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Weekend preview: Ho, ho, ho, Flo, Flo, Flo

The eclectic boogaloo of the holiday season finds its rhythm this weekend, in events big and small, red and white, wet and dry.

The evolution of Flagler Village into a hub of residential activity continues on Friday with the downtown Fort Lauderdale neighborhood’s first holiday tree-lighting festivities, courtesy of the Snow Owl Market.

Centered at Peter Feldman Park (Northeast Third Avenue and Northeast Sixth Street), the annual market will have its traditional array of food trucks and wares from local artists, designers, sweets vendors and boutiques from 5 to 11 p.m. But this holiday, organizer Chris Gaidry decided to go all out on lights for the park, a space he believes deserves more attention.

“It’s a neat park, and it really lends itself to being a gathering place for all the people living around there,” says Gaidry, who, with partner Amanda Weiner  (also known for Night Owl Market, Food in Motion,  Indie Craft Bazaar and City-Wide Market), set out to light up the park. “Lo and behold, there are 87 trees there.”

He estimates they will have spent more than 30 hours this week on a rented lift putting a “classy” display of  lights on as many trees as they could. Some trees were wired for local businesses and organizations to decorate, an idea Gaidry hopes will catch on in the coming years.

“It’s a good spot, central to Flagler Village. A lot of people can see it from their windows,” he says.

Snow Owl Market will have live music from the band at nearby City Church, which will encourage outbreaks of “Christmas carol karaoke.”

Admission is free, and parking is free nearby at Sears Town (Northeast Fifth Avenue and Northeast Ninth Street), with frequent shuttles (every 90 seconds, Gaidry says).

And if you wear an ugly Christmas sweater you’ll get a free beer. And if you don’t wear an ugly Christmas sweater you’ll get a free beer. OK, the beer is free. But when are you ever going to get another chance to sing "Silver Bells" in that sweater? Info: Facebook.com/FlaglerNOM.

GO WITH THE FLO
The big holiday Kahuna this weekend is Saturday night’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, a processional of decorated boats that features the 16th century tall ship replica El Galeón Andalucía and the 21st century rap star Flo Rida.

While last year’s grand marshal, comedian Tracy Morgan, offered a steady flow of funny, but sometimes hard-to-decipher shout-outs from the lead boat, Flo Rida is promising a musical yacht party that will make everyone else “jealous.” Expect to hear plenty of Flo Rida hits (“Low” to “Wild Ones”) and new songs from his forthcoming album “The Perfect 10,” including “GDFR (Goin’ Down for Real),” “How I Feel” and the Pitbull collaboration “Can’t Believe It.”

The Winterfest Boat Parade will begin 6:30 p.m. Saturday on downtown Fort Lauderdale’s New River, with boats first arriving at the official grandstand area at Birch State Park at about 7:30 p.m. Kids’ activities and food and drink can be found in the grandstand area beginning at 3:30. Reserved grandstand seating at the park costs $25 and $20 (10 and younger) at WinterfestParade.com/tickets. General admission to the park is $5. Parking is at the Galleria only, with round-trip shuttle service $5. Hit the link for more on Winterfest parking.  

El Galeón Andalucía, which recently ended a 10-city sail at the Las Olas Marina, will offer VIP viewing of the parade (including hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer for $249). Info here.

YOU ARE THERE
Anyone remember the show nearly 10 years ago when the Black Keys squeezed onto the stage at the Culture Room to play songs from “Rubber Factory,” the duo’s first album to hit the Billboard charts?  Who knew then (well, besides you) that the band would reach such heights in 2014, with their Danger Mouse-produced album, “Turn Blue,” nominated for Grammy’s golden triangle (best rock album, and best rock song and best rock performance for “Fever”) and drawing comparisons to the seminal Clash album “London Calling” from Rolling Stone (still a first-rate music magazine)? The Black Keys’ performance at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Monday may, like the Culture Room show, find a place on your I-was-there-when list. Tickets: $30.75-$91.25 via Ticketmaster.com.

YOUR WEEKEND BEERS
Himmarshee Public House (201 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) will celebrate its first anniversary with a free Sunday brunch block party, beginning at noon, that will sprawl into the side street with beer tents (with representation from Funky Buddha Brewery, Due South Brewing, Miami Brewing Co., Harpoon Brewery Co., Wynwood Brewing and Cigar City Brewing, among others) and watching the Dolphins try to hold onto their playoff hopes against the New England Belichicks on a Vince Wilfork-size (500-inch) TV screen. A portion of the proceeds will benefit homeless outreach by the Peanut Butter & Jelly Project (Facebook.com/PBAndJProject). Info: 954-616-5275, PublicHouseFTL.com.

MERCURY RISING
Burlesque is more than the artful practice of taking your clothes off. There is the appreciation for its traditions and place in cultural history. And there’s plenty of smarty-pants wit. On Saturday at Respectable Street (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach), the ladies of Cupcake Burlesque will offer Dearly Departed Celebritease, “a morbid retrospective celebrating some of the 20th century's most influential pop-culture icons.” They will include Marilyn Monroe (revived by Miss Jenna Beth), Elvis (Francean Fanny), Freddie Mercury (Isadora Bull), Rita Hayworth (Candy Muldune), Billie Holiday (Eva Jade) and Amy Winehouse (Franki Markstone). Tickets: $8. Info: CupcakeBurlesque.com.

JASON MRAZ? YES!
Tickets go on sale Friday to see Grammy-winning pop troubadour Jason Mraz make his Arsht Center debut on Feb. 18. Mraz will be performing with the Los Angeles-based female folk-rock quartet Raining Jane, who collaborated with the singer on his new album, “Yes!” Tickets ($29, $59, $79) are available at ArshtCenter.org or by calling 305-949-6722.

