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The Go Guide Places, people and life with Ben Crandell

Weekend preview: Dave Matthews Band, Janelle Monae, Wet & Wild Beer Bash

At a moment in world history when hostility and insolence have become symbols of power and respect, Renda Writer may be the ultimate revolutionary.

Over the past two years, the Miami-based muralist, who ran cross-country at Coral Springs High School, has covered more than 60 walls — from Boynton Beach to Boston, Detroit to Dallas, Los Angeles and Allapattah — with a disarmingly simple phrase, “world peace,” repeated hundreds of times on each wall.

And now, Writer is taking his plea to Europe, leaving from Miami on July 31, with plans to paint murals in London, Paris and Rimini, Italy. The trip, his first time in Europe, runs through Aug. 25. He’ll be in Paris for his 40th birthday.

Writer chose London and Paris because of their strong street-art communities. Rimini is one of those serendipitous detours that have defined the project, a mix of social-media buzz-building and happenstance.

It started when Writer live-streamed himself on Instagram working on a mural during a recent Wynwood Art Walk, and later one of his viewers asked to buy some of his pieces. For payment, Writer sent him to the World Peace Mural Project GoFundMe page. The client turned out to live in Rimini and, seeing his plans to take the tour to Europe, invited Writer to do a mural in the coastal city and stay at a friend’s hotel.

“Like a lot of these little stories in the World Peace saga, Rimini kind of picked me,” Writer says.

Using money from the GoFundMe drive, which has raised more than the $5,000 he initially sought, the chronically frugal Writer plans to sleep in hostels and anywhere else he can find a place to stay. He also plans to keep working social media to find walls in other European cities.

“Doing these murals definitely plays a key role in my personal growth, as a person, as an artist, as a man. But this message, it needs to go everywhere. I think it would look kind of stupid if I was doing a ‘world peace’ message and I was only doing it in America,” Writer says.

“As soon as I started this project, I knew I had to hit some foreign countries, really far away. Countries that need it, too. That’s why I’m not afraid to go eventually to war-torn places, Israel, Palestine, wherever it may be. The message is world peace. It needs to be all around the world. Everyone, everywhere can relate to that message.”

Recently, Writer has been working with a new emotion, covering walls with the word “love” in a variety of hypnotic configurations.

Before he leaves on Tuesday, Writer is going out with a flourish this weekend: On Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., he will create a Love Wall at Bar Meli 69 (6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), followed on Saturday by two muraling events, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Agency Be (4443 NW Second Ave., Miami) and 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday at Paulie Gee's pizzeria (8001 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). On Sunday at 3 p.m. you’ll find him working a wall at the patio bar at the New Yorker (589 NE 65th St., Miami), accompanied by live music from Acosta.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/WorldPeaceMuralTour. You can follow Writer’s progress through Europe and beyond at Instagram.com/RendaWriter.

Happy hour of the week

The good folks at Arc Broward, who have been helping local people overcome developmental challenges for more than 60 years, will be the beneficiaries during a Cocktails for Humanity benefit 6-11 p.m. Saturday at General Provision in Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village. As you may recall, quasi celebrity bartenders at this pop-up tavern make/serve your drink/beer, and all proceeds/tips go to Arc Broward. It’s the perfect prelude to your FAT Village/MASS District Art Walk walking. Visit Facebook.com/CocktailsForHumanity.

College daze

The Young Professionals for Covenant House will host a social called College Throwback: Bags & Brews 6-8 p.m. Thursday (July 26) at Fort Lauderdale’s Tarpon River Brewing. As you might expect, given the name, the fundraiser will take you back to all your favorite subjects in college with a cornhole tournament, flip cup, beer pong, even beer without the pong. It’s $20 (free for members), and includes appetizers and a free drink, or $50 to become a member and get free admission to three more socials. Visit Facebook.com/ypfchFL, TarponRiverBrewing.com.

