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Weekend preview: Tacos, hip-hop and '2001'

It has been three years since Subculture Coffee Roasters formalized its role as an energetic hub of humanity on West Palm Beach’s Clematis Street, not with the conventional stimulant, caffeine, but tacos and hip-hop. Maybe a little sangria.

At the time, its organizers, Subculture co-owner Sean Scott and DJ Steve Pershad, better known as Selecta Steve, expected to throw a few monthly Tacos & Hip-Hop parties for a couple hundred people in the alley next to the coffee shop. It was a humble idea destined to quickly run its course. Tacos and hip-hop.

But people loved the intimate space, which encouraged elbow-rubbing community. They loved the vibe, diverse and lively and respectful. They loved Zipitio’s tacos (from a pop-up that now has a brick-and-mortar location at Grandview Public Market).

“It’s been an unexpected surprise,” Scott says, estimating the last few events each have attracted more than 1,000 people to the alley. “People seem to like it. It’s an alternative to a club, but it’s not another club. The biggest compliment is when someone says, ‘Yeah, I don’t go to clubs, but I come here.’”

On Friday, Tacos & Hip-Hop will celebrate its third anniversary with the first gathering in six months, due to a streak of bad weather. It will be the same as it ever was, with Zipitio’s tacos starting at 7 p.m. and Selecta Steve, among others, spinning at 8 p.m. Admission is free for 21 and older, $5 for ages 18-20.

“It’s a community party, simple as that. It’s not about having the biggest production or special guests,” Scott says. “We made it to be a time to eat and dance, and we’ve stayed true to that.”

One thing has changed. In the beginning Scott would welcome the crowd with an announcement.

“I used to make ground rules, just to set the tone. I’d say, ‘Respect each other, respect this community, respect this space,’” Scott says. The Tacos & Hip-Hop crowds have been so courteous, he says, that he hasn’t felt the need to make the announcement in 18 months.

“I’ve been shocked at how respectful people have been in the space. We haven’t had one fight in three years. That’s crazy. It’s been one of the proudest things for me,” Scott says.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/SubcultureCoffee.

Weekend movie

"It does not cater to us, but wants to inspire us, enlarge us." That was film critic Roger Ebert on “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Stanley Kubrick’s monumental cinematic statement released 50 years ago. Coral Gables Art Cinema will celebrate the anniversary with a new 70mm print of the film, a project made from the original camera negative and overseen by filmmaker Christopher Nolan. “There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits,” Nolan says. “This is the unrestored film … that re-creates the cinematic event that audiences experienced 50 years ago." Screenings begin 8:30 p.m. Friday and continue through Thursday (July 12). Visit GablesCinema.com.

Weekend laughs

Carlos Mencia, Honduran immigrant, may have a few things to say about what’s going on. Catch him during a five-show run Friday-Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv in West Palm Beach. Tickets: $30 (plus two drinks), $50 VIP. Next weekend on the same stage will be actor-comedian Mike Epps, about to be seen in “Dolemite Is My Name!,” the buzzed-about Netflix biopic on comedian and blaxploitation film producer Rudy Ray Moore (starring Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Wesley Snipes and Craig Robinson). Shows are July 13-15. Tickets: $40/$50. Visit PalmBeachImprov.com.

New Mexican comedy

Steven Michael Quezada is a former Albuquerque school board member, now a county commissioner, whose resume includes a five-season stint on AMC’s harrowing “Breaking Bad.” Where does one start? Of course he’s on a standup comedy tour, stopping at the Boca Black Box Theater for shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $25, $35. Visit BocaBlackBox.com.

