This weekend is a celebration of the refreshingly eclectic South Florida playlist, the sounds of communities being nurtured, friends remembered and, not to be forgotten, fun being had. We do that well.
The daylong ArtsLaunch celebration at Miami’s Arsht Center on Saturday marks the unofficial beginning of the 2018 cultural season with a dizzying variety of performances that showcase both the Arsht’s offerings but also more than 100 arts and cultural organizations across South Florida. Beginning at 10 a.m., the 12-hour celebration, most of which takes place inside in the event of rain, includes kids’ activities and interactive experiences, food and drink, demonstrations by James Beard Award semifinalist chef Brad Kilgore of the Arsht’s onsite restaurant, Brava, and a 6:30-10 p.m. closing concert by DJ Kumi, Jahfé and Locos Por Juana. Admission is free. Visit ArshtCenter.org.
A similar appeal will be made noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Broward College in Davie during the second annual Bailey Hall Arts Festival, where food trucks, kids activities and tours will offer a mini showcase of the upcoming season of films, author appearances, and jazz, classical and popular music. While you’re there, pick up tickets for Lee Ann Womack’s Sept. 22 concert at Bailey Hall. Visit BaileyHall.org.
Steve Rullman, PureHoney Magazine publisher and intrepid curator of cool in West Palm Beach, on Saturday at 6 p.m. hosts the annual blitzkrieg bop known as Bumblefest, with more than 30 acts on six stages around downtown. Performers especially worth your attention include San Francisco-based psychedelics Lumerians, Seattle’s glammy Scott Yoder, Los Santoros of Los Angeles and female Brooklyn art-punk quintet Gustaf, plus locals such as Cog Nomen, Ella Herrera, Humbert, JM and the Sweets, Lion Country Ferrari, the Mona Lisa Tribe, Nervous Monks, Pocket of Lollipops and Seafoam Walls. Tickets cost $10, moving to $15 at some point. Visit Facebook.com/Bumblefest.
Spred the Dub and Fusik will provide the soundtrack 8 p.m. Friday at Fort Lauderdale’s Brass Tap as South Florida art-scene cultivators celebrate the life of one of their own, Juan Pablo Cardona. The 35-year-old was killed in a robbery on Aug. 27 while on vacation in his native Colombia. The family is accepting donations on a Juan Pablo Cardona GoFundMe page to help defray the costs associated with bringing him home and the funeral. For more information on the celebration, visit Facebook.com/BrassTapLauderdale or Facebook.com/SpredTheDub.
Latin Grammy winner Diogo Nogueira headlines the seventh annual Brazilian Beat 6-11 p.m. Saturday at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. Sponsored by the Rhythm Foundation, the free, family friendly celebration of Brazilian Independence includes a carnaval parade, samba drums, capoeira circle, zumba showcase, Brazilian food and drinks and more. Deerfield Beach duo Cravo & Canela, who specialize in forró, a music and dance style typical of the northeast of Brazil, will open for Nogueira. Visit RhythmFoundation.com.
Reintroduce yourself to the charms of Coral Gables during Sola Fest, 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Ponce Circle Park, where Latin Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban funk band Palo! will headline a bill that includes Big Sounds Better, Floyd the Rock Artist and DJ Iggy. Hosted by Concrete Beach Brewery, in partnership with the Coral Gables Hispanic Foundation, Sola Fest takes its name from the brewery’s Sola India Pale Ale, which will be offered in cans for the first time. It’s also a place where you can catch up with the work of Surfrider Foundation, the cheesiness of Ms. Cheezious and the beer popsicles of Señor Pop. Visit Facebook.com/ConcreteBeachFL.
Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, the monthly Dania After Dark series continues its bid to make the area around Dania Beach’s many vintage shops a scene to be reckoned with. The second-Saturday block party in front of City Hall includes music from Artikal Sound System and Big City Dogs, a marketplace of local artists, makers and designers, food stands and a pop-up bar. Visit DaniaBeachCRA.org.
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sunday the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton will be the setting for a concert benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its upcoming Light the Night walks. Beginning at 5 p.m., veteran South Florida bands performing include the Heavy Pets, Fusik and Prosthetic Minds. General-admission tickets cost $15 advance, $20 at the door. Visit FunkyBiscuit.com, LLS.org.
