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Weekend preview: Barbecue, Spam, a ham and cocktails

How can we allow a little rain (or a lot) ruin a three-day Memorial Day weekend? Are there not profane puppets to be heard (“Avenue Q” at the Kravis Center), pineapples to be pyramided (at Flagler Village Art Walk) and pooches to be paraded (Girls’ Club Bark Walk)? Precisely.

LABOR OF HIS FRUITS

The Flagler Village Art Walk returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village and MASS District on Saturday with the usual attractions and attractive people. One new thing: The Pineapple Guy will be making at attempt to build a world-record pineapple pyramid (apparently more than 5,525 pineapples), beginning at 6 p.m. at C&I Studios. Visit Facebook.com/NextDoorCI.

HERE’S TO HUMANITY

Up the street on Saturday, General Provision will host Cocktails for Humanity, a 6 p.m. Art Walk fundraiser for the organizers of the Mockingbird Trail, the urban-art trail that seeks to promote walkability and give downtown Fort Lauderdale a recognizable identity. Buy a drink from one of the Cocktails for Humanity volunteers and every dollar, including tips, go to the Mockingbirds. Visit Facebook.com/CocktailsForHumanity, Facebook.com/MockingbirdTrail. Also nearby on Saturday is the Girls’ Club Bark Walk, an Art Walk event benefiting the nonprofit Pets' Broward, with dog-themed art, dog- and kid-friendly activities and an adoptable dog parade. Visit Facebook.com/GirlsClubFLL.

HOW YOU FELT

The touring production of the hit Broadway musical “Avenue Q” — “part flesh, part felt and packed with heart” — on Friday begins its run through June 10 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. The irreverent adventure of a new college graduate’s introduction to big city life, told by a Sesame Street Gone Wild cast of puppets, is 15 years old but no less topical with songs including “If You Were Gay,” “The Internet is for Porn” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.” Tickets: $55. Visit Kravis.org.

WEEKEND BEERS

Sugar Plum Art Gallery and Grumbling Growler Beer Bar in downtown Lake Worth hosts Justin Rick and Dustin Jeffers of Delray Beach’s Saltwater Brewery as part of the Grumbling Growler Brewmasters Series, an evening of conversation and beer sampling 7-10 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/SalWaterBrewery, SPANDGG.com) … The plucky Copper Tones band and Bangin’ Banjo Brewing in Pompano Beach will join forces for a vinyl and beer release 7 p.m. Friday, including the group’s 7-inch single “Home” (backed by “Southbound Train”) and Bangin’ Banjo Russian Imperial Stout (Facebook.com/BanginBanjoBrewing, Facebook.com/TheCopperTonesMusic) … It’s Sour Saturday at Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton, a noon celebration of the bottle release of Barrel of Funk Vol. 3, part of a series of collaborations with Odd Breed Wild Ales, this one a Belgian style blonde ale re-fermented with elderberries and aged in wine barrels for 14 months (Facebook.com/BarrelOfMonks) … Roar & Pour returns to the Palm Beach Zoo 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday with music from the Aerosmith tribute band Jaded and a tap takeover from Lake Worth’s Mathews Brewing Co. featuring their Sweet Emotion cream ale and Accelerate IPA (Facebook.com/MathewsBrewing) …

FUTURE BEERS

The Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park will celebrate five years of beers with a free party 2-10 p.m. June 2, highlighted by an “all-star” cast of draft beers (the list is evolving) and music from SpiderCherry, Sosos, Randy Bernsen and Julius Pastorius. Visit Facebook.com/FunkyBuddhaBrewery.

RAY OF BLUE SUNSHINE

On Sunday, Voltaire in downtown West Palm Beach will celebrate the bluesy worldview of Ray Carbone, for the past six months the curator of a weekly Sunday-night residence called Ray’s Downtown Presents in the Clematis Street bar tucked above Lost Weekend. The 7 p.m. party, known as RayFest or Camp Ray, will include some of his favorite bands, including J.M. and the Sweets, the Blues Crusaders (with Rockin’ Jake), JL Fulks, Joey George, Tchaa! and the Derek McLean Trio. Visit Facebook.com/VoltaireWPB.

SUNDAY BARBECUE

Yes, Sunday barbecue. But it’s raining. No problem, Red Cow BBQ, from the Be Nice group and purveyor of some of my favorite meat eats this side of the Texas-Louisiana border, will do a 2 p.m. pop-up at Invasive Species Brewing in Fort Lauderdale’s MASS District. Visit Facebook.com/RedCowFTL, InvasiveSpeciesBrewing.com.

