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Best events this week: Bruce Springsteen, Jay Leno and Miami City Ballet

7 fun things to do in SoFla this week: @Springsteen at @TheBBTCenter, @jayleno at @bocaconcours



If Almond Joy brewed beer, the concoction might taste like Last Snow, the Funky Buddha Brewery's creamy, coconut-flaked chocolate-and-coffee porter. A 22-ounce bottle release of the porter (limit four) will go on sale inside the taproom (1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park) starting 7 p.m. Monday, with distribution set to reach local retailers later this week. Last Snow has lately inspired the kind of beer-geek fanaticism to rival the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, a beer so popular it spawned its own festival. When the Funky Buddha's hoppy wizards released Snowed In — an imperial, barrel-aged version of Last Snow — this past October, some 2,200 bottles sold out in the taproom within a few hours. 954-440-0046 or


On Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's first tour since 2014 will plunge deep into "The River," the band's 1980 double album, which gave us the sing-along "Hungry Heart." During an interview with "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" in December, Springsteen said he intended to write the single for the Ramones. "We went to make a demo for it, and I played it for [Johnny Ramone], and he said, 'Nah, you better keep that one.' He was right about that." Springsteen and company are revisiting their fifth album to coincide with the release of "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection," a box set that includes the original album, a single-album version of "The River" and 1979-80 studio outtakes, along with a new documentary and rare concert footage. The band will perform "The River" in its entirely, and play other classics (likely "Thunder Road," "Born To Run" and "Dancing in the Dark") at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the BB&T Center (1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise). $55-$150. 800-745-3000 or and


Five new exhibits debuted last week at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (1650 Harrison St.), led by Kelley Johnson's "Something That Hovers and Pulses Just Under the Surface," a collection of painted geometric sculptures. Johnson's and the other four shows ("Nolan Haan: The Futility of Envy"; "Maynard Monrow: Still Life"; "Kiki Valdes: Cartoons Cowboys Abstractions and More"; and "Rocky Grimes: On the Run") are being organized by Oakland Park artist Francesco Lo Castro. On our radar are oil paintings by the Coral Gables-based Valdes, who parodies old-fashioned American rodeos; and the underground punk illustrations of Grimes, who will display his photocopies and serigraphy at the gallery. $4-$7. 954-921-3274 or


The Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, a hootenanny that combines generous helpings of national touring acts and yoga, boasts a stronger lineup than ever this year. There's perennial headliner (and festival co-founders) Donna the Buffalo, of course, but also Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, the Wood Brothers and the Family Stone, anchored by a fleet of sharp local bands, including Locos Por Juana, Suénalo, Spam Allstars and Elastic Bond. Thursday's lineup is led by Donna the Buffalo and Miami electronica stalwarts Afrobeta, who will also be supplying "yoga beats" during Culture Camp, the festival's four-day collision of dance, yoga, cooking and Zen healing workshops. $25-$40 on Thursday and Friday, $50-$120 for festival passes.


The well-heeled folks behind the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance are once again setting their kickoff party inside the Boca Raton Airport hangar. Which we think is a sensible venue: Where else, really, would you stage the duPont Registry Live, a rich catalog of classic cars, exotic motorcycles, extravagant boats and luxury aircraft? A lowly warehouse? How déclassé! The 6-9 p.m. party at the airport's Atlantic Aviation (3700 Airport Road) will offer food tastings from more than 20 South Florida restaurants, with tickets ($125) benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County. The Boca Raton Concours continues Saturday and Sunday with appearances by car enthusiast and comedian Jay Leno. 954-563-2822 or


A highlight of Miami City Ballet's performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) is young choreographer Justin Peck, who takes his orchestration of Saturday's "Program III" from an uncommon source: indie singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. The ballet, subtitled "Year of the Rabbit," is inspired by Steven's "Enjoy Your Rabbit," a 2001 album of instrumental electronica themed around astrological symbols. Peck's take, which also reinterprets the Chinese zodiac, will be followed by Paul Taylor's "Sunset," about six soldiers and the separation anxiety of the women they leave behind for war. The program concludes with the George Balanchine-choreographed "Bourrée fantasque," a wily blend of Russian dance and tango. 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $20-$189. 954-462-0222 or


The Norton Museum of Art's streak of female-centric shows this season (Mary Ellen Mark, Njideka Akunyili Crosby) continues this week with the opening of "O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York." A survey of 60 paintings by modernist pioneers, the show marks the first time painter Georgia O'Keeffe has been paired with Florine Stettheimer, Helen Torr and Marguerite Zorach, whose works were influenced by their gender. There are O'Keeffe's signature flowers, alongside Stettheimer's party scenes and portraits, Torr's landscapes and still lifes; and Zorach's cubist-style folk art. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $5-$12. 561-832-5196 or

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