This is a great weekend for a walk, because no matter what the weather, it's not snowing. So when the FAT Village Art Walk rolls around on Saturday night, we’ll widen its sphere of influence with a stroll over to Argyle Coffee Roasters, which has gone out of its way to act as an engaging hub for the downtown community.
During Art Walk, the craft-coffee shop (722 N. Andrews Ave., behind Balloon Bazaar) will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. to walk-ins and hang-outers for an informal tasting and “tour” of the small warehouse by its personable owners, husband and wife Manny Carrera and Amy Miller. They’ll also have 12-ounce bags of newly roasted Costa Rican beans for sale.
Earlier in the day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Carrera and Miller will be at Thousand Pound Egg, the “culinary and style apothecary” near the Gateway Theatre (908 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale; ThousandPoundEgg.com). More coffee talk and sampling will ensue.
Once we’re all hopped up on caffeine Saturday night, we’ll continue down the tracks to the Laser Wolf (901 Progresso Drive), the aggressively unstylish bar where the Fake Art Pop Up Shop will exhibit art that comes on T-shirts that they will trade you for money ($20 ought to do it). You also can trade money for cans of beer. Or bottles and glasses of beer. Info: LaserWolf.com.
Back at Flagler Village, the landscape architecture and urban design firm Cadence is creating a future stroll with a project called the Mockingbird Trail. Via an online questionnaire and neighborhood workshops, Cadence is trying to create “an urban art trail” through Flagler Village, a project that also inspires residents to think about many quality-of-life ideas in the neighborhood.
Seeking to "engage the community in the process of place-making," the questionnaire asks for input on walking habits, favorite outdoor spaces in the neighborhood and what amenities are lacking.
There are few better walks in South Florida than along Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, home to the Downtown Delray Craft Festival on Saturday and Sunday in the area around Atlantic and Fourth avenues. Info: ArtFestival.com.
While you’re there, you can soak up some of the things that have Delray Beach in the running for Coastal Living magazine’s title of Happiest Seaside Town in the country. As one of 10 finalists in the magazine's fourth annual contest, the city is already one of Coastal Living's "top places to live on the coast," but if you want to help it win, balloting that continues through March 31 at CoastalLiving.com.
On Sunday, the JM Lexus Jazz Brunch brings live music, food and drink to the shady banks of the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The music continues 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with performers (on stages from the Broward Center to Riverfront) including the Mike Norris Big Band, Lee Kevan & the A-List and the Victorya Cole Jazz Montage. Info: FortLauderdale.gov.
MORE COFFEE TALK
OK, it could rain. You need a movie. This is opening weekend for “Deli Man,” being screened around the country and at two of our favorite South Florida theaters: the Living Room at FAU (777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; FAU.LivingRoomTheatres.com) and the Classic Gateway Theatre (1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; ClassicGateway.com). An appreciation for the nearly extinct traditions of the neighborhood delicatessen, “Deli Man” is also a humorous and insightful examination of the Jewish experience in America, with coloful kibbitzing from the likes of Larry King and Jerry Stiller. You can almost taste the coffee and blintzes. Info: DeliManMovie.com.
The homebrew supply shop Craft Beer Cartel (557 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale), has a few new things going, including the debut of its monthly homebrew class on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., led by in-house brewer Jonathan “Jack” Jackman. Price: $25. They also are gearing up for The Virgin Homebrew, a competition strictly for first-time brewers on March 21. You can register now (go to Facebook.com/CraftBeerCartel) and your $20 entry will allow you to enter two different beers. At the event, spectators (for a mere $5) will get samples while an “esteemed panel of judges” picks the top entries.
HAPPY HOUR OF THE WEEK
Max's Social House (116 NE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach) does drinks. It is there that you can satisfy your yearning for a Fig & Walnut Old Fashioned (Old Forester Bourbon infused with dried fig and toasted walnut and bitters) and a Bell Pepper Daiquiri (Brugal Extra Dry Rum, muddled bell pepper, pressed lime and cane sugar). But sometimes you need a simpler sip, and during their daily, 4-7 p.m. “Social Hour,” they feature half-off PBR, house wine and liquor (excluding, not surprisingly, the specialty cocktails), and the $4 bar bites include pork rinds. Info: Facebook.com/MaxsSocialHouse.
