This is the time of year when we start to remember who we are, or who we were before we got distracted by the glare of all that summer frivolity. This weekend offers a few opportunities to reconnect to community, maybe have a few drinks, and do some good. And there’s ice cream.
A good run
For those who have taken part or even watched from the sidelines, the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in Fort Lauderdale achieves a special resonance as local firefighters pass through downtown’s Henry E. Kinney Tunnel in full turnout gear, a scene that honors the final moments of New York City firefighter Stephen Siller on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Tunnel to Towers Run, now a nationwide series, began in New York in 2002 with a course that re-created the final footsteps of Siller, who was headed home to his wife and five children on Staten Island after a night shift when his scanner alerted him to the terrorist attacks. He turned his vehicle around and ran nearly two miles through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel with 75 pounds of gear strapped to his back, joining a fire crew that took him to the Twin Towers, where he disappeared.
The Fort Lauderdale event, which attracts several thousand runners each year, begins 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Huizenga Park, raising money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Registration costs $35, $20 ages 13-17, $10 12 and younger. Visit Tunnel2Towers.org.
Trash and tacos
The International Coastal Cleanup, which has been going on for more than 30 years, returns on Saturday, when communities around the globe collect (and document) the trash that defiles their beaches. Here in the state with the longest coastline in the Lower 48, we take that seriously. In fact, the 8 a.m. cleanup by the Friends of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton has filled all its volunteer spots. Still available, so far, is the cleanup work being done 9-11 a.m. at Boca Raton’s South Beach Park, after which you may quench your thirst and cravings for tacos at a party hosted by Boca Save Our Beaches and Prosperity Brewers from noon to 3 p.m. Visit Facebook.com/BocaSaveOurBeaches, Facebook.com/ProsperityBrewers. For more information on places to take part in International Coastal Cleanup in Palm Beach County, visit KeepPBCBeautiful.org. In Broward County, visit Broward.org/NaturalResources, and in Miami-Dade County go to VolunteerCleanup.org/ICCMiami2018.
A beer run
The second annual South Florida Craft Beer Run, hosted by the Tank Brewing Co. in Miami and a bunch of other local breweries, is 6-11 p.m. Saturday, with a post-run festival at the Tank that includes live music, games, light bites and, no kidding, beer. Registration ($35) includes a T-shirt, medal and one free beer. The event benefits Nico's Promise (MCHF.org/NicosPromise), which supports families who have lost a loved one at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and the Sebastian Strong Foundation (SebastianStrong.org), which raises money for childhood cancer research. Visit TheTankBrewing.com.
Beer, wine, art
The incubator of creativity that is Delray Beach’s Arts Warehouse will get a boost on Thursday, Sept. 20, during Tastings at the Tiki, a fundraising happy hour at Crane's Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas in Delray Beach. The 6-9 p.m. gathering will include live music, hors d’oeuvres from Crane’s Beach House and other local favorites, beer from Saltwater Brewery and wine from Chalk Hill Winery and Smith & Hook Winery. Admission is $25 (plus tax) and includes one drink ticket and samples from a mini tasting menu. Additional drinks will be available at happy-hour prices. Visit ArtsWarehouse.org, Facebook.com/SalWaterBrewery.
A few dozen seats under the roof are available (starting at $40.25; lawn four-packs start at $30 per ticket) to see Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne and Lanco 7 p.m. Friday at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach (Ticketmaster.com) … Midge Ure (Ultravox) and blue-eyed soul singer Paul Young (“Every Time You Go Away”) bring the Soundtrack of Your Life Tour to Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room 8 p.m. Friday, with $28.50 tickets available (CultureRoom.net) … There aren’t many tickets left, but the Hard Rock is offering a special $30 promotional deal on seats for Sammy Hagar and the Circle 8 p.m. Saturday in the Hard Rock Event Center (MyHRL.com) … The Sting and Shaggy show 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fillmore Miami Beach is about as popular as you’d expect, with tickets available only via resale (LiveNation.com) … Borns is a sellout at Revolution Live Tuesday night, but you can still get tickets ($22.50) to see the confounding festival-circuit phenomenon Rainbow Kitten Surprise on Wednesday in the Fort Lauderdale club (JoinTheRevolution.net) … Next weekend’s big show, Drake and Migos at AmericanAirlines Arena, is a near sellout both Friday and Saturday, with the cheapest option 400-level resale tickets starting at $159 (Ticketmaster.com).
The Frost Jazz, Pops & Beyond music series from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami gets off to an auspicious start 8 p.m. Friday with Kneebody, a modern jazz ensemble whose fearless elasticity loops in elements of classical, funk and electronica. The 2017 album “Anti-Hero” brought the quintet wide praise for its “wondrous, take-no-prisoners experiment in groove and sonics” (Downbeat), and the 2018 single “How High,” featuring Inara George of the Bird and the Bee, sounds like a new trail being blazed. Tickets to the Gusman Concert Hall show cost $25, $30 and $35. Visit FrostMusicLive.com.
