In the wave of teen sex comedies of the 1980s, “Sixteen Candles” stood out for its heart, its embrace of the female point of view, in the universal struggle to find one's way while dealing with the tangled pressures of romance and self esteem.
The heroine of “Sixteen Candles,” Samantha (Sam) Baker, was played by Molly Ringwald, a fresh, 15-year-old face who brought to the role a vulnerable legitimacy that gave the comedy an honest, relatable center. This was critical to the success of writer-director John Hughes' portrayal of high school days, which has resonated over generations of audiences.
While it has gradually become a museum piece in the digital age (Sam's troubles start when she shares some deep secrets on a paper note passed in class), and its tone-deaf ethnic jokes (at the expense of a stereotype named Long Duk Dong) are at odds with these broadminded times, the PG-rated “Sixteen Candles” remains a go-to when the 1980s need celebrating.
On Friday, the city of Boca Raton kicks off its Summer in the City series at Mizner Park Amphitheater with a showing of “Sixteen Candles” on the big screen. A DJ will get things going at 6:30 p.m., with the movie showing at dusk. Tickets are $10, with accompanying kids 16 and younger free. You can bring blankets and chairs, or rent a chair. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Info: MiznerAmp.com.
“Everybody went through that crush in high school, who you really wanted to notice you and they didn't, and you felt left out of everything. It stands the test of time because everybody can relate to it,” says Fort Lauderdale resident Emily Taffel of “Sixteen Candles.”
By day, Taffel runs her own public-relations company, and by night she's Isadora Bull, a performer with Cupcake Burlesque, which will do its “Back to the '80s” show at 10 p.m. Saturday at American Rock Bar and Grill (1600 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach). Isadora Bull and troupe founder Miss Jenna Beth will be joined by favorites Cherry Mae and Candy Muldune for a night of “classy, classic tease,” set to the music of the '80s, from Stray Cats to Madonna. The show will be hosted by magician and witty raconteur Remy Connor. Tickets: $10. Info: CupcakeBurlesque.com.
Taffel's favorite movie of the 1980s is John Cusack's dark teen romance “Better Off Dead,” but the film from the era that she's seen more than any other is the dude classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” thanks to her father. His obsession with the 1982 coming-of-age comedy, written by Cameron Crowe and directed by Amy Heckerling, can be explained in one word.
“Spicoli,” Taffel says of “Fast Times” indelible surfing, pot-smoking doofus who orders pizza to be delivered to his desk in class, and doesn't get why his teacher (Ray Walston) might have a problem with that. Played by a young, but already self-aware Sean Penn, the name Jeff Spicoli quickly became cultural shorthand for a lifestyle governed by the quote: “All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine.”
“It's hilarious. It's a great movie,” Taffel says. “I've now seen it 50 million times. I love that movie.”
So does the Secret Celluloid Society at O Cinema on Miami Beach (500 71st St.), where “Fast Times” will be the Saturday night feature at 11 p.m. Tickets: $11. Info: O-Cinema.org.
Good times for Mike Epps: Collecting a pay check from LeBron James, one of the executive producers of the Starz comedy “Survivor’s Remorse,” returning for Season 2 July 24; a star turn as the title character in ABC’s update of the John Candy comedy “Uncle Buck,” premiering 9 p.m. June 14; and scoring one of Hollywood’s most sought-after roles, the lead in the Richard Pryor biopic currently in production under the direction of Lee Daniels (“Precious,” “The Butler,” “Empire”). In his free time, he’s squeezing in a standup tour, which comes to the Fort Lauderdale Improv for six shows Friday-Sunday. Tickets: $40-$50 (plus two drinks). Info: FTL.Improv.com.
RETURN OF A NATIVE
Former Miami musician, poet and thinker John Camacho will return from his new home in the mountains of North Carolina to read some poetry and revisit songs he made with local bands the Goods, Mongo and Messiah Has Come at 8 p.m. Thursday (June 2) at Luna Star Café in North Miami. Camacho will be accompanied by friends including Alex Porro, Benjamin and Zaira Allen, Carey Peak, Michael Mut, Rob Elba, Angie Chirino, Erica Sommer, John Grimes and Laura Sue Wilansky (the Silver Nightingale). Readings will also come from Laura McDermott, Carolina Souto, Remy Dou, Megan Arlett and Wilansky. Admission: $5. Luna Star is cash-only. Info: LunaStarCafe.com.