Surprisingly, you can still get tickets ($30+) to hear the great K.D. Lang perform her classic album “Ingenue” at the Broward Center 8 p.m. Friday (BrowardCenter.org) … There are seats under the roof ($29.50+) for rappers G-Eazy, Ty Dolla $ign and Lil Uzi Vert 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, as well as four-packs of lawn seats for $22.50 (LiveNation.com) … Several hundred tickets, starting at $45.75, are available to catch Paul Simon’s concert at the BB&T Center 8 p.m. Saturday ((Ticketmaster.com). In theory, this will be it for live performances in South Florida by Simon, as he aims his Homeward Bound — the Farewell Tour for its last shows Sept. 20-22 in New York. … Just a few seats remain ($65) for the Scorpions and Queensryche at the Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood 8 p.m. Wednesday (MyHRL.com) … Tickets go on sale Friday ($40+) to see the kooky magic and comic commentary of Penn & Teller will perform Jan. 31 at the Hard Rock Event Center (MyHRL.com). A presale begins 10 a.m. Thursday via Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Three female-focused films that showcase a trio of actors at the top of their craft are screening in South Florida theaters this weekend: Regina Hall is the heart of the stealth charmer “Support the Girls,” a comedy about working-class female friendship set in a Hooters-style restaurant, showing at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale and Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood (FLIFF.com); Chloë Grace Moretz has the title role in “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” a drama set in the early 1990s, about a teen who finds unexpected connection after being shipped off to a gay-conversion center, being shown at the Lake Worth Playhouse (LakeWorthPlayhouse.org) and O Cinema Wynwood (OCinema.org); and Glenn Close stars in “The Wife,” a compassionate portrait of marriage and compromise, screening in a dozen South Florida theaters, including Living Room Theatres FAU in Boca Raton (FAU.LivingRoomTheaters.com), the Classic Gateway in Fort Lauderdale (ClassicGateway.com) and O Cinema Miami Beach (OCinema.org).
Heads up: One of the more rewarding events of the South Florida running season, the 2018 Tunnel to Towers 5k Run & Walk, returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale 7:30 a.m. Sept. 15. A fundraiser for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for a New York firefighter who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001, is memorable for the poignant scene of local firefighters running in full turnout gear, as Siller did in his final hours. Registration costs $35, $20 ages 13-17, $10 12 and younger. Visit Tunnel2Towers.org. You can get ready for T2T with a practice run at the 15th annual Runner’s Depot Fire Hero 5K Run/Walk 7 a.m. Sunday at Charnow Park on the Broadwalk in Hollywood. Entry is $30, with proceeds going to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Visit Facebook.com/Firefighters5k.
Ookapow Brewing in West Palm Beach celebrates its first anniversary at a block party noon Saturday with beer pong, flip cup, cornhole and a mobile escape room courtesy of Legends of Xscape (Facebook.com/Ookapow.Brewing) … Five beers from Deerfield Beach microbrewery Misfits Brewing Co. (Facebook.com/MisfitsBrewing) will be in the spotlight 3 p.m. Saturday during a four-course pairing meal at It’s a Cubano B, the craft beer-friendly restaurant in Pompano Beach (Facebook.com/ItsACubanoB) … Royal Gunter and his popular mobile Savoury Eats Kitchen will set up shop permanently for lunch (beginning at 11 a.m.) and dinner Tuesday-Sunday at Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach beginning Sept. 15 (Facebook.com/SavouryEatsKitchen, Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing).
From the Random Acts of Music file, the hipsters at Dizzy Rock Furniture in Delray Beach will turn over the showroom to San Diego-based Aussie singer-songwriter Lee Coulter (LeeCoulter.com) 7:30 p.m. Saturday for a free, all-ages show that includes local artist vendors, artists, food trucks and complimentary wine and bubbly. Visit DizzyRockFurniture.rocks.
Drinking with dogs
Broski Ciderworks in Pompano Beach will help raise money for Gentle Giants Great Dane Rescue at 2 p.m. Saturday with a $5 donation getting you $1 off draft beer until 6 p.m. (Facebook.com/BroskiCider) … At noon Sunday, 26 Degree Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach will host an adoption event for Everglades Angels Dog Rescue, with adoptable dogs, raffles, food trucks and $1 off your beer with a $5 donation (26Brewing.com) … The Brass Tap in Fort Lauderdale will offer $4 pints of brewed-in-house Dawg Pound Ale during a watch party for fans of the Cleveland Browns, who will watch their team open the NFL season against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers at noon Sunday, and may empty the Dawg Pound Ale keg before halftime (Facebook.com/FLLBrownsBackers).
I’m not great at math, but I can calculate the value of $6 bottomless mimosas without an abacus. That’s the deal during $5 breakfast (two eggs, bacon, coffee) on the water at Jimbo’s Sandbar in Hollywood 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Visit JimbosSandbar.com.
The Spam Allstars, pride of Miami, venture north to heat up Voltaire in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Friday (SpamAllstars.com) … JM and the Sweets conjure up an original soul sound at Avant in Delray Beach 8:30 p.m. Friday (JMAndTheSweets.com) … Lake Worth country singer Eric Ryan provides the mood music 4-7 p.m. Saturday for an afternoon of cornhole, beer and food trucks during Salty Saturdays at Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach (EricRyanSound.com) … The twangy Copper Tones set up as an acoustic duo 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Sea Level at the Marriott on Fort Lauderdale beach (TheCopperTonesMusic.com) … High Tolerance brings Top 40 hits to Eats n' Beats at Pine Trails Park in Parkland 6 p.m. Saturday (HighToleranceMusic.com) … Miami’s “America’s Got Talent” star Yoli Mayor brings originals and favorite covers to Wynwood Yard 9 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/YoliMayorMusic) … DJ Jellybean Benitez spins Cash Only in downtown Fort Lauderdale 10 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/DJJellybeanBenitez) … The Shack Daddys bring unapologetic swamp rock to the Ray's Downtown series at Voltaire in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Sunday (Facebook.com/ShackDaddys) …