The annual return of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is a rite of winter, its luminous pixels radiating an almost palpable heat that feels like a gift from the gods in frigid parts of the country. But because you live in South Florida, on this, the weekend before its publication, you get the actual model standing in front of you.
Nina Agdal, who will be seen in the 2015 SI swimsuit issue debuting on Monday after having graced the cover of the 50th anniversary issue last year, will be one of the main draws at the sixth annual LeSutra Model Beach Volleyball Tournament presented by Wildfox, taking place at Lummus Park on Ocean Drive. The competition, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, includes teams representing some of the world’s top modeling agencies, along with a handful of professional players, live music, fitness exhibitions and celebrity-watching. Admission is free. Info: ModelBeachVolleyball.com.
Perhaps like you, Agdal believes this is “one of the best weekends of the year in Miami.”
“It’s a great place to come and meet new people,” Agdal says. “It’s a really fun, easy event. You don’t have to pay to go there, and there’s a bunch of fun, free stuff. There’s free drinks, great entertainment, obviously the volleyball, performers, music, and hopefully the weather will be on point and everyone has a fun weekend.”
It’s not all fun and games for Agdal, who will lead the SuperSweat Redbike spinning session at noon Saturday, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Irie Foundation. SuperSweat tickets: ModelVolleyball.Eventbrite.com.
When you’re a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, there are things that can be shared and things kept closer to the vest, if bikinis came with vests.
Agdal does admit she found out she made the 2015 issue, but can’t share details about the rest of the magazine. She’ll be monitoring Instagram Monday morning to see which of her pictures was chosen.
On Wednesday night, the identity of the 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model got a surprise reveal: Hannah Davis.
The 22-year-old Agdal lives in New York, but spends plenty of time in Miami and Miami Beach, where her favorite hangouts include post-workout lunch at Carrot Express, Jimmy’z Kitchen (for the chopped salad or seared ahi tuna), Pubbelly Sushi and, being an SI swimsuit model, the luxe Soho House.
She hit all those spots last year when she was filming scenes for the “Entourage” movie, due for a summer release. As you may guess, there is no shortage of beautiful women in the cast, including model Emily Ratajkowski and MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, but Agdal’s character is substantial enough to get a name (Bridget) and a couple of lines.
The role is not much of a stretch. “I would say that it’s me, with another name. It’s my first actual movie with lines in it, so it’s kind of cool,” she says.
YOUR WEEKEND BEER
There are all kinds of fancy beer pairings these days, and then there are beer pairings with real-world applications. Like, which beer do I drink with a Samoa or a Tagalong? Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach will offer some ideas with its Girl Scout Cookie Pairing from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Due South will make a donation for every sampler sold and, yeah, they’ll have cookies for sale. Info: Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing.
ROCK QUARRY ROCK
The precarious welfare of Greynolds Park, the former rock quarry transformed over eight decades into a bucolic forest spread across nearly 250 acres on the Oleta River in North Miami Beach, is the cause for which some top local musical talent will gather on Sunday afternoon at Luna Star Café (775 NE 125 St., North Miami). Organizers of the Save Greynolds Park fundraiser cite plans floated by a developer to build two 10-story hotel towers overlooking the park, along with an office tower and a parking garage. Performers scheduled from 3:30 to 11 p.m. include Box of Light, the Sarah Jacob Trio, Earthshine, Birdman, Daphna Rose, Alan Aunapu, Zip Robertson, Jim Wurster, Grant Livingston, Shira, Mike Barra and the Barracudas, and Music Is. Emcee Valerie C. Wisecracker will keep everyone on their best behavior. Admission is a suggested $10 donation, more if you can. Luna Star food and drink is cash-only. Info: Facebook.com/SaveGreynoldsPark.
LOVE YOUR LOCAL MUSICIAN
Some of our favorite local and localish bands will perform Saturday in FAT Village at the all-ages For the Love Music Festival, not surprisingly a production of the creative community caretakers at C&I Studios. More than two dozen performances, from noon to 11 p.m. on three stages at C&I (541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale), will include Copeland, Kids, Jacob Jeffries, Civilian, Hoyle, Emily Kopp, Fauna Halo and Carly Jo Jackson (once of “America’s Got Talent”). Tickets: $30, plus fee. Info: C-IStudios.com/events, ForTheLoveMusicFestival.eventbrite.com.
CHOCOLATE (& SCIENCE)
The 10th annual Science of Chocolate event Saturday at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach includes many temptations: liquid nitrogen chocolate, painting with M&Ms, making cocoa lip balm, taste tests and, most inviting, Hoffman’s Chocolates’ chocolate fountain. But make no mistake, it’s all a bait-and-switch. Your hosts are less interested in fulfilling your chocolate desires than in teaching. Science. “The annual Science of Chocolate event continues to help us achieve our new mission to open every mind to science,” admits Science Center CEO Lew Crampton, twirling a metaphorical mustache. There may be a way to defeat his diabolical plan – to get in, gorge yourself, and get out no smarter than when you went in – but it’s doubtful. Good luck! The Science of Chocolate, running 11a.m.-5 p.m., is free with paid Science Center admission ($16.95, $12.95 ages 3 to 12, $14.95 older than 60). Info: SFScienceCenter.org.
