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Weekend preview: Morikami's Sushi & Stroll, Funky Buddha's Sticky Treats and other tasty things

The music of revered South Florida singer-songwriter Fred Neil will fill Luna Star Café in North Miami on Sunday, Aug. 12, when many of his worshipers perform songs heard on the remarkable tribute album “Everybody’s Talking.”

Among those taking the stage, beginning at 8 p.m., will be leading folk-rock locals including Jim Wurster, Charlie Pickett, Matthew Sabatella, Karen Feldner, Jack Shawde, Vinnie Fontana and Valerie C Wisecracker.

The album “Everybody’s Talking” takes its name from the best-known song written by the enigmatic Neil and made famous by Harry Nilsson, who won a Grammy for his 1969 performance. The song also was featured in the Oscar-winning film “Midnight Cowboy.”

The album was guided into existence by local songwriter and performer Wurster and Rich Ulloa, partners in a revival of Ulloa’s Y&T Music label, which released the record.

Neil, who was raised in St. Petersburg, wrote hits for the likes of Buddy Holly (“Come Back Baby”) and Roy Orbison (“Candy Man”) before becoming a pioneering figure on the New York folk scene who mentored young performers such as Bob Dylan, David Crosby and John Sebastian.

After growing disillusioned with the scene, Neil found refuge in South Florida with friend Ric O’Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show “Flipper” at Miami Seaquarium, where he formed a lifelong bond with O’Barry’s personable mammals. Over the next 30 years, Neil performances were rare. He died in the Florida Keys in 2001.

Neil’s most personal song was “The Dolphins,” which appeared on his eponymous 1966 album and was covered by Tim Buckley and Linda Ronstadt, among others. “I’m not one to tell this world / How to get along,” Neil sang. “I only know that peace will come / When all hate is gone.”

“Everybody’s Talking” includes two versions of “The Dolphins,” including the album-opener by another songwriting legend, Neil’s folk-scene contemporary Eric Andersen, whose smoky vocal bobs across the surface of the slow-rolling ballad, accompanied by Sebastian’s harmonica. The album closes with a soulful take on the song with lead vocals by South Florida performers Sabatella and Diane Ward.

Other highlights include “Candyman” by country veteran Rodney Crowell, “Everybody’s Talking” from Nashville singer-songwriter Keith Sykes, Charlie Pickett’s rocking version of “The Other Side of This Life,” Wurster’s rollicking duet with Omine Eager on “Dade County Jail,” Ward’s fiery “Everything’s Happening” and the honky-tonk lament “I’ve Got a Secret” by the 18 Wheelers.

For more information on the show, visit LunaStarCafe.com. For information about the album, visit Facebook.com/WursterSongs or YTMusicOnline.com.

The true Roy Sekoff

Coral Gables-raised Roy Sekoff, founding editor of the Huffington Post and a former writer and correspondent for Michael Moore’s Emmy-winning “TV Nation,” trains his barbed wit on himself in the memoir “Lacks Self-Control: True Stories I Waited Until My Parents Died To Tell.” The tales include his detour to a Times Square porn store during a high school graduation trip to New York and, perhaps even more embarrassing, his attempt to make off with a tissue containing Oprah's tears. Sekoff will read from the critically acclaimed book (“I’ve read worse” — Larry David) 7 p.m. Saturday at Books and Books in Coral Gables. Visit BooksAndBooks.com or RoySekoff.com.

‘Monster’ cult

Written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker, “The Predator” reboot (directed by Black) will be one of the big sci-fi releases of the fall, but it may not be the film closest to their hearts. The documentary “Wolfman’s Got Nards” is a sincere and often slack-jawed look at how Black and Dekker’s 1987 horror film “The Monster Squad,” about a team of kids out to save the world from monsters, went from box-office dud to cult favorite. Directed by “Monster Squad” star Andre Gower, “Wolfman’s Got Nards” (which takes its name from a quote in the film) includes interviews with the cast and crew, Black and Dekker, academics, original reviewers and the self-proclaimed misfits who have kept the original film alive for three decades. “Wolfman's Got Nards” will get its East Coast premiere with a 7 p.m. Tuesday screening during Popcorn Frights, the horror-film series that includes more than 50 entries at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale Friday-Aug. 16. Gower and producer Henry Darrow McComas will attend the screening and a post-film party at 9 p.m. at the Laser Wolf, of course, where $3 tall-boy Narragansett Lagers and $4 draft specials await ticket holders. For more information on the film and the series, visit PopcornFrights.com.

Aces and Kings

There’s a lot to recommend at the Aces High Music Festival on Saturday at Respectable Street in downtown West Palm Beach, including one of my favorite South Florida bands, the Gravel Kings, coming back around. The soul-stirring Americana quartet is scheduled to play at 10:30 p.m. on the inside stage, where you’ll also find the Ruby Tesla Burlesque Revue, Inside Jokes, Boston Marriage and Lavola. Outside stage performers will include Old Habits, OSF, Seven Serpents and Waste My Hate. Doors for the 18-and-older show open at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Visit Facebook.com/AcesHighTattooWPB.

