Lots of impressive sights this weekend, including a lobster roll more than 35 feet long in Delray Beach (grab a piece for free), a $20,000 bankroll for a Fort Lauderdale art space (maybe, with your help), 4,800 square feet of Keanu Reeves (and you may want more), and more than you want to see of WRMF’s Jason Pennington, in leather short-shorts and glittery bra (which he won’t be wearing to the Haunted Pirates Fest in Boynton Beach… probably).
A COOLER WALK WITH THEE
There may be no better month for the FAT Village Art Walk than October, a pause between the heat of summer and the hordes of winter.
Places to stop while you’re in the downtown Fort Lauderdale’s art district on Saturday night include C&I Studios (where you’ll find a fashion show by the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and vittles from Box of Chacos and Nacho Bizness) and “Urban Swamp,” artist Ashley Nardone’s ode to the romantic otherness of Florida’s natural environment, at the Cadence Pop-up Gallery.
Especially timely, however, is a stop to see “Monstrous Strange” at The Projects, the expansive exhibition space run by Leah Brown and Peter Symons, curators whose ears are always close to the ground listening for the first pulses of new creativity on the local art scene. The duo also happens to be one of six finalists announced recently for the $20,000 grant that goes to the winner of balloting for the annual Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award.
The Projects is exactly the kind of breeding ground necessary for a flourishing art scene.
“We like to show work that doesn’t fit into the standard gallery environment. Work that is large-scale, interactive, immersive, work that really challenges the artist, the curator and the patron,” Symons says in the video pitch on the Knight Foundation website. They would use the money to expand the hours of The Projects, which is open during monthly Art Walk and at other more random times.
Balloting for the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award is via text message (For The Projects, text Vote1 to 22333) through Nov. 17. More information on the award and the other nominees can be found at KnightArts.org/PeoplesChoice.
For more on the FAT Village Art Walk, visit FATVillage.com.
No doubt, you have been looking for a time to stop by Argyle Coffee Roasters, the new wholesaler with social and cultural aspirations run by young couple Manny Carrera and Amy Miller in a small warehouse near Flagler Village at 722 N. Andrews Ave., behind Balloon Bazaar. For Art Walk, the couple will introduce themselves with an open house from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, during which they’ll offer a free cup of coffee to anyone who walks in. Carrera prepares his coffee (his native Costa Rican) with care and a certain ceremony, so don’t be in a rush. Plus, the last time I was there, the air was filled with live Johnny Cash. A good place to be. Keep track of their events at ArgyleCoffeeRoasters.com, Facebook.com/ArgyleCofffee and Twitter.com/ArgyleCoffee.
12 YAHDS OF LAWBSTAH?
Blake Malatesta would be a great name for Rob Gronkowski’s backup at tight end for the New England Patriots, but is actually the guy responsible for the 35-foot lobster roll being served Saturday at Boston’s on the Beach.
The massive sandwich, actually 12 yards of lobster roll served on six 6-foot loaves laid end to end, is a centerpiece of the restaurant-bar’s 35th anniversary party rolling out from 2 p.m. to midnight. The event includes $3.50 drinks, free birthday cake and music from the Amber Leigh Band (2 p.m.), Boombox (8 p.m.) and Miami’s Afro-Latin experimentalists Suenalo (11 p.m.).
The sandwich, packed with 25 pounds of Maine lobster, will be cut and served beginning at 3 p.m. Malatesta says preparing the lobster roll will cost about $600, but there’s no charge for a piece: “We’re giving it away, like a birthday cake. The guests get the gift.”
No surprise, Boston’s is wicked loyal Red Sox-Patriots country, but Malatesta (who actually grew up in “the sticks” of Louisiana) says you’ll get served even if you show up in a Ryan Tannehill or Geno Smith jersey. Heck, he says you can even wear Bucky Dent or Mookie Wilson.
“We won’t discriminate against anyone,” he says, laughing.
Boston’s on the Beach is at 40 S. Ocean Blvd., in Delray Beach. Info: 561-278-3364, BostonsOnTheBeach.com.
GREEN AND PINK
There are many reasons to make it to the Coral Skies Music Fest at the Cruzan on Sunday (Ommegang beer and the food trucks that we, somehow, have missed for a while, including Che Grill, Box of Chacos, Ms. Cheezious and the Rolling Stove), but there’s also, you know, music. From 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., you can catch City and Colour, also known as Dallas Green. But the Canadian singer-guitarist’s current claim to fame is managing to turn Alicia Moore (whom you may know as Pink) into a performer that grownups may want to pay attention to as part of the duo You+Me. Green and Moore last week released the RCA Records album “Rose Ave.,” a welcome collection of stripped-down folkiness and tight-knit harmonies that concludes with a gospely take on Sade’s “No Ordinary Love.” Bravo, sir. Other Coral Skies Music Fest highlights include Cage the Elephant, the Hold Steady, Benjamin Booker and Julian Casablancas + the Voidz. Info: CoralSkiesFest.com.