Even the losers win at Friday night’s body-painting contest at Continuum: West Palm Beach Arts, the pop-up gallery/party/scene that has attracted exactly the kind of smart, fashionable crowd you thought it would. Continuum concludes its roughly two-week run at 501 Fern St. this weekend with events highlighted by Friday’s 5-10 p.m. gathering in which teams of painters will vie for a $400 prize. Drinks and music (DJ Cole) will add other stimuli. Continuum, a partnership with ArtPalmBeach and Art Synergy, and produced by ATB Fine Artists & Designers, is something that needs to be repeated next year. Info: DowntownWPBArts.com.
BATTIOKE IS BACK
There may be no better way to spend your money than a ticket to South Beach Battioke, the inspired fundraiser that sprang from the brains of former Miami Heat crowd-pleaser Shane Battier and wife Heidi. The night of mostly awful Miami Heat vocalizing at the Fillmore Miami Beach on March 3 promises hilarious entertainment for a great cause, Battier’s Take Charge Foundation. Tickets are available now for $175. Money well spent. Info: TakeChargeFoundation.org.
The Florida Renaissance Festival, which will return to Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park Saturday and each weekend through March 15, is “a journey complete with fairy tale and fantasy,” founder Bobby Rodriguez says. He might mean the girl-rat circus called Cirque du Sewer, but more likely it’s Wenches Weekend, with its “Bodacious Bodices” theme. For planning purposes, Wenches Weekend is Feb. 21-22. Info: Ren-Fest.com.
This weekend’s Delray Beach Garlic Festival, now in its 16th year, is serious about testing the boundaries of our affection for the magical cloves, with menu items including garlic crab cakes, garlic pizza, garlic ice cream and garlic funnel cakes. But there’s tasty music, too: On Friday, you can hear Bushwood (6 p.m.) and SoCal reggae-rockers Rebelution (8:30 p.m.). Saturday includes Andy Childs (12:30 p.m.), Tim Charron (2 p.m.), the Kinected (4 p.m.), Fabulous Fleetwoods (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and the irresistible Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (9 p.m.). Sunday brings the Ethan Parker Band (noon), Andy Childs (2 p.m.), Red Skies (4 p.m.) and Fiction 20 Down (6 p.m.). Tickets: $10-$30. The festival is at Old School Square (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach). Info: 561-279-0907, DBGarlicFest.com.
UP ALL NIGHT
E11even, the 20,000-square-foot downtown Miami nightclub famous for being open 24 hours a day (and would be open longer if the math worked), will celebrate its first anniversary with a weekend of events. Friday’s 10 p.m. party, which includes an appearance by comic showman Jeff Beacher of Beacher’s Mad House, is hosted by actress, talk-show host and Google University graduate Jenny McCarthy, joined by her husband, actor-singer Donnie Wahlberg. Tickets: Guys $30, girls $20. E11even is at 29 NE 11th St., Miami. Info: 305-829-2911, 11Miami.com/anniversary.
MATISYAHU ON THE BEACH
Spiritual soul singer Matisyahu will do an unplugged set for the Barefoot Concert Series at Sole on the Ocean (17315 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach) on Sunday, Feb. 15. Matisyahu last week released a video for “Hard Way,” from his most recent album, “Akeda.” The magnetic performer, whose blend of Jewish themes and uplifting Marley-style message once got him named Billboard’s reggae artist of the year, will be joined by the energetic rock-reggae six-piece Bushwood. Tickets: $25, $50 VIP, $100 (includes meet and greet). Info: 786-923-9300, SoleOnTheOcean.com.
THE LATE SHOW
Martin Scorsese directs Cheech and Chong (OK, there are a few other people in it) in the downtown New York-set black comedy “After Hours,” which will get a Secret Celluloid Society screening 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Art Cinema. "I'm just a word processor, damn it!" Fun? Fun. Tickets: $5, including free popcorn. Info: GablesCinema.com.
If you are looking to put a little personal flair into your Valentine’s Day gift (yes, really, next weekend), check out Sew Sweet, Indie Craft Bazaar’s lovey-dovey gathering noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the Revolution Live complex in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Along with an array of unique, locally made and vintage items from more than 65 artists and vendors, you’ll find drinks, food trucks and the new Panther Coffee shop. Admission: $5. Info: IndieCraftBazaar.com.
YOUR BUS IS HERE
The Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop fundraiser will return Saturday with a downtown route that includes the Tilted Kilt, Crafti Bar, Tarpon Bend, Fork and Balls, American Social, the Downtowner, Lucky's Tavern and Posh. Tickets cost $30 advance, $40 at check-in, 5:30-9 p.m. at Tilted Kilt (219 S. Andrews Ave.) or American Social (721 E. Las Olas Blvd.). Tickets, which will get you a free drink (or app or dessert) at each spot, support Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation, Jack & Jill Center, Covenant House Florida, Riverwalk Trust and the Broward County Gator Club Scholarship Fund. Looking head, the West Palm Beach Bus Loop is March 20. Info: BusLoop.org.
The third annual Tropical Rum Festival weaves its namesake elixir, a long list of food (put me down for the deep-fried jerk turkey legs and some rum raisin ice cream) and music from Grammy-nominated reggae pioneers Third World, King Waggy Tee and Spred the Dub at Meyer Amphitheater (104 Datura St., West Palm Beach) on Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $25 (includes four drink tickets), $50 (all you can drink). Info: TropicalRumFest.com.