As you may have predicted, the recent Pedro Almodovar retrospective at Coral Gables Art Cinema left many of the filmmaker’s South Florida fans begging for more. So beginning on Friday and running through Sept. 20, Gables Cinema will show films from the Spanish director’s sexy middle period, including “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down,” “Kika,” “Dark Habits,” “High Heels” and “The Flower of My Secret.” Tickets to individual films cost $11.75, $10 for seniors, students and military. An Almodóvar II series pass for all five films costs $25. Visit GablesCinema.com.
The Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park on Thursday (Sept. 13) will host Drinking in the Dark (which has nothing to do with you in the kitchen with a PBR trying to remember which wall the light switch is on), a tasting introduction to eight beers while you are blindfolded. Cost is $25 (FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com) … 26 Degree Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach will direct money raised during its noon Sunday Drink for a Cause event to Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida (LRRoF.org). A $5 donation gets you $1 off all beers noon-4 p.m. Not to be forgotten, 26 Degree Brewing will celebrate its third anniversary on Sept. 22 with a party that includes all-you-can-drink passes, a bounce house and a mechanical bull. Let the hilarity begin (Facebook.com/26Brewing) … Bangin' Banjo Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach on Thursday (Sept. 20) will host a trivia night devoted to Will Ferrell movies (Facebook.com/BanginBanjoBrewing).
The West Palm Beach Record Show, hosted by Substance Records’ Pop Up Record Store, will have thousands upon thousands of vinyl records to paw through at Voltaire in downtown West Palm Beach noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The family friendly event will have DJs (spinning vinyl, of course), beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks, as well as sushi and tacos. Visit Facebook.com/SubstanceRecords242).
Take the kids (or not)
The Wynwood Yard in Miami will gather some favorite local enticers for its Ice Cream Social 4-6 p.m. Saturday, featuring the craftwork of Sweet Melody Ice Cream Co., Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream, Cream Parlor, Midtown Creamery, Mr. Q’s egg-waffle ice creams, fruit pops from Not Another Organic Brand and the plant-based treats of the Yard’s own Della Bowls. While you’re sampling, you can vote for your favorite, with the winner landing a pop-up at Wynwood Yard. Tickets cost $10. Feel free to bring your four-legged friend and/or your kids. But you don’t have to. Visit Facebook.com/TheWynwoodYard.
The swirled cup
Round 5 of the Barista Brawl latte art competition is at Subculture Coffee in West Palm Beach 8-11 p.m. Saturday, when you can watch or enter the contest, which has a $2,500 grand prize awaiting the eventual winner. A DJ will set the mood, as will $5 draft beer and $5 grilled cheese. Visit SubcultureCoffee.com.
Free Los Lobos
The great East L.A. rock band Los Lobos were announced this week as headliners for American Indian Day, a free celebration on Sept. 29 at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami. The event, sponsored by the Miami Heat, includes carnival rides, airboat rides, water slides and authentic food. Other performers include Fort Lauderdale’s Sewerside Bombers, Thunderhand Joe and the Medicine Show and Brooke Simpson, a member of the the Haliwa-Saponi tribe and a third-place finisher on the reality-entertainment show “The Voice.” The Miccosukees will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots during the event. Visit Miccosukee.com.
OIGO (Adrian Gonzalez) and Itawe (Locos Por Juana) bring mood-elevating music to the Wynwood Yard 7:30 p.m. Friday (TheWynwoodYard.com) … Ashley Reda of Fort Lauderdale hellraisers the Goddamn Hustle, and formerly of the Riverside Market, performs with River Jude of Dallas, formerly of Miami, 8:30 p.m. Friday at Tarpon River Brewing in Fort Lauderdale (Facebook.com/Tarpon-River-Brewing) … Popular alt-rock quintet Yardij, the pride of Cooper City, plays at Avant Delray 8:30 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/Yardij) … Spiral Light channels the Grateful Dead 8:30 p.m. Friday at Robot Brewing Co. in Boca Raton (Facebook.com/SpiralLightBand) … Millionyoung, Tremends, the Hongs and Zjolie are at Las Rosas in Miami 9 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/LasRosasMiami) … SoundBite Magazine hosts a free evening of local rock bands, including Monty, Red Light Motel and Fugitive Distillery 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Lauderdale brewery LauderAle (Facebook.com/LauderAle) … Spred the Dub skas things up at CWS Bar + Kitchen in Lake Worth 9 p.m. Saturday (SpredTheDub.com) … 33 Years, performing as a duo, brings an indie-folk sensibility to Mathews Brewing Co. in Lake Worth 2:30 p.m. Sunday (33Years.com) … South Florida rockers the Von (Marek Schneider, Luis Bonilla and Elisa Seda) bring music from a new EP, “F4tune,” to a free show at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach on Thursday (Sept. 20) at 7 p.m. (TheVon4U.com).