THEY ARE THE WALRUS
Moonfest needs no introduction. Now in its 22nd year of 21-and-older haunting of West Palm Beach’s Clematis Street with food, drinks, freaks, drinks, music and drinks, Moonfest returns on Saturday with a smart lineup of soundmakers including Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Gravel Kings, Sweet Bronco and the Ethan Parker Band. But Moonfest is always good for a curve ball, which this year comes with an 11 p.m. performance by Miami-based Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions. Currently touring the Southeast with music from a new release, “Tic Toc,” the theatrical rap-rock trippiness of Telekinetic Walrus is hard to describe: a little George Clinton, a little Sun Ra, a little Earl Sweatshirt … and they have been known to have a bassoon onstage. Moonfest tickets cost $7 through 11:59 p.m. Friday at Moonfest.me and at O'Shea's Pub (VIP, with open premium bar and buffet is $50). Gate admission is $10. Info: Facebook.com/MoonfestWPB.
Bicycle culture in downtown Fort Lauderdale will get a boost from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department on Friday with a new event, the FLPD-sponsored Family Fun Ride and Moonlight Movie in the Park. Bikers will gather at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot near the War Memorial Auditorium in Holiday Park (helmets and bike lights a must), leaving at 6 p.m. for a leisurely 5-mile, police-escorted ride through Victoria Park (where neighbors will be manning water stations). The riders will return to the park at about 7:30 for an 8 p.m. screening of the Disney-Pixar film “Up.” Blankets, chairs, picnic baskets encouraged. Info: FortLauderdale.gov/FunRide.
WALL OF KEANU
The Museum of Discovery and Science reopened its remodeled AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater a couple of weeks ago, showing off its massive new 60-by-80-foot screen, the new luxury seats and new sound system with films including “Bugs 3D” and “Dracula Untold” (“a tragic love story”). Which is fine, if you happen to be a mom. This weekend, MODS puts its giant screen to use as god intended when he created IMAX, with the stylized Keanu Reeves shoot-‘em-up “John Wick” (with, among others, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki and Bridget Monahan, who were born for IMAX). Info: MODS.org/IMAX.
SHOP YOUR HEAD OFF
We’d be the last people to advocate even the glimmer of anything the could be called “holiday shopping season” before Halloween, but that black cat may be out of the bag. If you are of the mind, the folks at Indie Craft Bazaar will offer Frankenstitch: An Independent Art and Handmade Festival 1:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live and America’s Backyard. There will be food trucks, trick-or-treating at vendor booths (bags will be handed out at the door) and, as always, thoughtfully priced drinks, including $3 mimosas and $5 FrankenApples (caramel-apple cocktails made from Sourpucker and Buttershot vodka). Admission: $5. Info: Facebook.com/IndieCraftBazaar.
YOUR WEEKEND LAUGHS
Best known for roles on “Undateable” and “Workaholics,” Chris D’Elia remains a dude’s dude, specializing in a brand of bro comedy based on a simple philosophy: Men will suffer nearly any indignity to have sex. He’ll share stories from the front lines at 8 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 22) at the Palm Beach Improv ($22; PalmBeach.Improv.com) and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday at Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre ($33; ColonyTheatreMiamiBeach.com).
BREWS AND BOOS
The fourth annual Downtown Hollywood Pumpkin Coffin Crawl, a benefit for the Young Professionals for Covenant House, will return Oct. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Whiskey Tango (1903 Hollywood Blvd.). For a $5 donation, you’ll get five discounted pumpkin craft beers, along with the special brand of conviviality that distinguishes the Young Pros, at Whiskey Tango, the Greek Joint, the Tipsy Boar, Old Hollywood Beerhouse and Mickey Byrnes, where a costume contest will ensue. All donations go to Covenant House Florida, which provides walk-in services and shelter to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. Info: Facebook.com/YPFCH.
We don’t get to put on the ol’ tights much anymore (you’re welcome), but may have to break them out for the third annual Haunted Pirates Fest and Mermaid Splash taking over downtown Boynton Beach on Saturday and Sunday. The free all-ages festival will have the run of East Ocean Avenue between North Seacrest Boulevard and Federal Highway and include food, drink, games, a haunted house and a variety of live entertainment. Saturday hours have been extended from 1 to 9 p.m. with a stage at Federal Highway offering music from U2 by UV, School of Rock and Sweet Justice. Visitors are encouraged to dress like Jack Sparrow or their favorite sea-going wench. Speaking of pirate booty, there also will be a Saturday night appearance by WRMF’s Jason Pennington (from "The KVJ Show," who actually can rock a pair of tights. And when it comes to filling your heart with the warm glow of the Halloween season, there’s nothing like the traditional group sing-along of Pennington’s “Halloween Slut Song.” Pirate Fest info: BBPirateFest.com.
HARD ROCK AUCTION
Inspired by Kiss drummer Peter Criss’ battle with breast cancer, the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood will celebrate PINKtober with Friday night auction of classic rock memorabilia and a 9 p.m. peformance by the tribute band Kiss Alive. Among the silent and live auction items will be signed guitars by Slash, Peter Frampton, Sara Bareilles, the Fray and Motley Crue; a drum head and cymbal signed by Iron Maiden’s Nikko McBrain; a shirt signed by Shakira; and a jersey and hat signed by Chris “Birdman” Anderson. All proceeds will benefit Memorial Cancer Intitutie’s Image Recovery Center. Admission is free. Info: HardRock.com.