SOUTH BEACH LAUGHS
Reminder: Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr and Patton Oswalt are among the headliners for the 10th annual South Beach Comedy Festival, which returns to the Fillmore Miami Beach April 8-11. Tickets (most $35 and up) go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at SouthBeachComedyFestival.com, LiveNation.com, the Fillmore box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and at 800-745-3000. Info: FillmoreMB.com.
South Florida rocker Jim Camacho will gather many of the original cast for a 10th anniversary production of his musical “Fools' Paradise” at 9 p.m. Saturday at Churchill’s Pub in Miami, where it debuted before its off-Broadway run. Ferny Coipel (Humbert) and Rob Elba (Shark Valley Sisters) will perform and also be among those reprising their original roles in the tale of a love triangle set in a circus troupe in Nazi-occupied Paris. Tickets: $10. Info: Facebook.com/JimCamachoMusic.
FRIDA & DIEGO
This is opening weekend for masterworks by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and other influential Mexican artists in “Kahlo, Rivera & Mexican Modern Art” at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, an exhibit that will be elevated by the thoughtfully layered juxtapositions that made the museum’s recent “Café Dolly” show so much more than its individual works. Included in this gathering of important paintings from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection and the Stanley and Pearl Goodman Collection, the museum will offer pictures of Kahlo and Rivera by American and Mexican photographers (Leo Matiz, Martin Munkácsi and Nickolas Muray) that document the private personalities and politics of these two durable pop culture icons. On Sunday at 2 p.m. the museum will offer an Art Talk with Salomon Grimberg, co-author of the Frida Kahlo catalogue raisonné and books including “Frida Kahlo: The Still Lifes.” Admission is free with museum entry: $10, $7 seniors, $5 students 13-17. Info: NSUArtMuseum.org.
CULTURE SHOCK II
If you think it’s time to show her your cultural side (and it’s probably time), know that Miami City Ballet will resettle in the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach Friday-Sunday with the American premiere of Richard Alston’s critically lauded modernist take on “Carmen,” that classic tale of triumphant tawdriness. You can handle that, right? Also part of the program will be a company premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Shaker-inspired “Sweet Fields,” and George Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante.” Tickets start at $25. Info: MiamiCityBallet.org.
Plantation native Emily Kopp, whose October 2013 debut album “Serendipity Find Me” was one of the best releases by a local that year, will bring her headlining tour of the Southeast to the Funky Biscuit (303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton) on Thursday, March 5. Kopp saw the album hit No. 39 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart and went on to share stages with Brandi Carlile, Michelle Branch, Parachute, the Gin Blossoms, Marc Cohn, ZZ Ward and Matchbox 20. Kopp and her band will be joined by singer Phil Barnes at the Funky Biscuit. Tickets: $10. Info: FunkyBiscuit.com, Facebook.com/EmilyKoppMusic.
The South Florida social-media buzz is palpable for the summer tour by British soul singer Sam Smith, he of the four Grammys for the single “Stay With Me” and album “In the Lonely Hour.” Tickets for Smith’s July 20 concert at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena are $32-$116 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
Is there a market in South Florida for watching women punch each other in the face? Fathom Events, the company that has brought us evenings devoted to big-screen showings of “Gone With the Wind” and “Singing in the Rain,” on Saturday will offer live telecasts of “UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano.” The five-round title fight, pitting undefeated “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey against No. 1 contender “Alpha” Cat Zingano, begins at 10 p.m. in eight theaters from Royal Palm Beach to Miami Beach. Info: FathomEvents.com.
Our favorite St. Patrick’s Day hallucinations are usually the result of ingesting copious amounts of words, strung together as jokes, memories, yarns and assorted blarney, best served with a glass in your hand. If you are looking to warm up for the coming festivities, a spot worth checking out is the open-mike gatherings hosted by local scenemaker Renda Writer every Thursday at Kelly Brothers Irish Pub (3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, in the Culture Room center). Singers, comics, rappers, musicians and performers of every stripe have taken the stage, and so can you. Sign up is at 8 p.m. Info: Facebook.com/RendaWriter or Facebook.com/Kelly.BrothersIrish.
In case you missed it: The sixth annual Fight for Air Climb on Saturday will bring the hale and hearty to race up the 529 steps in the 110 Tower in downtown Fort Lauderdale (110 SE Sixth St.) to raise money for the American Lung Association. The event will be professionally timed, and awards will be given in a variety of categories. On-site registration is $35 and begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, with the climb beginning an hour later. Info: ClimbFtLauderdale.org.