There will be glam. There will be dolls. There will be strutting. But you won’t find the Glam Doll Strut in downtown Fort Lauderdale this weekend. Just call it the Strut.
The 10th anniversary edition of the irreverent pink parade against breast cancer has changed its name in a bid to encourage more participation from men. Not that men haven’t been participating in the event (dogs don’t count), but organizers are hoping that a little more balance might help them raise more money for the fight.
“It was estrogen overload,” says Tammy Gail, president of Glam-A-Thon, the nonprofit that created the Strut and sister events that benefit the Broward Health Foundation.
Another change for this year’s gathering, which runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Esplanade Park on the New River, is the inaugural Glam Food and Wine Festival. Because, for men, food and drinks run a very close second to the health and well-being of breasts.
Bill Feinberg, of Fort Lauderdale, has plenty of other reasons to take part in his first Strut this year with the team called Allied Assets.
First, the group was created by 15 or so employees at his and brother Joe’s company, Allied Kitchen & Bath, many of whom have been touched in some way by breast cancer.
“It’s part of the company culture for employees to get involved with various charities, and this one is close to their hearts,” Feinberg says.
Second, the Strut will allow the two Feinbergs to show off their new matching pink suits, and Bill will get to blind you with his signature black-crystal shoes (with which he won the best-shoes prize at last year’s black-tie Winterfest Ball, where the theme was “Kinky Boots”).
But most important, Feinberg is doing it for his girlfriend, Bibi Marchitto. Shortly before they began dating, Marchitto underwent a double mastectomy, among nine surgeries in her fight against breast cancer.
“That was the toughest [treatment] of anybody I have ever met. When people hear her story, they can’t believe it,” Feinberg says, pointing out that she’ll also be strutting with the Allied Assets team. “She really went through hell, but Bibi is a survivor.”
Glam-A-Thon has raised more than $400,000 in the past five years for the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center at Broward Health and the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.
The Strut is hosted by the sassy Lynn Martinez of WSVN-Ch. 7, with celebrity judges including the Miami Dolphins’ Twan Russell, Heat broadcaster Jason Jackson, Y100 radio personality Froggy and WSVN sports anchor Steve Shapiro.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Esplanade Park (401 SW Second St.), with registration $55 per person (tax deductible). Entry to the Glam Food and Wine Festival is free, with food available for purchase with tickets. For more information, visit Glam-A-Thon.com.
TO TELL THE TRUTH
That 14-foot quote balloon emblazoned with the word “Truth” in downtown West Palm Beach this weekend? That’s the Truth Booth, an interactive installation, created for the Cause Collective by New York-based conceptual artist and educator Hank Willis Thomas, making its 33rd stop on a nationwide tour. The point is to walk inside and, in less than two minutes, take advantage of this bubble of “candor and intimacy” and complete the sentence: “The truth is … ” A website will gather the truths spoken during the installation’s stay in West Palm Beach at three venues: From 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 13) the Truth Booth will be at the Sunset Lounge (609 Eighth St. in the city’s Northwest district), where Thomas will hold an Art Talk at 6 p.m.; from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday the installation will be in the courtyard at City Hall; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday it can be found at the GreenMarket on the Waterfront. Participation is free. Not every city sought a stop from the Truth Booth, so here’s a pat on the back, West Palm Beach. Info: DowntownWPB.com.
The capital of No Shoes Nation (not a place, but a mindset) is in Fort Lauderdale this weekend during the inaugural FLIBS Sandbar Bash, organized by the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (just around the corner, Nov. 3-7). The party, with tunes from KISS Country radio and boat-show giveaways galore, takes place 1-4 p.m. Saturday on the sandy bump at Laudy Lagoon, where the Intracoastal meets the New River. While the best thing about gatherings on this sandbar has always been their organic informality, there’s nothing wrong with a little pre-planned organization, especially when I don’t have to wear shoes. Info: Facebook.com/FortLauderdaleBoatShow.
Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale is hosting a free reggae concert by Jah Steve and the Counteract Crew 6-10 p.m. Friday on its beautiful waterside lawn, a centerpiece of a weekend devoted to collecting donations for Haiti. Working with the Haiti Clinic, Shooters will be collecting medical and hygiene supplies (soap, toothbrushes, deodorant, over-the-counter medication for children, insect repellant) and clothing (especially kids' clothes, new, with tags) through noon Monday, when the donations will be picked up. Info: Facebook.com/ShootersWaterfront.
Miami duo Afrobeta will gather “all of our favorite things” for the second annual family-friendly Mooncake Jam at the North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach 5-10 p.m. Saturday. This will include music from the Galactic Effect, the State Of, Dutch Hippies, Raffa Jo Harris, Skinny Hendrix and others, food by Coyo Taco and Wynwood Parlor, an interactive art installation by Jen Clay and a poetry-writing booth hosted by O, Miami. Admission is technically free, though they are hoping for a $5 donation to cover band costs. Afrobeta reports that many of the artists have decided to forward that money to Project Medishare, which is providing medical assistance in Haiti. Info: Afrobeta.com.
Lake Worth’s C.W.S. Bar and Kitchen will host the 12-hour “Damn Glad To Party With You” Music Festival, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday on L Street next to the restaurant (522 Lucerne Ave.). The free gathering will include craft beer and barbecue, stylish thingamajigs from Indie Craft Bazaar and live music from the Bobby Lee Rogers Trio, Crazy Fingers, Bluejay, Victoria Cardona, Chloe Dolandis and Solemark, as well as the DJ exploits of Layne Fox and Kent Lawler. Info: CWSLW.com.