EAT YOUR GREENS
The Delray Beach Summer GreenMarket opens Saturday for weekly 9 a.m. to -noon gatherings through Aug. 20 on the eastside parking lot at the Delray Beach Tennis Center (201 W. Atlantic Ave.). This event will be a downsized version of the winter market, with approximately 30 vendors. Info: DelrayCRA.org.
CITYPLACE, COUNTRY PLACE
Reminder: Fast-rising country-music singer Kelsea Ballerini, recently named the best new female vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards, will perform a free concert Thursday (June 2), at CityPlace in downtown West Palm Beach. Expect t hear such hits as “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs” and “Peter Pan,” from her hit debut album, “The First Time.” The 6 p.m. show, sponsored by CityPlace and radio station WIRK 103.1-FM, will include a performance by former “American Idol” contestant Emily Brooke. Info: CityPlace.com, KelseaBallerini.com.
So, yeah, National Doughnut Day. Like that needed to happen. Just for grins, how about we do it at a health-food place? Green Bar Express (3439 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale) is well known for its “organic, healthy, healing foods” that provide “energy, vibrancy, strength and radiance.” And, on Friday, killer doughnuts. The Donut Pop-Up Party will feature gluten-free and vegan doughnuts made by pastry chef Mikaela Barnes, who also goes by the Non-Dairy Fairy. Her doughnuts and other treats will be on sale for $3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Before you say, “Vegan whaaa…?,” check out Barnes’ Instagram (Instagram.com/mikaela.barnes), where you’ll see that she can turn ingredients that aren’t going to kill you into something dreamy. Like magic, or something. Info: GreenBarKitchen.com.
C’MON, GET YAPPY
Doughnut Day? How about Negroni Week? Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas will kick off a week of fundraising for the Humane Society of Broward County with a pet-friendly yappy hour 6-8 p.m. Monday (June 6) on the patio at its Fort Lauderdale location (4215 N. Federal Highway). The party will include complimentary tapas, dogs available for petting and adoption, and the knowledge that a dollar from your Negroni cocktail will go to the HSBC. During Negroni Week (June 6-12), Angelo Elia’s will continue to donate a dollar to the Humane Society from every Negroni cocktail sold at its four locations in Delray Beach, Weston, Coral Springs and Fort Lauderdale. Info: AngeloEliaPizza.com.
(NEXT) WEEKEND BEER
Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park will celebrate its third anniversary with the Three Years & Brewing Anniversary Festival, 2-10 p.m. Saturday, June 11, across the street at Jaco Pastorius Park. The party, which includes a newly expanded 1,000 square feet of tented space, will feature top food trucks (among them Chaco’s Chinese Tacos, Sidecar Kitchen, Rolling Chefs and Spring In Roll Out), the handiwork of Rhino Doughnuts, the funked-up hip-hop of Miami’s Problem Kids and roughly 1.8 billion beers (give or take). Among the new ones will be Barrel-Aged Chocwork Orange (an Imperial Milk Porter with orange peel and cocoa nibs aged for six months in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels) and Three Years & Brewing Anniversary IPA (brewed with mosaic and vic secret hops, mango and Champagne yeast). Just a little something to dip your doughnut in. Admission to the 21-and-older festival costs $8. Info: FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com.
EAT YOUR CHICKEN
Here's what we know about Spring Chicken, opening June 9 at 2400 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, the first step into Broward County for Miami-based fast-casual chain 50 Eggs. First, the fried chicken will be epic (50 Eggs also is responsible for Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and Swine Southern Table & Bar), matched only by the house-made biscuits (honey butter, please). And, at a time when bank branches seem to be gobbling up every other street corner, it just feels nice for a bank to close to make way for such a homey spot. Info: EatSpringChicken.com.
