It isn’t often that Andrew Pollack has felt, even momentarily, free of the weight of responsibilities he has accepted since the death of his 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
There were times on the field coaching his St. Thomas Aquinas High School lacrosse squad, which just completed a season that for Pollack was distinguished not by wins and losses but by uncommon fellowship with his young players.
“It was therapeutic, being out on the field. It was a lot on me this season, and the kids really stepped up. They supported me throughout the whole season,” Pollack said.
And there was a favorite moment from the inaugural Ride for Meadow, a March 31 motorcycle cruise to raise funds for a Coral Springs playground in his daughter’s honor and to increase awareness for Pollack’s school-safety crusade. Riding near the front of the pack on Florida’s Turnpike, Pollack looked back at nearly two miles of motorcyclists riding for Meadow.
“It was over 1,000 bikes. As far as I could see. All the officers that came out, and volunteered their time, and all the people that came out. It was just about school safety, nothing politicized,” Pollack says.
The ride that had begun at Palm Beach Harley-Davidson concluded at Pollack’s home, where he estimates more than 3,000 people attended a block party. By the end of the day, he had raised more than $80,000 toward his goal of $500,000 for the playground.
On Saturday, Pollack will hold another Ride for Meadow, this one in from Mickey’s Tiki Bar in Pompano Beach to 27 Bar and Lounge in downtown Fort Lauderdale (owned by Pollack’s nephew), where a block party will include food, drink, raffles, an auction and classic rock from Coral Springs band Rekless.
“American Chopper” star Paul Teutul Sr., who rode in the first event and planned to appear this time, had to cancel due to filming of his TV show, Pollack says.
Registration is $20 minimum and begins at 9:30 a.m. at Mickey’s (350 SW 12th Ave., Pompano Beach), which will have complimentary breakfast. The ride starts rolling at noon, with the post-ride party at 27 Bar and Lounge (835 NE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale) beginning at about 3:40 p.m. Admission to the party is free for riders, by donation for nonriders.
Pollack is expecting more than 1,000 riders and says the money raised on Saturday may put him over the top on the playground funding.
“It’s gonna be a big event,” he says.
The second annual Taste of Recovery will serve up live music and dishes from more than 30 top restaurants 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Old School Square Pavilion in downtown Delray Beach, all to benefit the Crossroads Club, a nonprofit that has been a home to drug- and alcohol-recovery groups for 36 years. Featured restaurants include Louie Bossi’s, Max’s Harvest, MIA, Basque, City Oyster, Dada, Rocco’s Tacos, Season’s 52, Tucker Duke’s and Farmer’s Table, to name a few. Music will be by Dave Scott and the Reckless Shots, led by the guitarist for iconic South Florida ‘80s rock band Tuff Luck. Tickets cost $40. Visit TasteOfRecovery.com.
With all due respect to first responders everywhere, the firefighters I have known 1) know how to eat, and 2) therefore have learned to be good cooks. On Saturday at noon, the Palm Beach County Fire Station Rib Challenge takes over the Butcher Shop in downtown West Palm Beach, where 14 companies will meet for meat supremacy. A $20 ticket gets you a draft beer, six rib tastings and side dishes. All ticket sales and 10 percent of food and beverage proceeds will go to the West Palm Beach Fraternal Order of Firefighters. Visit Facebook.com/ButcherShopWPB.
When the New York Times’ main film critics — Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott — were asked in 2017 to rank the best films of the century (so far), No. 2 on their list was Hayao Miyazaki’s “enthralling and terrifying” animated adventure “Spirited Away,” a film whose “artistry and magic defy description,” they wrote. “Spirited Away,” of course, is among the best known films produced over three decades by Miyazaki’s profoundly influential animation house Studio Ghibli. Beginning on Friday, Coral Gables Art Cinema will be home to a two-week retrospective of 22 Studio Ghibli films. “Spirited Away” will screen June 8-10. Tickets cost $11.75, $10 for students, seniors and military, $7 for 12 and younger. Passes to the complete series cost $55. Visit GablesCinema.com.