WHAT IT’S LIKE

You can pay tribute to the fallen on Memorial Day by listening to Everlast’s protest against a society of entitlement, “What It’s Like,” at the Lotos Music Festival 4 p.m. Sunday at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton. The hip-hop sage, once of House of Pain, is on a bill with Cypress Hill, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Slick Rick, the Pharcyde and local legends 2 Live Crew. Tickets start at $49.50. Visit LotosMusicFest.com.

WEEKEND LAUGHS

When asked about reaction among Mexicans to President Trump’s plans to build a $30 billion wall along the border, George Lopez said, “We’ll get over it.” That’s funny. The unrepentant ham brings the touring version of his recent HBO special “The Wall” to the Hard Rock in Hollywood on Saturday. Riffing with an NPR interviewer, Lopez said: “If they build that wall, the most difficult part for Mexicans is to watch someone build a wall and not have anything to do with it. So that's almost like mental torture that Latinos will be looking at and they'll be going, ‘Oh, my God! What are they ... Ay, mira! He's using sparkling water to make cement!’ … For $30 billion, you could get undocumented people to build the wall themselves. You can pay them to stand as a wall, shoulder to shoulder, for eight-hour shifts. And still have money left over.” Tickets cost $50-$90. Visit MyHRL.com.

ON FREEDOM

Attorney, poet and former prisoner Reginald Dwayne Betts will read from his work 4-5 p.m. Saturday at the Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach, a gathering hosted by P. Scott Cunningham of O, Miami. Betts is the author of a memoir, “A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison” (2009), and two poetry collections, “Shahid Reads His Own Palm” (2010) and “Bastards of the Reagan Era” (2015). Visit TheBetsyHotel.com.

SPAM FOLDER

The Spam Allstars host their free monthly Havana Nights series at the palm-lined North Beach Bandshell in North Miami Beach 7-10 p.m. Saturday and a more beautiful spot to shake a leg with this wildly entertaining band you will not find. Unless, you know … it rains. Future nights in the series include June 23 and July 28. Admission is free, but a $5 donation would not go unappreciated. Visit NorthBeachBandshell.com.

FOWL FORECAST

Irreverent hatchet man Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog (star of the original South Florida food truck Gastropod and the Complex TV series “Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog Forks It”) on Sunday hosts Duck Duck Goose Trois, the third in his annual culinary festival series at the Anderson in Miami. This version, devoted to inventive preparations of locally raised and pastured fowl, promises “a star-studded lineup of South Florida's most innovative purveyors of haute cuisine, gourmet street food, craft beer and artisan cocktails.” That’s you. Tickets cost $58, or $93 with unlimited craft beer and special cocktail pairings. Visit Facebook.com/ChefJeremiahBullfrog.

FUTURE IS HERE

Setting the stage for their September show with Drake, Migos play Story in downtown Miami 11 p.m. Friday, while Future is scheduled to be there 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets to each show begin at $60. In case your Russian buddies ask, the dance-floor table package costs $12,000. Visit StoryMiami.com.

LOCAL REVOLUTION

Revolution Live in downtown Fort Lauderdale goes hyperlocal this weekend beginning with an 8 p.m. Saturday bill including Guavatron, Fugu, Fusik, Juke and Scone Cash Players (tickets $5, $10). On Sunday at 7 p.m., Miami hardcore rap trio ¡Mayday! brings the noise ($18, $20). Visit JoinTheRevolution.net.

WEEKEND MOVIE

Opening Friday at the Stonek Theater in the Lake Worth Playhouse, the unrated “Lean on Pete” is ostensibly about a down-and-out boy, 15, who forms an ill-advised friendship with an old racehorse destined for slaughter. But in its journey through often harsh emotional terrain, the film is also about the loneliness of life as it is lived on the other side of the tracks, where happy endings are a flip of a coin. In an appreciative review, the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips wrote: “This is Steinbeck’s ‘Travels With Charley’ for a new, harsher age, but with grace notes of humanity throughout … [using] its young protagonist as a kind of search engine, looking for answers to his own fate and to the inequities at the heart of our nation. … In the best way, this is a tough movie to shake, and while it believes in the kindness of strangers, ‘Lean on Pete’ never forgets every other human failing, impulse and circumstance.” Visit LakeWorthPlayhouse.org.

