Weekend preview: Models, Marley and a 'Hangover' star

These long weekends come with such responsibility. We have family coming in from out of town (for the marathon in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday), and while one of them reported that she spent time this week shoveling 10 inches of snow, it’s not enough anymore to impress them just by pointing out the window and saying, “Nice, huh?”

What else do we have? More than 250 models from a dozen of the world’s top agencies playing volleyball on the beach in front of 15,000 people in an event hosted by rap icon Flo Rida? Yes, we have that.

But you can think of the skin show (coed, for the record) that is the ninth annual Hawkers Model Beach Volleyball Tournament as a guilt-free guilty pleasure. It’s for a good cause.

Again taking place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday on the sand along Ocean Drive, between Seventh and Eighth streets, the tournament is a fundraiser for the Jack Brewer Foundation’s work in Haiti. The winning team of models will visit Haiti to tour JBF projects and use their digital influence “to bring social awareness to a poverty-stricken country that still needs so much help,” tournament organizer and owner Michael Malone says.

Stops will include a women’s cancer-treatment center supported by tournament funds, as well as orphanages and rehabilitation facilities, Malone says.

Along with Flo Rida, you’ll find Snapchat personality YesJulz, “WAGS” stars Natalie Halcro and Olivia Pierson, MTV’s Kenny Santucci and the Miami Heat’s MC Dale the Host. Past celebrities attending have included Dwyane Wade, Jamie Foxx, Calvin Klein, Cedric the Entertainer and many of your favorite Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret models, as well as performers such as DNCE and Travis Scott.

“We believe community comes together through sport and it is our main driving force for charity awareness,” Malone says. “Combining sport with beautiful people in a backdrop of Miami Beach, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that.”

Malone says he and co-owner Olivia Ormos are planning a Model Beach Volleyball event this summer in Venice Beach, Calif.

Admission to Model Beach Volleyball is free. Visit ModelBeachVolleyball.com or JBFWorldwide.org.


The place to be for only-in-South-Florida music is La Garage in Wynwood for the sixth annual Locos por Marley tribute, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. Along with two-time Grammy nominees Locos por Juana and the previously announced lineup of El B, Nacho Londoño, Cleaveland Jones, Periko y Jessi Leon and members of Uma Galera, organizers have added three powerful female performers: Afrobeta's Cuci Amador, Tamboka violinist Nay and soulful vocalist Yoli Mayor. Tomas Diaz and the Sound Boutique open the night, which also includes DJ sets by Kulcha Shok’s Lance-O and Blink da Link. Tickets cost $15 advance, $20 at the door. Visit Facebook.com/LocosPorJuanaMusic.


Sunday morning brings the Publix A1A Marathon and Half Marathon presented by Colavita, an event that last year drew more than 4,000 participants from 40 states and 12 countries to the eastern edge of Fort Lauderdale. As you may remember from last year, it’s important to pace yourself. All that waving and “Keep going! You look great!” can get tiring, but hold off on that first drink until your runner friends actually make it to the bar at Park & Ocean. You can do it! You look great! Visit A1AMarathon.com, ParkAndOcean.com.


Pegged to the anniversary of its release, Jordan Peele’s horror satire “Get Out” will get free screenings in a handful of theaters around the country, including the AMC Aventura 24 (the only South Florida screen on the list). While it has the whiff of Oscar-season commerce — “Get Out” is nominated for best picture, lead actor (Daniel Kaluuya), directing and screenplay — there is also an argument to be made that it fits perfectly as a Black History Month lesson. As Brandon Harris wrote in the New Yorker last year, Peele’s film “brazenly inhabits the anxieties that surround miscegenation in our still racially stratified country. The movie’s sharp scares, gallows humor, and insidious intelligence are informed by the sensibility, and insistent paranoia, that lurks within the hearts of blacks who must navigate white spaces. The film is a major achievement, a work that deserves, in its own way, to be viewed alongside Barry Jenkins’s ‘Moonlight’ as a giant leap forward for the possibilities of black cinema.” Visit GetOutOneYearLater.com.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band recently got a place in Delray Beach and will perform this weekend in a benefit for the city’s nonprofit Arts Garage. The concerts will find Weinberg in a collaborative mood for a party called Max Weinberg's Jukebox, in which the four-piece band plays requests, shouted out by the audience, from a list of more than 200 classic rock songs. When Saturday’s show was a quick sell-out, Weinberg added a Sunday performance at 8 p.m. Some general-admission standing-room tickets remain for $50, as do some $200 VIP tickets, which include a meet-and-greet session with Weinberg, photos, a signed poster and more. Unlike many Arts Garage performances, these shows include two cash bars, so no outside food or drink will be allowed. All proceeds benefit the Arts Garage. Visit ArtsGarage.org.