FUNKY AT 5
All your old friends — from No Crusts and Fire in the Hole to Morning Wood and What Is That, Velvet? — will be at the free anniversary party on Saturday at the Funky Buddha Brewery, a game-changer for beer slobs and snobs alike when it opened five years ago in Oakland Park. Along with throwback Funky beers, the celebration will include Five Years on It IPA, its hoppy character cut with the juice of five fruits — orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime. Available beginning at 11:30 a.m. at $5.55 for a 22-ounce bottle, the math works nice. You’ll also find live music from SpiderCherry (2-3:30 p.m.), Sosos (4-6:30 p.m.), and Randy Bernsen with Julius Pastorius (7:30 p.m.). Silent disco will ensue from 6 to 11 p.m. Admission is free. Visit Facebook.com/FunkyBuddhaBrewery).
Many of South Florida’s best bands will join guitarist Peter Hook (New Order, Joy Division) in downtown West Palm Beach on Saturday for a free block party celebrating Respectable Street‘s 31st anniversary. The main stage will feature Peter Hook & the Light, Afrobeta, Space Coast Ghosts, Never Loved and Watch Glass. Respectable Street will offer Surfer Blood, Everymen, Astari Nite, the Muggles and Inside Jokes inside the club, and Old Habits, Church Girls, 1983 the Band, Foul Play and Prison Warder on the patio. Nearby, Subculture Alley will have AnastasiaMax, Dénudés, Boston Marriage, Yardij, Castafellas and Supergold; Voltaire hosts Millionyoung, the Zoo Peculiar, Nervous Monks, the State Of and the Wombombs; and Hullabaloo offers the Ricca Project, Heller Floor, Poparazzi and the Burrito Supremes. Again, admission is free. Visit Facebook.com/RespectableStreet.
The monthly Art Walk returns to Delray Beach 6 p.m. Friday, with a stop inside the Arts Warehouse worth your time. The recently mounted exhibition “Sanctioned” includes works by muralist CHNK, graffiti-influenced painter Paul Cooley and the urban scenes of photographer Taber Szuluk. The space’s White Box Gallery has on display “9 Crimes Sugarcoated,” works of witty juxtaposition and social criticism (is that singer Pink being doused in Pepto-Bismol?) by painter Kristin Pavlick. Alas, her colorful forest scene of Gummi Bears holding assault rifles, titled “The Right To Bear Arms,” has been sold ($3,500). Visit Facebook.com/ArtsWarehouseDelray.
YOUR ’80s PARTY
He’s Rob Base and he’ll come to get down, Saturday night at Honey in Delray Beach. One half of the hip-hop duo (with DJ E-Z Rock) that produced two of the 1980s most enduring hits — “It Takes Two” and “Joy and Pain” — Base will perform during the 7-11 p.m. I Want My ’80s Back party. Tickets cost $15, or buy three and get one free. Visit Sub-Culture.org/Honey.
Devour Brewing in Boynton Beach celebrates three years of filling glasses in Boynton Beach noon-5 p.m. Saturday, with a DJ, outdoor games, food trucks and all-you-can-drink beers in a commemorative glass for $40, or single beers for a $5 ticket (Facebook.com/DevourBrewingCo) … Summer officially begins at noon Saturday when NoBo Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach throws its Summer Kickoff Party with the release of the watermelon-wheat seasonal Water-Me-Lawn Blonde (Facebook.com/NoBoBrewing) … Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton and the Mizner Park doughnut hub Doughboy will team up at 1 p.m. Sunday for a day of beer and doughnuts (a sentence certainly written backward). Your $20 gets you four beers paired with four doughnuts (BarrelOfMonks.com).
