In many ways this is a typical early November weekend, with the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival opening its diverse marketplace of ideas amid the civic genuflection toward the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the vigorous economy of excess giving off an audible hum.
Good times. And yet all you hear is how badly things are broken.
At 11 a.m. Saturday at Savor Cinema, the Fort Lauderdale film festival will offer a screening of “Michael Moore in TrumpLand,” in which the filmmaker ventures to small-town Ohio to give a talk, mainly about the virtues of his candidate, Hillary Clinton. It’s probably not going to change any minds.
Early on in the film, Moore offers an anecdote in which Donald Trump responds to news that Ford might move a production plant to Mexico by threatening to slap a 35-percent tariff on the cars entering the U.S. Instead of sneering at the idea, Moore says, “People in Ohio understand. They are hurting.”
Moore knows how small towns endure the fallout of corporate whims better than most, illustrated in his acclaimed film about General Motors and Flint, Mich., called “Roger & Me.” People forget that history. Maybe his critics just want to hear guys like Moore say it more often: People are hurting.
No matter which way the wind blows on Tuesday, the country has had a conversation over the last year or so, and there must be some ideas on which we can build a future that heals the wounds.
Assuming you are as tired as I am, can we all agree to keep things politics-free this weekend? Is it possible? A hope too audacious?
GET OUT AND VOTE
The story is that this election (oh, well) will bring out folks who don’t usually vote. Maybe you have forgotten how. Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale will give you some practice now through Monday with an election campaign to help them choose the next two Wynwood Brewing Co. beers to get a permanent home among the eatery’s 42 taps. The candidates are La Rubia, Pop’s Porter, Magic City, Wynwood Pale Ale and Father Francisco. Each voter gets a flight of five 5-ounce pours ($12 per flight) and votes with an official ballot. You even get a Tap 42 “I Voted” sticker. Democracy in action. Info: Tap42.com.
One of the most popular parties of the season for adventurous young arts connoisseurs, Pulse: Late Night at the New World Symphony, transforms the New World Center on Miami Beach into a hip lounge at 9 p.m. Friday. The evening will match symphony musicians, led by conductor Dean Whiteside, with mezzo-soprano Mabel Ledo and the creative flights of fancy of DJ Le Spam and the Spam Allstars. The afterparty, with drink specials for Pulse ticket holders, is at midnight at Hyde Beach at the nearby SLS Beach Hotel. Tickets: $45. Info: NWS.edu.
TV wildmen Chris Gillette and Manny Puig (“Gator Boys”) will be discussing their photography and artwork during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo. Located in the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center, the expo will play host to Puig’s talk, called “Savage Wild,” at 3 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, and Gillette’s presentation, “Predator Photography,” at 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Info: FLIBS.com.
Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks in West Palm Beach will celebrate the first anniversary of the tasting room with a blowout 4-11 p.m. Friday that includes a menu of special releases and refreshments from friends including Devour Brewing Co. and food truckers T.C. Melts and Deb's Little Cakery (gluten-free). New releases will happen on the hour, and of particular interest may be the release of Maple Bacon Cider (7 p.m.), Tiramisu Cider (8 p.m.) and the Strawberry-Dragonfruit Cider (nicknamed Dracerys). At 6:30 p.m., they unveil the new front patio. Info: Facebook.com/AccompliceBrewery.
DANCE FOR HAITI
Respectable Street and INlightened Productions on Friday will throw a dance party at the downtown West Palm Beach club called Hope For Haiti, with all door proceeds ($5 minimum) going to the relief efforts of the Gaskov Clerge Foundation (Gaskov.org). DJs lending their creativity to the effort include INlighten, Beki Powell, Dan Carraway, Marco Paez, Shayne Pilpel, Ian Klein and Grant Grosky. Organizers also will be accepting other donations, including clothing, shoes and housewares at the event. Info: Facebook.com/RespectableStreet.
FRIENDS IN JAZZ
Jim Gasior, Wendy Pederson, Jamie Ousley and Danny Burger are among the jazz cats playing a benefit show for the great South Florida pianist Billy Marcus (recovering from heart surgery) at the Travelers Lounge 4767 NW 36th St., Miami Springs) beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. Info: Facebook.com/TheTravelersLounge.
Just in time, Miami-based world peacenik Renda Writer, once of Coral Springs High School, will bring his World Peace Mural Tour to 360 Spaces in Wynwood at 10 a.m. Sunday to create and discuss mural No. 21 in his admirable international bid to fuse the words "world peace" together in your eye and consciousness. Info: Facebook.com/WorldPeaceMuralTour.
Unlike most performers who languish on the singles charts for what seems like an eternity, we don’t hate what the Weeknd is trying to do. The Daft Punk single “Starboy” is a fine setting for that diamond-cut voice of his. And, yes on the haircut. Tickets for the Weeknd’s May 11 performance at the BB&T Center go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. Prices: $35.25, $64.75, $84.75 and $145.75. Info: Ticketmaster.com. Not coincidentally, this weekend the Weeknd will introduce a group of pop-up shops for his T-shirts and other apparel, including one at the Alchemist in Miami (1111 Lincoln Road). Other shops are in New York, Los Angeles and London. They are scheduled to be open Friday-Sunday. Info: TheWeeknd.com/store.
TAKE THE KIDS
If you’ve got a SpongeBob fan in the house, you know how entertaining simple bubble blowing can be (if you’re not Squidward). “B — The Underwater Bubble Show” will turn the glistening spheres into a new art form at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Latvian production, think Cirque du Soleil by way of Bikini Bottom, will use mime, juggling, puppetry and plenty of massive bubbles to transform the Kravis into Bubblelandia. Tickets start at $15 at Kravis.org.
