As ludicrous as it sounds, Chuck Melcher denies that this weekend’s tour by models from the new Hooters Calendar is timed to take advantage of the various synergies spinning off Art Basel Miami Beach, where art is becoming ever more obscured by celebrity and product placement.
“No. I don’t think it’s the same audience,” Melcher says, his voice a little too rehearsed, from the restaurant’s offices in Tampa.
But c’mon, Chuck, have you seen some of the stuff they call “art” down there? And have you actually seen the calendar? That’s not art?
“We plan these appearances pretty far out. We didn’t … ” OK, fine. Stick to your story, man.
A dozen models from the 2014 Hooters Calendar, including Parkland native Amanda Jemini, have been hosting public events in South Florida this week, with several appearances set for Friday in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The visits include calendar autographs and swimsuit and holiday fashion shows.
On Wednesday, the women presented Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital with a $10,000 check, money raised last month at a Hooters golf tournament in Fort Lauderdale.
Jemini and the other models will make three stops on Friday, including one at the Boca Raton restaurant where Jemini got her start. The schedule is: noon-1:30 p.m.. at the Sunrise Hooters (3805 N. University Drive), 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Boca Raton (2440 NW 19th St.) and 8-10 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale store (6345 N. Andrews Ave.). Info: HootersFlorida.com.
When you reverse the second “a” in the name of the band badbad – as the young electro-soul duo does on its website, the two syllables become clever mirror images of each other. You could achieve the same effect holding a picture of badbad singer Chelsea Tyler next to one of her father, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. But, clearly, she’s her own woman, her own talent, and the best way to enjoy badbad at their South Florida shows this weekend is probably to close your eyes, so you can let Chelsea Tyler’s funky badassiness have its way with you without thinking about her old man. Catch badbad on Friday at Sea Salt & Pepper in Miami (Facebook.com/SeaSaltand Pepper), Saturday at Stache in Fort Lauderdale (BarStache.com) and Sunday at Bardot in Miami (BardotMiami.com).
BETTIE PAGE? ME-OW!
You’ve seen the dreamy pictures of famous ‘50s pinup model Bettie Page in a cheetah-pattern swimsuit posed next to a pair of languorous cheetahs on the grounds of Boca Raton’s old Africa USA theme park. You’ll get the back story on that photo shoot from Page herself in the new documentary “Bettie Page Reveals All,” screening Friday at the Gateway Theatre, 1820 E Sunrise Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-763-7994 or go to TheGatewayTheatre.com.
Just a reminder that comedian Dave Chappelle on Wednesday abruptly announced (it's how he rolls) he'd be making an appearance at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. Next week! A couple of hours after tickets went on sale Thursday evening, there were none left, prompting a 10:30 p.m. show to be added. By Friday morning those were gone, too. So, now there's a third show scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Reserved-seat tickets cost $55 at LiveNation.com, at 800-745-3000 and at the Fillmore box office, 1700 Washington Ave. Info: 305-673-7300, FillmoreMB.com.
Globally influential DJ Richie Hawtin is in town for Art Basel, natch, and is planning a free 4 p.m. Friday pop-up performance under the flag of Red Bull Music Academy’s DOT UP MIAMI. You can learn where Hawtin will be spinnin’ by following @RedBullMiami on the Twitter machine. Details are set to drop Friday at 1 p.m.
HANK WILLIAMS' KIN
Recent conversations with blues-rocker Bonnie Raitt, her young acolyte ZZ Ward, indie up-and-comer Ricky Young of the Wild Feathers and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls all had one thing in common: a recommendation that I not miss a chance to see Holly Williams. The country firebrand, granddaughter of Hank, daughter of Hank Jr. and half-sister of Hank III, blazes her own trail on the beautifully spare and personal album “The Highway.” At 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Williams will open Day 2 of music at the Lauderdale Live music festival in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Be there. Tickets cost $59 (one-day pass), $89 (weekend pass), with unlimited re-entry. Box office will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info: LauderdaleLiveMusic.com.
Speaking of country icons, Willie Nelson is just 10 years younger than Holly Williams’ legendary granddaddy would be today, but we’re lucky enough to still have him around making music. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Nelson’s Jan. 31 peformance at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Cost is $59.50 and $79.50 at CoralSpringsCenterfortheArts.com. Info: 954-344-5999.
Former “Full House” star Dave Coulier, once again a familiar face in households with Nickelodeon-watching kids, has managed to create a successful standup career by working clean. Even Chappelle wouldn’t try that. Catch Coulier at 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv (550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach). Tickets: $20 (with two-drink minimum). Info: 561-833-1812, PalmBeach.Improv.com.
THE YANKEES OF CHESS
The virtues of scholastic chess, undergoing a renaissance with formal instruction in several Sunrise elementary schools, are the subject of the documentary “Brooklyn Castle,” which gets a free screening 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre (10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd.). Executive producer Robert McLellan will be on hand to discuss the film, which follows five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. Info: 954-747-4600, BrooklynCastle.com.
MORE EGGNOG, PLEASE!
Here’s your weekly reminder of holiday things to do: Light Up Sistrunk is at 5 p.m. Friday, Boca Raton’s Holiday Boat Parade is Saturday, the Pompano Beach Boat Parade is Sunday, the Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade is Dec. 13 and the Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale is Dec. 14, same night as the Delray Beach Holiday Parade. Also Dec. 14 is Boca’s annual No Snow Ball, featuring the Goo Goo Dolls, the Fray, Five for Fighting, Parachute and ZZ Ward. Info: FrontgateTickets.com.
ONE AND ONLY
Reminder, kids (or those shopping for kids): Tickets for One Direction’s Oct. 5 Where We Are tour stop at Sun Life Stadium will go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday. Price: $43.50-$103.50 at all Ticketmaster locations.
Chris Gaidry and partner Amanda Weiner, the clever duo responsible for periodic celebrations of the indie, crafty and handmade at events such as City-Wide Market, Stitch Rock, Night Owl Market and last weekend’s Snow Owl Market, will bring their vintage shopping vibe to yet another locale with Retro Rodeo Dec. 14-15 at the Bergeron Rodeo arena in Davie. Vendors are coming from all over the state, Gaidry says. Admission is $3, $5 for two days and free if you come on a horse. Yes, they are setting aside space by the entrance for you to tie up your friend Flicka. Info: 954-785-7475, CityWideMarket.com