Weekend movies

Pedro Almodovar was unknown in U.S. theaters when his films debuted at the 1984 Miami Film Festival, thanks to Nat Chediak. “There’s no greater joy for a film programmer than to come across a totally original filmmaker, in complete command of his domain, whose work resembles no one else’s. Such was my elation at discovering the films of Pedro Almodóvar and programming them — for the first time in the U.S.,” Chediak recalls in a statement announcing a survey of 10 classic Almodovar films beginning this weekend at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. The celebration of works that also introduced us to Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem opens Friday with “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” and “Matador,” and offers multiple screenings of all 10 films through Aug. 9. Other titles are “All About My Mother,” “Talk to Her,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Laws of Desire,” “Volver,” “Broken Embraces,” “Live Flesh” and “Bad Education.” At 8 p.m. Aug. 7 Chediak will lead a discussion of Almodovar and his films at Books and Books, across the street from the theater. Tickets to the films cost $11.75, $10 students, seniors, military. A pass to see all the films in the series costs $50. Visit GablesCinema.com.

Free Catfish

The second annual Diveheart Music & Art Festival takes over the bustling beachside crossroads known as Anglin's Square in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 5 p.m. Saturday, a free fundraiser for Diveheart, a nonprofit that uses dive training to build self-esteem and independence in divers of all abilities and disabilities. Among the featured performers will be the Weedline, Patrick Arnold, Paulo Coelho and the Fish Circuit, the latter something of a Fort Lauderdale beach supergroup, combining the Fifth Circuit band and salty troubadour Catfish Hunter. Visit DiveheartMusicFest.org.

Ticket window

Once a virtual sell-out, a handful of seats have opened up each night of Britney Spears Friday-Sunday run at the Hard Rock Event Center at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood (MyHRL.com) … Somehow, there are lawn tickets ($45.50) available for the Dave Matthews Band 8 p.m. Friday at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach (LiveNation.com), with Saturday down to resale only… Only general-admission floor tickets ($45) remain for Janelle Monae at the Fillmore Miami Beach 7:30 p.m. Friday (LiveNation.com) … As you may have read, Lauryn Hill has postponed her Tuesday concert at Miami’s Bayfront Park Amphitheater until Oct. 15 (LiveNation.com) … Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Hard Rock Event Center concerts by rockers Sammy Hagar and the Circle on Sept. 15 and neo-soul singer Maxwell on Oct. 17 (MyHRL.com) … Tickets go on sale noon Friday for iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina on Nov. 3 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, featuring Pitbull, Steve Aoki, Nicky Jam, Farruko, Nacho and Becky G (iHeartRadio.com/Fiesta).

The magic of vinyl

The monthly Classic Album Sundays series at Miami’s Sweat Records, a wonderfully chill homage to vinyl, gets even chillier this time out with “Ágætis Byrjun” by Reykjavík soundscapers Sigur Rós and “Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada,” the mesmerizing 1999 debut EP from the bold Canadian collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The 5-8 p.m. all-ages party, includes complimentary pizza, PBR and Deep Eddy cocktails while supplies last. Tickets: $10 at the door. Visit SweatRecordsMiami.com.

Beach music

Esteemed Hollywood gnarly-rock duo Beach Day (Kimmy Drake and Skyler Black) will play their first South Florida show in two years 9 p.m. Friday at Las Rosas in Miami, joined by Fat Sun, Woolly Bushmen (Orlando) and the Saucy Jacks (Oakland). Admission is free. Visit Facebook.com/BeachDayBand.

Bumblefest tickets

Advance tickets for the annual West Palm Beach indie-rock hootenanny known as Bumblefest will be available on Friday for $5 at Facebook.com/Bumblefest. Highlights include San Francisco-based Lumerians, Seattle glam stud Scott Yoder (the Pharmacy), Brooklyn art punks Gustaf and Mexican-American surf rockers Los Santoros from Los Angeles, along with locals such as Boston Marriage, Cog Nomen , Ella Herrera, Humbert, JM and the Sweets, the Mona Lisa Tribe, Pocket of Lollipops and Seafoam Walls. For more information, Facebook.com/PureHoneyMagazine.

