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Weekend preview: Virginia beer, oyster beer, Colt Ford, Johnny Rotten, drinking with dogs

It makes perfect sense that Virginia Sinicki of WRMF’s “The KVJ Show” is hosting the Champions Beer Fest in Pembroke Pines on Saturday.

The third annual festival is a fundraiser for both Kids in Distress and Little Smiles, where Sinicki has been a volunteer board member for more than 16 years, working to brighten the lives of children in local hospitals, hospices, shelters and foster programs.

“Anything that has displaced a kid — it could be injury, tragedy, illness or something as simple as a foster kid that doesn’t get toys at Christmas, and we swoop in. We give thousands of toys to foster kids in Palm Beach County,” she says.

But the Champions Beer Fest has the word “beer” in it for a reason, and Sinicki also has done some work in this area.

“I party like a Viking,” she says, laughing.

Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach recently started releasing a line of beers themed to the personalities heard on “The KVJ Show” — which airs 6-10 a.m. weekdays at 97.9-FM — and at the festival on Saturday the brewery will offer samples of the first beer in the series, Peace Train, dedicated to the show’s laid-back producer, Dennys.

Due South expects to release Full Gorilla, an ode to Jason Pennington, the J in “KVJ,” in December. Kevin Rolston’s beer, Dicky Rantz, will be released in early 2019, with Sinicki’s beer, using her on-air nickname, Vicious V, out last.

Sinicki understands if the brewers at Due South take their time with her beer. Her co-hosts’ beers are just practice, she says. Vicious V has to be right.

“I can definitely outdrink all the men on the show, and if they were sitting here, they would tell you the same thing,” she says, not laughing.

Sinicki says there have been discussions about how Due South will balance the need to make Vicious V drinkable for the masses while being true to her taste.

“If I had my wish, my beer would be a porter with a dark cherry-chocolate finish. Oh, that would just be awesome,” she says. “I do like a darker beer, heavier. I like a beer to drink like a sandwich.”

The third annual Champions Beer Fest is 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines. Along with more than 100 different beers and food, the event includes live music from popular Miami garage-rock trio SunGhosts, rockers Forty Street and funk-dance band Mantrap.

Beers will come from breweries familiar and, perhaps, new to you, including Due South Brewing, Saltwater Brewery, Veza Sur, Nightlife, Barrel of Monks, Concrete Beach, Funky Buddha and Holy Mackeral. Also showing off what they’ve made will be Spanish Marie Brewery in West Kendall, Miami’s Bousa Brewing Co. and Infected Brewery, and Palm Beach Brewing. Blue Point (Long Island) and Karbach (Houston) also will be represented.

General-admission tickets cost $60 and allow for unlimited samples from 3 to 6 p.m. VIP entry at 2 p.m. (along with a commemorative glass) costs $90. Designated-driver admission is $10. A new unwrapped toy for Little Smiles will get you a raffle ticket.

For more information on the festival, visit ChampionsBeerFest.com. For information on Kids in Distress and Little Smiles, visit KidInc.org and LittleSmiles.org.

Oyster season

An annual rite of the season in these parts, Funky Buddha Brewery’s savory Pearl Diver Oyster Saison (brewed with 300 pounds of fresh oysters) is a welcome antidote to the cloying spiciness of pumpkin-inspired beer making the rounds. The best place to enjoy it is during the fourth annual Oyster Fest, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Coconuts and G&B Oyster Bar on Fort Lauderdale beach. The tented festival will feature seven food stations, an oyster-slurping contest, live music and Funky Buddha's Pearl Diver and Floridian beers. Tickets cost $50 at the door. Visit GAndBOysterBar.com.

