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Weekend preview: A new party (but, shhh, don't tell)

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

It’s no doubt rare that you, who has seen everything and partied everywhere, could be invited someplace new, but I think that’s what we have here. So let’s agree on some ground rules. You’re good. Your friends are good. But beyond that, can we keep this to ourselves?

Mod Saturdays is a series of summer poolside parties debuting this weekend at the Royal Palms Hotel, located at 717 Breakers Ave., a section of Fort Lauderdale not known as a hot party destination. It’s cool. Let’s keep it that way.

The hotel is in North Beach Village — Breakers Avenue is a block east of Fort Lauderdale beach, just south of the Bonnet House — one of the great repositories of midcentury modern boutique hotels in South Florida.

Just a stone’s throw from the imperious glam of the Hilton and Atlantic hotels, North Beach Village is a place resplendent in retro chill, the perfect location to let loose your lingering “Mad Men” lust and luxuriate in a feeling of exotic otherness.

The Royal Palms Hotel is among 18 small hotels in the neighborhood that since 2010 have been revitalized by North Beach Village Resorts, operated by Swedish developer Par Sanda, who has more properties being restored. The laid-back, pedestrian-friendly beach-town environment NBVR is trying to establish is illustrated by the Adirondack chairs the company has sprinkled randomly around the neighborhood, says NBVR general manager Christine Sposa.

“Initially, when we started placing [the chairs] around, I said, ‘Hmm, it looks nice, but I wonder what will happen.’ And all of a sudden, I was seeing people actually sitting in these chairs and making themselves at home, in the middle of nowhere,” she says, laughing. “It feels really good to see that sort of thing.”

Sposa says the company has plans to create a community complete with galleries, a market and places to drink and eat (right now, the best option for the latter is the Village Café (551 Breakers Ave.).

“It’s very intimate. It’s nestled, just beyond the beach,” she says. “We want to be a place not only for visitors, but we want locals to find this an attractive place to gravitate, to walk about, to get that village feeling.”

Mod Saturdays, which Sposa hopes will evolve from a monthly event to a weekly one, is aimed at a youthful audience, one that will make use of the recommended #VillageLife hashtag. NBVR’s partners for the party include the hipster clothiers at the Archives, Tatyana and the 1977 Co.

The party will run from noon to 5 p.m., with DJ Misha spinning, poolside popsicles, gift bags, temporary metallic jewelry tattoos (applied by a professional artist) and a vintage swimsuit competition (we’re thinking “Mad Men” again) for a chance to win brunch, spa treatments and more.

Admission is free, with parking $5. RSVP: Guests also can get 20 percent off a stay that night in the Royal Palms Hotel, a 21-and-older inn. Call 954-564-6444 after you RSVP. More info:


The Harvest Hangout is a new Sunday afternoon gathering on the backyard patio at Max’s Harvest (169 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach) where the casual theme is reinforced by house-made push popsicles and giant board games, along with a happy-hour menu and drink specials. The event, which debuted last weekend, begins each Sunday at 3 p.m. Info:


The film that first made sharks so fashionable, the Steven Spielberg thriller “Jaws,” celebrates its 40th anniversary with screenings of remastered versions at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday in theaters from Royal Palm Beach to Miami Beach. The Fathom Events screenings come with a specially produced introduction from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. Tickets are on sale now at


Saltwater Brewery (1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach) will celebrate International Surfing Day on Saturday with live music, raffles, giveaways, food trucks and special beer releases during a party to benefit the Palm Beach County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. and include music from Shorty the Giant (7 p.m.) and a re-release of Surfrider Session Ale, Saltwater’s South End Session Ale aged on locally salvaged seagrape wood. All proceeds go to help Surfrider's effort to eliminate plastic pollution from the ocean. Info:,


The theme continues Monday night at the Blind Monk, the thoughtful wine and beer boite in downtown West Palm Beach (410 Evernia St.), with screenings of two surfing movies, “Endless Summer” (7:30 p.m.) and “Riding Giants” (10 p.m.). Info:


One of the gatherings that has helped define the new urban lifestyle taking root in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the free street festival known as the Night Owl Market makes its biannual return to Flagler Village on Saturday with creativity from local bands, artists and vendors, plus food trucks and free beer. NOM runs from 5 to 11 p.m. on Northeast Third Avenue, between Fifth and Seventh Streets, and in Peter Feldman Park (301 NE Sixth St.). Free shuttle parking will be available. Info:


But maybe coffee makes the best party. What’s in Your Cup: A South Florida Coffee Community Festival, an Argyle Coffee Roasters joint, will take place 5-9 p.m. June 27 at the Fort Lauderdale wholesaler's warehouse, in conjunction with the nearby FAT Village Art Walk. A festival designed to celebrate “coffee, collaboration and small business … bridge neighborhoods and ignite connections,” the gathering will include demos and tastings from Argyle, as well as Warsaw Coffee Co., Relentless Roasters, Zebra Coffee Co., Oceana Coffee, Native Brewing Co., Coffee & Cream and others. Argyle Coffee Roasters is at 722 N. Andrews Ave. (where you can catch a free trolley to the art walk). Admission is free. Info:

Also next weekend, on June 26 at 8 p.m., Subculture Coffee (509 Clematis St, West Palm Beach) will debut their Tacos & Hip-Hop night in the alley next door, a gathering devoted to beer, house-made sangria and the handiwork of Zipitio's food truck, with music from DJ Selecta Steve. As Subculture describes it: “It's an alley thing. A locals thing. A good food thing. A community thing.” Info:


Jim Wurster, a South Florida singer and songwriter of uncommon eloquence and grit, will bring his new performing incarnation to Luna Star Café (775 NE 125th St., North Miami) at 8 p.m. Friday when we may hear music from the new album he has brewing. The evening will include a who’s-who of local musicians: The Jim Wurster Experience includes guitarist Bob Wlos, bassist David Thompson and drummer Frank Binger, and Wurster has invited some other friends to perform: Rob Elba, Eric Adzima, Karen Feldner and Jack Shawde. On Saturday at Luna Star Cafe, you’ll find Diane Ward joined by Shawde, Nicole Yarling and Raiford Starke. Info:    


Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for “Together Again at Last … For the Very First Time,” a show reuniting Monty Python mirthmakers John Cleese and Eric Idle at West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center Oct. 7 and at the Fillmore Miami Beach Oct. 10. Tickets start at $59.50 at the box office ( and, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Info:


Saturday’s Downtown Hollywood Art Walk will offer the formal unveiling of Inside Out Downtown Hollywood, a photographic mural of nearly 80 large black-and-white portraits of local creative folks pasted on a two-story building at 1740 S. Young Circle, across the street from the ArtsPark at Young Circle. The Art Walk, 7-10 p.m., will go off to a soundtrack provided by the bands performing from 4 to 11 p.m. at Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: Colors of the Caribbean, including reggae bad boys Inner Circle, Trinidadian soca star Rikki Jai, Ricardo Dru, Kevin Lyttle, Camille Kaye and RSPK, along with DJ Majestic. Local news anchors Neki Mohan and Sharon Lawson will host. Info:


The charity-minded Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop returns on Saturday with trolley rides and a free drink/bite at every stop (Bimini Boatyard, Southport Raw Bar, Quarterdeck, Waxy O'Connor's, Burger Fi, Cold Stone Creamery, Bahia Cabana, Blondie's, Cafe Del Mar and Lulu's Bait Shack) from 6 to 11 p.m. Cost is $35 at check-in, with proceeds going to five worthy local charities. Info:


Filled with stuff you didn’t know you wanted and raising money for a cause no one seems to have an answer for, the Fort Vintage Flea Market returns to the C&I Studios Garden in FAT Village (516 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale) 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday (and every third Saturday). Vendors this time will include  Mid Mod Montage, Moxie Nox, Free Bird Baby and Monkey Business. A co-production between C&I and Shoppe Hope, a portion of the proceeds go to Hope South Florida, a nonprofit that helps local homeless. Info:


U2 by UV, popular local channelers of the great Irish rock band, on Friday will open a summer slate of free concerts by South Florida’s top tribute bands at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. The shows will be accompanied each week by a beer garden sponsored by New Belgium Brewery (Fat Tire, Skinny Dip and Slow Ride) at the clock tower. Food and beverages will be available to purchase, and they’ll have chairs for rent ($5). Other acts in the series include Neil Zirconia (Neil Diamond) June 26; DMTB (Dave Matthews) July 10; Zoso (Led Zeppelin) July 17; Turnstiles (Billy Joel) July 24; Ruffhouse (Bob Marley) July 31; Keep the Faith (Bon Jovi) Aug. 7; and The Long Run (Eagles) Aug. 14. Info:


A popular, family-friendly rite of summer, the weekly free Starlight Musicals concert series returns to Holiday Park on Sunrise Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Friday with music from Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways. The free 7-10 p.m. concerts, sponsored by Bank of America, will continue through Aug. 7. Other performers include the Andrew Morris Band (June 26), the Valerie Tyson Band (July 3), Pocket Change (July 10), Viva (July 17), Mr. Nice Guy (July 24), Chain Reaction (July 31) and Brass Evolution (Aug. 7). Lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers encouraged. Info:

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