RED, WHITE AND GREENWOOD

Fort Lauderdale’s free annual summer kickoff, the Great American Beach Bash, is 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, filling the beach with live music, kids activities and the popular sand castle contest. Among the local acts performing are Rogue Theory, the Shane Duncan Band, the Pitbull of Blues, Pocket Change, Stall 4 and the Swahili Band. At around 4:45 p.m. the stage will be taken by country singer Lee Greenwood, who has cleared more money off “God Bless the U.S.A.” than Francis Scott Key made from “The Star Spangled Banner.” Crazy, right? Visit FortLauderdale.gov. UPDATE: The Great American Beach Bash was canceled on Friday due to impending storms.

RED, WHITE AND BOCA

Indie rockers the Helmsmen and country group the Shane Duncan Band will perform during the City of Boca Raton’s Memorial Day events 6 p.m. Monday at Mizner Park Amphitheater, where you’ll find food trucks (Tucker Duke’s, in particular) and a beer garden from Boca Raton brewers. Admission is free. Visit MyBoca.us.

WEEKEND DRINKS

One Door East in downtown Fort Lauderdale goes all jingo with an event called Party of Patriotism 6-10 p.m. Friday, highlighted by artists Jason Skeldon and G Stakis painting a full-size Jeep, courtesy of SoFlo Jeeps. Contemporary camouflage. The party will include a menu of cocktails featuring product from Fort Lauderdale spirit makers Florida Kush Tequila, Lustre Vodka and South Florida Distillers Rum, along with Prescribed Spirits Gin, from Miami. Visit Facebook.com/OneDoorEast.

ALLEY CATS

Guitarist Kilmo Doome hosts a four-day blues-rock-barbecue bash at Alligator Alley Native Florida Tap Room & Gastro Pub in Oakland Park Friday-Monday, with guests including Julius Pastorius and Billy Vazquez (Friday), Mark Rossi (Saturday), and Jimi Fiano and Ali Nasser (Sunday). Visit Facebook.com/AlligatorAlleyNativeFloridaTapRoom2.

31 ROCK

Don’t trust anyone over 30? The venerable downtown West Palm Beach club may be turning 31 next weekend, but in Respectable Street we trust. Look no further than plans for the June 2 block party, including Peter Hook & the Light (performing Joy Division's “Closer” and New Order's “Substance” in their entirety) and a who’s who of popular bands from across South Florida, among them Surfer Blood, the State Of, Afrobeta, Astari Nite, Everymen, Boston Marriage, Church Girls, Dénudés, 1983 the Band, Millionyoung, Nervous Monks, Space Coast Ghosts, Supergold, Yardij and the Zoo Peculiar. Visit Facebook.com/RespectableStreet.

CHICK FLICKS

A traveling film festival showcasing short works by, for and about women, Lunafest will set up in the Crest Theatre in downtown Delray Beach 7:30-10 p.m. Wednesday. The selection of films is wide-ranging, from a study in female friendship (with a twist) in “Buttercup” to a profile of a 10-year-old girl with Olympic boxing aspirations and a documentary about an African girl’s escape from kidnappers in the extremist group Boko Haram. Reserved seats cost $35 and include a drink and post-event dessert reception. Visit OldSchoolSquare.org.

LOCAL VOICES

Palm Beach County indie-rock trio Citizen Badger hosts an album-release party at Voltaire in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Friday along with the Mona Lisa Tribe, Cardinal Moses and Mood Swing (CitizenBadger.com) … Miami vocalist La Vie will be featured 8 p.m. Friday during Jazz at MOCA, a free rain-or-shine show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami (MoCANoMi.org) … Hare o' the Dawg brings finger-picking goodness to the Portly Pig Gastropub in Dania Beach 7:30p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/HareOTheDawg) … All Access plays the free Friday Night Sound Waves series 6-9 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale beach (FridayNightSoundWaves.com) … Uproot Hootenanny riles up the crowd at Sons & Daughters Farm and Winery in Lake Worth 7 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/UprootHootenanny), followed on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. by Pompano Beach singer-songwriter Kristin Cappiello (Facebook.com/CappielloMusic) … Yardij is joined by Watch Glass and Castafellas at Two& in Fort Lauderdale 9 p.m. Saturday (Yardij.com) … Fusion guitarist Randy Bernsen and friends play LauderAle in Fort Lauderdale 8:30 p.m. Saturday (RandyBernsen.com) …

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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