Weekend beers

Issue No. 3 of Concrete-A-Con, 7-11 p.m. Friday, brings video games, a comic book pop-up, food and a new beer release to Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami. But what you really want to know: They will be giving away tickets to Florida Supercon (July 12-15 at the Broward County convention center in Fort Lauderdale) for the best cosplay costume (ConcreteBeachBrewery.com) … For a different way to refresh after a long couple of days in front of the World Cup, head to Broski Ciderworks in Pompano Beach on Saturday for the debut of their limoncello cider, made with fresh lemon peels. They’ll tap it at 1 p.m. (an hour before Croatia-Russia). As always, they have plenty of bottled beer, too (Facebook.com/BroskiCider) … Down the road, on July 14, Invasive Species Brewing in Fort Lauderdale will celebrate its first anniversary with a few beers, music from Ben Katzman's DeGreaser and Datenight, and, of course, a live reptile show (Facebook.com/InvasiveSpeciesBrewing) … Also look out for the third Banjoversary party, a July 21 gathering to celebrate 36 months of beer from Bangin’ Banjo Brewing in Pompano Beach with a phalanx of food trucks, live music from the Short Straw Pickers and Uproot Hootenanny, new beers and old favorites. They are selling tickets now: All-you-can-drink $40 now, $50 at the door; VIP $60/$70 (Facebook.com/BanginBanjoBrewing).

Ticket window

Just floor tickets (standing and first-come-first-served seating) remain for Erasure’s concert at the Fillmore Miami Beach at 8:30 p.m. Friday, the opening date on the North American leg of their “World Be Gone” tour (LiveNation.com) … Decent seats remain (starting at $22.13) for the emo-fest from Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday, kicking off their co-headlining tour 6:30 p.m. Friday at Miami’s Bayfront Park Ampitheatre (LiveNation.com) … Miami rapper Pouya closes his national tour in support of the album “Five Five” on Saturday at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live, where tickets are $28.50 (Pouya305.com).

More nostalgia

Nearly 30 years (30!) after he dominated the pop charts with “Bust a Move,” Young MC is the headliner at the I Want My ‘90s Back party at Honey in Delray Beach 7-11 p.m. Friday with DJ Johnny Quest. Tickets: $10. Visit Sub-Culture.org/Honey.

Weekend movie II

Opening Friday in several South Florida theaters, “En El Séptimo Dia” (“On the Seventh Day”) is an American story, at once centuries old and vividly timely, as it follows the daily immigrant experience, in this case bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers who work for the reward of a Sunday spent on the soccer fields of a Brooklyn park. The story, from film and TV director Jim McKay (“The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Law & Order,” “The Good Wife”), turns when team captain José is told he must work on the day his team is playing in the final round of a big tournament. When the film (in Spanish with subtitles) made the rounds at festivals in 2017, the reviews were astonishing. In Variety, Owen Gleiberman described its “bone-deep humanity that transcends technique and reaches right back to Cassavetes.” In a review for IndieWire, Eric Kohn wrote that the film “combines a simple premise with profound concerns… It harkens back to classic neorealist traditions by providing a window into the everyday challenges of a lower-class existence all too often ignored in mainstream cinema. At the same time, it positions the drama as a feel-good crowdpleaser, a rousing sports movie about characters trapped by their surroundings and galvanized by their communal spirit.” “En El Séptimo Dia” screens Friday-July 12 at Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood and Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale (visit FLIFF.com), and at the Stonzek Theatre in the Lake Worth Playhouse (LakeWorthPlayhouse.org). It also is scheduled to be shown July 13-19 at the Tower Theater in Miami (TowerTheaterMiami.com) and July 13-26 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque (MBCinema.com).

Happy hour of the week

CBS Sports anchor Jorge Andres (who you also may recognize as a former host of ESPN’s “SportsCenter”) will be at the Royal Pig Pub in downtown Fort Lauderdale 6-9 p.m. Thursday (July 5) to host Happy Hour for Haiti, a fundraiser for the I’m ME Organization (ImME.org) and its efforts to provide orphaned Haitian children with housing, food, clothing and school supplies. Those making a donation will receive drink discounts and passed appetizers, and the Royal Pig will donate 20 percent of your food check if you stay for dinner. You can also try the specialty drink called "I'm ME Power-Rita" ($8), with proceeds going to the cause. Visit Facebook.com/RoyalPigPub.

Wild about Harry

Because Brickell isn’t bewitching enough, Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant in Miami on Saturday will host the Potter Prom, as it sounds, a dance for Harry fans and the people who endure them. Beginning at 8 p.m., Potter attire is encouraged if not required, and the gathering will include a wizard and witch costume contest. There will be a special Potter-themed menu available and, thankfully, butter beer, which at Fado means a concoction of Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Ale, butterscotch Schnapps and whipped cream ($7). Tickets cost $25 advance $30 at the door. Visit FadoIrishPub.com/Miami.