As always, the retro Polynesian freak-out known as the Hukilau has almost too much to offer if you like cool, stylishly rendered music (from L.A.’s Tikiyaki Orchestra to South Florida’s Gold Dust Lounge), powerful drinks (and the stories behind them from experts such as Jeff “Beachbum” Berry), tattoo tales (Paul Roe) and mermaids (our own MeduSirena Marina). The Hukilau is back Wednesday-June 12 at the Mai-Kai (3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale) and the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 on the 17th Street Causeway. Prices vary by event. Info: TheHukilau.com.
EAT YOUR FISH
This just in: Capt. Phil Dunn, the take-no-BS overlord of the annual Internationally World Famous Treasure Trove Fishing Tournament and Fish Fry says the event will take place at the Fort Lauderdale beach bar (2933 SE Fifth St.) on July 16. The challenge of this charity fundraising free-for-all is simple: Catch your fish, weigh your fish, then eat your fish. Entry is free, as is the post-event fish fry, which is open to anyone as long as there are fish to fry. In response to a lack of clarity on the part of some anglers, Dunn this week felt compelled to refine and reiterate some rules: “Any protests concerning the conduct of an angler or rules violations must be filed in writing with the tournament committee no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the alleged violation. Do not put a sinker in your fish so it weighs more. Ziggy will find it when he tries to fry it. Lead tends to sizzle. Anyone found to be cheating will be banned from the tournament and the Treasure Trove permanently. Anyone found guilty of murdering another participant in the tournament, in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage, will be banned from the tournament and the Treasure Trove for a period of one year.” You have been warned. Info: 754-245-6062 or email email@example.com.
MEET GUY HARVEY
Renowned scientist, conservationist and marine-life artist Guy Harvey will meet visitors and sign merchandise 6 to -8 p.m. Friday at the retail store that bears his name at 10408 W. State Road 84, Suite 104, Davie. Info: GuyHarvey.com.
The regular-guy drag-racing event called Fast Lane Friday returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, when car enthusiasts and guests will compete in their street-legal cars on the Speedway’s 1/8-mile drag strip. Presented by The Ticket Clinic, racing is open to all car enthusiasts 18 and older (with a driver’s license, proof of registration and insurance), who can race each other as many times as they want. Tickets to race in Fast Lane Friday are $20, $10 for spectators, kids 12 and younger free. Concessions will be available. Info: HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/FastLaneFriday.
Vintage cars, trucks and other vehicles are part of the display known as the Dream Car Classic Car Show, which returns to downtown Hollywood 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Live music and vendors are part of the show, which takes places on Hollywood Boulevard between 19th and 20th avenues. Info: VisitHollywoodFL.org.
TAKE THE KIDS
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who haven't lost in a month, return to the home pitch at 7 p.m. Saturday when they take on the New York Cosmos at Lockhart Stadium (1350 NW 55th St.). Tickets start at $12, with a family four-pack $65. Info: Strikers.com.
The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) celebrates the music and style of Prince at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with Destination: Prince, which includes Prince impersonation competitions, a lip-sync battle and a dance contest. Attire is purple or paisley. Admission: $10. Info: Broward.org.
OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS
The Mexican pop duo Ha*Ash performs 8 p.m. Friday at the Fillmore Miami Beach (FillmoreMB.com) … Iko Iko plays Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s Sunset Grill 8 p.m. Friday (Iko-Iko.com) … Drummer Corky Laing brings his Mountain tribute to Boca Raton’s Funky Biscuit 9 p.m. Friday (FunkyBiscuit.com) … The multitalented Sarah Packiam will brighten Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s NYY Steak Legends Lounge 7 p.m. Friday (SarahPackiam.com) … Tito Puente Jr. is at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (ArtsGarage.org) … Darius Rucker brings his country hits to Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach 7 p.m. Saturday (LiveNation.com) … Boca Raton Americana duo 33 Years is at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s Sunset Grill 8 p.m. Saturday (33Years.com) … Italian star Gigi D'Alessio is at the Fillmore Miami Beach 8 p.m. Monday (FillmoreMB.com) … Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience takes over Hard Rock Live in Hollywood 8 p.m. Wednesday (MyHRL.com) …