The folks over at Grandview Public Market think I lead a more interesting life than I do. Making its official debut at 7 a.m. Tuesday in the Warehouse District in West Palm Beach, a long stone’s throw from Elizabeth Avenue Station, Grandview Public Market (1401 Clare Ave.) will offer a wide range of the culinary and the crafty. In the come-on for the opening, Grandview reps ask my thoughts about Thai rolled ice cream. As if it’s something I am fluent with. After seeing a picture of a few rolls, I understand completely. But where do I put them into my face? That would be Crema Rolls, which has a shop at Grandview. Visit GrandViewPublic.com, CremaRolls.com.


South Florida loves Ken Jeong. The actor-comedian — who flipped his medical-school degree into the ABC sitcom “Dr. Ken,” part of what may turn out to be a futile campaign to find a role that you will remember before his sick turn in the “Hangover” trilogy — performs four shows at the Palm Beach Improv Saturday-Sunday, the last of which was added when the others sold out. Tickets start at $30. Visit PalmBeachImprov.com.


Treat your out-of-towners to the outdoor movie series at Bluewater, the poolside cafe on the fifth floor at the Intercontinental Miami, which offers free popcorn and drink specials for Saturday’s 7 p.m. screening of the heartwarming South Florida saga “Scarface.” On Feb. 24, they’ll do “Miami Vice.” Visit ICMiamiHotel.com/dine/bluewater.


The Young Professionals for Covenant House do good deeds and have fun. What’s not to like? On Thursday, Feb. 22, the group will get together at the retro-gaming, modern-drinking space called Glitch Bar in Fort Lauderdale’s MASS District for a 6-8 p.m. social that includes free games, appetizers and a drink for a $25 membership (which comes with free admission to three other socials and more). All proceeds go to the group’s work on behalf of homeless children and young adults. Visit CovenantHouseFl.org.


Maybe you already have yours as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket series, but tickets to see Kenny Chesney at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000. Opening the May 24 concert will be Old Dominion. The rest of the summer Coral Sky country-music lineup includes Alan Jackson (May 12); Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi and Morgan Wallen (June 21); Rascal Flatts, Dan+Shay and Carly Pearce (July 21); Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town (Aug. 4); Dierks Bentley, the Brothers Osborne and LANCO (Sept. 14); and Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Russell Dickerson (Sept. 29). Megatickets, good for all the shows, start at $199 each. Visit LiveNation.com.


Tickets for the Hukilau, which will be gone before you know it, are on sale now at TheHukilau.com. The 2018 gathering of tiki-culture fetishists and cocktail cognoscenti is June 6-10 at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina and the Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Not that you need the encouragement, but the entertainment lineup will feature the return of Grammy-nominated, Nashville-based Los Straightjackets for the first time in nearly a decade, with a set that will include music from a new album, 2017’s “What's So Funny About Peace Love And … "


Plantation-raised troubadour Jacob Jeffries, now out in L.A., is recording his first full-length record in more than five years, and is looking for a little PledgeMusic help in the process. Donations bring a range of swag, from T-shirts and signed lyric sheets to access to a backyard album-release concert, either in L.A. or South Florida. For more information, PledgeMusic.com/Projects/Jacob-Jeffries.


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