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Weekend preview: The elasticity of jazz and bikinis

16 things to do in South Florida this weekend and beyond.

This feels like a Delray Beach weekend, for a confluence of reasons, having nearly nothing to do with bikinis in Worthing Park.

First, there is extraordinary music offered Friday night at the Arts Garage by young New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, who has drawn effusive praise from all the right outlets for his September release, “Stretch Music” (Ropeadope Records), an exploration of the elasticity of the music known as “jazz.” The Wall Street Journal called the album a bold leap in his experimentation with “a sleekly original blend of jazz sophistication, hip-hop attitude and the edginess of alternative rock.”

Adjuah performs at the Arts Garage (180 NE First St.) at 8 p.m. Friday, with tickets starting at $25 ( If you can’t make it, catch him on Saturday on the Rhythm Foundation's new series called Seaside Sessions at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) from 7 to 11 p.m. Adjuah will be joined by Ethiopian keyboardist and accordionist Hailu Mergia, along with the Aaron Lebos Reality. Tickets; $25. Info:

As you know, South Florida Beer Week is nigh, and your favorite tap room is about to be filled up with unfamiliar faces (not always a bad thing). You can beat the rush at Saltwater Brewery (1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach) at 7-10 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 21) as they serve up Sea Cow Milk Stout to raise money for the Sea Grass Grow project of the Ocean Foundation ( You’ll find live music and food truck food at this gathering, which also celebrates the chubby awesomeness of the manatee and its reclassification from “endangered” to merely “threatened.” You also can get information on what Saltwater has planned for Beer Week, which is a lot. Info:

Reaching its climax this weekend, Delray Beach Fashion Week has filled downtown with all manner of sartorial finery. Friday’s must-see event is something else: The annual Vince Canning Stiletto Race is highlighted by the 75-meter dash by men unlikely to be dashing in their high heels, all for a good cause (Achievement Centers for Children & Families). Other events taking place 6-9 p.m. Friday on Atlantic Avenue at Southeast Fourth Avenue include a women’s 75-meter dash, a contest of most creative shoes, and a run for runaway brides. Entry fee: $25. Info:

The DBFW finale is the Surf and Swim Show, a men’s and women’s swimwear display of suits from more than two dozen downtown retailers 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Worthing Park (32 NE Second Ave.), with emcee Chris Cruz from Y-100. Admission is free, with an afterparty at Salt 7. Info:

Which all makes me think of meat. One of the last recommendations that esteemed Sun Sentinel restaurant arbiter John Tanasychuk mentioned before his recent departure for greener grass included Apeiro out at Delray Marketplace (14917 Lyons Road), where the ribs apparently are pure “heaven.” I am a rib guy and, while most familiar and satisfied with what they do in Texas, am intrigued by John’s description of the Apeiro Greek-style preparation and its rosemary-fig-barbecue sauce. This feels like the weekend for ribs. Info:


Speaking of swimwear, Walter Iooss Jr. has taken some of the most iconic pictures in sports history, from Mickey Mantle and the first Super Bowl to Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan, during more than 50 years with Sports Illustrated. He's also photographed some of the best-known models appearing in the magazine's annual swimsuit issue, from Christie Brinkley to Kate Upton. Iooss will share some of the stories behind his images during the free opening reception for a show of his work,  “Triple Play,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 21) at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre (415 Clematis St.). The exhibit is part of the PBPC’s annual FOTOfusion festival, which continues through Saturday. Iooss’ work also will be seen during FOTOvision, a free public event beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. The gathering, which has been moved from the Great Lawn on the West Palm Beach Waterfront to the Waterfront Pavilion (101 S. Flagler Drive), will offer short movies about photography and the premiere of “365,” a compilation of the best pictures of the year produced by the international photo service ZUMA Press. Hit the link for more on FOTOfusion and a Walter Iooss Jr. interview. More info:


A buddy mentioned that a lot of the chatter about South Florida Beer Week (which gets rolling on Saturday) reminds him of the nerdish mania leading up to the premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Which is ridiculous. The beer is much better. All of your favorite breweries and taverns will have something going on through Jan. 30, attracting a crowd with which you have so much in common. Here’s one man’s day-by-day SFBW calendar:  Saturday: Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale will join Craft Beer Cartel and Terrapin Beer Co. for all-day breakfast and, at 7 p.m., some of Terrapin’s most flavorful beers, from  Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout to Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter and Jelly Porter. Info:    Sunday: The Brew Bus leaves at noon Sunday from Saltwater Brewery (1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach), headed to  Barrel of Monks (Boca Raton), Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park), Bangin' Banjo Brewing Co. and 26 Degrees Brewing (Pompano Beach). Tickets: $28.25 (also good for two beers). Info: Monday: At Riverside Market South (3218 SE Sixth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) the Tattoos & Brews event offers a bottle of Funky Buddha’s rare Maple Bacon Coffee Porter to winners of the cornhole tournament and the tattoo contest (alas, temporary). Info:  Tuesday: Tap 42 (1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) will zig as everyone else zags with a Sonoma Cider event at 7 p.m. that features five “certified organic brews.” Info: Tap42.comWednesday: Like a screening of “Star Wars,”  Saturday afternoon’s Trench Day festival (celebrating the bottle release of Mariana Trench Imperial Stout) at Due South Brewing is sold out. But 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, the Boynton Beach brewery will have its  annual Girl Scout Cookie and Craft Beer Pairing. Some proceeds go to a local troop. Info:  Jan. 28: Pssst: You can find Mariana Trench Imperial Stout beginning 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at Riverside Market South. Jan. 29:  Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach has special growler pours all week, but Chocolate Mayday is the featured beer on Jan. 29. Info: Jan. 30:   Why do all this running around next year? Craft Beer Cartel (557 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale) offers a home-brewing class 1-4 p.m. Jan. 30. Info:


Not running in high heels … Perhaps you prefer a more sedentary way of working for a good cause. How about sleeping? On March 18, the Young Pros for Covenant House will have their signature Sleep Out, a communal outdoor pajama party (PJs optional) that raises money to help get homeless young people off the street. If you are on the fence about sleeping out, let the Young Pros talk you into bed during a free social at Rhythm & Vine Beer Garden (401 NE Fifth Terrace, Fort Lauderdale) from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28. There, you can network, ask past sleepers about their experiences, register for a sleeping bag and join the Sleep Out movement. Attendees get one free drink and light appetizers, sponsored by PF Chang’s. More info:


The toughest ticket of the week (sorry, Madonna) is “The Book of Mormon” at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center Jan. 26-Feb. 7. To answer the call, the producers of this giddy bit of heresy (which creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker of “South Park” promise is “God’s favorite musical”) will hold pre-show lotteries at the box office for a limited number of $25 tickets. To get in on the deal, you must submit an entry form at the box office beginning 2 1/2 hours before each performance, and winners will be drawn randomly two hours before curtain time. You need to be present to win, and tickets (limit two) are cash only. More info: 954-462-0222,


Oh, yes, Madonna. She was supposed to open her Rebel Heart tour in Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena last summer, and she’s just now getting here. We’re used to waiting for her, and reviews of shows on the tour suggest she’s still worth it: The Los Angeles Times found her as provocative and confident as ever, but also willing to have fun, as in an “appealingly daffy” version of the French standard “La Vie en Rose,” in which she accompanied herself on ukulele. Madonna performs Saturday and Sunday, with tickets ($40-$355) at


Hear half of pioneering electronica duo Thievery Corporation when Rob Garza does the soundscaping at Bardot in Miami Friday night, with help from Sean Drake and Sebastian Caballero. Tickets: $15. Info:


Corey Holcomb, one of the stars of “Black Jesus,” Adult Swim’s depiction of a modern-day Jesus dropped straight into Compton, a show for which these times were made, performs six shows Friday-Sunday (including a rare midnightish show at 11:45 p.m. Saturday) at the Fort Lauderdale Improv at the Hard Rock in Hollywood. Tickets: $22-$32. Info:


Actor, producer and comedian Chris Tucker, who managed to go from the stoner classic “Friday” to “Silver Linings Playbook,” will return to the comedy stage March 24 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Tickets cost $70, $60 and $50, and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at and all Ticketmaster outlets, including and 800-745-3000.


For the glam crowd that takes its culture with a twist, one of the highlights of each winter season is “Pulse: Late Night at the New World Symphony,” which will give the New World Center a late-night lounge vibe at 9 p.m. Friday with club-style lighting and video projections. This edition, which carries a white-out dress code, will include music by Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner and John Adams paired with the world premiere of a work for DJ and orchestra by NWS-alumnus composer Sam Hyken. Another piece will introduce a collaboration of DJ Le Spam, Aaron Lebos on guitar and Papacho Savon on congas. Info:


DJ Le Spam and the Spam Allstars will be in a collaborative mood at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, when the genre-bending Nu Deco Ensemble (founded by Hyken and conductor Jacomo Rafael Bairos) makes its Miami Beach debut at the North Beach Bandshell, with a program exploring the intersections of Daft Punk, JS Bach, LCD Soundsystem, Adam Schoenberg and Clint Needham. Tickets for the show, co-sponsored by the Rhythm Foundation, cost $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Info:


As part of its bid to get medical marijuana on the November ballot (deadline Feb. 1), Space Hippie Worldwide Ministries will throw a benefit 8 p.m. Saturday at Two&, Elmo and Zoe Love’s bike shop, bar and curio collection on Fort Lauderdale's posh Las Olas Boulevard (1517 E. Las Olas Blvd.). If seeing the words “Las Olas Boulevard” and “marijuana” in a single sentence is not enough reason to go, the evening also will include music from Tiffany Miller, Tom Schafer, Modern Day Alchemy, Don’t Quit Your Day Job Stu and others, plus insights from popular Miami humorist Daniel Reskin. Info:

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