Heroes vs. Villains

Because once you start dressing up, you just can’t stop, throw on your best cosplay outfit next Sunday (July 15) for the Heroes vs. Villains Cycle Party InstaTour, a brunch-and-drinks tour of Instagram-worthy spots in Wynwood. Participants will meet at GKB for brunch and ride rules, then separate into teams of heroes and villains for separate rides on Cycle Party's 15-person, pedal-powered bikes, culminating in an epic water balloon fight. There are no losers here. Tickets cost $55 for brunch and the tour, $70 for brunch, drinks and the tour. Visit Facebook.com/CyclePartyUSA.

Dog day of summer

Taking over the 500 block of Clematis in downtown West Palm Beach on July 15 will be Bark + Brunch, a fundraiser for Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Blessed Paws Animal Rescue. Organizers of the free event hope you’ll do brunch at a local dog-friendly eatery (Kapow!, Hullabaloo, O'Shea's Irish Pub, Lost Weekend and Subculture Coffee), beginning at 11 a.m., and then stay for festivities that will include vendors, pools, dog treats, music by the Blues Crusaders and the Charity Bikini Dog Wash. Who knew they even made bikinis for dogs? Visit Sub-Culture.org/events/bark-brunch.

Grill power

Charcoal in Wynwood will introduce itself in a new summer incarnation called Charcoal Beer Garden + Tapas on Friday with a 6-9 p.m. grand-opening party including music from the Lemon City Trio, lawn games and free beer and pretzel samples to the first 100 attendees. Visit CharcoalMiami.com.

Take the kids

The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton will pair family-style dinners and movie musicals in an interactive setting (actors singing and dancing in the aisles), beginning July 11 with “The Wizard of Oz,” followed by “Grease” (July 18) and “Bye Bye Birdie” (Aug. 1). You can do just the film for $20, or pair it with dinner (salad bowl, chicken tenders with fries, macaroni and cheese, chicken picatta, mixed fruit bowls and a basket of brownies) for $45. Popcorn, gelato and other treats will be sold in the lobby. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., with the film at 7 p.m. Visit TheWick.org.

Local voices

Blues-rocker Joel DaSilva burns up the outdoor stage at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort 7-9 p.m. Thursday (July 5) and 27 Bar & Lounge in Fort Lauderdale 10 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/JoelDaSilvaMusic) … Spred the Dub brings ska fever to the Friday Night Sound Waves series on Fort Lauderdale beach 6-9 p.m. Friday (SpredTheDub.com) … The Starlight Musicals in Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park travels the Beatles’ catalog with Across the Universe 7-10 p.m. (AcrossTheUniverseBand.com) … Jim Wurster and the Atomic Cowboys will be joined by the great Charlie Pickett, along with the Fortune Tellers, at Luna Star Café in North Miami ($10 cash only) on Friday at 8 p.m. (LunaStarCafe.com) … Miami tribute band Armada! is down for two sets of glam music and costumes during Bowie in Space 8 p.m. Friday at Churchill’s Pub in Miami (Facebook.com/Armada305) … Physicist and indie-folk troubadour Keith Johns and band play Wynwood Yard 8:30 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/KeithJohnsMusic) … Hallandale Beach’s Tairon Aguilera & His Latin Band are at NYSW Jazz Lounge in downtown Fort Lauderdale 9 p.m. Friday (NYSWJazzLounge.com) … The People Upstairs rock Mathews Brewing Co. in Lake Worth 8 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/ThePeopleUpstairs) … The Valerie Tyson Band brings soul, standards and pop interpretations to NYSW Jazz Lounge in Fort Lauderdale 9 p.m. Saturday (NYSWJazzLounge.com) … Monty Warren and David Gruitza return to the Spilt Beer Stage at the West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault 2 p.m. Sunday (WestPalmBeer.com) … On his way to New York, jazz bassist and vocalist Dan Montgomery performs a farewell show at Lagniappe in Miami 9 p.m. Sunday (DanMontgomeryJazz.com) …

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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