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Weekend preview: Smiles, dreidels and candy canes

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

Amid all the cynicism and competitive posturing to be found at Art Basel, Boca Raton resident Joaquin Anico will exhibit something uniquely provocative this weekend.

He’ll be set up at the Basel House & Bushwick Collective Block Party, a street art-focused gathering through Sunday at Mana Urban Arts Project in Wynwood (594 NW 23rd St.), the building that once housed an RC Cola plant.

Basel House may be the best one-stop shop to get your Art Basel fix, with live painting by graffiti artists from New York, Miami and elsewhere, 1,000 food trucks (almost literally) and free concerts from the likes of DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Problem Kids and ArtOfficial.

Somewhere in this mass of humanity you’ll find Anico in a booth displaying his best work: A smile. For real.

“It’s a way to meet people and give them the feeling that there are good people all over,” says Anico, born 26 years ago on Earth Day. “We invite everyone to join in, no matter who you are or what you do.”

You may have seen Anico at the FAT Village Art Walk in Fort Lauderdale or the Surfers for Autism Festival in Deerfield Beach in one of his hats. The one that says “Smile.” Underneath, in smaller letters, it beckons you: “Share the vibe.”

Yes, he’d like to change the world, but for now he’s focused on selling his hats and other apparel to support underprivileged kids in places like Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, where he was born.

A graduate of Lake Worth High School who is “about 90 percent finished with four degrees” from Florida Atlantic University, Anico pays the bills as a professional underwater photographer. It was during his time as a concert photographer that he first started wearing a hat that said, “Smile.”

A couple of years ago when he started thinking of ways to give back, “to leave a footprint,” the hats were a natural. His “Smile: Share the Vibe” team includes brother Carlos, creative director Ross Lockwood and graphic designer Teal Turner. All do the work for free.

Warm, personable and, yes, possessed of a radiant smile, Anico says he’ll be right at home sharing his special vibe at Art Basel.

“Art Basel is a gathering of people who want to think creatively and be innovators of tomorrow,” he says. “Good energy travels. A smile is a universal message.”

For more information on Anico's efforts, or to buy a hat, go to Basel House info at


If you were on the fence about the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, you should have been pushed over by this week’s announcement that the lineup has been fortified by Robert Plant, again rocking, now with the Sensational Space Shifters. Also added to the bill: Hall and Oates, and the reunited Ween. And the festival already included Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, Future, Jason Isbell, the Avett Brothers, Big Boi's Big Grams, Grace Potter and many others. Tickets cost 259.50 through Dec. 10, when the price goes to $279.50. Hit the link for more Okeechobee Music Festival information.


The Soul Rebels are from New Orleans  but ambassadors for music from everywhere. In recent years they have hooked up onstage with a disparate tribe of fans that includes shock rocker Marilyn Manson, jazz-funk explorer John Medeski, rapper Joey Bada$$ and Metallica. The band performs Thursday (Dec. 3) at Revolution Live and it's hard to imagine a room filled with more energy. Tickets are $16.50. Call 954-449-1025 or visit Hit the link for the Soul Rebels interview.


Also Thursday  (Dec. 3), as you know, is the holiday edition of Clematis by Night, which features  platinum-selling country-rockers Parmalee and a 6-10 p.m. holiday lighting party with Sandi, West Palm Beach’s famous illuminated sand tree, now tilting the scale at 600 tons. So much for her diet.  There also will be performances by “American Idol” finalist Emily Brooke and Nashville recording artist Bobby McClendon. Admission is free. Info:


Reminder: John Leguizamo is bringing a piece that he’s still molding and shaping to the Palm Beach Improv Saturday and Sunday. The “work in progress” is called “Latin History for Dummies.” Potentially hilarious. Who the hell knows? Tickets: $25. Info:


As you probably guessed, the outdoor soiree known as Chill Lounge destined for Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Friday night, a benefit for Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, has been postponed by volatile weather. The new date is Feb. 6. Info:


Arts Radio Network Theatre Project (the brainchild of South Florida culture scene veteran Caroline Breder-Watts and husband John Watts) has partnered with WLRN on a monthly series of live radio plays, performed before your very eyes for a Sunday broadcast. It begins this weekend when live actors and a carnival of sound effects bring snowy Bedford Falls to life in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” performed 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Broward Center's Abdo New River Room. The WLRN broadcast is scheduled for Dec. 20. Tickets: $25. Info:,


For 60 years (60!) kids have flocked to Hollywood to grab the sticky striped sticks thrown from lighted floats in the one of South Florida’s most popular holiday events, the Candy Cane Parade. Like clockwork it returns 7-10 p.m. Saturday on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. Info:


The invitation is aimed at any “nonpracticing Jew who celebrates Christmas,” those perhaps not quite sure how to spell “Chanukah.” But, hey, I’m nonpracticing pretty much everything, and I can never spell Chanukah (though, I’m pretty sure it’s Hanukkah).  So I plan to make myself at home at the upcoming “Chanukah Ho Down,” 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Riverside Market South (3218 SE Sixth Ave, Fort Lauderdale). The Riverside’s Julian Siegel says the party at his second homey outpost, near the airport, will feature beers from Shmaltz Brewing, the upstate New York craft brewery known for its He’brew line of Kosher beer (Messiah Stout, anyone?). “We will be spinning dreidels, poppin' bottles and tapping kegs,” Siegel says. Info:,


The Rhythm Foundation’s Dance Band Night series returns to the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) 7-10 p.m. Dec. 10 with an evening devoted to the centennial of Frank Sinatra with the XJB Big Band from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. As always, be there at 7 for dance lessons, and hit the floor at 8. It’s free with a $5 suggested donation. Info:


For music of stunning beauty on an epic scale it would be difficult to top the New World Symphony’s performance of John Luther Adams' captivating “Become Ocean,” winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and a 2015 Grammy Award. In his despair over the plight of the world’s oceans, Adams has created a deeply beautiful lamentation that echoes back to something primal in the human experience. Conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, “Become Ocean” (along with Charles Wuorinen’s “Bamboula Squared” and Milton Babbitt’s “All Set”) will be performed 7:30 p.m. Saturday at New World Center (500 17th St., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $30-$60. Info:


The destruction of the environment is but one of many issues on the global radar of the great Colombian duo Aterciopelados, which sings against violence and injustice wherever it is found. They return to Miami on Dec. 11 for a show at the North Beach Bandshell. Tickets: $35 at


Sad to hear the remodeled Via Luna Bar in the Ritz-Carlton on Fort Lauderdale beach is no longer distinguished by the massive mural of the ocean, the one in which – with help from the bartender -- you might see Neptune riding a chariot through the waves. Our friend Thomas Swick laments Neptune’s disappearance in his must-read blog at


An update from Cure headquarters: They’ve sold about 70 percent of the tickets for their second show at Miami’s Bayfront Park Amphitheater on June 27 (added after the June 26 concert sold out), but a sell-out is predicted. In case you’re shopping for something special. Tickets: $25-$125 at


In a bit of a surprise, we also hear there are tickets left for Amy Schumer’s performances at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Dec. 12. This is the first solo arena tour for the comic who has been having all kinds of breakout moments lately. Did you know she’s in the new Pirelli calendar? Tickets are $49.50 to $125 at all Ticketmaster outlets.


The work of New Yorker magazine cartoonist Roz Chast has been an enduring source of enjoyment around here. Her graphic memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” on her parents’ final years, may not be your cup of tea, but she assures us her talk on Sunday at the University of Miami will cover a range of her work. The 11:30 a.m. gathering is sponsored by Books and Books and the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum and School of Architecture. Tickets: $15. Info: Hit the link for the Roz Chast interview.

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