Ticket window

Some general-admission floor seating and standing ($31.50) and reserved mezzanine seats ($45) are available to the Breeders show at the Fillmore Miami Beach 8 p.m. Friday (FillmoreMB.com) … Neoclassical guitarist icon Yngwie Malmsteen will fill the intimate confines of Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale 8 p.m. Saturday, with seats starting at $33 (ParkerPlayhouse.com) … Yes, Bob Dylan’s concert at the Broward Center on Oct. 24 is a sellout … Michael Franti & Spearhead brings his Stay Human Tour to Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live on Oct. 24 (doors open at 6 p.m.), joined by Dustin Thomas and Victoria Canal, with general-admission tickets available starting at $31.50 (JoinTheRevolution.net) … Looking ahead, you can catch J Balvin at his Vibras Tour stop at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena on Oct. 28 for $30 per ticket (plus fees) with a buy-one-get-one-free offer (Ticketmaster.com).

Kweli and Prez

MC and conscious-rap firebrand Talib Kweli (whose reunion set with Black Star collaborator Mos Def in New York on Saturday caused a stir) performs Saturday at Churchill’s Pub in Miami with co-headliners Dead Prez. Other acts on the bill include locals the Hoy Polloy, DJ Heron, Legacy Got Bars, John G. and Lamebot. Tickets cost $40 ($50 VIP with a T-shirt). Visit ChurchillsPub.com.

Prog flashback

Multi-instrumentalist, producer and former South Florida music scene guru Fernando Perdomo, now based in Los Angeles, returns with songs from his latest album, “Out to Sea,” an all-instrumental flashback to classic 1970s art-rock albums. (Seriously. The opening track, “The Architect,” is dedicated to relatively obscure guitarist Peter Banks.) To the surprise of no one, Perdomo wrote all the songs and handles guitars, keyboards, bass and drums on the album, while also being his own engineer and producer. Catch Perdomo live 9 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 25) at Las Rosas in Miami. Visit Facebook.com/LasRosasMiami or FernandoPerdomo.com.

Drinking with dogs (and cats)

26 Degree Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach hosts Barktoberfest 2018 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, when live music, pet activities, food trucks, a costume contest and raffles will raise money for Good Karma Pet Rescue of South Florida and other local no-kill shelters and animal rescues (Facebook.com/26Brewing) … Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach will host a fundraiser for Gentle Giants Great Dane Rescue at 2 p.m. Saturday. Donate $5 and get $1 off your favorite Saltwater beers. Your dog is welcome on the patio, but must be leashed (SaltwaterBrewery.com) … Dogtoberfest takes over Tarpon River Brewing in downtown Fort Lauderdale 2-6 p.m. Saturday, a dog-friendly event co-hosted by Everglades Angels Dog Rescue, with raffles, pet merchandise and a $5 donation getting you $1 off all draft beer (TarponRiverBrewing.com) … Pups & Pints is the monthly third-Sunday fundraiser for Paws 4 You Rescue at Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami, this edition includes a costume contest (both of you), and vendors serving brunch (both of you) beginning at 1 p.m. (Facebook.com/ConcreteBeachFL) … Looking ahead, Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park will do Pints for Purrs 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27, a fundraiser for Beyond Nine Cat Rescue. Buy the $5 wristband, get $1 off beer (Facebook.com/FunkyBuddhaBrewery).

Beer doodles

Spf’18, the annual celebration of print making, book making and zine creation also known as Small Press Fair Fort Lauderdale, returns to FAT Village Nov. 10. On Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., its organizers will host Doodle Party, a 21-and-older event at the Laser Wolf bar. There you’ll find the beer closet walls covered in blank sheets of paper awaiting your doodling inspiration. At closing the doodles will be taken down to be used in the next volume of the SPF Doodle Zine, which will be used to raise funds for Spf'18. For information, and the pre-order your co-authored Doodle Zine, visit SPF-FTL.com.

Weekend movies

O Cinema Wynwood has two documentaries on the way that focus on 40-year-old music that remains insistently relevant. Matt Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54,” weaves the filmmaker’s unique access to club owner Ian Schrager and a trove of rarely seen film footage to chronicle the 33-month reign of Studio 54 over not merely New York nightlife but a disco-obsessed popular culture itself. “Studio 54” begins a weeklong run at O Cinema Wynwood Friday night. On Thursday (Oct 25), the theater will host a one-night-only 9 p.m. showing of “The Public Image Is Rotten,” a profile of pioneering punk bandleader John Lydon. The Sex Pistols frontman’s second life with Public Image Ltd. is surveyed with help from former and current bandmates, along with filmmaker John Waters, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. Visit O-Cinema.org.