Weekend beers

Beer and a homemade slip-and-slide. What could go wrong? Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton will throw its inaugural Wet & Wild Beer Bash 1 p.m. Saturday, with a DJ, food trucks, the aforementioned slippery carpet of plastic and other water games, as well as $45 all-you-can-drink tickets for extra lubrication (individual beers $5). Beach attire is most welcome (Facebook.com/BarrelOfMonks) … Due South Brewing will be in charge of the taps when Roar & Pour returns to the Palm Beach Zoo 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, a food-and-drink event (on sale in addition to zoo admission of $14.95 for adults) that includes wine and frozen drinks, access to the zoo, and classic sounds of Styx from Forever Styx and Journey hits by Chain Reaction (PalmBeachZoo.org) … Comedian Wayne Felber hosts the Sip and Spell Adult Spelling Bee 6 p.m. Sunday at the Brewhouse Gallery in Lake Park. There will be beer. And prizes (Facebook.com/TheBrewhouseGallery).

Unicorn love

Bohofest at Elizabeth Ave. Station in the West Palm Beach Warehouse District 7-11 p.m. Saturday is kind of a shoppy, drinky thing with stuff for sale from, among many others, Gypsy Life Surf Shop, Bungalow Drift and Unicorns Love Sugar Moonbeams. Yes. There also will be food from TC Melts and music from the Mona Lisa Tribe, Dolly and the Boys and Supergold. The $10 cover includes unlimited beer and wine. Facebook.com/TheStationWPB.

Rock for good

Classic rockers Mr. Nice Guy will be joined by original Foghat bassist Tony Stevens when they perform during the Christmas in July charity block party 3 p.m. Sunday at Cagney's Saloon in Davie. An indoor-outdoor fundraiser for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, the event also includes indoor sets by Sucker Punch Country and Hired Gunz, an auction (from signed guitars to neon beer signs) and raffles. Admission: $5 donation at the door. Visit Facebook.com/MrNiceGuyBand, Facebook.com/CagneysSaloon.

Weekend laughs

You’ve made up some witty political puns (everything seems to rhyme with Trump), and the satirists of the Capitol Steps have made a career out of it, beginning with the 1980s albums “We Arm the World” and “Thank God I’m a Contra Boy.” But I don’t think circumstance and culture will ever again align in such a way that allows them, or you, or me to top the title of their most recent album, “Orange Is the New Barack.” See the Capitol Steps in multiple performances through Sunday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $25. Visit BrowardCenter.org.

Take the kids

Palm Beach Opera will open its Summer Opera Nights series at Elizabeth Avenue Station in West Palm Beach 6-10 p.m. Friday. Each of the family-friendly gatherings will feature a different opera-inspired theme, with singing and interactive experiences, drinks and games. Tickets cost $10, $5 for students, free for children younger than 12, and include one complimentary drink. Summer Opera Nights return Aug. 24 and Sept. 28. Visit Facebook.com/PalmBeachOpera.

Local voices

Rogue Theory is in the sundown spotlight for the free Friday Night Soundwaves series at the Hub on Fort Lauderdale Beach 6-9 p.m. Friday (FridayNightSoundwaves.com) … Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways share Jimmy Buffet-style trop rock 7-10 p.m. Friday in Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park as part of the Starlight Musicals series (FortLauderdale.gov/Starlight) … Dr. Ed Calle saxes up the free monthly Jazz at MoCA series 8 p.m. Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MoCANoMi.org) … Boca Raton indie quartet Toledo will do a Weezer tribute (and some originals) 10:30 p.m. Friday at Dada in Delray Beach (Facebook.com/ToledoSFL) … Spider Cherry weaves a spell over two hometown spots, Avant 8 p.m. Friday and 3rd & 3rd 10 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/SpiderCherry) … The Dog Hearts, which includes Mike Garulli, Jamie Newitt and Tony D'Amato of the Heavy Pets, will play Mathews Brewing Co. in Lake Worth 8 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/TheDogHeartsBand) … With a tour of the Southeast imminent, the Copper Tones bring their twang thang to Two& in downtown Fort Lauderdale 9 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/TheCopperTonesMusic) … JUke brings modern blues to Lagniappe in Miami 9 p.m. Saturday (JukePostBlues.com) … Before March and Elevator Fight Club play Dada in Delray Beach 11 p.m. Saturday (DadaDelray.com) … JM and the Sweets bring their infectious soul sounds to the Ray's Downtown series at Voltaire in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Sunday (JMAndTheSweets.com).

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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