Weekend Preview: A King, a burlesque queen and a garden of eatin'

The folks at CityChurch in Fort Lauderdale call “King of Kings Live” a “creative and transcendent night you’ll never forget,” and they just may be right.

An Easter season offering on Friday and Saturday at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., 954-525-3456), the show is a unique bit of entertainment that pairs a screening of the silent 1927 Cecil B. DeMille spectacle “The King of Kings” with a live soundtrack from the local indie-rock storytellers Civilian, along with Laura Creel and the Red-Headed Indian, the side project of young Melbourne folksinger Caroline Kingsbury.

A partnership between CityChurch and the Fort Lauderdale-based Civilian, fresh from a tour with Further Seems Forever, is not surprising. Its members — Ryan Alexander, Alex Bennett, Danny Diaz, Jeff Rose and Dustin Hecocks — use hooky rock to spread their “dedication to caring for the oppressed, giving to the less fortunate, and loving the unloved” (see video below).

Alexander says “King of Kings Live” is similar to one done three years ago, when it was dreamed up by good friend Jeff Schmidt, whose brother Brad is pastor at CityChurch. Alexander says he’s worked for the past couple of months writing a new score, two hours of music in 20 or 30 movements, to perform with Demille’s depiction of the last weeks leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion.

Alexander, a carpenter by day, recognizes some viewers will bring a healthy amount of cynicism to this “collision of art, music and spirituality.” He has some of his own.

“It will be an experience where everyone can relate, but not all in the same way,” he says. “If it makes you feel more caustic, or affirms something in you, I can’t control. But anyone who’s remotely a thinking person will be moved by it.”

Screenings are at 7:30 both nights, with doors opening at 7. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Info: KingofKingsLive.com.

YOUR LUCKY O'DAY
All that earnestness aside, any weekend in South Florida is perhaps better represented by Aubrey O’Day (pictured). Ever since the Knockouts burlesque troupe started doing their thing at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, you’ve probably had the closing weekend circled in anticipation of the appearance by the former Danity Kane singer and “Celebrity Apprentice” tease. On Friday night, O’Day will remind guests why she made the pages of Playboy and Maxim, performing with the Knockouts team in a 21-and-older show beginning at 9 p.m. Of course, there is product: O’Day will soon release her debut solo EP, “Between Two Evils.” The casino is at 5550 NW 40th St. Tickets: $25, via Ticketmaster. Info: 954-977-6700, SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com.

A NIGHT WITH PACINO
The only thing crazier than Mike Tyson’s one-man confessional at a South Florida casino (which he’ll reprise at the Arsht Center on April 16) is the show on April 25 at Hard Rock Live by the one and only Al Pacino. Is one night enough to hear everything you want to hear? Hoo-ah! Tickets for “Pacino One Night Only” just went on sale via Ticketmaster outlets, at MyHRL.com and at 800-745-3000. Cost: $154, $129 and $104. Think of it as Ultra for grown-ups. More info at Facebook.com/SeminoleHardRockHollywood.

FREE SUNFEST TICKETS?
Each week, the SunFest Sidekick photo sweepstakes have been giving away tickets, including five-day passes, to the May 1-5 festival in West Palm Beach. Headliners include Smashing Pumpkins, Train, the Black Crowes, Gary Clark Jr. and Kendrick Lamar. Get in on this week’s giveaway by entering no later than 1 p.m. Friday at Facebook.com/SunFest, Instagram and Twitter @SunFestFL.

JUANES UNPLUGGED, WITH SHARPIE
Local musicians have always had a home at Books and Books in Coral Gables (265 Aragon Ave.), but what to do when that local musician is also a Grammy-winning global rock star? Miami resident Juanes says he’s not sure how to handle a book-signing such as the one he’ll do at 6 p.m. Monday for his new photo-laden memoir “Chasing the Sun.” In case there are any awkward moments, he’ll bring a friend. “Yes, I will bring my guitar,” he said this week. We’re hoping he’ll try out the new songs he plans to record this summer with onetime U2 producer Steve Lillywhite. Juanes said the new music takes him “back to my roots.” The new album, he assured, “will really rock.” Hit the link for the full  Juanes interview about "Chasing the Sun."  Info: BooksandBooks.com, 305-442-4408.