All those maniacs running around downtown West Palm Beach on Saturday dressed as pirates actually have method to their madness. It’s the inaugural Bamboozle, a pirate-themed scavenger hunt that raises money for Little Smiles of Florida, with teams of four solving clues and challenges to win awards and other booty. Check-in is 3-4 p.m. at Roxy’s Rooftop, which also will host the 6-8 p.m. after- party with free food, Tito’s drink specials, raffles, games and DJ. Entry is $100 for a four-person team. Info: Facebook.com/BamboozleWPB.
Latin funk soul brothers Locos por Juana will perform a post-game concert at the Miami FC-Tampa Bay Rowdies match 8 p.m. Saturday at FIU Stadium in Miami. Tickets start at $10. Info: MiamiFC.com. And, reminder, LPJ will host a free release party for the long-awaited album “Caribe” 8 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 20) at Gramps in Miami. Info: Facebook.com/LocosporJuanaMusic, Gramps.com.
Can’t imagine what Sarah Silverman will have to say at Hard Rock Live Saturday night. It’s got to be tough for a politically oriented young female writer and comic to find material these days. But the show must go on. Tickets: $40-$70. Info: MyHRL.com.
GEMS 2016, Miami Dade College's annual four-day film series, opens Thursday (Oct. 13) with “The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America,” which follows the band’s early-2016 tour dates that included an historic performance in Havana for a crowd of 100,000. It screens at 7 p.m. Thursday at MDC’s Tower Theater. Tickets: $25, or $50 to include entry to the opening-night party. On Friday at 7 p.m. the film is “Gimme Danger,” a profile of Iggy Pop through the lens of Jim Jarmusch. Tickets: $13. Info: Gems2016.MiamiFilmFestival.com.
HAILING 'TAXI DRIVER'
Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” returns to the big screen in a dozen theaters across South Florida as Fathom Events celebrates the film’s 40th anniversary on Sunday and Wednesday. The film will be screened at 2 and 7 p.m. each day and will be preceded by a Q&A with Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, recorded during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Tickets: $13.38 (plus $1.50 fee). For a list of theaters, visit FathomEvents.com.
Make a point of getting there for the acts performing before Needtobreathe on Friday at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre. Along with Mat Kearney and Parachute, who could be headlining their own show, is the fiery Cleveland soul band Welshly Arms. They are the real deal. Music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30.50, $40.50 and $50.50. Hit the link for a interview with Needtobreathe bassist Seth Bolt. Info: TheAmpPompano.org.
TAKE THE KIDS
The fifth annual Swede Fest Palm Beach, hosted by the Palm Beach Film Society, is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kelsey Theater in Lake Park. As you may remember, this is a celebration of no-budget shorts, also known as swedes, that lovingly and hilariously rip off iconic feature films. By rule, all films are no longer than three minutes and no stronger than PG-13. Beyond entertainment, this night will give you inspiration for creating your own swede for next year’s festival. Tickets to Swede Fest Palm Beach cost $12 in advance at TheKelseyTheater.com, $15 at the door. Info: Facebook.com/SwedeFestPalmBeach.
WHAT’S ITALIAN FOR ‘WHAT A DEAL’?
Straight outta Rome, musician and vocalist Max Gazze is the headliner for the Rhythm Foundation’s Italian Hit Week show 7 p.m. Friday at the North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach. The evening, which includes a selection of Italian food and wine samplings, comes with free admission. When Gazze performed this week at New York’s hip Highline Ballroom, the walk-up tickets were $30. Info: NorthBeachBandshell.com.
The third annual OysterFest at G&B Oyster Bar on Fort Lauderdale beach rolls out Wednesday-Friday, again honoring the lustrous allure of the pungent mollusk. The closing event on Friday (Oct. 21) will offer music from rockin’ bluesman Joel Da Silva, seven food stations and bottomless Pearl Diver Beer, made at the Funky Buddha Brewery with real oysters. Prices vary each day, but the Friday event costs $35-$45, all in. Info: Facebook.com/GandBOysterBar.
OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS
Palo! vocalist Leslie Cartaya is at Ball & Chain in Miami 9 p.m. Friday (BallAndChainMiami.com) … The Tom Sartori Band plays the Friday Night Soundwaves series at the Hub on Fort Lauderdale beach 5:30 p.m. Friday (FridayNightSoundwaves.com) … The Ordinary Boys channel the Smiths at Dada in Delray Beach 9:30 p.m. Friday (Sub-culture.org/Dada) … Orange Sunshine plays Old School Square in Delray Beach 7:30 p.m. Friday (OldSchoolSquare.org) …. The Diane Ward Band is at the Luna Star Café in North Miami 9 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/DianeWardMusic) … JP Soars & the Red Hots break out the blues at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton 8 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/JPSoars) … Molly Hatchet joins the 18 Wheelers and other local bands at the Backyard Bash 7 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay (SMDCAC.org) … Miami-based global chanteuse Sarah Packiam plays Churchill’s Pub in Miami 7 p.m. Sunday (Facebook.com/SarahPackiam) … Ella Herrera livens up the brunch at the Blind Monk in West Palm Beach 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday (TheBlindMonk.com) ... B-Side Jones plays Sunday at the Waterfront in West Palm Beach 4-7 p.m. Sunday (WPB.org/events) ...