YOUR WEEKEND LAUGHS
Josh Wolf is another of the many “Chelsea Lately” writers and personalities roaming the earth with funny things to say. But he’s also the host of “Shark After Dark,” the Discovery Channel’s live late-night talk show that airs during Shark Week. Being live, it’s a little off-the-cuff, and the Discovery Channel knew what they were getting when they hired Wolf. For instance, as one of his guests described trying to swim to a boat after a bull shark attack in Sydney Harbor left him without a leg and arm, Wolf asked: “Aren’t you swimming in circles at this point?” Wolf performs Friday-Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv (550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach). Tickets: $20. Info: PalmBeach.Improv.com.

YOUR WEEKEND SWEATER
The Riverside Market (608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale) will help the celebrate this week’s debut of Funky Buddha beer in handy bottles (God bless us all, everyone …) with a Funky Sweater party at 7 p.m. Monday. The Oakland Park brewery will take over the taps at the Riverside with offerings of No Crusts, Sweet Potato Casserole and Fire in the Hole, among others, and you may want to spend time this weekend rooting around in the closet: There will be prizes for the sweater with the most funk appeal. Info: Facebook.com/RiversideMarket.

PINK TALKING FISH
Performing Friday night at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, the band Pink Talking Fish is a tribute to Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish. Not sure what more needs to be said. Here’s a recent set list of songs they wandered in and out of: “Slippery People” > “Sand” > “Slippery People,” “Have a Cigar” > “Wolfman's Brother” > “Psycho Killer” > “Another Brick in the Wall” > “Down With Disease” > “Life During Wartime” > “Down With Disease,” “Wish You Were Here” > “Burning Down the House,” “2001” > “Once in a Lifetime,” “Chalkdust Torture” > “Eclipse.” Tickets: $15, $20. Info: FunkyBiscuit.com, PinkTalkingFish.com.

PORKY REVENGE
While we’re in holiday planning mode, something destined to become one of your favorite traditions will return on Bacon Day: the Bacon Shell Taco at B.C. Café (4801 S. University Drive, Suite 123, Davie). Owner Brett Chiavari, perhaps still best known for his B.C. Tacos food truck, says the dish was a quick sellout the only other time it was served. “We hand-weave slices of bacon, and we make a taco shell out of it. Then, we do seared scallops with a smoked eggplant puree, gremolata and arugula all inside the bacon shell. The flavor is incredible,” he says. And that’s just the beginning of the Bacon Day offerings at B.C. Café. Bacon Day? It’s Dec. 30. Like you forgot … Info: 954-801-4123, BCTacos.com/BCCafe.

THAT SMELL
The musical headliners were announced this week for the 16th annual Garlic Fest, Feb. 6-8 at Delray Beach Center for the Arts: The irresistible Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, as well as SoCal reggae-rockers Rebelution. Info: 561-279-0907, DBGarlicFest.com.

LET IT GO
The Kravis Center’s open-air Gosman Amphitheatre will be the setting for a screening of Disney’s inescapable animated hit “Frozen” at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, $5, include a free bag of popcorn. Picnic baskets, lawn chairs, blankets and nonalcoholic beverages are welcome. Info: 800-572-8471, Kravis.org.

UNSILENT NIGHT
The voice behind “Frozen” heroine Elsa and the earwormy song “Let It Go” is Tony winner Idina Menzel, who recently released the album “Holiday Wishes” (the free download card for her  “Silent Night” is the best reason to go to Starbucks right now). Not sure she’ll be doing her Michael Buble duet, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” but we can still look forward to her July 26 performance at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. Tickets ($51.50-$121) just went on sale at LiveNation.com and IdinaMenzel.com.

MOVIE CHRISTMAS TO ALL
You want more holiday movies? “Deck the Halls,” the story of a Christmas-lights war between neighbors played by Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, will screen for free 8 p.m. Friday at the ArtsPark in downtown Hollywood (VisitHollywoodFL.org) and John Hughes’ instant classic “Home Alone” will get a free showing on the Waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach during Santa-led festivities on Sunday beginning at 6:30 p.m. The short “Merry Madagascar” will be shown at 8 p.m., followed by “Home Alone” at 8:45 p.m. (WPB.org/Screen). Also, the City of Boynton Beach will offer a free screening of the holiday classic “Elf,” with Will Ferrell, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre (129 E. Ocean Ave.). They’ll have food, snacks and beverages for sale, you bring the chair and the blanket. Info: CatchBoynton.com.

TAKE THE FIFTH
The New World Symphony’s Wallcast series of free gatherings at Miami Beach SoundScape, outside the New World Center (500 17th Street, Miami Beach), allows you to kick back on the grass to enjoy a performance delivered with state-of-the-art audio technology and visuals shown on its 7,000-square-foot projection wall. This special setting for Saturday night’s 7:30 p.m. performance may be just the thing to reclaim the sweeping power of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony from its modern motif as theme music for advertising pitches and roller-disco parties. Info: NWS.edu.

DIZZY NIGHT
The Perez Art Museum Miami will offer a 7 p.m. Thursday screening of the 1958 thriller “Vertigo,” Alfred Hitchcock’s story about love, obsession, manipulation and other romantic notions. The movie, part of PAMM’s third-Thursday Movies (Not Really) About Museums series, and free with museum admission, includes wine and cheese plates, movie-concession favorites and cocktails available for purchase. Info: PAMM.org.

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