Crafty crowd

This just feels like the perfect time of year for Indie Craft Bazaar: Art & Handmade Festival, which gathers more than 65 local artists, crafters, designers, and makers at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale at noon Sunday for an afternoon of DIY acitivties, food and drink specials, and giveaways. Admission is $5, kids 10 and younger free. Visit Facebook.com/IndieCraftBazaar.

Weekend laughs

The MST3K Live 30th Anniversary Tour, with original “Mystery Science Theater” host and creator Joel Hodgson donning the jumpsuit for the first time in 25 years, is at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale 7 p.m. Friday (ParkerPlayhouse.com) … Sean Finnerty (whose accent suggests he may or may not actually be from Ireland) is the headliner for comedy night at Veni Vidi Vici in Miami 9 p.m. Saturday, joined by locals Sean Mullins, Julie Baez and Nancy Camm (Facebook.com/VVVSocialClub) … Jerry Seinfeld’s two shows at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach on Oct. 26 are virtually sold out, but not quite (Kravis.org).

Ford tough

Country rapper Colt Ford plays Renegades in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Saturday, where he no doubt will roll out his recently released beach anthem “Time Flies” (featuring Toby Keith). Sample lyric: “Time sure flies when you’re having rum.” Locals 56 Ace will open. Tickets cost $20 advance, $25 at the door. Visit RenegadesWPB.com.

Rum on the beach

Speaking of rum, at 6 p.m. Saturday B Ocean Resort on Fort Lauderdale beach will host its inaugural When In Rum party, a celebration of all things Cuban. That would mean live music, cocktails, pork roasted caja china style, cigar rolling and more. Tickets cost $75 and include unlimited food and drink. Visit Facebook.com/BOceanResortFortLauderdale.

Wheels of misfortune

Part costume party, part trivia contest, part bar crawl, part aerobic workout, the Harry Potter Pub Crawl on 15-person Cycle Party bikes will roll through Wynwood 6-8 p.m. Friday, culminating in the tests of your Hogwarts education and Pottery dress-up skills at Concrete Beach Brewery. Your ticket, $69, gets you three drinks, entry into the trivia contest and the unique Cycle Party experience. Visit CycleParty.com.

Button South nights

Taking place 7 p.m. Saturday at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live, a gathering called The Button South: One Night Stand will again reunite some of the bands and fans that made the Hallandale rock nightclub the stuff of legend in the 1980s. Performing on Saturday will be Gypsy Queen, Race, Stranger and Canaveral, with surprise guests waiting in the wings. Tickets cost $14 advance, $16 at the door. Visit JoinTheRevolution.net.

Local voices

Maestro Eduardo Marturet and the Miami Symphony Orchestra play the free Miami Design District Performance Series outside at the Palm Court 6:30 p.m. Friday (TheMiSO.org) … Mitch Herrick and the Homegrown Sinners return to Sons & Daughters Farm and Winery in Lake Worth 7-11 p.m. Friday (MitchHerrick.com) … The Copper Tones bring their signature twang to Tarpon River Brewing in Fort Lauderdale 8:30 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/TheCopperTonesMusic) … The State Of bring girl-power energy to Dada in Delray Beach 11 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/TheStateOfFanPage) … Divine vocalist Nicole Henry makes Delray Beach’s Arts Garage a must destination 8 p.m. Saturday (NicoleHenry.com) … Shaw Davis and the Black Ties share music from a new CD 8 p.m. Saturday at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton (Facebook.com/ShawDavisBlackTies) … Boynton Beach reggae-rockers Vibes Farm play Avant in Delray Beach 9 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/VibesFarm) … Public Sounds Collective plays the Sunday Jazzy Brunch at Grandview Public Market in West Palm Beach 11 a.m. Sunday (Facebook.com/PublicSounds) … Tchaa brings ambitious jazziness to Voltaire in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Sunday (Facebook.com/TchaaBand).

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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