WE'RE FAT, ARE YOU?
When the history is written about FAT Village, maybe by one of your grandchildren, who will marvel at the idea that the neighborhood wasn’t always one of the most-desirable places in Fort Lauderdale to stroll and commune, the chapter on the Flagler Community Garden will be pivotal. That’s where we’ll find a description of how a grassroots, DIY movement took hold around an ambitious vision for a piece of land, and how that idea begat so many others that transformed FAT Village. And the rest was history. Saturday brings an opportunity to hang out with the dreamers at the Night Owl Market, an evening of art, shopping, music, food and free drinks that last June drew 1,200 people and raised more than $3,000 for the “urban gardening, educational and social space” that will be called the Flagler Community Garden. Admission to Night Owl Market is free, and you’ll find free product from PBR, Herradura Tequila and Little Black Dress Vodka, plus Radio-Active Records DJs, and some of your favorite food trucks. It takes place around Project North (517 NW First Ave.) from 5 to 11 p.m. and runs in conjunction with the monthly FAT Village Art Walk. Info: Facebook.com/FlaglerGarden. To help you prepare for the singalong, here is the Night Owl Market theme song:

WE'RE EATING
The online restaurant reservation site OpenTable just released its 2013 Diners' Choice Award list, including the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the United States. South Florida is well represented by such spots as YOLO and Rocco’s Tacos in Fort Lauderdale; Rocco’s in West Palm Beach; Buccan in Palm Beach; and Buddha Sky Bar in Delray Beach. The list, drawn from more than 5 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners in 50 states, also had a handful of spots in Miami and Miami Beach, including a couple of personal favorites, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, and Yardbird Southern Table and Bar. Info: OpenTable.com/Hotspots

ARE YOU RUNNING FOR MAYER?
What is the market for John Mayer these days? Not on the dating circuit, littered with the tears of Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, but that music thing he used to do on stage in front of people. We’ll find out Sept. 8, when the complicated troubadour performs at the Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach. “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips will open. Tickets go on sale at LiveNation.com at 10 a.m. Friday. A dollar from each ticket will go to groups supporting returning veterans via TicketsforCharity.com.

SPIRIT OF '76
If you are looking for an uncomplicated distraction with an awesome soundtrack, look no further than “Hunky Dory,” hitting art-house screens around the country this weekend. Starring Minnie Driver (“Good Will Hunting”) as a headstrong Welsh high school drama teacher faced with a roomful of apathetic students, “Hunky Dory” features a wealth of pop hits heard during 1976, including ELO, the Beach Boys and, of course, David Bowie. If the film's "chick flick" bonafides are not apparent, here's what The New York TimesStephen Holden wrote recently: “At various moments, this endearing but sudsy movie, which spills all over the place, evokes ‘High School Musical,’ ‘Glee’ and ‘Billy Elliot.’ But unlike them, it feels less like a corporate product than like an earnest, eccentric expression of its creators’ nostalgia for the twilight of a musical lotus land before the Sex Pistols and the Clash changed everything. The closest thing to a rock god is David Bowie, whose ‘Life on Mars?’ stands as the unofficial theme song of ‘The Tempest.’ ” There are weekend screenings noon Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale. Info: FLIFF.com, 954-525-3456.

REMEMBER, HEIDI HESS?
In the 1990s, Heidi Hess was  a top-rated South Florida radio personality on Zeta (94.9-FM) and  Planet Radio (103.5-FM), but these days she’s doing fashion out of a New York studio (her clothes have been seen on the likes of Kyle Richards, Sheryl Crow and Jada Pinkett Smith). Hess will unveil her newest line at the Palm Beach location of the small, celebrity-savvy boutique chain Alene Too (340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 310) at noon-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. I hear the first 10 people in the door each day get a free camisole. Info:  AleneToo.com, 561-805-7370.

VOLI BALL
Because you don’t hear the Pitbull vibe enough, you can catch the influential rapper’s “official” DJ Saturday night at Living Room at the W Fort Lauderdale (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.). Voli Vodka will be offering some specialty mood enhancers while DJ Chino spins beginning at 9 p.m. No cover. Info: GerberBars.com/Living-Room-FT-Lauderdale, 954-414-8300.

PERFECT FIT
Michale Graves, who burnished his resume with a stint in a ‘90s version of seminal punk-era noisemakers the Misfits, celebrates the release of a new album, “Vagabond,” on Saturday at Churchill’s Pub (5501 NE Second Ave, Miami). The Coffin Caddies, Blood in the Bathroom, Rockit to Russia, To Be Hated, Riot Agents and DJ Skidmark open. Admission: $10. Info: ChurchillsPub.com.

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