outside Lockhart Stadium (near Commercial and Powerline). The Strikers’  Nov. 2 season-ender against FC Edmonton will be the official Fan Appreciation Night, when the team does a special meet-and-greet in the Fan Zone.  Strikers tickets start at $12, Info:

Tate’s Comics’ annual Halloween sale returns with the big tent out front and all manner of “truly unbelievable markdowns” on comics, DVDs, toys and T-shirts from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The NecronomiCafé will have treats, and there will be creative face-painting for the kids and Spooky Box Town for them to play in.   Each day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you’ll find free T-shirt printing of Tate’s new commemorative design, courtesy of The Fine Print Shoppe. Bring your own blank T or get one for $5 while supplies last. Tate’s is at 4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill. Info: 954-748-0181,‎.

After fighting a battle against non-Hodgkins lymphoma, former Menudo heartthrob Draco Rosa recorded “Vida,” an eclectic album of all-star duets brimming with elements of rock, reggaetón and electronica, but also reflective ballads. With guest singers including Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Mana and Juanes, it’s probably one of my favorite albums of the year. Now cancer-free, the 44-year-old Rosa performs Oct. 26 at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Tickets: $43.50-$93.50. Info:,

Some spaces and sounds were just made for each other: The Miami Light Project will turn its Light Box at the Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26 St., Miami) over to the exotic, cerebral and subversive punk-Piaf shanties of the Tiger Lillies for an invigorating two-night gig, Nov. 1-2. Once you witness the Brecht-Weill-meets-Coleridge-“Cabaret” British trio – Martyn Jacques (the clown-faced, accordion-waving front man with the angelic falsetto), Adrian Stout (upright bass and toy sheep) and Adrian Huge (child’s drum kit and assorted plastic and wooden objects) – you will not forget them.  Tickets are on sale now: $25 ($50 VIP). Info: 866-811-4111,

Seraphic Fire opens a new season with the first perfomances since the young Miami-based choral ensemble had their album “Ave Maria: Gregorian Chant” on the Billboard classical chart, so we think they will want to sound especially captivating. Weekend performances of “The Renaissance: Music of the Sistine Chapel” are at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Coral Gables, Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale and Sunday at All Souls Episcopal Church in Miami Beach. Tickets: $38. But, again this season, they’ll offer unsold tickets (yes, a rarity) to anyone younger than 30 for free. Info:

They probably won’t name the main headliners for another month, but discounted early-bird tickets for the 2014 edition of the Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale beach go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at The presale includes two-day general-admission tickets for $145 each, two-day VIP for $599 and two-day Super VIP for $999. Last year’s inaugural festival, a benefit for ocean conservation, brought Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Ben Harper, Grace Potter and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among many others,  to the sand just south of Las Olas Boulevard.  

In the unlikely event you missed it, Arcade Fire is bringing its indie-rock pulsations to Miami next week for two shows, tickets for which went on sale to the rabble on Thursday.  Get tickets for Wednesday’s show at Mekka in downtown Miami at and for Thursday’s show at the Little Haiti Cultural Center at The concerts are among several that the Canadian band will be performing as the  Reflektors, named after the single “Reflektor,” a David Bowie collaboration from their imminent James Murphy-produced double album. Info:

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