Construction continues inside the warehouse that is about to become downtown Fort Lauderdale’s newest brewery, but it is what’s recently happened on the outside that catches the eye. There on the side of the 23,000-square-foot, dark-ocean-blue building are the words “Sistrunk Market & Brewery.”
Given that this is the name of the business (part of the Society8 portfolio, along with the popular Park & Ocean), and it is located on Sistrunk Boulevard — on the west side of the FEC tracks that provide an unofficial border between hipster Flagler Village and the historic, predominantly black Sistrunk neighborhood — this should not be surprising.
But it was just five years ago that the Fort Lauderdale City Commission and downtown civic officials were stumbling all over each other to address a proposal to extend the name “Sistrunk” east of the tracks, through Flagler Village, from Andrews Avenue to Federal Highway.
The change would have rechristened the evocative-of-nothing Northeast Sixth Street with the name of the late Dr. James F. Sistrunk, an African-American who delivered thousands of Fort Lauderdale babies and helped create Broward County's first black hospital.
Flagler Village residents objected, citing the boulevard's reputation for crime and fears the name would hurt property values. After months of hand-wringing, a compromise was reached, reflected in the street signs visible today that have Northeast Sixth Street on top and Sistrunk Boulevard below, in type about 50 percent smaller.
While the rise of a brewery on black Fort Lauderdale’s important thoroughfare brings with it the specter of history-destroying gentrification, it’s nice to see that the biggest space on the side of the building is reserved for Sistrunk.
Coral Springs pop-punk heroes New Found Glory, with frontman Jordan Pundik and bassist Ian Grushka former students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, will perform a #ParklandStrong benefit concert 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, joined by Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Ryan Key, formerly of Yellowcard. Remaining general-admission standing-room tickets cost $25 at TheAmpPompano.org. There, you’ll also find a fundraising auction that includes an autographed guitar from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a ukulele painted and signed by Luke Spiller of the Struts, a drum head signed by Muse, an acoustic guitar signed by Walk the Moon and more.
TACOS AND WAVES
Meet Florida pro surfer Corey Lopez and get free beers and El Jefe Luchador tacos with a $25 O’Neill purchase as Island Water Sports on Thursday (May 10) from 7 to 9 p.m. hosts the South Florida premiere of the 2018 O’Neill “Wave of the Winter” video, a showcase for the most intense rides of the season of the north shore of Oahu. Island Water Sports is at 1985 NE Second St. in Deerfield Beach. Visit Facebook.com/IslandWaterSportsFL.
There are more than 100 good reasons to recommend the seventh annual Delray Beach Craft Beer Festival — they’ll have at least that many beers, ciders and wines available for unlimited sampling on Old School Square beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday. But there’s also the groovy soundtrack provided by Artikal Sound System, the reasonable admission ($40 advance, $45 at the gate) and the fact that this is one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the engaging nonprofiteers at Old School Square. And if the celebration gets too celebratory, take an elevator home with a special festival rate at the nearby Hyatt Place Delray Beach hotel: $139 (plus tax) for a king, $149 (plus tax) for a double-queen room, when you use the group code G-OSBF. Your room also comes with a $10 discount on your festival ticket. Visit Facebook.com/DelrayCraftBeerFest.
Wanda Sykes’ four shows Friday-Saturday at the Palm Beach Improv in West Palm Beach are sold out. Which sounds about right. She’s probably got a few things to say about #MeToo and porn-star payoffs. We’re still holding out for added shows on Sunday. Next weekend at the Improv also will be interesting, with performances by writer-comic Whitney Cummings, the showrunner for the Trump-era reboot of “Roseanne” who recently made her directorial debut with the film version of “The Female Brain” (PalmBeachImprov.com) … On Friday, the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale will host the self-deprecating Mike Birbiglia (“My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend”), followed on Saturday by Nick Swardson, who calls his tour Too Many Smells 2018. Ah, the male brain at work (ParkerPlayhouse.com) … At the Crest Theater in Delray Beach on Saturday, Lucas Bohn will explain how being an elementary school teacher prepared him for a career as a nationally touring comedian (OldSchoolSquare.com).
SOLO WITH FRIENDS
We know how you are, but before you look askance at the Star Wars Crawl along Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach 7-11 p.m. Saturday, be aware that it raises money for Little Smiles. So there’s that. And the crawl ends with a $1,000 costume contest at Roxy’s Rooftop. That’s a lot of comic books. Register in advance at Roxy’s Pub 7-9 p.m. Friday or 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Visit Facebook.com/RoxysPub.
Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach celebrates six years in business on Saturday with noon-11 p.m. festivities (family friendly until 6 p.m.) and more than 40 beers on tap, including old and new favorites such as Nun With a Chainsaw, Calling All Cars and 2018 Java Mariana Trench Imperial Stout Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing) … The monthly Drink for a Cause series at LauderAle in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday will support Gentle Giants Great Dane Rescue, with a $5 donation getting you $1 off all beer on tap from 2 to 6 p.m. (Facebook.com/LauderAle) … On Sunday, which would be Mothers Day, Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton will offer all moms their first beer for free beginning at noon. Because she needs it (Facebook.com/BarrelOfMonks).
Milk Money Bar & Kitchen, the cozy spot that shares space with Fort Lauderdale’s popular Warsaw Coffee, will offer buy-one-get-one-free burger nights 4-11 p.m. every Monday from May 14 through June 4. Throw in social-hour specials of $2 off beer and $3 off liquor and wine, and you’ve got yourself a party. Visit Facebook.com/MilkMoneyBar.
The Boy Band Brunch? Is this the female analog to the NFL draft? (Please share your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org) On Saturday, the Hilton West Palm Beach hosts the no-cover, poolside Boy Band Brunch, with 10 a.m. yoga followed by $25 bottomless sangria, mimosas and Bloodies 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and $10 Pink Ladies all day. You may credit/blame DJ Rey Verges for a soundtrack that will celebrate “our favorite guys that won us over with their good looks and killer songs.” Warning: There may be Hanson. Visit Facebook.com/HiltonWestPalmBeach.
HUE AND CRY
The Color Run 5K returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Huizenga Plaza at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, an untimed gambol through the city that is competitive only in the number of colors with which you can cover yourself. Basic entry costs $29.99, and includes a color kit and medal (5 and younger $14.99). Visit TheColorRun.com.
With all due respect to the Derek Jeter Nine, the South Florida sports squad putting up the best fight these days may be the Gold Coast Derby Grrls, who face the Thunder City Derby Sirens 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arena inside Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets to watch the high-flying, elbow-throwing action cost $10, $5 for 12 and younger. Visit Facebook.com/GoldCoastDerbyGrrls.
The inaugural Fort Lauderdale Pirate Festival is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday in Esplanade Park, in the shadow of the Broward Center, with live music, kids’ activities and mandatory channeling of your inner and outer Jack Sparrow. Or, at least, give ‘em one “arrrgh.” There will be racing on the New River for paddleboards, rafts (anything that floats) and row boats, with extra credit for crews appropriately attired. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale, festival admission is free. Visit FTLPirateFest.com.
DEAD MEN WALKING
Popcorn Frights, the horror film festival moving this year from O Cinema in Wynwood to Fort Lauderdale’s Savor Cinema, will host a screening of “The Return of the Living Dead” 10 p.m. Saturday at Savor Cinema, with an appearance by actress Leanne Quigley, who played Trash in the schlocky punk-rock zombie flick. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10 at FLIFF.com. There, you can also buy passes to Popcorn Frights, which runs Aug. 10-16. Visit PopcornFrights.com.
33 Years brings indie goodness to Mathews Brewing on Thursday (May 10) and the Brass Monkey on Friday, both in Lake Worth (Facebook.com/33yrs) … The French Horn Collective plays the Dance Band Night series 7 p.m. Thursday (May 10) at the North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach (Facebook.com/TheFrenchHorn) … JM & the Sweets bring infectious indie soul to the Arts Garage in Delray Beach 8 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/JMAndTheSweets) … The Friday Night Live series at Milk Money in Fort Lauderdale features the Lauren Carter Quartet 8-11 p.m. (Facebook.com/LaurenCarterPosey) … The Copper Tones are back from all their galavanting and play a hometown show at Two& in Fort Lauderdale 9 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/TheCoppertonesMusic) … Gold Dust Lounge will bring friends you may know to two shows this weekend: Friday night at Voltaire in West Palm Beach (with Humbert, the Brand and a solo set from Brady Newbill of Nervous Monks), followed by three sets on Saturday (with Diane Ward, Barry Stock, Groovey Pantescom Terry Alfonso and the Spam Allstars’ AJ Hill) at Lagniappe in Miami’s Midtown (Facebook.com/TheGoldDustLounge) … Hollywood ska-punk hellraisers Suburban Swamp Kids play release parties for the album “Personal Growth” 8 p.m. Friday at Propaganda in Lake Worth, 7 p.m. Saturday at Las Rosas in Miami and 6 p.m. Sunday at Two& in Fort Lauderdale (SuburbanSwampKids.bigcartel.com) … Guavatron unleashes the jamfunkiscotronic at LauderAle in Fort Lauderdale 8:30 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/Guavatron) …