It’s been 20 years since Marcy Crowe quickened the pulse of the men of South Florida with something they had never seen before: a Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders swimsuit calendar.
Such is the interest in the calendar now that the team has created an event around the unveiling, which for this year's 20th calendar takes place on Friday at the remodeled Sun Life Stadium. Highlighted by a swimsuit fashion show, proceeds from the evening will help fund the high-profile charity work of the Miami Dolphins Foundation.
“Everything is so much bigger and better and brighter since I was there,” Crowe, 42, says.
There was no calendar when Dorie Grogan, who now carries the title of senior director of entertainment and brand impact for the squad, arrived after five years as a cheerleader with the Dallas Cowboys. The calendar was her idea, and she organized the photo shoots around Miami, but no one was sure anything would come of it, Crowe says.
One day Grogan walked into the cheerleaders' stadium studio with an armful of calendars and handed them out to the women seated on the floor, Crowe says. If that unveiling lacked the pomp and glamour of this weekend’s affair, the cheerleaders then were no less happy.
“We weren’t sure if it was going to happen, and she made it happen. The quality is not at all what they are now, but it was just exciting that we even had one,” says Crowe, also “very excited” to be attending Friday night’s event.
Crowe, later a choreographer with the squad, went on to get a master’s degree in education from Florida Atlantic University and is now a stay-at-home mother of three boys, ages 11, 9 and 6. She doesn’t talk much about her cheerleading days, in the same way her husband, Andy, doesn’t wear the 1993 national championship ring he received as an FSU football player (a center and long snapper, he later played in the NFL with the Chicago Bears).
But she’s not shy about pointing out the hard work the cheerleaders are putting in on the sidelines when the family is watching Dolphins and FSU games. It’s a tough crowd.
“The boys will say, “We know, Mom,” Crowe says, imitating their exasperation. “And they sure don’t like to see me dancing around the kitchen, I can tell you that.”
The 2016 Miami Dolphins Swimsuit Calendar unveiling party begins at 8 p.m. Friday in the North Club at Sun Life Stadium. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 cash at the door. Info: DolphinsCheerleaders.com/Unveiling.
MORE GIRLS OUT
The unofficial start of the social season begins with the irreverent Lipstick Lounge party, the Glam-A-Thon fundraiser for the Broward Health Foundation on Friday night at the Gallery of Amazing Things (481 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach). Tickets cost $65 in advance, $85 at the door. Glam-A-Thon, of course, is the local army of women and men dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. Just to stay ahead of things — remember how those extra-wide pink pumps sold out so fast last year, guys — the group’s other signature event, the Glam Doll Strut, is 11 a.m. Oct. 17 in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Info: Glam-a-Thon.com.
WEST PALM BEACHING
Reminder, Friday night brings the return of the West Palm Beach Bus Loop, a trolley ride that connects bars at Clematis Street, CityPlace and Northwood Village (with a free drink or app at each spot), benefitting the West Palm Beach Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Palm Beach County Gator Club Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $30 until noon Friday, $35 at check-in. Info: BusLoop.org.
OWL TOGETHER NOW
Free beer and parkour. Not much more need be said. Night Owl Market is a biannual Flagler Village community festival focused on “arts, community, sustainability and small business” on Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Radiating out from a main stage at Northeast Third Avenue and Sistrunk Boulevard (sometimes called Northeast Sixth Street), the free festival will include live music (Deaf Poets, Anastasia Max and Zoo Peculiar), more than 20 food trucks (including Box of Chacos, Cheeseburger Baby and Jersey Dawg), a phalanx of more than 80 local art and business vendors and pop-up shops. And free beer. And a parkour demo. Parking is free with free continuous shuttle service from Sears Town. Info: FlaglerNOM.com.
MEN OF STEEL
We missed the opening of Lafayette’s Music Room at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, but there may be no better reason for a pilgrimage than a performance by the Lee Boys, who will share their special “sacred steel” sound in shows both Friday and Saturday nights at 10 p.m. Admission: $5. Info: Lafayettes.com/WestPalmBeach.
This is opening weekend at Top Hat Deli (it debuted on Monday but, really, this deli-diner is all about the weekend), a sunny, relaxing spot from Fort Lauderdale restaurateur Elliot Wolf (Coconuts, G&B Oyster Bar, Red Cow and Foxy Brown). On my visit, the eggs were perfectly over-easy; the bacon (by Red Cow) came just so, in crisp, sturdy planks; the cheese blintzes were pillowy folds of joy (but maybe a bit more ricotta?); and the coffee was a savory hug, muscular but not bitter. We were not surprised to learn that it came from Argyle Coffee, around the way in Progresso Village. Top Hat Deli (415 NE Third St.) is open 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Info: 954-900-3896, Facebook.com/TopHatDeli.
FACE THE WALLS
Always lots to see and hear and taste during the Downtown Hollywood Art Walk and, perhaps like us, you always feel a little aimless. One way to do it is with the Downtown Hollywood Mural Tour, which will coincide with Saturday’s art walk and offers a free hour-long survey of this outdoor urban gallery and the works of muralists international and local, including the London Police, Rone, Evoca1 and Tati Suarez. The tour begins at 7 p.m. at on the corner of 20th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. RSVP/Info: Facebook.com/DowntownHollywoodMuralProject.