S'MORE THE MERRIER
A signature event of the fall season is the return of the weekly Lake Worth Beach Bonfires, which is coming up on Nov. 11, with music from Zbra. These free, family-friendly, marshmallow-heavy picnics are 6-9 p.m. on the beach at 10 S. Ocean Blvd. The rest of the music schedule includes Good Bad Kids (Nov. 25), Octo Gato (Dec. 9), Jamie Craig & Postcards (Dec. 23), the Ben Carter Band (Jan. 13), Uproot Hootenanny (Jan. 27), Neil Firestone (Feb. 10) and Future Prezidents (Feb. 24). Info: LakeWorth.org.
You’re classy, we know. Here’s a test, courtesy of your friends at the Broward Center: When it comes to dance, are you more “Giselle,” the elegantly romantic fable being performed by Miami City Ballet 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Au-Rene Theater, or “Magic Men,” the “adult-content” revue on the Parker Playhouse stage 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday? If price is any reflection of demand, know that “Giselle” tickets start at $20, while tickets to see the “Men” make magic start at $31.60. Info: BrowardCenter.org.
BOWIE BY JORGE
Seu Jorge brings his touring David Bowie tribute, inspired by the Brazilian guitarist’s appearance in the Wes Anderson film “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” to the Faena Theater on Miami Beach on Friday. Jorge will perform Bowie songs in a re-creation of the film set, with “sails” displaying images from the movie. An 8 p.m. performance sold out, and a second show was added at 11 p.m. It’s still a tough ticket, beginning at $105. Info: RhythmFoundation.com.
Russell Mofsky brings the boozily retro guitar fuzz he’s been working on for the next Gold Dust Lounge to a courtyard party after the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival screening of "Chief Zabu" at 7:45 p.m., Monday at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale (formerly Cinema Paradiso). Tickets to the 1986-set comedy cost $11, but admission is free to those wearing an "I Voted" sticker. Info: FLIFF.com. If you can’t wait, Gold Dust Lounge also will perform a free show 10 p.m. Saturday at Dada in Delray Beach. Info: Sub-culture.org/Dada.
Fort Lauderdale’s venerable Mai Kai restaurant will jump on the FLIFF wagon with a drink dedicated to “Chief Zabu” (like the restaurant’s atmosphere, the film’s Zabu is from Polynesia). Through Monday, the Mai Kai will offer the Chief Zabu cocktail, made with lime juice, soda, passionfruit, honey, orange juice and three different rums. It’ll cost $17, $8.50 during happy hour (5-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday). Info: MaiKai.com.
THIS’LL FLAP YOUR JACK
It’s called the Pancakes & Booze Art Show, taking place 8 p.m. Friday at the Bar at 1306 in Miami (1306 N. Miami Ave.) and is billed as Miami’s largest underground art show, with more than 55 artists. More importantly, it’s called the Pancakes & Booze Art Show. And there’s a free pancake bar. Admission: $5. Info: PancakesAndBooze.com.
BIG EASY DOES IT
A weekend spent avoiding the political circus needs theme music, so we’re thinking of the self-described “New Orleans Big Brass Circus Rock” of the Dirty Bourbon River Show and its synthesis of howling blues, Lisztian piano-driven ballads and Big Easy brassiness. The band plays the Arts Garage in Delray Beach 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $30-$45. Info: ArtsGarage.com.
I’ve always had a warm spot for the literate hip-hop duo Atmosphere. Slug and Ant are coming our way, with a Jan. 27 stop at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live. Tickets ($23.50 advance) go on sale 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster and the venue box office. Info: JoinTheRevolution.net.
At 7 p.m. Sunday at Bailey Hall at Broward College in Davie, the Reduced Shakespeare Company presents “The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition.” As the Boston Herald puts it, the wise-guy distillation of 600 years of history is “what the ‘Daily Show’ might be like if it were hosted by the Marx Brothers.” Tickets: $20-$38. Info: BaileyHall.org.
OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS
Jim Wurster & The Atomic Cowboys are joined by the Matt Calderin Trio and the Mariana Trenchcoats 8 p.m. Friday at Alligator Alley Native Florida Tap Room & Gastro Pub in Oakland Park (Facebook.com/Jim.Wurster) … Fort Lauderdale roots rockers Sosos play the free Friday Night Soundwaves series at the Hub on Fort Lauderdale beach at 5:30 p.m. Friday (FridayNightSoundwaves.com) … Blues singer-guitarist Rachelle Coba performs at the Normandy Fountain on Normandy Isle 6 p.m. Friday (RachelleCoba.com) … Voudou-rock band RAM headlines the free Big Night in Little Haiti festival at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex in Miami 5-11 p.m. Saturday (BigNightLittleHaiti.com) … The Etienne Charles Sextet performs 8 p.m. Saturday at the Miniaci Center on NSU’s Davie campus (Nova.edu/Miniaci) … Josh Hollin and Vanessa Gallardo play SubCulture Coffee in Delray Beach 9 p.m. Saturday (Sub-Culture.org/SubCulture-Coffee) ... The Copper Tones, Spred the Dub, Killmama and a bunch of other local bands are at the second annual Bark Back Benefit beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kelsey Theater in Lake Park (BarkBackBenefit.com) … Honey in downtown Delray Beach celebrates its second anniversary Saturday night with the Robo Girls (HoneyDelray.com) …