Weekend beers

Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park on Saturday celebrates the release of Sticky Treats, a rice blonde ale brewed with vanilla for a taste that's “not unlike your favorite rice-cereal-and-marshmallow snack.” Along with four-pack bottles of Sticky Treats, the day will include T-shirts and stickers, Sticky Treats rice cereal snacks and a marshmallow launcher contest at 3 p.m. (Facebook/com/FunkyBuddhaBrewery) … 26 Degree Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach hosts Tales ‘n’ Ales, a dog-friendly fundraiser for Everglades Golden Retriever Rescue (EGRR.org), noon-4 p.m. Sunday. A $5 donation to EGRR gets you a wristband good for $1 off all beers during the afternoon (Facebook.com/26brewing) … LauderAle in Fort Lauderdale will raise money for the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program 1-5 p.m. Sunday, when a $5 donation comes with $1 off your beers. The first 50 people to sign up for tickets on the website can attend a sea-turtle hatchling release on Monday, Aug. 13, at Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography (Facebook.com/LauderAle) … Heads up: Wynwood Brewing in Miami celebrates its fifth anniversary noon-11 p.m. Aug. 18 during a family-friendly block party with live music, food and commemorative 12-ounce bottles of Ño, the 14-percent ABV elixir aged in bourbon barrels that will come in five versions: original, mole, coconut-vanilla, chocolate-orange and tiramisu ($10 each). Tickets cost $30 for five drink tickets, six if you purchase in advance (WynwoodBrewing.com).

Sake and Ghibli

The monthly Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks series returns to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, an evening devoted to self-guided sunset explorations of the Morikami’s six beautiful gardens, with craft sake and beer available, Takio drumming and games. Tickets cost $7, $5 children (ages 4-10) in advance ($8 and $6 at the gate). On Saturday, the Morikami continues its salute to the famed Japanese animation of Studio Ghibli with screenings of classic films beginning at 11 a.m. with continues with “Whisper of the Heart” (11 a.m.) and “Pom Poko” (2 p.m.). Visit Morikami.org.

Weekend movie

Confrontational cartoonist John Callahan is given a poignant and appropriately unconventional salute in the Gus Van Sant-directed “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” which traces a darkly humorous line from the car accident that left Callahan paralyzed through his alcohol treatment to a new life as funny-pages provocateur. Reviewer Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times called the film a “flawed, intelligent and weirdly captivating picture” in which Van Sant “marries the loose, ragged feel of his early outsider portraits like ‘Drugstore Cowboy’ to the therapeutic uplift and polished craftsmanship of ‘Good Will Hunting.’ ” With Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, “Don’t Worry” also features Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black and actor-musicians Kim Gordon and Beth Ditto. You can see it in multiple screenings this weekend at Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood (FLIFF.com) and at the Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton (FAU.LivingRoomTheaters.com).

Russian meeting

Basement Miami, the party cave at the Miami Beach Edition hotel, complete with bowling alley and skating rink, celebrates National Big Lebowski Day, also known as National Bowling Day, at 10 p.m. Saturday. Along with a screening of “The Big Lebowski,” there will be bowling for $50 (plus tax/service charge, shoes included) per lane per hour for four people, $10 White Russians and free slushies for those who show up in their best Dude robe. Visit BasementMiami.com.

Weekend picnics

The free Starlight Musicals concert series in Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park comes to an end 7-10 p.m. Friday with a country vibe provided by the Shane Duncan Band (FortLauderdale.gov/Starlight) … Boca Raton’s free Summer in the City concert series concludes with the Billy Joel tribute band Turnstiles 8 p.m. Friday and Symphony Swing by Symphonia 8 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/BocaRaton.MiznerParkAmphi) … Hollywood’s free Solar Blast summer concert series returns to the downtown ArtsPark with an 8 p.m. Saturday concert of Aerosmith covers by Jaded (FloridasHollywood.org).

Local voices

Millionyoung, Sreym Hctim, Poparazzi, Lindsey Mills and Supergold bring the noise to Voltaire in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/VoltaireWPB) … Spred the Dub brings sharp-edged ska vigor to Avant in Delray Beach 8:30 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/SpredTheDub) … Xperimento and DJ Erick Paredes provide the soundtrack 10 p.m. Friday at the Living Room in the Faena Miami Beach hotel (Facebook.com/WeAreXperimento) … Delray Beach roots rockers Mitch Herrick and the Homegrown Sinners return to Sons and Daughters Farm and Winery in Lake Worth 6 p.m. Saturday (MitchHerrick.com) … The Kenyan-raised founding pastor of the Delray Beach Joy Church leads the Julius Sanna Quartet 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach (ArtsGarage.org) … Pompano Beach psych rockers Nervous Monks will be joined by Gainesville’s Some Heavier Things 10 p.m. Saturday at Invasive Species Brewing in Fort Lauderdale (Facebook.com/NervousMonks) … Tasty Vibrations is at Township in Fort Lauderdale 10 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/TastyVibrations) … Neo-soul quintet Shenzi (8 p.m.) is joined by singer-songwriter (and Frost School of Music student) Mel Bryant (7 p.m.) on Saturday at Wynwood Yard. At 9 p.m. Monday, Shenzi will be at Lagniappe House in Miami (Facebook.com/ShenziMusic) … Soulful balladeer Ella Herrera plays the Singer Songwriter Series at West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault 2-5 p.m. Sunday (WestPalmBeer.com).

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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