SET, MATCH IN DELRAY
As the third annual Delray Beach Summer GreenMarket makes its season debut 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, organizers want you to know that its location at the Delray Beach Tennis Center (201 W. Atlantic Ave.) is in the Set. Having nothing to do with tennis, the Set is a rebranding of the historic West Settlers area, the city’s first African-American settlement, established in 1894. The West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition calls the “friendly, melting-pot community” between I-95 and Swinton Avenue the fastest growing area in the city. Visit TheSetDelray.org, DowntownDelrayBeach.com.
Because getting up on Sunday is such a chore, Rok:Brgr is offering its Sunday Social Brunch on Saturday, too. Which also may be a problem, but whatever. Highlighted by the Hangover Sandwich (over-easy egg, maple-peppered bacon, sriracha aioli, tomato, avocado, American cheese), breakfast mac 'n' cheese, the French toast lollipops and build-your-own eggs Benedict bar, the menu will be available 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bottomless mimosas are $12 with the purchase of an entree. Saturday brunch at Rok:Brg, which debuted recently at the Delray Beach location, goes live at the restaurant in South Miami this weekend, at Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee location on June 9 and at the Gulfstream restaurant on June 16. Visit RokBrgr.com.
NEW MUSIC SERIES
The weekly Gulfstream Park Summer Music Series kicks off 7 p.m. Friday at the Hallandale Beach racing venue with classic rock from Mr. Nice Guy in the Sport of Kings Theatre. Other popular acts on the schedule include the Valerie Tyson Band (June 15), a Tobacco Road reunion show with Albert Castiglia and Iko-Iko (July 6), Shane Duncan Band (July 13), Brass Revolution (Aug. 17) and Stereotomy (Aug. 24). The 7-11 p.m. concerts, which follow twilight thoroughbred racing (starting at 2:15 p.m.), begin with a 7-8 p.m. happy hour. Admission and parking are free. Visit GulfstreamPark.com/TwilightConcertSeries.
OLD MUSIC SERIES
Now in its 40th year, the weekly community picnic known as the Starlight Musicals concert series will return to downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park on June 8, with the sassy soul of the Valerie Tyson Band performing from 7 to 10 p.m. The free Friday concerts run through Aug. 10. Visit FortLauderdale.gov/Starlight. Also next weekend is the season debut of the City of Boca Raton’s free weekly summer concert series at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, kicking off 8 p.m. June 8 with the popular Eagles tribute band the Long Run. The music is part of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City program, which includes sponsors such as Barrel of Monks Brewing, the Funky Biscuit, Funky Buddha Brewery and Roots Italian Kitchen. Visit MiznerAmp.com.
Furious George rocks hard at Johnnie Brown’s in Delray Beach on Thursday (May 31) at 8 p.m. (Facebook.com/FuriousGeorgeRocks) … The Weedline parties at 26 Degree Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach 8 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/WeedlineBand) … 33 Years unpacks its indie-Americana at LauderAle in Fort Lauderdale 8 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/33yrs) … Sleepbox brings woke sounds to Las Rosas in Miami 9 p.m. Friday and Two& in Fort Lauderdale 10 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/SleepboxMusic) … The Folk Club of South Florida presents the bluesy Americana of Sundown Sound (Daniel Wolpin, Mike Matthews, Ike Rodriguez and Mano Pila) at Luna Star Café in North Miami 8 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/FolkClubOfSouthFlorida) … Graham Wood Drout and Iko-Iko are at Titanic Restaurant and Brewery in Coral Gables 10 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/IKOIKOBand) … Jazz guitarist and FAU instructor Matthew Joy is at Dada in Delray Beach 11 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/MattJoyMusic) … SpiderCherry plays 3rd & 3rd in Delray Beach 10 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/SpiderCherry) … The Roosevelt Collier Band brings a soulful spirit to the Kelsey Theater in Lake Park 8 p.m. Sunday (Facebook.com/RooseveltCollier) …