ROLES TO DYE FOR
Jeff Dye, apparently, will do anything for a laugh. And we’re not even talking about his MTV roles on “Numbnuts” and “Money From Strangers,” or his turn as a “designer” on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” or even the NBC celebrity talent challenge “I Can Do That!,” as a latter-day George Plimpton who learns to perform with the Harlem Globetrotters or the dancers of Pilobolus. No, for his newest trick, Dye will star in the upcoming NBC reality series “Better Late Than Never,” a travelogue bromance that sends five men on a trek through Aisa, with stops in Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chang Mai. Along for the ride with the youthful Dye will be Henry Winkler, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and … William Shatner. Does Dye know what he’s in for? What about a road trip with a madman like Shatner prompted Dye to say, “I can do that?” Dye performs through Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. Tickets: $20. Info: PalmBeach.Improv.com, JeffDye.com.
Longboards in West Palm Beach will celebrate its fourth anniversary beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday by filling the 500 block of Clematis with surf vendors, live music, food and drink, a bikini fashion show, a board swap and skateboarding on a mini ramp. The night is hosted by the Palm Beach County Surfing History Project, a group dedicated to “preserving, documenting and exhibiting a history of surfing in Florida,” focused primarily on Palm Beach County. Free drinks from 9 to 11 p.m. Entertainers include Making Faces and the Will Kimball Band. Proceeds benefit the Surfing History Project and Fashion for Humanity. Info: Facebook.com/LongboardsRestaurant, SurfHistoryProject.org.
FRIDAY NIGHT BITES
The final installment of Hardy Park Bistro’s roving Summer Nights pop-up series of urban picnics is 7 p.m. Friday at C&I Studios (541 NW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Along with HPB’s luscious food (in a rave review, the Sun Sentinel’s John Tanasychuk wrote: “Hardy Park Bistro just may be the sophisticated neighborhood restaurant of my dreams”), you’ll find beer and wine, a specialty cocktail hour and live music from Joshua Diaz of the popular local band Kids. Tickets: $60, available here. Hardy Park Bistro is at 21 SW Seventh St., Fort Lauderdale. Info: HardyParkBistro.com.
South Florida-based jazz guitarist Randy Bernsen would reject being described as an “icon,” but after more than 40 years on the scene, and a resume that includes collaborations with greats such as Jaco Pastorius, John Medeski, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Toots Thielemans, it is a word that fits. Bernsen’s excellent new album, “Grace Notes,” is just out and landed at No. 1 on the CMJ Top Jazz Adds Chart, which means it was the most-added jazz album of the week at radio stations monitored by CMJ. Bersen’s next scheduled local peformance is 8 p.m. Tuesday at QBar Burgers & Blues (2376 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale). Info: QbarFL.com, RandyBernsen.com.
I like my job, but dreams are necessary to life, to borrow the words of Anais Nin, who did not even know that Due South Brewing was hiring. The show runners at the Boynton Beach brewery point out that by the end of the year they will have doubled production from 2014, and so they are looking for “enthusiastic people that want to work in a small, yet growing, company.” Info: DueSouthBrewing.com.
A revered troubadour of a different stripe, Jim Camacho, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Luna Star Cafe (775 NE 125th St, North Miami) on a bill that includes the great Charlie Pickett, Ruti Celli and an opening set by Humbert. Hialeah-based indie-rock trio Humbert may show off two new songs released last month on their Bandcamp page, “She Goes” and “Just Now.” Each is a gentle rocker that rubs up against your leg in just the right way. Info: JimCamacho.com, Humbert.net. Remember, Luna Star is cash-only. Info: LunaStarCafe.com.
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE
As you may have heard, there’s an election coming, and at no time has your vote been more critical. After all, the winner will get the chance to brew their craft beer at Wynwood Brewing. The second annual home-brewer showdown called the End of Summer Brew Competition returns 4 p.m. Saturday to Craft Beer Cartel (557 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Entry is $20, which covers two beers (additional entries are $10). If you want to be noncompetitive, sampling the beers and voting your conscience for the People’s Choice winner, it’s $15. You can stretch out for the event (your limbs and your mind) during a 75-minute class by the Yoga Gangsters (YogaGangsters.org), a Miami-based youth-oriented nonprofit that is trying to deal with the symptoms of trauma and poverty through the practice of yoga. A $25 fee covers the yoga class and entry to the home-brew competition. Info: Facebook.com/RiversideMarket.
If it’s the end of summer, it must be time for the Riverwalk Fall Festival, which brings entertainment, food trucks and family-style carnival fun to Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Info: GoRiverwalk.com.
The eighth annual Everglades Awareness Benefit Concert offers all sorts of good work on important things (land, water, air … minor stuff), plus a lineup of great local music from favorites such as the Spam Allstars, Suenalo, Iko-Iko, the Baboons, Army Gideon and SunGhosts. It all goes down on Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. at Gramps in Wynwood (176 NW 24th St, Miami). Tickets are $10 right here. Info: Gramps.com.