The profile of the octogenarian who gave us “The Ginger Man” is buried deep inside the magazine, allegedly devoted to “Men’s Fashion,” but in truth a deft parody of the modern male conundrum (Donleavy’s interview appears a few pages after a hilarious photo survey of “finely crafted work clothes worn with subtle insouciance”).
But this is a respectful visit with the American-born writer at twilight, a recluse living outside of Dublin in an estate filled with rooms he does not enter. On discovering a half-dozen beer kegs at the bottom of a staircase, Donleavy tells writer Troy Patterson, “There was a time here that, if guests came, they could get draft Guinness.”
Finally, for its last story, the magazine offers a man of unique style whom you’d have a beer with.
Another writer you’d have a beer with is T.D. Allman, author of “Finding Florida,” an immensely thorough, engaging and original look at rarely examined nooks and crannies of the state’s history, its instigator busting up as many myths as he can lay his hands on. (The Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers recently said: “Oh, my God, I read it from cover to cover. I could barely put it down. If you’re from Florida, it’s a tough pill to swallow.”)
On Sunday, Allman will discuss his book at LitLIVE!, the free gathering of authors at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, part of the Broward Public Library Foundation’s annual Literary Feast fundraiser that runs Saturday through Monday.
Allman, a longtime foreign correspondent for Vanity Fair, will take part in a panel from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on a day that also will include appearances by John Grogan (“Marley and Me”), thriller writer Robin Cook (“Cell”) and composer Rupert Holmes, among many others. Again, it's free. Info: 954-357-7382, BPLFoundation.org.
This is a good weekend for beers, with or without writers, as your local pub warms up for St. Patrick’s Day on Monday. As for some of the major blasts, Delray Beach’s 46th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is the big one, taking over Atlantic Avenue 5-11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday (StPatrickParade.com). No truth to the rumor that parade sponsor Burger-Fi will be throwing samples from a float, but we can dream.
Sections of Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach will be shut down on Monday for block parties beginning at 10 a.m., with good cheer flowing out of O’Shea’s Irish Pub (531 Clematis St.), where they’re celebrating 20 years of this kind of thing, and Roxy’s Pub (309 Clematis St.), which will offer a shepherd’s pie-eating and cabbage-throwing competitions. Info: WestPalmBeachDDA.com.
The Hard Rock in Hollywood will have a four-day affair through Monday fueled by the green-beer experts at Murphy’s Law (TheMurphysLaw.com); and Boca Raton’s Mizner Park on Monday will have a block party hosted by the Dubliner (Facebook.com/DublinerBoca).
St. Patrick’s Day is nothing without virtuous physical exercise, of course, so Sunday’s inaugural Shamrock Run through the Himmarshee District in downtown Fort Lauderdale is destined to be a tradition. The 4-mile event, which will begin at 3 p.m. in front of the Himmarshee Public House (201 SW Second St.), encourages plenty of green-tinted irreverence. But there are several short dashes for young leprechauns beginning at 4 p.m., so please, sir, wear something under that plaid skirt. Registration: $30 ($15 for kids runs), and includes a Guinness or green beer, and a serving of green eggs and ham. Info: Shamrock-Run.com.
GENTLEMEN, START YOUR RAZORS!
On Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. on Old School Square in Delray Beach, a highlight of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities comes when more than 150 volunteers shave their heads for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research. For more information and to donate, go to the event page at StBaldricks.org. A similar effort will happen on St. Patrick’s Day at Oceans 234 (234 N. Ocean Blvd) in Deerfield Beach, with executice chef Victor Franco among those losing his locks. The event runs from 4 to 10 p.m. and includes green beer, corned beef and cabbage, music from DJ Hastyle and happy hour prices until 7 p.m. A portion of proceeds also will benefit St. Baldrick’s. Here’s is the Ocean’s 234 event page at StBaldricks.org. Info: Oceans234.com.
Tristan Eaton, the Los Angeles street artist whose pop culture renown includes work in the New York Museum of Modern Art and a Gap ad, on Friday begins a mural on the side of the six-story Alexander Lofts building in downtown West Palm Beach. Eaton once did a mural on the side of Brooklyn's Barclays Center during the fan pandemonium of a Selena Gomez concert, so he can probably handle you looking over his shoulder at lunch. The building, formerly Southern Bell’s regional headquarters, is at 326 Fern St. To look at Eaton’s work (remarkable), go to TristanEaton.net.
For what seems like forever, singer-songwriter Diane Ward has defined another kind of South Florida sound, her voice, smoky and rich, equally at home with the jazzy, gentle ballad and the full-throttle rock anthem. On Saturday, fans and friends will gather at Luna Star Café to witness her new album, “Beautiful Ways,” a fearlessly joyful 10-song collection that represents a comeback after Ward’s treatment for breast cancer. Produced by longtime friend Jack Shawde, the album includes appearances by Debbie Duke, John Yarling and Nicole Yarling. The release party will begin at 8 p.m. with quick sets by local favorites Jim Camacho, Paul Roub and Brian Franklin, with the Diane Ward Band performing at 9 p.m. All that said, you never know who may show up. Luna Star is at 775 NE 125th St., in North Miami. Info: 305- 799-7123, LunaStarCafe.com, DianeWard.com.
Speaking of quality local music, Russell Mofsky brings the retro robot-movie, surf-guitar fuzzbucket noise of Gold Dust Lounge to the (mostly jazz) series at the Betsy Hotel (1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) next Thursday at 8 p.m. No cover, just cool. Info: 305-531-6100, TheBetsyHotel.com.
LANA DEL RAVE
We’ve got a special place on our list of likes for Lana Del Ray, whose “Summertime Sadness” remix by Miami’s Cedric Gervais won a Grammy last month (she also was nominated for her album “Paradise” and the song “Young and Beautiful” on Baz Lurhmann’s “Great Gatsby” soundtrack). Del Ray will bring all of that, along with songs from the upcoming album “Ultraviolence,” to the Fillmore Miami Beach on April 27. Tickets are $54.50 and $65, and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at LiveNation.com, and FillmoreMB.com.
YOU, ZOO AND BREW
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is looking for volunteers for Brew at the Zoo 2014, the craft beer festival taking place 6-9:30 p.m. April 12. You’ll have to complete a 30-minute training course beforehand, but with your experience handling beer, you’ll be done in 29 minutes, tops. To take part, email volunteer manager Joe Landmichl at email@example.com or call 561-547-WILD, ext. 239. For tickets to Brew at the Zoo, go to PalmBeachZoo.org.
NOT OVER LAMONTAGNE
Tickets go on sale noon Friday for rustic romantic Ray LaMontagne’s July 12 tour stop at the Fillmore Miami Beach, where he’ll be joined by indie siren Jenny Lewis, formerly of Rilo Kiley. LaMontagne’s new single, “Supernova,” debuted with a bang this week, predicting good things from the album of the same name due this spring. Reserved seats cost $47.50 and $37.50 at the box office, LiveNation.com and at 800-745-3000.